30 December 2020 11:00
The creators of The Bible App, the world’s most used Bible reading app, say the most shared, bookmarked and highlighted verse in 2020 was Isaiah 41:10: “Do not be afraid, because I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand.
The Bible App has had over 450 million app installs since its inception, with over 52 million in 2020 alone.
According to YouVersion, COVID-19 has had a marked effect on how people have used the app this year.
In mid-March, with the world embracing the pandemic, the number one search term on the app was “fear.”
YouVersion founder Bobby Gruenewald said in a statement that the top search terms “really show what has taken its toll on the hearts and minds of people around the world at key times of the year. They reveal how people seek God as they battle the difficult circumstances they faced in 2020, and it’s something we can celebrate.
According to YouVersion, 1.4 billion Bible study plans were completed in 2020. Gruenewald said The Bible App experienced its highest levels of Bible engagement in 2020, attributing it to the cessation of physical church services for to stop the spread of Covid-19, and to an increase in the need to digitally connect to the Bible and to other Christians.