So, here I am writing this update to a previous blog post because I have since gained some new insight that I thought I’d share. If you haven’t read my original post on this topic, you can read that here: How Do You Study the Bible?
In that post, I mentioned that I had found online bible plans to be seemingly random. From what I had found, a lot of them failed to explain the reasoning behind choosing certain sets of chapters or verses chosen for a select plan and it made little sense to me to do it that way. This is still true for me, for the most part, but I had failed to account for reading plans that one might come upon via bible study apps on their phones or tablets.
Since writing my previous blog, I have come across several bible study apps that provide you with themed reading plans. They allow you to pick which themes you’re most interested in starting at any given time. Of course, I prefer this method to a seemingly random one because I may have certain personal life situations that lead me to needing specific guidance. If this sort of bible study is ideal for you as well, I’ll be sure to share which apps I’m using at the end of the post.
Presently, because this journey is just beginning, I am reading these valuable plans: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus, Finding Your Way Back To God, and Experiencing God’s Renewal from the YouVersion Bible app. I’m also reading the daily devotional from the First 5 app. They (First 5) have plans as well but it’s a singular topic of their choosing so the freedom is a bit less than what I find with YouVersion. For example, this week’s plan is 8 days long and covers Suffering and Sovereignty with the books of Job, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes. Other plans, not set to their schedule, include a selection of some of the bible books but not all of them are available. Note that both of these apps are free to use,
If any of you have any other bible apps that you use or if you’d like to share your opinions on the ones that I have mentioned here today, I’d love to hear about them!