As you read (or listen to) certain books in the Old Testament, do you ever wonder, “Why is this in the Bible? What’s the story behind this story?” Today we’re excited to announce The Torah Series, an all-new collection of animated short films from the Bible Project that answers questions just like these.
In Jewish tradition, the first five books of the Old Testament are called “the Torah.” In this series of short films, Bible scholars walk you step-by-step through the Torah’s themes and literary structure, as vivid animations help you see the connections between its stories. We think you’ll want to watch The Torah Series again and again — and share its clips with your friends.
God creates a good world and appoints humans to rule it on his behalf. Humanity rebels, and the story traces the tragic consequences of human sin for individuals, families and societies, and creation itself.
God responds to humanity’s rebellion by making a promise to Abraham, that he will restore his divine blessing to the world through Abraham’s family. The story traces the fate of that promise through four generations of a very dysfunctional family.
Abraham’s family is brutally enslaved in Egypt, so God raises up a deliverer, Moses, to confront the king of Egypt and set his people free. This story gives meaning to the words “redemption” and “salvation” which are used here for the first time in the Bible.
Leviticus can be difficult to understand, but its basic message is profound and amazing: God graciously provides a way for sinful, broken people to live near his holy presence so they can find wholeness and life.
Moses gives his final words of wisdom and warning to the Israelites who are about to enter into the land. He calls them to covenant faithfulness, obedience to God’s law, and to love God with their whole being.
Presented by YouVersion in partnership with The Bible Project — now, for the first time ever, you can watch The Torah Series in any of these places:
“It’s always the right message each day for me.” —Lorenzo Doss, Cornerback, Denver Broncos
I play football, but I have to practice and I have to study to get better. You do the same thing as a Christian.“ —Charles Tillman, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers
Sunday, February 7, will be the biggest day of the year in American sports. And, although the top two teams in American football are facing off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Now, thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, listen to some of the players from today’s game telling why they love the Bible App:
Bonus: Media Day Video!
Thanks to our friends at fspn, we’ve just added a bonus video, featuring players from both the Panthers and the Broncos, talking even more about their love for the Bible at the pre-game Media Day:
Spread the Word.
Just like you, these guys love being able to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere with the Bible App. Whether it’s sharing the Verse of the Day, adding Bookmarks, or listening to audio Bibles, we’re all part of the same global community of people seeking God through His Word.
NFL athletes like Matt Hasselbeck, Josh and Luke McCown, and Brandon Marshall, and MLB stars like Adam Wainwright, Brett Carroll, Paul Maholm (to name just a few) all share life lessons they’ve learned through their favorite Bible passages.
The Bible App was installed on more than 5 million unique devices during January — the most ever for a single month. What does that mean?
First, one step…
Five million times during the last month, in countries all over the world, people shared one simple idea: “I should try reading the Bible.” And when they searched for “Bible” using their mobile device, they discovered the Bible App — then installed it. For many of these people, this was their first step on a journey toward God.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” —Jeremiah 29:13, English Standard Version
Then another step…
The worldwide YouVersion community broke another record in January, too: together, you completed more than 2.3 million Bible Plans. Bible Plans are one of the best ways we know to learn how to apply principles from the Bible to your everyday life. Bible Plans give you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day, feeding your soul with encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration. And when you feel inspired…
What’s your next step?
We hope that you’re one of the many who are already actively engaging with the Bible every day. If you’ve felt God’s Word (the Bible) speaking to you, then you’ve begun to understand the power it has to transform your life. Help other people discover that same power. Join us in spreading the Word:
If you’re like most people who download the Bible App, you installed it because you believe that reading the Bible is important, and you intend to read it more. One of the best ways we’ve found to start a daily discipline is to complete one short Bible Plan after another in the Bible App. That’s what our annual 21-Day Challenge is all about: helping you start building a daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.
To help inspire you, anytime between February 1 and February 21, share which Plan you’re reading during the 21-Day Challenge — on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #BibleFor21 — and you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a YouVersion T-shirt, stickers, a notebook, or drinkware… or even a 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet! *
Just make sure your posts are public (we can’t see any private posts, so will only be able to select winners that share publicly).
If you can make just one small life change, and then sustain it every day for three weeks, you’re well on your way to turning it into a habit. That’s why we started YouVersion’s annual 21-Day Challenge: to help you get started engaging with the Bible every day. We’ll post the complete list of official rules on our blog soon, but here’s the short version:
Beginning February 1: Complete at least one day of one Bible Plan every day for 21 days and earn a special 21-Day New Year Challenge badge…