YouVersion’s 2018 21-Day Challenge: Get your Bible habit going!

21-Day Challenge

If you’re like most people who download the Bible App, you installed it because you believe that reading God’s Word is important, and you intend to read it more. One of the best ways we’ve found to start a daily Bible practice is to complete one short 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.


Spread the Word.

Invite your friends to join you in the Bible App for this year’s 21-Day Challenge! And, when you share about it on social media, be sure you include the hashtag #BibleFor21.

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Official Rules

The 21-Day Challenge begins, February 1, 2018, and runs through February 21, 2018.

To be eligible for a badge and for the prize drawing, you must complete at least one day’s reading (or listening) of at least one Plan, every day for 21 days.

If you already started a Plan before February 1, just keep going, and do not miss any days.

You do not have to do a Plan that lasts 21 days. You can do Plans of any length, even if they’re longer or shorter than 21 days. Simply make sure that you complete at least one day of at least one Plan for every one of the 21 days.

Each time that you complete a day, make sure that all of that day’s selections are checked as completed.

Make sure everything is checked

If you complete all 21 days (without missing any days), you will receive a 2018 21-Day Challenge badge in your Bible App profile:

2018 21-Day Challenge Badge

To view your Badges: In the Bible App, go to your profile and select Badges.

Out of everyone who completes all 21 days (without missing any days), we will randomly select one grand prize winner.1

Prize Pack

The grand prize will include fun YouVersion items like a T-shirt, stickers, mug—and even a brand-new Google Home Mini!

1 Prizes are subject to change or substitution based on availability. Winners will be contacted with details about how to receive their prizes. Some items not available for shipping internationally.


Now, let’s get you started.

If this is your first challenge, we recommend you start with a shorter Plan, then just keep completing one short Plan after another. Take it one day at a time, and, as your habit grows, gradually ease into longer and longer Plans.

If you haven’t already selected your first Plan for the Challenge, getting started is easy: just tap the button below to start looking for a Plan you like. Then, whichever Plan you choose to start, consider inviting a friend (or several) to join you!

Discover Plans

New Bible App “Explore” 🔍 Search, your way.

Explore

Explore the Bible.

Search, your way.

At YouVersion, our mission is to help people engage with the Bible. That’s why we never stop improving the Bible App: we want you to be able to explore God’s Word in the ways that help you connect with it.

That’s why today we’re pleased to announce the newest addition to the Bible App: Explore.

Explore

Powerful Search
Our new Search (Explore icon) lets you type to find whatever you’re looking for: Bible verses, Bible Plans and more. Just start typing, and Search suggests potential matches as you type, saving you keystrokes.

Search the Bible for…
Tap one of our pre-selected keywords to search the Bible for passages, Verse Images, and Plans related to that topic: Love, Peace, Forgiveness, and more.

How are you feeling?
Similar to the keyword search above, simply tap an emoji to see Bible passages and more related to how you feel.

Bible Stories
Tap any title on our Bible Stories list to jump directly to that passage in the Bible.

Verse of the Day Images
Explore free, easily shareable Verse of the Day Images, created by professional artists.

Whatever you’re looking for in the Bible, our powerful new Explore can help you find it — faster than ever before.

Try Explore

To get the new Explore feature, update your Bible App to the latest version.

Announcing Plans with Friends: Grow together in God’s Word…daily

Plans connect you with God’s Word:

Bible Plans, Reading Plans, Devotionals — whatever you call them, you probably already know that Plans are a proven way that you can get the Bible into the flow of your everyday life, by giving you just a little to read (or listen to) each day.

And the Bible is better with Friends:

When we spend time with friends, we often end up chatting about trivial things (movies or TV shows, sporting events, or recent purchases, as just a few examples). But, when we share our spiritual lives with trusted friends, those more meaningful conversations typically draw us closer to one another. Also, getting someone else’s perspective often helps us see things in God’s Word that we might not have noticed on our own.

Plans with Friends brings together the best of both.

Plans with Friends
Address a challenging issue in your life by inviting one or two close Friends to join you in a Plan. You’ll see one another’s progress as you complete days, and you can talk over each day’s reading in a private discussion area.

Discussion View

Kick off a group Bible study by inviting a few of your friends — or several — to start a Plan with you. As you complete each day on a shared schedule, you’ll likely see things in God’s Word that you’ve never noticed before, learning from one another’s perspectives in a group-text style of conversation.

Plans with Friends Process

Getting started is easy:

  1. Update your app
  2. Start any Plan
  3. Select “With Friends”
  4. Choose a start date
  5. Invite your Friends

Explore Plans

Announcing Streaks: Get the Bible habit you’ve always wanted

Streaks

Oh, how I love your teachings!
I talk about them all the time.

Psalm 119:97

The Bible is God’s Word to us, the spiritual food that we need to live each day with love, wisdom, and purpose. That’s why today we’re thrilled to announce Streaks. We designed Streaks specifically to help you build your habit of connecting with God through His Word.

Streaks on Home View

The strongest habit starts small.

Whether you’re refreshing your existing Bible habit, or building a brand new one from scratch, consistency is key. Streaks show you how many days in a row you’ve opened the Bible App, right at the top of your Home feed.1

Streaks Milestone

Streaks help you take it one day at a time.

Streaks encourage you with push notifications: short, gentle reminders to connect that help you build momentum over time. And along the way, each time you reach a new milestone — such as engaging with God’s Word for 7 days in a row or beating your previous record — Streaks reward your accomplishments with special, mini-celebrations.

Current Streak

It’s just three simple steps:

  1. Update your app. (Now is good.)
  2. Connect today. (Just open the app.)
  3. Come back tomorrow. (Repeat Step 2.)

That’s it! Once you have our latest release, every day you open the Bible App, you’ll be building a Streak… which means you’ll be building your habit. Read or listen to Scripture. Enjoy today’s selection for one of your Bible Plans. Watch a Bible App Video, such as “What is the Bible?” or “Matthew 5:1-16” (the Sermon on the Mount) or “Bread of Life.” Find Friends in the Bible App and grow your Bible community.

Update Now

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Notes

1 Streaks require a network connection, and that you be signed in to your YouVersion account.

Quickly explore one verse in many versions.

compare versions

See every Bible verse in a new way.

What do you do when you have trouble understanding a verse? What about when you read a verse that feels familiar, but it’s worded differently than you remember? How do you dig deeper into a verse… really meditate on it and unlock its treasures?

“Compare” lets you easily view a verse in different versions at the same time.

Tap any verse, then tap Compare. You’ll see the same verse repeated in all of the Bible versions you’ve used recently — even offline.1 To add more versions to your list, tap the plus button ( plus button ). To remove versions from your list, or to rearrange the order, tap Edit ( settings button on Android).

Try it now

(On mobile devices, opens the Bible App in Read mode. Not available at Bible.com.)


1 To have more than one Bible version when you’re offline, you’ll first need to download some to your device when you’re online. Sometime when you have a good connection, tap the 3-letter version code at the top of the Bible Reader. Tap Download next to the Bibles you’d like. (Some Bibles not available for offline use.)