It’s Almost Here: The 21-Day Challenge Starts Soon!

21-Day Challenge

1,440… That’s how many minutes you have in a day. On average, you make 35,000 decisions per day — that’s roughly 24 decisions a minute. The choices you make eventually determine the course of your day, year, and even your life.

Whatever 2020 has looked like for you so far, you can make the most of your time by centering your life on what matters most: intimacy with God. That’s why we created the 21-Day Challenge: to help you build a daily habit of connecting with God through His Word.

The challenge starts on February 1 and continues throughout the month of February, but we want to give you time to select the Plans you want to complete and invite friends to join you!

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Official Rules

The 21-Day Challenge begins February 1, 2020 and runs through the month of February.

Here are 3 things you need to know to complete the 21-Day Challenge and earn a special Badge:

  1. Choose any Plan, even if it’s longer or shorter than 21 days.
  2. Begin your Plan by February 9 to have enough days to complete the Challenge — and don’t miss any days.
  3. Earn the 2020 21-Day Challenge Badge by completing at least one Plan day for 21 days in a row in February.

Each time you finish a day, make sure that all of that day’s sections are marked as completed:

Make sure everything is checked

If you finish your Plan before the end of the Challenge, just start another one and keep going! When you complete all 21 days (without missing any days), you will receive our exclusive 2020 21-Day Challenge Badge in your Bible App profile:

21-Day Challenge Badge

Your next steps:

If this is your first Bible challenge, we recommend you start with a short audio or reading Plan, and complete one Plan after another. Take it one day at a time and, as your habit grows, gradually ease into longer Plans.

Tap the button below to find the Plans you want. You can tap Save for Later on any Plans you like, then start one on February 1.

We also recommend completing the challenge with friends! On the Plan you want to do first, tap Start Plan, select With Friends, set the start date for February 1, then invite a friend (or 2 or 10). (This will give your friends a heads-up beforehand.)

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

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How to Start Reading the Bible: 3 Simple Steps.

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1. Receive.

Prepare your heart to hear from God. Try a simple prayer like this…

Heavenly Father, please help me understand this Bible verse.

…and then read the Verse of the Day. We’ll use today’s verse as our example:

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

JOHN 15:2

2. Reflect.

Ask yourself what this verse might be trying to say, and think deeply on your answers. Here are just a few examples we might get from today’s verse:

Jesus expects me to share my faith with other people.

When I demonstrate God’s love, that draws others to Him.

I should work to remove things from my life that don’t show God’s love.

It is often through challenges that God grows my capacity to love others.

3. Respond.

Use this verse as the basis for a prayer, maybe something like this:

Lord, please give me the courage and opportunity to share your love with other people. Please show me which areas of my life aren’t bearing fruit.

Want to go deeper?

Here’s a Bible Plan that will help you learn more about what it means to live a fruitful life:

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He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. - John 15:2 - Verse Image

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Make this your 2020 soundtrack:

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How do you get God’s Word deep inside you? By listening to it.

Whatever your daily routines look like, you can make hearing God’s Word a habit by having Scripture read to you. With “Read to Me” Plans, you can complete your daily devotional and Scripture readings without having to touch your screen.

Simply select a “Read to Me” Plan, press play, and let the truths in God’s Word speak to you –– wherever you go.

Get started with this list of Plans:

Browse “Read to Me” Plans

Love listening to the Bible?

Try YouVersion Bible for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung Bixby:

Google Home

Ok Google … ask YouVersion Bible to read Psalms.

Amazon Echo

Alexa … ask YouVersion Bible to read my Plan.


Hi, Bixby … ask YouVersion Bible for the Verse of the Day.

Do people know the real you?

It is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. - ROMANS 10:10 - Verse Image

What do you want people to know about you?

It can be so tempting to curate our online presence to impress others: nice meals we’re enjoying, exotic places we’re visiting, popular people we’re spending time with. Those things are fine to share. But Jesus didn’t say He would use our accomplishments to draw people to Himself. He said that it would be our love (John 13:35).

This year, start making it a habit to regularly share His transforming love.

Start Small…

Texting a Bible verse or a Verse Image to a friend is easy. Need a daily reminder? Subscribe to Verse of the Day. You can even share content from devotionals: every Bible Plan has a Share button in the corner ( Share icon ).

…Then Build Your Habit.

Once you’ve shared a few times, set a goal to share at least one Bible verse or Bible Plan every day for a week. It won’t be long before your friends start telling you how much they appreciate your encouragement!

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