We were all a little rocked by the Why Bible series that finished up in October. We discovered that this book that sometimes sits dusty on our nightstand has the power to change our lives. But in order for that to happen, we need to put in a little bit of work.
Being involved in the planning and coordinating of these amazing weekend series at Kensington, it can sometimes feel like we’re on to the next without looking back. But what if we looked at each series as another topic to keep exploring? What if each series carried with us throughout the year?
As a group fascinated by how the digital world can positively influence our lives, we would like to give you five tools to continue engaging with the Bible.
You’ve probably witnessed our pastors reference this on the weekend, and that’s because it’s the best thing ever. Already installed on over 395 million devices all over the world, the Bible App offers a free Bible experience for smartphones, tablets, and online at Bible.com. You can play around with the 2,008 Bible versions in 1,349 languages to explore how different translations express a passage. It’s accessible to anyone with a digital device. You can even create verse images to share on your social media. I specifically love the highlighting and note-taking features. There’s also reading plans on every topic under the sun.
Blue Letter Bible
If you’re the academic type, this one is for you. You can dig deep into God’s Word with over 30 Bible versions, audio Bibles and text, and audio commentaries. You can really dig deep and study the Hebrew & Greek with original language lexicon.
The customization in Blue Letter Bible is pretty sweet. You can choose from color themes, fonts, auto-scrolling, and parallel version views. And similar to YouVersion, you can personalize your study with highlighting, underlining, and note-taking.
The Verses app is great for memorizing scripture. You can play quick memory games to advance and keep track of your progress. You can also invite your friends for a little friendly competition!
Bible in One Year
Nicky and Pippa Gumbel first introduced the Bible in One Year commentary in 2011 as a daily email for their congregation members. It has since grown into an app with a worldwide following. Nicky is the pioneer of Alpha, an 11-session introduction to the Christian faith now running all over the world.
This app takes you through the entirety of Scripture in one year, including readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and either a Psalm or Proverb each day. Combined with a daily commentary from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, this plan encourages us to apply the teachings of Scripture to our everyday life.
We developed the Kensington app with you in mind! We wanted to give you ‘everything Kensington’ that can fit right in your pocket. Watch live streams and archived service, read the blog, and stay up-to-date with Kensington events and opportunities.
What are your favorite tools to engage with and understand the Bible? Tell us in the comments!