I have to admit, I rarely study the Bible without my smartphone in hand. Sometimes I use my husband’s iPad AND my phone side by side. I prefer to do my Bible study on the couch or somewhere comfortable.
That said, here are five ways I use my smartphone for Bible study:
1) Merriam-Webster Dictionary App: This is a wonderful app to use for Bible study. We use an inductive style Bible study worksheet to go through books of the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter. One of the sections in our study asks us to interpret scripture by finding out the meaning of words. I love this aspect of scripture study as it helps me really dig into what God is showing me through. Phone in hand, I look up word after word and make notes. This app makes this an incredibly simple process.
2) YouVersion Bible App: If you haven’t yet heard of YouVersion, you’ve probably been doing missions work in Africa for the past 20 years. With millions of people worldwide reading the Bible on their digital devices, YouVersion is here to stay. Read 100 different versions, in multiple languages, share verses in an online community, bookmark pages, the features and uses go on and on.
3) Evernote App: Evernote is a helpful tool to sync your notes and tasks between all your devices – from your phone to your computer to your tablet. I type in notes during sermons on my phone, make notes on the run, and even write blog posts on the go with this wonderful app. If you want to learn to use Evernote in more detail, I highly recommend Evernote Essentials or Evernote for Pastors.
4) MyStudyBible.com Mobile Site: Instead of lugging around a study Bible, concordance, and several commentaries, get them all right at your fingertips with this amazingly easy mobile Bible study site from the folks at LifeWay Christian Resources. The primary version is the HCSB, and the commentaries are very helpful and accessible anywhere you have your phone (even when the Starbucks internet access is down).
5) YouTube App: It occurred to me today to search the YouTube app on my phone for Ephesians 2, the scripture I’m studying this week. I found a plethora of resources from John MacArthur to John Piper to random everyday people who have set scripture to music. Very cool and worth checking out if you have the time.
So there you have it. The five ways I use my smartphone for Bible study. If you have additional suggestions or ways you use your phone to dig into God’s Word, I’m all ears!