YouVersion Reveals Verse of the Year 2021
Which scripture passage was the most popular on the YouVersion Bible app in 2021?
The Bible verse that earned the top spot as YouVersion’s 2021 Verse of the Year, reflecting the verse shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often throughout the year, is Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
“We are encouraged to see high levels of biblical engagement again this year, because it means people are turning to God and the Bible for answers to their questions,” Bobby Gruenewald, founder of YouVersion, said in A press release. “Even our Verse of the Year points to the heart of the YouVersion community to seek God and know Him more.
YouVersion saw a surge in community features when the pandemic hit, and those numbers have remained high in 2021. In particular, the Plans with Friends feature of the YouVersion Bible app saw a big jump in engagement during the pandemic. shutdown and continues to see 50% more subscriptions in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic rates.
The fastest growing geographies for both app installs and daily scripture engagement are Central Africa and South Asia. Specifically, Congo saw a 49% increase in Bible engagement and Pakistan saw a 69% increase year over year. In each of these regions, verse sharing, video plays and search activity were high throughout the year.
A rescheduled interactive Christmas event is planned
An event offering a free family re-enactment of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth continues Saturday and Sunday at a local church.
“A Walk Through Bethlehem” was scheduled for Dec. 10-12, but damage from high winds led to the decision to reschedule the event at Servant United Methodist Church.
Here is a list including details on “A Walk Through Bethlehem” and other Christmas events planned by churches in the metropolitan area. Events are free unless otherwise stated.
•“A walk through Bethlehem”, an interactive recreation of the streets of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, continues 6-9pm Saturday and 6-8pm Sunday at United Methodist Church of the Servant, 14343 N MacArthur, https://servantokc.org/ .
•“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas”, Sunday at 5 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7, offers traditional scripture readings and songs that tell the story of Jesus’ birth, https://www.stpaulsokc.org/.
•“Behold the Lamb of God: the true story of the coming of Christ,” a Christmas worship experience, will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley and online at www.StJohnOKC.org, with messages from St. John’s senior pastor, the Reverend Major Jemison, and other preachers, as well as the music of the church’s praise and worship team.
•“Christmas Carols”, a musical event, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland, attendees will gather to sing Christmas carols and a dessert reception will be held afterwards, https://crossings.church/events/ 211.
•Christmas Light Show, 6-10 p.m. nightly, except Wednesdays due to church operations, Victory Family Church, 4343 N Flood Ave., Norman. The light show runs every 30 minutes, tune to 100.9 FM for the full experience, https://victoryfamily.church/events/.