I understand that not everyone owns a iPhone or iPad, but many are purchasing these devices more and more. We even have people in our church who barely know how to turn a computer on, who are carrying iPhones. I thought I’d take a few moments to share with you the Apps that I have downloaded and use in my personal life for Christian growth. There are obviously more out there, even that I’m not aware of. New apps are coming out daily, but these are a few that I’ve enjoyed using regularly.
1. Olive Tree Bible Study (KJV)
I love technology, but I still enjoy using my leather Bible for reading and preaching. However, when your waiting at the doctor’s office or finishing up break at work this is a great app. It has a clean design and allows you to customize the layout your prefer. It has integrated social media outlets for you to tweet or Facebook a verse. It has options for notes, reading plans, and even the availability to purchase Bible commentaries. I’ve used several Bible apps, and this is my favorite.
My dad actually showed me this app. The lite version is free, but for $2.99 you can get access to over 4,500 words in the Bible that are difficult to enunciate. This app is very helpful and once you download it, you’ll find yourself using it often.
This is a must have, especially if you attend Laurel Baptist. It is much like podcasting with an entire app focused on preaching. You can select Laurel Baptist Church has “MyChurch” and get access to all the sermons delivered from our pulpit for free. Thousands of people use this app for spiritual growth. You can also search your favorite speaker like Paul Chappell or Clarence Sexton and listen to Bible messages.
4. KNVBC Radio
KNVBC Radio is a ministry of Dr. Jack Trieber and North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, CA. Great music, teaching, and preaching. Right now, I’m enjoying the song “The Gloryland Way” through this app on my iPhone as I write this blog. Great resource!
5. Outreach by Lancaster Baptist Church
Dr. Paul Chappell and Lancaster Baptist Church made this app available in 2011. It has been a wonderful tool for keeping up with soulwinning prospects. It keeps track of all the details of your outreach, even reminding you when you haven’t made contact with a soulwinning prospect in a while.
6. Prayer Notes
This is a new app for me. Literally, I haven’t even had it a week. I keep a prayer journal on my iPad as I pray through our church membership, missionaries, pastor friends, and general prayer needs. But this is a really cool resource designed for both iPhone & iPad. You can setup a prayer list category and even mark when a prayer has been answered. It’s worth the free download!
I use my Kindle for my iPad way more than my iPhone; however, you have accessibility on both devices to good Christian reading. I have just recently made a more active approach at reading books digitally. When I discovered I could highlight and mark just like I do in my regular books, I was excited. I encourage you as a Christian to find good Christian books and read them even on your electronic devices.
This is not the best audio Bible you can get for your iPhone, but it is the cheapest (free). I’ve discovered that the easier audio Bible apps available are going to cost you (i.e. Alexander Scourby is $19.99). But if you enjoy listening to the Bible via audio and are on a tight budget, I recommend this one. It’s not a great interface, but it works.
This is the native app that comes on every Apple device. I mention it briefly to encourage you to find good gospel centered music to listen to. It will help your Christian growth and worship. I have certain music that I enjoy listening to even in my time with the Lord. Don’t let the “music” app go unused on your device.
Again, another native app to the Apple devices, but certainly one that should be used. There would not be enough time to utilize all good podcasts that are available to your Christian growth, but I encourage you to find a few podcasts that you enjoy and listen to them (I plan to write another blog post soon on the podcasts that I subscribe to). You can subscribe to the Laurel Baptist Church podcast and listen to all messages from our pulpit.
Apps are being added everyday. Feel free to share with me some that you enjoy for Christian growth.