Bible Companion App

 

May 09, 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT: The BCA version 3.1.0 is now available for iOS and Android. Updates include performance enhancements and feedback features. 

What is the the Bible Companion App?

Fitness, diet, finances, time—if it's a part of our lives, there seems to be an app to track it. But what about the most important part of our lives? The part that remains when all else fades? The Bible Companion App (BCA) seeks to help build healthy daily habits in regards to spending time in the Word, prayer, and other aspects of the Christian life.

Here are some disturbing statistics:

  • The Bible has been the number one best seller for decades but it is the least read bestseller of all times.
  • Among those who say their Bible reading decreased in the last year, the number-one reason was busyness: 40% report being too busy with life's responsibilities (job, family, etc.). (Source: Barna Group)
  • Less than 20% of churchgoers read their Bible daily. (Source: Lifeway Research)

After surveying over 40,000 people, the Center for Bible Engagement determined the following odds for Christians who engage with the Bible four or more times a week.

  • Getting drunk = 57% lower odds
  • Sex outside marriage = 68% lower odds
  • Pornography = 61% lower odds
  • Gambling = 74% lower odds
  • Any of these negative habits = 57% lower odds 
  • Sharing faith with others = 228% higher odds
  • Discipling others = 231% higher odds
  • Memorizing scripture = 407% higher odds  

The Bible Companion App is designed to help you consistently stay in the Word.

Bible poverty can occur because the Word is unavailable
or because we do not make ourselves available to the Word.

How does it work?

The Bible Companion App helps create and maintain good Bible reading habits by tracking your Bible readings with consistency meters, progress bars, and reading stats displayed within daily, weekly, & monthly charts. Other tracking features include setting goals for prayer, reflection, community, Bible Study, and other readings. The BCA does not contain the Scriptures. You are free to read from the Bible and medium of your choice. 

Here are few of the features of The Bible Companion App. See the Features page for more details or view Using the BCA for detailed instructions.

  • Over 30 charts, meters, & gauges to help track Christian-based activities
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly charts track chapters logged and time-based events
  • Points are earned for consistency that can be donated to influence missional giving
  • Various line charts, bar charts, pie charts provide feedback on activity consistency
  • Select and display goal gauges from six different activities
  • Goal activities include chapters read, prayer, reflection, community, Bible study, & additional reading
  • Activity log provides text-based report over the past 14-days
  • Old Testament & New Testament progress meters display book progress and last date read
  • Community Wall displays events from direct relationships or group connections
  • Community prayer focuses on unreached people groups and current events
  • Key Ideas, Principles, & Applications for various books of the Bible

If you want to have a really bad reading experience,
read only one page of your novel a day,
or only one chapter of the Bible.

Read Your Bible - Help Support Missions

The goal in the creation of the Bible Companion App was two-fold. First, to help people create consistent habits in the Word. Second, to support missions. As you log activities, you gain Consistency Credits. These credits can then be used to influence funding in selected areas of missions. More information about the funding model can be found on the Sponsors page.

Period Ended February 5, 2016 allocation results.

The points donated during this period were: Evangelism 27% | Poverty 28% | Education 12% | Medical Aid 22% | Justice 11%

The next point allocation period ends Saturday May 14, 2016.

Download the app & create a free account

The BCA is available for the iPhone, iPad, & Android 5.0+ phones. The BCA may work on some Android tablets but is not optimized for them. (Sorry, there are just too many devices and sizes to test.) The current BCA version is 3.0.1. Click the links to find the BCA within the app markets.

Just getting started?  Want to see more?
Click here for step-by-step instructions on using the BCA.

What's Next?

Click on the images below for a sneak peek of what's coming soon! 

Donate to Projects

We have had an excellent response with consistency points being allocated toward the general categories of Evangelism, Poverty, Education, Medical Aid, and Justice. Soon you will be able to donate your points directly to specific projects as we partner with various ministries.

Heat Maps

Heat maps, such as the example shown here, display the intensity of activity over a certain period of time. Blue denotes cold (little activity) and red denotes hot (a lot of activity). When we implement the Community Wall, we hope to have the BCA community join together in prayer for various regions around the world. The prayer heat map will display the prayer activity.

Support

Though we strive to provide a flawless app experience, sometimes technology gets the best of us. If you encounter a problem or need additional help, please email us at: support@stayinthebible.com  (English only please.)

 

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