The goal of Read Scripture is that everyone would read the Bible for themselves and discover the truth and beauty of God’s Word.
To this end, we are curating a year-long Bible reading plan and supplementing the reading with amazingly creative videos (produced by our friends at the Bible Project) that explain every book of the Bible, major theological themes of the gospel, and tips on how to read the Bible.
We house all of this content in a beautifully designed app that is available to download in the App Store.
We encourage you to experience Read Scripture in community but it is set up so that you can go through it on your own.
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Hark! A Read Scripture Update! In addition to several small bug fixes, we have added a more robust video player to solve connection and audio issues.
Ratings and Reviews
Read Scripture Review
I give this 5 Stars. A really great app. Probably the best for reading the whole Scripture. Our whole church is going through this right now. We started in January. At the first of the year, one always knew where we were because the Psalms number was the same as the number of the day of the year. That is Feb 28 was day 58. This only works if you start at the first of the year. A lot of people do not. In the second half, if you got behind and were trying to catch up, it was hard to know your target, and it was hard to get in sync with the rest of the Church. May I suggest: when one starts the app, inter the date and add a calendar to the program so you can refer to it and keep up, knowing where you should be. Also the videos are so tiny I have to use a magnifying glass to read them. Please allow us to enlarge them. Maybe you could allow a full size print out of the visual, as well, (or a video download). Allow us to highlight and copy and paste a passage for memorizing. Other then that you deserve SEVEN stars. God bless you and your families.
God Lives Through This App!
I was reading in my YouVersion Bible plan, and stumbled upon a video. It was an amazing overview of the books, within really cool animations.
I showed my 10-year-old a few videos from the app, and he was in awe of the Comic-book-style renderings. He said it made the Bible so much more readable because it became fun. (But I have to admit, I think I'm more hooked on these videos than he is.) There are various artistic creations - from what look like comics, to beautiful scenes that look like they were painted in watercolors.
Of course, the app isn't just a bunch of videos. Do you ever look at scripture and wonder why there are line breaks and poetic-style passages? Well, not any more. Put into actual paragraphs, the Bible is an amazing read. Almost like a novel. Because of that, I find that I'm much better absorbing, and comprehending, what I read. The Bible has always been a bit off to me because of the style. Now I actually enjoy reading it.
Reading and watching is available at your own pace. Want to skip to books & chapters and read stories of what you feel is more important to you at different times? Go ahead. You can always go back and see anything you've skipped, (and also re-read the ones you haven't.)
I don't have even one negative to present. This is by far my favorite app of all time, and I hope everyone realizes the amount of time, effort, and super creativity that has been put into it.
Nothing is more important
I have been a Christian my whole life, raised in the church, Bible college for a couple years, etc and I’ve had moments of feeling close and feeling far away from God. I love the encouragement by Francis Chan and other godly leaders to get alone with God, to make personal intentional time with Him. I had heard about and tried (unsuccessfully) for years to read my Bible but I just never found a rhythm or put in the work. I often felt like reading the Bible was good by not necessary and compared it to flossing - beneficial but not worth the effort to me.
But since I’ve started using this app, all of that has changed. I am on my longest streak of readying the Bible every morning (70 days, missed 2 but man, I’ve never had this many days of being intentional). And I feel God in a way I have never experienced in my life. He is changing me. He is changing my heart. As I sit at His feet and read the Words He wants me to hear, I can see myself becoming a new creation.
I highly highly recommend this app to everyone! This is an amazing gift and I love the videos at key moments that highlight the chapter or a theme we are reading about. I am now a firm believer that nothing can replace this time alone with God and yield the same results.
Thank you Bible Project and Francis Chan for this app and for your faithfulness in ministry! I also recommend checking out the Crazy Love podcast as a great supplement.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.