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Evangelicals embrace Bible apps

17 April 2014

Free: Church House Publishing (CHP) last week released an Android version of its Daily Prayer App. The app, is free to download. The CHP Lent app reached the number-one spot in the Paid-Book Apps list

Free: Church House Publishing (CHP) last week released an Android version of its Daily Prayer App. The app, is free to download. The CHP Lent app re...

EVANGELICAL Christians are embracing smart technology to keep up their daily Bible-reading schedules, a new report suggests.

A third of those questioned for the Evangelical Alliance's research report Time for Discipleship? use Bible apps on their smartphones or tablets, to help fit daily devotional reading into their lifestyles.

The report, published this month, questioned 1744 people. Ninety-eight per cent of them agreed that they can see God at work in their life.

The report found that 90 per cent of those interviewed read the Bible regularly. More than six out of ten did not set aside a substantial period of time each day to pray, but many used their apps to read scripture as they went about their daily schedule. The Alliance's general director, Steve Clifford, said: "It's exciting to hear that Christians are using innovative ways to spend time with God, embracing new smartphone technology to help them read the Bible and pray on the go."

The Alliance represents more than 750 organisations, and two million Evangelical Christians, in 3500 churches across 79 denominations in the UK. Its quarterly surveys seek to provide a snapshot of Christian life to help leaders and the Church at large to make more effective plans for mission and ministry.

The report shows that 90 per cent of those questioned found that regularly attending church and/or a small fellowship-group was helpful to their growth. Sixty-three per cent were easily distracted "when spending time with God", however; and only 26 per cent felt that they were well-equipped to witness and share their faith with others.

The director of advocacy at the Alliance, Dr Dave Landrum, said: "It's encouraging to see that the majority of Evangelical Christians are determined not to let the daily pressures of time get between them and God. . .

"Our discipleship is critically important, and I hope the report findings will inspire church leaders to consider how they can support busy people to be disciples of Christ." 


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