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10 Best iPhone Apps for Christians

I have written in the past about my love/hate relationship with my iPhone. And others have written at length about the ways our phones are changing us. Nevertheless, there are many ways in which owning a smartphone has been beneficial to my spiritual life. And not just because it helps me stay connected, but also because there are so many great apps for Christians. Here are my picks for the 10 best iPhone apps for Christians.

10 – Scripture Typer

Scripture memorization isn’t just for Sunday school kids. Hiding passages of the Bible in your heart gives you a great well of truth to draw from when you are facing temptation or trial. Daily Bible reading is one way, but a dedicated plan for Scripture memorization is another way to saturate your mind with God’s Word. It can also provide the fuel for biblical meditation throughout your day.

Scripture Typer example of John 3:16 memoriztion
Step one is just reading the whole verse several times. Step two begins removing words. And in step three you just type the whole verse out. Scripture Typer has tools to track your progress across multiple verses or groups of verses.

Scripture Typer makes memorizing verses just that much easier. More than mere flash cards, this app systematically removes words in the verses you are attempting to memorize until you can type the whole thing from memory. It also has prompts for when to review the verses you have already mastered so that you retain them over time.

I wish it was a bit more feature rich with more methods of memorization, but this is still a great app which is why it comes in at number 10 on my list for the best iPhone apps for Christians.

Scripture Typer is one of the best iPhone apps for Christians if you want to memorize Bible verses.
Some of the additional features of Scripture Typer

Bonus: This is a great little ebook on a method for extended Scripture memorization.

9 – Sermon Audio

God designed His Word to be preached. Sitting under sound preaching in a local church is an act of worship and a key to spiritual growth. But one of the special blessings we enjoy in this age of the internet is access to lots and lots of great preaching in addition to our local pastor.

Home screen of the Sermon Audio app, one of the best iPhone apps for Christians.
The home screen provides recommendations and a simple search.
View of an individual sermon on the sermon audio app

I have used the Sermon Audio website for years. It provides the ability to find preachers from around the world to listen to. You can search by name, topic, or Bible passage. This handy Sermon Audio app makes it easy to stream or download a sermon. And if your church uses Sermon Audio, you can set it up so that you are tracking with all of your pastor’s latest messages.

8 – Podcasts

Nothing fancy here. Just the default Apple Podcasts app. There are tons of great Christian podcasts out there. I’ve mentioned at least one before. But podcasts are a great way to keep up with what’s going on in the Christian world or, like sermon audio, to get the latest sermons from your church or other preachers you like.

So, even though it comes with your phone and isn’t really designed exclusively for believers, the podcasts app is still one of the best iPhone apps for Christians.

7 – You Need a Budget

We’ve talked before about the importance of having a budget for financial stewardship. And I wrote a post on the best budgeting software for Christians, You Need a Budget. So, I’ve included their app in this list, because for me it is a critical component to ensuring that I am being the wisest steward I can possibly be with God’s resources.

iPhone app interface for You Need a Budget

While the app itself is free, you need to be a YNAB customer to use the service. Check out my full article on YNAB for more information on this great budgeting software.

6 – RefNet

Podcasts and sermons are great, but sometimes you just want to turn on the radio and let someone else pick what to listen to. You can try your local Christian radio station, but nine times out of ten you’ll either be tuning into straight heresy or just sentimental tripe (no strong opinions here, folks).

Music playing on RefNet radio app

RefNet from the folks at Ligonier Ministries is a wonderful internet radio station which curates excellent sermons from trusted teachers along with elevated worship music. The iPhone app is a great way to bring RefNet with you wherever you go which is why it is number 6 on the 10 best iPhone apps for Christians.

5 – The Study Bible

I keep several Bible apps on my phone. In fact, the one I use the most, Accordance, isn’t even on this list because I thought it would be too specialized. But one Bible app I keep on my iPhone is The Study Bible by Grace to You.

Colossians 3 in The Study Bible app by Grace to You

It’s quite a nice app and includes the ability to listen to an audio Bible companion to whatever passage you are on. But the killer feature to this app is that for an in-app purchase you can get all of the notes from the MacArthur Study Bible. I frequently find myself referencing this resource, so having it in my pocket is tremendously handy. It also gives the ability to access all of MacArthur’s sermon archives from within the Bible app as well.

The study notes from the MacArthur Study Bible for Colossians 3 in the Study Bible app.
The real selling point on this app is the MacArthur Study Bible notes which can be purchased as an in-app purchase for $5.99.

4 – Productive – Habit Tracker

I am a strong believer in healthy habits. Training yourself for holiness includes daily rhythms that gradually over time shape you into the man or woman God wants you to be. But habits are hard to form, so I’ll take any help I can get!

One app I’ve found to help in forming habits is Productive. It allows you to set up habits and the frequency with which you would like to do them (e.g. daily, weekly, only on Sundays, etc.) and it will remind you at certain times to do them and ask you to log whether you have or haven’t performed that habit. It gives you rewards for keeping up a streak and gives you a good historical picture of how well you’ve done. There’s nothing like looking back on your calendar and seeing that you haven’t broken that streak for an entire month.

Interface of Productive habit tracking app for iPhone
There is a good amount of granularity to how you track each habit. I recommending starting with just a few habits at first.

I’ve used this app to track daily Bible reading and prayer habits, exercise, and even to track things I want to avoid doing. The digital accountability this app provides is why it’s number four on the 10 best iPhone apps for Christians.

3 – Grace to You Sermons

If you want solid expository verse-by-verse teaching, John MacArthur is your man. And the Grace to You Sermons app is your ticket to all of pastor John’s massive sermon archive.

Latest sermons from Grace to You in the Grace to You Sermons app.

This guy has preached verse-by-verse through the entire New Testament. So, if you’re wanting to hear a sermon on any passage in the New Testament, this app has you covered. I have had this app on my phone for years so I can listen to the daily GTY broadcast. I really think this is one of the best iPhone apps for Christians, which is why it takes the number three spot on this list.

2 – Prayer Mate

How many times have you told someone “I’ll pray for you” and then immediately forgotten? Prayer Mate is a simple and handy app that allows you to store up all of the things you want to be praying about and have it give you a prayer list each day. This app helps you not to forget so that you continue to pray with perseverance until the Lord answers.

Lists in Prayer Mate app
Lists help keep your prayer life organized

One of the coolest thing about tracking prayer requests over the long-term is when you get to change a daily prayer request from a request into a praise because you have seen it be answered. It’s also really neat to be able to text a friend and let them know you are praying for something specific they told you about months or even years ago. That is tremendously encouraging.

Reminders in Prayer Mate app.
You can set multiple reminders to pray throughout the day so that you don’t forget.

1 – Bible

The Bible App by Life Church is simply the best Bible app for the iPhone. There is no contest. That is why it tops the list of the 10 best iPhone apps for Christians. This app has every translation you can imagine, an excellent user interface, and other great features like daily Bible reading plans and devotionals. The best part is it’s all free.

Bible translations in The Bible App (You Version).
The number of Bible translations available is actually quite daunting. I usually read from the ESV or NASB.

I also prefer the interface on this Bible app to every other Bible app out there. The ability to flip through chapters with the arrows instead of typing in the reference or scrolling is much more natural (especially in church when your pastor is flipping pages like a madman).

Example of what a Bible passage looks like in the Bible app (You Version).
Very clean interface and UI. The app doesn’t get in the way of the text like with some other Bible apps.

Conclusion – More of the Best iPhone Apps for Christians

There you have it, the 10 best iPhone apps for Christians. I hope you found this list helpful, and if I left any apps off that you think should have made the top 10, give them a shout out in the comments and I’ll check it out.

About the author

Reagan Rose

Slave of Jesus Christ, husband, preacher-man, productivity nut, and Director of Operations at The Master's Seminary.

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