What were the most popular Bible verses of 2015? What were people searching for in the Bible throughout the year?
We’ve compiled our annual Year in Review data, which highlights how people used the Bible online in Bible Gateway in 2015. An article in Christianity Today summarizes the Year in Review findings, and you can examine the data yourself to see what stands out to you. There’s a lot of information to digest about how people read and search the Bible.
The top ten Bible verses of 2015, according to Bible Gateway’s data, were:
- John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
- Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
- Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
- Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
- Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
- Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
- Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:7: “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
- Proverbs 3:6: “[I]n all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
That list of top verses is just scratching the surface of the data, however. There’s much more where this came from—read the summary at Christianity Today, or take a look at the full data yourself. What patterns stand out to you?