Believers today can benefit from a host of modern tools to access and understand the ancient Word of God. Smartphones enable Bible reading with unique mobile apps, respected commentaries are only a few clicks away, and dynamic sermons from Christian pastors worldwide are freely available.
YouTube reigns as the world’s largest video platform by far — with more than 30 million people watching over five billion videos every single day. For videos to succeed on YouTube, it often takes more than a simple selfie-cam. YouTube producers are driven to discover their unique voice, develop rich content over time, and continually improve on video basics like lighting and sound.
While it’s easy to gravitate to favorite entertainment shows during downtime, these five YouTube channels provide new and innovative ways to dive in deeper to God’s Word — a living and active force changing cultures worldwide.
1. The Bible Project (God’s Word in Graphics)
Launched in 2014 by two friends who met at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, today The Bible Project has produced over 130 fully-animated short videos that reveal the historically orthodox narrative of the Bible.
Now used in many churches’ young adult and youth groups nationwide, the videos have proven effective to increase Bible literacy and generate open discussion. The non-profit group offers study guides, timelines, and other graphics resources free to download.
2. I Am Second (Personal Testimonies)
Few things are as powerful as one person sharing their own raw, authentic story in their own words. Since 2008, the I Am Second movement has harnessed this power to great effect with short, first-person videos — seeing millions of people come to know Christ and inspiring believers worldwide to boldly live their faith.
Discussion guides are available free online for each testimony, featuring notable artists and speakers such as rap artist Lecrae, surfer Bethany Hamilton, HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Albert Pujols, Sean Lowe of The Bachelor, and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, among many others.
3. International House of Prayer-Kansas City (24/7 Live Worship)
In addition to learning God’s Word, Christian faith grows through active worship and prayer — which is more caught than taught. While YouTube worship playlists span a wide range of musical styles, there’s one experience online unlike any other: a 24/7 worship live stream that’s been going nonstop for over 17 years.
Since September 1999, rotating teams at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri have continuously exalted God with a concert of intercession and worship. A hub of the global prayer movement, IHOP-KC bases its mission of night-and-day worship firmly on a Scriptural mandate.