Discover a new Sabbath School App designed by members for members with fantastic features, multiple Bible translations/languages and 'single tap' access to each day's lesson.

As we experience the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are reminded of the importance of studying the Scriptures for ourselves, and not letting popes, priests, pastors, and spiritual leaders dictate to us what we are “supposed” to believe.

In 1852, James and Ellen White were travelling from Rochester, New York to Bangor, Maine.  One day, they stopped on the side of the road to have lunch and give their horse a break. Sitting under a tree, James took out a pen, ink, and paper, and using his lunchbox as a desk, began to write the first Sabbath School lessons for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since then the church has been publishing the worldwide Sabbath School lessons empowering millions to explore the Bible for themselves.

In 2016 my wife and I travelled to Scandinavia to work at an Adventist boarding school.  Here we started up a Sabbath School for the students with food, music, games and the Sabbath School lesson.  However we didn’t have access to a printed version of the English lesson, and had trouble using existing Sabbath School apps.

In my search I came across Vitaliy Lim, a software developer from Canada and the head developer of a new, open-source Sabbath School app for Android and iOS.  Vitalik invited me to become a developer of the app and add in new translations.  Now like most people, I had never made an app or done any type of coding!  So I quickly jumped on Google, read lots of “How To” websites and watched YouTube to learn how to contribute to the app.  Fast forward a few months – I have now added a Danish translation and am currently working on adding five new English Bible translations into the app (ASV, ESV, NIV, NLT and MSG).

Features Include:

  • Access the Sabbath School lesson anywhere, any time!
  • Free to download for Android and iOS – designed for phones and tablets
  • Full text of the Sabbath School lesson, the “Inside Story”, as well as the “Teacher’s Comments”
  • “Easy Reading” version of the Sabbath School lesson
  • Built-in Bibles, so you just have to tap on the Bible verse reference and the Bible text pops up
  • Three built-in Bible translations (KJV, NKJV, NASB)
  • Highlight key words or sentences
  • Boxes to write comments and answers to questions
  • Login with Facebook or Google to save and sync comments and highlights across devices
  • Lessons available in 13 different languages, including: Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, German, French, Bulgarian, Danish, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Turkish!  It’s truly an app for the worldwide Adventist Church!

Features Coming Soon:

  • 5 new English translations: ASV, ESV, NIV, NLT, MSG
  • Social integration to discuss lessons with other users

 

Where to find the apps:

Apple iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sabbath-school/id895272167?mt=8

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cryart.sabbathschool&hl=en

The Sabbath School app is developed by volunteers.  We are always looking for contributors to help us add new languages and features to the app, so if you have some programming experience check out the app Github at github.com/adventech.  We are open to suggestions for new features, so feel free to contact me with your ideas at: jaredmartin@hotmail.com.au

7 comments

  1. I love this app. I look up each day’s lesson and read it in the car as we drive to work. I can also look up the Bible texts and type answers to the questions. It makes lesson study easy and enjoyable.

  2. This looks like a wonderful tool for Sabbath School ministry. One of the greatest aspects of it is the different languages. I believe it would be ever more enhanced by adding some other languages. We have Adventists in language groups who have come to the US as refugees and immigrants, but have not been able to get the SS lessons in their languages. Those in my churches include Karen (Burmese) and Africans speaking Swahili and Kinyurwandan, among others. This would be a great help.

    • Jared Martin replied:

      Hi Gary. Thanks for your feedback. We’re certainly looking to add more languages into the app. If you know anyone who understand those languages, who has access to the lessons in those languages, and who has a bit of programming skill, please get them to send me an email: jaredmartin@hotmail.com.au

  3. Lynnette Williams said:

    I am not into APPs and prefer paper. But I am always disappointed when scripture is suppose to be being shared and there is no old KJ bible.

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