Philippine Bible Society

BEC Bibles: equipping the laity

To help the church in equipping the laity, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launched the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Bible during the recently concluded first National Congress of the Clergy held at the World Trade Center.

The BEC Bible was produced to help the Church in its pastoral thrust in building up of the Basic Ecclesial Communities. This program was initiated during the 2nd Plenary Council in the Philippines in 1991, the inspiration of which came from the 2nd Vatican Council which gave the direction of what the church should be today.

“BEC is the new way of being church – the church that is renewed, and the church that is renewing,” explains ECBA Chairman, Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, DD. “It is a church of co-responsibility. The Church is no longer dominated by the clergy… it is for all the people of God, including the laity.”
Through BEC, the laity have become partners of the clergy in the holistic nurturing of the church. In empowering the laity, ECBA produced the BEC Bible in partnership with PBS. “Without the Word of God, we cannot say that that community is a Christian one, or an ecclesial one,” said Bishop Bastes.

The BEC Bible is printed in the major Philippine languages accurately translated from the original biblical languages. It contains a list of different gospel sharing methods for BEC use and for different occasions, as well as different themes for different gospel sharing methods. The Bible is distributed exclusively by PBS and ECBA.

I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society