National Bible Month 2020

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God’s Word contains a message so beautiful, true, and powerful that it can become life-changing for anyone who gets to read it. To this day, wherever you are in the world, the Bible remains relevant and timely. And when heeded and obeyed, it can change a nation for the better.

The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) has endeavored to introduce people to the Bible’s transforming power through all means possible. One such means is the celebration of the National Bible Month (NBM) which is currently backed up by incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidential Proclamation No. 124.

An excerpt from Presidential Proclamation No. 124:

…it is fitting and proper that national attention be focused on the important role being played by reading and study of the Bible in molding the moral fiber of our society.

Every year since 1982, people from all over the Philippines celebrate and commemorate the importance of the Bible in nation-building. Churches come together through parades, motorcades, and rallies as they proclaim the yearly themes of the NBM celebration. Sermons and homilies focus on the Bible’s role in changing the people’s lives during National Bible Sunday. People distribute Scripture materials and tracts along the streets and other public places, while others put up streamers and posters to call extra attention to the month’s festivities.

Celebrating the NBM reminds the Filipino people of the primacy of God’s Word over their lives and decisions. If we want to see true development and lasting change in our lives as a people and as a country, then we need to follow the Word’s statutes and obey its precepts. Truly, what the world needs now is God’s Word – the Bible!

National Bible Month 2020 Scripture references

How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!

Psalm 133:1, Good News Translation (GNT)

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13, New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)

#2020 Vision: The Bible Transforms and Unites the Nation

A year of clarity to further intensify our initiatives in making the Bible known.

Driven by God’s Word which transforms and unites our countrymen, no matter what area, region, or zone.

Throughout 2020, may the Lord our God be honored and glorified!

#NBM2020 #ChangedLivesTogether

“The theme gives us clarity that the Bible becomes the base of a nation – the nation’s heart. The year ahead may have many challenges but the Bible is our basis and guide. The Bible is what will unite us in times of change and in our journey of growing together. We can’t see total transformation in a year. But we can’t lose that clarity or clearness and continuity of vision to work towards a nation transformed by the Bible, united by God’s Word.” 

Dr. Nora G. Lucero (PBS General Secretary)

Clarity | a poem for NBM 2020

The closer we get to this new year
Our eyes widen with revelation
And things have never been more clear

We envision a transformed Filipino people
A change of heart for every individual
All else fades away
When we remember that the Lord has no equal

So we approach the year 2020
With hearts full of joy
And spirits so ready

Our worldly desires blur
And our eyes focus on the One
Who keeps us safe, secure, and steady

Together we will work
To make the Bible known

For God our heavenly Father
Deserves all the glory and praise
Offered at the foot of his throne

 

10 Ways to Celebrate NBM

1. LOBBY | to institutionalize the National Bible Month in your city, municipality, barangay, or school

2. DISPLAY | National Bible Month posters, streamers, and tarpaulins in places like your school campus, your workplace bulletin boards, and your church’s announcements corner

3. BECOME | a PBS Bible Ambassador to know the latest NBM initiatives you can be a part of

4. CONDUCT | a National Bible Month parade, motorcade, or Bible rally

5. STAGE | Bible quizzes, poster-making competitions, and essay-writing contests

6. STAGE |creative ways to showcase Bible knowledge like theatre performances, special dance numbers, and concerts

7. CONDUCT | fun sports events like running marathons, group zumba or jogging, and physical fitness-spiritual wellness talks

8. LAUNCH | a Bible distribution program

9. CONDUCT | an i-Proclaim activity (public Bible reading)

10. HOLD | a special National Bible Month celebration

These are just ten (10) of the most basic ways for one to celebrate the National Bible Month (NBM). But we encourage you to get even more creative!

If you would still like to know more about any of these ten (10) suggestions, please feel free to connect with us. Kindly send us your NBM email inquiries as early as possible with the subject “NBM INQUIRY – [FIRST AND LAST NAME]” to contactus@bible.org.ph.



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“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