National Bible Month 2019
National Bible Week 2019
January 21-27, 2019
National Bible Sunday 2019
January 27, 2019
God’s Word has powerful transforming impact on the national life. In world history, as well as in our own, the Holy Bible is regarded as a powerful book containing timeless principles that when heeded and obeyed can change a nation for the better. And after having tried so many alternative methods in the past, the call for us now is to heed God’s Word, to follow its statutes and obey its precepts if we want to see true development and lasting change in our lives as a people and as a country.
The Philippine Bible Society 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 backed up by Presidential Proclamation No. 124 declared by incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte last January 5, 2017.
Every year, the nation commemorates and celebrates the importance of the Bible in nation building. Churches have come together through parades, motorcades, and rallies proclaiming the yearly themes of the Bible celebration. Sermons and homilies have focused on the Bible’s role in changing the people’s lives during the National Bible Sunday. Streamers and posters called attention to this significant event, as well as Scriptures that are distributed on the streets and other public places.
NATIONAL BIBLE MONTH 2019
THE BIBLE: REAL TALK
Getting real about what really worries the youth
We praise God for His presence that never fails to bring us peace and joy. The time we spend with the Lord in reading His Word has caused us to find great security in Him. It is our hope that the youth of today find the same solace and comfort.
The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) is aware that the depression and suicide cases are rising. The younger generation suffers from not knowing where they belong and if they matter. They worry about stability and finding the right companion. So many anxious thoughts fill their minds everyday. It has become so alarming that PBS decided to take action by making 2019’s National Bible Month theme “The Bible: Real Talk.” The reference verses for this theme are Psalm 19:7-8 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
The official National Bible Week will be from January 21-27, 2019 with National Bible Sunday being on the 27th. Indeed, January 2019 will be a month of festivities that will hopefully empower the youth. We pray for them to realize that they can find their comfort in the promises that God revealed in the Bible. That is why the official NBM hashtag, #TheBibleRealTalk, is very important.
The hashtag itself can be used to create online reminders for the youth. Social media has given us a wider reach and an even bigger audience. Imagine being able to let the love of God overflow in a post that contains one of His Bible verses. It can become searchable online through the #TheBibleRealTalk hashtag. We can even gather these encouraging messages of hope and light together to create an archive showcasing God’s faithfulness.
Yes, the spotlight of 2019’s NBM may be on the youth, but everyone plays a major role. Hopefully, with “The Bible: Real Talk” being our theme, a time of honesty, empowerment and discernment will be ushered in for all - for both the younger and older generations. May it pave the way for deeper and more meaningful conversations on how to achieve positive change. And may it also bridge the gap between the young and the old in order for the Filipino people to stand on common ground.
We are fully dependent on the Lord for the success of 2019’s National Bible Month. It is our deep desire that His will reign sovereign over our nation. May everyone be blessed through this event and may His Word be made known even more.
Suggested Ways to Celebrate Nationa Bible Month
How Your Church/Organization Can Get Involved
The basic call is for every Filipino to honor the Bible by reading, studying and living its precepts. This challenge, however, has been stepped up and now calls on all Bible-believing Filipino to proclaim God’s Word and to profess their faith. These times call for boldness and determination, for concerted and deliberate action to draw our people back to God and His Word if we are to impact the whole nation for good.
PBS General Secretary Nora G. Lucero says “We encourage churches, LGUs, schools and organizations to help raise awareness on the importance of the Bible in people’s lives. Let us make our countrymen realize that it is a source of strength and wisdom and is not just applicable during times of trials but as a guiding light all our lives.
LOBBY TO INSTITUTIONALIZE THE NATIONAL BIBLE MONTH
Through a resolution or ordinance in your city of municipality and plan for a month-long or week-long celebration
DISPLAY NATIONAL BIBLE MONTH POSTERS, STREAMERS, AND TARPAULINS
on church bulletin boards and message posting areas
BE A BIBLE AMBASSADOR
Be a member of PBS and join the PBS members' community or donate for the Bible Cause
CONDUCT A NATIONAL BIBLE MONTH PARADE, MOTORCADE OR BIBLE RALLY
in your community with streamers and tarpaulins that feature Bible verses
ORGANIZE BIBLE QUIZZES, POSTER-MAKING, AND ESSAY-WRITING CONTESTS
in your church or school
STAGE CREATIVE WAYS TO SHOWCASE BIBLE KNOWLEDGE
Like HipHop, Streetdance, Rap, Singing competitions, or biblical stage plays
CONDUCT A SPORTS EVENT
Like a Bible Walk, Bible Run, Bike for a Bible, or a Bible Marathon
LAUNCH A BIBLE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
for jail inmates, hospital patients, policemen, soldiers, barangay officials, etc.
CONDUCT AN i-PROCLAIM!
A public Scripture reading program in your community to help raise awareness on the beauty and relevance of God's Word
HOLD A SPECIAL NATIONAL BIBLE SUNDAY CELEBRATION
Hold a special worship service focusing on the NBM theme. You may include praying for the Bible Translation and Distribution Ministry of the Bible Society in your program.
History of the National Bible Celebration
President Rodrigo Duterte declared that for every year, the month of January will be National Bible Month, under Proclamation No. 124 signed last January 5, 2017.
This rings true of the need for national transformation. In the words of the proclamation, “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.” Celebrating the Bible reminds the Filipino people of the primacy of God’s Word over their lives and decisions.
This annual event started in 1982 after former President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Proclamation No. 2242 declaring a nationwide Bible celebration. President Marcos originally declared the first Sunday of Advent and the last week of November every year as National Bible Sunday and National Bible Week (NBW).
The celebration in January came about during the term of President Corazon C. Aquino who issued Proclamation No. 44 in 1986 which transferred and made official the NBW celebration in the first month of the year. The proclamation was reinforced by President Fidel V. Ramos in Presidential Proclamation No. 1067 which urged that “national attention be focused in the importance of reading and studying the Bible in molding the spiritual, moral, and social fiber of our citizenry.” As more and more people read and study the Bible, the universal truths found in its pages empower them to live with hope and courage in these days of despair and difficulty.
National Bible Presidential Proclamations
National Bible Month Materials
National Bible Month Promo Video
Stories about National Bible Week