This is your chance to claim a free Bible, as part of a huge giveaway of the good book by Bible Society Australia.
Free Bibles for all who need one will be offered as part of Bible Society Australia’s National Celebration of the Bible at the Hillsong Convention Centre in Sydney’s hills district on Sunday.
Bible Society CEO Greg Clarke will make the surprise announcement during two special services celebrating BSA’s Bicentenary on Sunday morning, which will be streamed live from 9am to about 50 lighthouse churches across the country and telecast on the Australian Christian Channel and webcast via bible.com.au.
He will say that anyone in Australia who needs a Bible for themselves or a friend will be able to go online at bible.com.au and request one, with the offering remaining open until midnight next Saturday, March 11.
The services are among a series of events being held across the country to commemorate the Bicentenary of a meeting called by NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie on March 7, 1817, which set up the NSW Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
That Society, now known as Bible Society Australia, is the longest living organisation in Australia, predating the establishment of the nation’s first bank by two weeks, in a sign of how Christian thinking influenced the early days of the colony.
Making the most of the opportunity to celebrate the Bible and the continuing mission to champion it in a sceptical and ill-informed society, the Sunday service will be preceded by a 15-minute video of short interviews with people talking about their favourite Bible verses and how they have shaped their lives.
Then with the high energy that characterises all Hillsong services, the celebration will kick off with an extended set of worship and praise by Hillsong musicians.
Reaching across the denominational divide to share a platform for the first time, Davies and Houston share a love for the Bible as the bedrock of their lives and ministries.
Greg Clarke will then introduce a video telling the poignant story of Donna Meehan, an Indigenous woman who was a member of the Stolen Generations. Aunty Donna relates how she found healing, restoration and comfort in the pages of God’s word, a promise that is made to all who turn to the Bible seeking help to “live light” despite our circumstances.
“Live light” is Bible Society’s motto, reflecting God’s message of unconditional love found in Jesus, the Living Word, and the Bible.
After a music segment featuring the brand-new song Your Word, written by Chris Davenport for Hillsong’s latest album, Let There Be Light, history will be made when Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, and Hillsong’s Global Senior Pastor, Brian Houston present twin sermons.
Reaching across the denominational divide to share a platform for the first time, Davies and Houston share a love for the Bible as the bedrock of their lives and ministries, which is why they believe that 200 years of sharing God’s word are worth celebrating. Davies calls the Bible God’s “communication lifeline,” while Houston describes it as “God’s love letter to humanity.”
Davies told Eternity his favourite Bible verse was Deuteronomy 29:29 – “The secret things belong to the Lord our God but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children that we might do all the words of his law.”
“It talks of God’s omniscience, of God’s knowledge of all things and of our partial knowledge – there are lots of things we’d like to ask God but he’s not going to tell us. In actual fact, he tells us there are things he won’t tell us, the secret things belong to the Lord our God. But we’re not to concentrate on the speculation of what it might be that God hasn’t told us.
“God says the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children – there’s a generational principle there, the responsibility of parents to bring up their children in the knowledge and fear of the Lord.
“So God has given us all that we need to be in relationship with him and that’s fulfilled by faith and obedience in his son, the perfect law-keeper, the perfect truster of God.
“Despite all our failings God still loves us and receives us and accepts us on the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ – that’s a wonderful message for the Bible Society to continue to bring to people for many years to come.”
*This offer is only valid for Australian residents, and expires on Saturday March 11.
National Celebration of the Bible
Hillsong Convention Centre, Baulkham Hills