2020 – Year of the Bible

Earlier this month the World Evangelical Alliance announced a new initiative for next year, the AD 2020 Global Year of the Bible.

In his keynote address at the Jesus Global Youth Day, Bishop Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), highlighted the unparalleled role of the Bible in over thousands of years in the history of the world. “Properly understood, the Bible points us to the Creator whose Word is true, righteous and endures forever.” Before thousands of youth and youth leaders from 40 countries, Bishop Tendero launched WEA’s AD 2020 Global Year of the Bible. “We will highlight the importance of the Bible as the enduring foundation for fostering unity, freedom, development and quality of life today and for the years to come,” he added.
Manila, Philippines – August 10, 2019 (WEA media release 14.08.19)

Aims of Year of the Bible

Although based in America the WEA hopes this initiative will have impact and bear fruit across the world encompassing three broad aims:

  • the increased reading of the Bible by individuals and communities all over the world;
  • the translation, publication and distribution of the Bible in as many language communities that need it;
  • supplying people in all areas of life, especially the younger generation, with resources that will facilitate better engagement with the Bible.

2020 is a year with many organisations launching campaigns and initiatives to further the Gospel in recognition that now is the time to call the church to action.

Bible 2020 – Bible Societies uniting

Responding with a similar vision, SBS and the United Bible Societies are working globally to unite our fellow UBS members and other worldwide Bible agencies behind Bible 2020, a project to encourage the church to read the Bible aloud over countries, cities and towns next year.

Bible 2020 is a simple vision to speak forth God’s Word and proclaim His sovereignty over the earth, with 366 days of short inspirational readings.

The Bible, connecting the entire world for a year… and beyond!

Delivered by smartphone App or in a printed format, Christians everywhere can read the Word across their homeland as others across the world do the same.

For those more used to digital technology, a video wall will be created for users to upload a selfie film joining thousands of faces and voices across the world reading the same verse in their language and location. It is a picture of the global church unified behind the Bible and proclaiming truth together.

Bible 2020 contributes to all three aims of AD2020 Global Year of the Bible and we hope it will transform communities and lives as God’s Word is heard and proclaimed aloud.

You can find out more about the Scottish-based Bible 2020 initiative and sign up by clicking the button below.