We’re excited to have you join us in celebrating Bible Month this year, as we continue to raise up what is at the heart of Christian life and service – the Bible!
Our latest Bible engagement research suggests that less than 1 in 4 Kiwi Christians engage with the Bible every day.
More troubling is that 56% of Christians in NZ either rarely engage with the Bible or don’t engage with it at all.
To help you increase Bible engagement within your church, below you will find a range of free resources designed to encourage your people to read the Bible every day throughout July.
Just click on the relevant resource below to access them.Inspirational videos RightNow Media Book a speaker
If you would like to show these videos to your church, just click the button below each video and then select the file size you want to download from Vimeo.
175th anniversary promo
As you may be aware, this year we are celebrating 175 years of Bible Mission work in New Zealand.
Since April our celebration roadshow has been making its way around the county as we continue our commitment to hold up the place of the Bible in our country.
We now only have the Palmerston North, Wellington and Auckland regions to go!
If your church is based in these regions, then feel free to show your congregation the video so that they can get a sneak peek of what they’ll experience if they attend one of these anniversary events.
The early story of God in NZ
Many know the story of Christmas Day, 1814, when Rev Samuel Marsden stepped ashore at Oihi and shared the Gospel message with an estimated 300 Māori. But, in this powerful video, Te Hurihanga Rihari, a direct descendant of Māori that invited Marsden to Aotearoa, shares the little-known story that this wasn’t the first time Ngāti Torehina had encountered God. Some 500 years prior to the arrival of the Bible, his people lived at Rangihioua under the blessing of God.
The early story of the Bible in New Zealand
Ngā Tīmatanga – Beginnings. This is the story of how the Bible arrived in New Zealand and how it spread quickly amongst Māori throughout the country.
As the video below documents, it’s a story that began on Christmas Day in 1814, when Rev. Samuel Marsden accepted an invitation from Māori Chief Ruatara to lead the first ever church service in New Zealand. With over 300 local Maori in attendance, Marsden preached from the Gospel of Luke chapter 2 verse 10, “Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy.” And so the Bible began its journey in New Zealand. Share the video below with your congregation to help them be part of that journey in the 21st century.
The Story of Tārore
This story of forgiveness and reconciliation begins with a 12-year-old Māori girl named Tārore, who was murdered in the Waikato in 1838. To discover how this event was instrumental in spreading Christianity around the North Island and throughout New Zealand, watch Mokoro Gillett from Ngāti Hauā recount Tārore’s story in the video below. To share this story with your church, just download the version most appropriate for your purposes below the video.
The short version
The full version
People of Bible Society NZ
There is a Māori proverb that says:
“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.”
“What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.”
That sums up what is at the heart of our mission organisation – it’s our generous supporters who enable us to continue to help make the Bible accessible to everyone and encourage interaction with it.
In the video below, you will discover the lengths our supporters have gone to help bring Bibles to people in New Zealand and around the world. We trust that their stories will help inspire your congregation to engage with the Word of God this Bible Month.
Want to play individual stories from each of our supporters? Just click on the tabs below and then download the stories you’d like to share in your church.
Dr Mel Bowen
Your free access to the world’s largest video library of Christian content
We’re excited to announce that we’ve secured free access for you to the world’s largest library of Bible study video resources – RightNow MEDIA.
RightNow MEDIA is like the ‘Netflix of Video Bible Studies’ that you can access whenever you want, wherever you are! It is compatible with all devices – even chromecast on your smart TV!
The RightNow MEDIA online streaming service contains a comprehensive collection of faith-based video content, which includes biblical video series taught by pastors and Christian leaders like Francis Chan, Dr. Tony Evans, Jennie Allen, Matt Chandler, and more.
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RightNow MEDIA series you’ll have access to:
Preparing Expository Sermons
6 Tips For A Great Small Group
Lead Like a Shepherd
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Book a speaker
Would you like someone from Bible Society to come to your church and encourage people to read the Bible and share more about our global Bible mission?
Just click the tab below, fill in the form, and we’ll do our best to make someone available for you based on your location.