The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies and Hillsong Church's senior pastor Brian Houston will be together celebrating Bible Society Australia's 200th Birthday at Hillsong's main campus in Sydney. The service will take place on March 5 and it will live stream across many of Hillsong's campus sites. In addition, there are "lighthouse churches" in every state that will show the broadcast either live or at a more convenient time.
In an interview with Eternity ahead of the event, Davies urged Bible Society Australia to keep publishing and printing more Bibles in accessible language, in order to "keep refreshing the non-changing words of the Bible in a changing society, so that people can actually say 'yes, this is true.'"
"There's something personal about the Bible. It's not just a book written for people at large; it's actually written for me in particular and for you and for everyone who takes it up. It's God's personal message to us," he said.
Meanwhile Hillsong's Brian Houston said the Bible had been his "source of life, hope, direction, wisdom and success" since his boyhood in Auckland, in a Salvation Army family.
"The Bible is God's love letter to humanity, and I believe with all my heart that it lifts people up, brings eternal hope, offers grace and shows us the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. All that God longs to tell us, show us and teach us about our lives and the fulfilling lives we are meant to live is hidden within this sacred text," he said.
Houston said the Bible had been and continued to be "absolutely central" to his boyhood dreams of pastoring a healthy, growing church. He loved how the more he knows about God and his word, the more he realises there is so much more to know.