About half a million Jehovah’s Witnesses and interested ones in the country will attend 154 three-day Bible conventions in various cities and towns in June, July, and August this year, the congregation said in a statement Friday.
The first will be held on June 1 to 3 at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Novaliches, Quezon City.
Twelve more will follow weekly in the same venue for these Christians living in and around Metro Manila with some 5,000 expected to attend each week.
There are 141 more regional conventions scheduled nationwide with the last 14 on August 24-26.
According to Danilo Calso, media services coordinator of the Witnesses, these conventions in the Philippines will be held simultaneously with those in the United States.
“Actually, close to 15-million Witnesses and interested ones in 240 countries will be attending these assemblies featuring the same Bible-based program,” Calso said.
The overall theme of this year’s Bible seminars is, “Be Courageous!”
The theme focuses on how one can have the courage today in the face of hardships resulting from widespread addiction and criminality, terrorism and violence and graft and corruption, Calso said.
“Bible teachings and principles will be highlighted to show how one can cultivate qualities that promote courage and endurance, at the same time keep faith and hope” Calso pointed out.
On Friday, the program will begin with the keynote address titled, “Jehovah—The Source of True Courage,” recalling how God strengthened Joshua when about to lead the Israelites in their dangerous journey to the Promised Land.
The day’s theme on Saturday is based on Philippians 1: 14: “Showing all the more courage to speak the words of God fearlessly.”
A symposium on how this can be shown by the Christian youth, marriage mate, children, parents and older persons will be presented.
The highlight of the conventions, the baptism of some 5,000 new Witnesses after listening to the talk, “We Are Not the Sort Who Shrink Back,” will follow, Calso said.
On Sunday, the Bible-based public discourse, “The Resurrection Hope Imparts Courage-How?” will explain why Jesus told a grieving father, “Have no fear.”
The convention will end with a feature film: “The Story of Jonah—A Lesson in Courage and Mercy,” an account on why Jonah feared his assignment and ran away and how God’s mercy gave him the courage to finish his task.