Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is winding down, and we are about to leave the Book of Matthew behind. I hope you all found it as transformative as I did and learned about God, His Son, and His plans, and grew with Him.
I will be posting later this week some suggested summer Bible Studies (as well as what I intend to do right here if you all want to follow along). I sincerely hope you all have found a bit of a nugget here in this blog at some point this past year about the Book of Matthew.
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Today’s question we’ll answer is “How do you join Bible Study Fellowship?
There are a couple of ways to join Bible Study Fellowship, or BSF. You can go online and request to join a group. The link is HERE. You can search groups near you and then request to join a group all online.
You can also request to join an online BSF Group. That link is HERE. You can search by time, day, and language. This is a great option for older people and for those who prefer to meet from the comfort of their home.
Bible Study Fellowship is free, and now you can choose the way you like to study the Bible with others.
Bible Study Fellowship now runs for 30 weeks and follows the school year. In the United States, the first BSF classes begin the week after Labor Day. There is a three-week break for Christmas and a one-week break for Spring Break, which varies depending on your BSF group.
This is different in other countries. Many begin in late August, and those in the Southern Hemisphere begin the BSF study about half-way through ours due to their different seasons.
The BSF classes themselves run approximately two hours. This includes group discussion and lecture.
In the past, BSF was 32 weeks and was 2.5 hours long. However, 2.5 hours is a long time for young children, and students at night would get home really late. Thirty weeks gives a bit more of a break during the summer, too.
Many people wonder, “How does Bible Study Fellowship work?” Perhaps, they have heard of it or have friends who participate, and they want to join.
Bible Study Fellowship, or BSF, takes a four-fold approach to its Bible study:
Answer. You begin with a Bible lesson that covers a particular passage. This features questions that will help you to understand the passage better and explore what it means to you.
Discuss. You will then meet with your group, going over the questions and gathering further insight to the passage based on what others have discovered.
Listen. You will then listen to a lecture prepared by the teaching leader of your class that will further dive into the meaning of the passage and pose questions that may help you dive deeper into the Bible passage’s meaning to you.
Explore. Finally, you’ll read about the passage and read Bible commentary for other great insights into the Bible passages’ meaning.
Here’s a nifty video of this approach from BSF HERE
Other Bible study ideas for you all!
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I’ve gotten this question, “Is Bible Study Fellowship free?” many times, so I thought I’d set the record straight!
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) IS FREE!
There is absolutely no cost to this bible study. BSF is a non-profit, operating on donations for the most part and the sale of some items. Those who do attend are encouraged to give, and most BSF locations have a donation basket near where they hand out the questions for giving in person. BSF encourages those who are able to give online, too.
If you are like me, you may be struggling with what to study this coming summer when BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) takes a break. It’s important to always be in the Word of God, but it can be challenging to do so.
Here are some suggested summer Bible studies you can try, or see if your local church is doing any to join.
The Faithful by Priscilla Shirer, Kelly Minter, Beth Moore, and more
I will be using WordGo’s Bible studies and posting my answers, similar to what I did last year. These will begin sometime in June and run through the middle of August. The great thing about these summer Bible studies is that they are short, so they aren’t a big time commitment.
It doesn’t matter which summer Bible study you choose; all that matters is that you pick one.
Have a great summer everyone!
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Choosing a Bible study can definitely be challenging. There are hundreds to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for you? Below, I’ll examine some tips you can use to try to narrow your search to finding a great Bible study, and contact me with your questions!
TIPS TO CHOOSE THE BEST BIBLE STUDY
Decide if You Want to Go Solo or in a Group
There are many excellent Bible studies, and many are broken down to ones you can do alone or in a group. Decide first if you want a group setting where you can learn from others, or you prefer to do one on your own.
Decide How Long You Want to Commit to a Bible Study
Many people love studying the Bible in-depth and doing prescribed Bible studies, but they can’t commit to a long time frame. Decide if you want a short Bible study, or a long one like Bible Study Fellowship that runs all school-year long.
Decide On Preferred Format
Bible studies in general come in two formats: Print and Video. The preferred format for your Bible study is largely a personal preference and can depend on what type of learner you are.
Once you’ve narrowed down your Bible study criteria, it’s time to commit to one. In truth, God just wants you to show up. Don’t worry about the rest; He’s got it!
Studying the Bible is one of the best ways to grow your faith and grow deeper with God and Christ. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can even do it in 10-minute segments throughout your day. Do your research, and find the perfect Bible study for you. The invest the time, and you’ll be amazed at what God does.
Many people wonder what denomination Bible Study Fellowship (or BSF) is. This is important to some because they want to make sure beliefs that they don’t follow or agree with are taught, especially to their kids.
BSF is officially nondenominational and simply is a lay group offering a Bible study. It has grown due to its four-fold approach to studying the Bible, as well as its thoroughness. As the world changes, BSF has so far successfully adapted, offering online Bible studies and materials. This is great for rural communities and seniors who can’t make it to an in-person Bible study class.