2a) The single most important lesson has been the importance of God’s word. Knowing it, understanding it, applying it, obeying it, sharing it–all has been deeply rooted in my soul. I have never really studied the Bible before. I’ve always wanted to but to be honest didn’t know where to begin. I have done other “Bible Studies”, which weren’t in essence Bible Studies. It was more social hour with other women and read a book and hopefully get something out of it. I had become bored, yearning for something deeper, when I was invited by a lady from my church to try BSF.
I loved it from Day 1 and as the months went by I began questioning why I hadn’t heard of BSF before. I was ready for this study years ago but just didn’t know. I began wondering why my church has never mentioned it. Why BSF doesn’t advertise (probably monetary reasons)? At least my church should have said something about it. I’m assuming most churches know about BSF and would want to promote such a study. Maybe not. Maybe they are afraid it would detract from the studies they offer (I think this is my church by the way. They offer studies at the same times as BSF meets).
I know, I know. You come to BSF when God brings you. I get it. But sometimes I think God needs a bit of help in spreading His word, right? “I will send some of those who survive to the nations…that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They may proclaim my glory among the nations.” Isaiah 66:19
So, this is my free advertising for BSF’s sake: Come one, come all to Bible Study Fellowship for an in-depth study of the Bible. World-wide, BSF appeals to all learning styles and offers classes at different times to accommodate different schedules. We have a kids program that is phenomenal–guaranteed to teach your little ones (and not-so-little ones) about the Bible. Come to an introduction class today! (I picture myself as a circus announcer here! Very hilarious to see myself in such a get-up with a huge megaphone!)
(Just using modern tools to spread the gospel, ya know!)
b) I have a 3 year old in the program. It’s been a benefit for me because I know He is hearing God’s word and it allows me 2 hours a week baby-free to relax in God’s word. My family gets a happy, more God-centered mama!
Beyond this, it’s hard to say. I’m not for sure how much he is getting out of it. He doesn’t talk about it (he can’t get a word in edge-wise with 2 older sisters!), but I know he enjoys it. He loves going. He loves his teachers. I think he’d get a lot more from it if he were older. But I know foundations stones are being laid that will be invaluable to his future faith and growth in God and His word.
Conclusions: I went off on 2a and to be honest this was the most fun question I have answered all year. Not for sure where that came from to be honest. But it made me laugh!
This is how I write by the way. I have no plan usually. I write what comes to me and hope for the best. I think this is more freeing and allows God to creep in more (this is what I tell myself anyway!).