For many of us, when BSF ends and takes a summer break, we are left scrambling for some way to stay in His word. Without an official study, this can be incredibly challenging for many, and sometimes, Bibles can go unopened all summer until Bible Study Fellowship begins again in the fall.
BSF is now offering summer bible studies for those who want to stay in His word over the summer. This is available via their app, WordGo. You simply go to your PlayStore and download this free app. Once downloaded, you’ll be able to pick a course that lasts anywhere from two weeks to six weeks. These are manageable time slots for many.
These BSF studies of the Bible include questions, so you can dig deeper in God’s Word. You can watch BSF’s explanation HERE
BSF encourages you to do these together. However, in today’s world, going it alone is okay, too. Plus, this may be easier for some who prefer to study their Bibles early in the morning or late at night.
I plan on picking one of these and posting my answers here. I am hoping some of you will at least follow along and maybe chime in the comments when prompted. Or, just read my summeries when you have a bit of time.
There’s a poll on the sidebar. I’d like your input for which study we start with. I plan on beginning this early to mid-June. I will announce that here on my blog.
You probably already know this, but I wanted to promote it.
BSF now has an app where you can access the notes, lectures, daily lesson questions, and you can answer your questions right from your device. This is available for both iPhones and Android.
Learn more here: https://app.bsfinternational.org/
Since this is an app, it works on your tablet as well.
BSF Lessons, Questions, Notes & Lecture Online
Isn’t it awesome that BSF has put all of its materials online for us?
This is definitely God since He knew Bible Study Fellowship would need it for coronavirus outbreak.
You can find them here: http://www.mybsf.org
If you haven’t already, follow the instructions to create an account.
Once you have an account, you will be able to download all of BSF’s lessons and notes, as well as view the lecture.
BSF International will now be on break so that we can enjoy the holidays with our families.
I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to express my sincere gratitude to you all who visit and are a part of my life in some small way. It definitely makes me a better person. Thank you all who have donated and who continue to do so. It definitely helps.
I pray that you all are blessed in the upcoming new year and enjoy this time for your family.
Now that we all have access to the BSF questions and notes online, some of you have asked if I could post over the holiday break because you want to stay in the Word and work ahead. If this is something you are interested in, please leave me a comment. If enough of you request this, I would begin posting on December 30th instead of January 6th when BSF begins again. So this would be one week ahead of schedule.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
I received an email about the changes Bible Study Fellowship has made this year and the email was wondering why BSF didn’t ask for feedback on the changes at the end of this year.
So, here it is! Your chance to tell BSF International what you think of the changes!
Leave a comment below. Your voice matters!!
I’ll go first:
I personally didn’t like the flex questions. I always did all the questions anyways as you all know and skipping around made the lesson feel choppy, haphazard, and incomplete.
I miss the opening time and the hymns.
We also have quit having monthly fellowships in others’ houses. We maybe had “all-class fellowships” 3 times this year. Once in the beginning, before Christmas break, and our last meeting. I miss this unstructured time together. Even these all class fellowships were rigid as we were always asked to come prepared to answer a discussion question and I don’t know about you but I get tired of homework!
I DO like the shaving 30 minutes off of our time. I attend a night class, and it’s hard to focus late at night for me for 2 hours and my kids were zombies most of the time because of school. That extra half an hour does make a difference. I’m more relaxed. I have time to get home and unwind. And I have more time to do my own in-depth study of God’s word and reflection time on the lesson before I go to bed so hopefully I don’t forget quite so easily!
I like the not calling on women so often. It eliminates the guilty feeling if you didn’t get your lesson done. I also like the laid back atmosphere more of “just come” instead of “don’t come if you didn’t do your lesson”. No one appreciates a guilt trip.
That’s my 2 cents.
I know some of you were like me when you showed up to Bible Study Fellowship this year: we’re doing what?
Changes made to my group:
No opening worship time. We now go straight to our groups.
Flex Questions. We are picking 6 questions to focus on instead of doing the whole lesson. This is an effort to encourage those who don’t finish their lessons.
BSF is now only 1 1/2 hours instead of 2 hours long.
There are no hymns at all.
I would love to hear all of your initial impressions on these changes to the traditional BSF format. These are the most changes BSF has ever done at once and they are major. Please comment below with your thoughts.
Before you get too excited, let me clarify.
IF you’re enrolled in a virtual class, you get the notes and online lecture.
If you are NOT enrolled already in a standard class, you can enroll here for online classes.
Only those enrolled in the online class get the notes and lecture online as far as I can tell.
This is something BSF is not promoting and it appears to be of limited enrollment. If anyone has any more information on this, please share since this was sent to me by one of you all!
I woke up with this thought in my head: BSF lectures should be available online for all–not just for the children’s leaders and volunteers and for one week only. Also, I know BSF is recording the lectures and posting them somewhere for the satellite groups so they are already doing all of the work.
I thought of my church and how they post every sermon online for years back. If you miss one, anytime, you can go and listen/watch or you can revisit it and listen/watch it again.
This year I have missed most of the lectures. Not because I want to. But because I have somewhere I have to be and can’t stay and listen. I think a lot of us are like this. It’s something I’ve accepted, but I wish I could listen to the lectures when I have the time.
I know this has been suggested before, but I thought I’d revisit it and throw out the idea and get your all opinions on the matter.
It seems to me when I first started with BSF in the study of Isaiah, all the personal questions were marked as personal and our BSF leader would not call on us to answer the personal questions.
Slowly, through the years, I started marking the questions I thought personal that were not marked personal in the questions as such:
“Personal Question. My answer:”
because I believed them to be personal questions.
This year, in the study of the Life of Moses, it seems to me that hardly any questions are marked personal yet usually 20-25% of the questions asked are either an opinion question (what or why do you think) or a personal question by my assessment.
I think BSF has quit marking personal questions because there are too many on each lesson and if they are marked as personal, the leader can’t call on you. Quite often, at least in my groups, the personal questions have a dead silence after they are read. In the past, BSF would move on if no one answered. Now, if they aren’t marked, my leaders will call on someone.
I’ve mentioned before when I’m in class I don’t answer the personal questions. EVER. One, my answers are here for all to see so if I repeated them you’d either know who I was or think I just copied the answer off the internet. [Believe it or not, I’ve had women in my group say my personal answer in class so this does happen!].
Personal questions are a mixed bag for me. Sometimes I think they are good; others, not so good. If there are too many on the lesson or some that don’t even apply to the passage, I can’t deal. Some questions speak to others more than me and that’s the point. Plus, they get us thinking. That’s the point as well.
However, sometimes I want the personal questions to stay between me and God and not others. It’s no one else’s business how I obeyed or didn’t obey God or why I didn’t obey and the consequences thereof, etc, etc.
Has anyone else noticed a change in how BSF has handled the personal questions over the years? Has the number of personal questions increased or has it reminded steady or even decreased? I’ve had a couple of you comment that the personal questions have always been there but would love to hear from more of you.