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BSF Bible Study Lessons, Questions, Notes & Lecture Online

BSF Lessons, Questions, Notes & Lecture Online

Hey all!

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.

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Bible Study Fellowship Christmas Break & New Postings

Hey all!

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.

Logistics

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!

God bless!

Feedback on BSF Changes This Year…

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.

Yours?

Input on Changes Bible Study Fellowship is Making…

Hey all!

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.

BSF Online Classes and Notes are Here!

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!

https://bsf.knack.com/virtual-sats#sign-up/?kn_safari=1

BSF Suggestion: Recorded Lectures Available Online

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.

“Personal Questions” and/or “Opinion Questions”

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.

What Can BSF Improve?

As suggested by a reader, I am posing this question.  If you have a suggestion, please post your comment below.  This may help Bible Study Fellowship and leaders spread the Good News to many more.

If you don’t have a suggestion for an improvement, you may also list problems you find as well. Through prayer, God will provide the solutions.  However, please keep it positive criticism. Complaining will do no one any good.

My suggestions:  Since Day 1, I’m been a proponent of online BSF groups.  There are so many who cannot attend classes but who have internet and would love to have an online community to study the Word.  Notes should be online.  Lectures should be online.  We can’t make them all due to life circumstances, illness, etc.  It would be nice to not feel like you are not missing out.

Replace the hymns with modern Christian music.  I guarantee BSF would grow 10 fold.  Keep the classics as well, but mix it up a bit.

One that’s not quite so tangible:  loosen up a bit.  Sometimes I feel like BSF is too serious.  Decorum must be followed, yes.  But a little fun and laughter never hurt anyone.  I feel like the leaders and admin team are so afraid of saying something not politically correct or of offending someone that they have walls around them that make them seem stuffy.

Bible study in general has an air about it of being boring (and it often is).  Add some fun and you’ll add people (and kids)!

Previous post HERE

Thanks in advance and God Bless!

BSF Scriptures Now Online!

Hey all,

I received an email from a BSF discussion leader who posts the Scriptures on his site that correspond to the lessons in both English and Spanish using Bible Gateway which uses the NIV version.

Just another tool in order to facilitate your lessons!  Great if you forgot your Bible or are in a rush!

Check it out and thanks for doing this!  I’m sure you are helping many!

http://www.bsfonline.org

Advice for Those New to Bible Study Fellowship or Are Struggling…

Hey all!

I just want to say I am so thankful you all are here to learn more about God’s word.  Your faithfulness will be rewarded both here on Earth and in Heaven.  You are making an impact because of your new knowledge!

I have heard from so many of you who are struggling so I want to offer up a suggestion:

If you are confused on what the Word is saying, try doing the kids’ lessons first.

Yep, I said it.  The kids’ lessons.

This is the first year my older kids are in the program.  I do my lesson during the week and usually on Sundays I sit down with my kids and we go over their lesson and do it (yes, I know.  They are supposed to do it daily but we do a daily Bible Study for homeschool so Sunday is our only day to hammer out BSF.  The point of daily questions is to be in the Word daily, which we all are).

So, the questions are basically adult questions but simplified.  It points out the main truths so the kids will get it.  Most are fill in the blank and multiple choice but it sure does make it easy to know what the point is!

Maybe if you are struggling with a particular day pull up the kids questions on that day and read them.  I guarantee you’ll get something out of it you probably missed.  I know I do.  I have an opportunity to study the passage AGAIN with my kids and I always get some nugget or clarification from their lesson.

Another tool available now to all via the Internet that I would utilize if I were new to the Word and struggling.