Informal Poll on BSF Genesis Start Dates

Hey all,

It’s that time again–BSF TIME!!!

In the past, I’ve received emails from some who say I am behind their class as I know some start earlier than others and have requested I “catch up”.  I have also received emails from those complaining I’m ahead of them and to stop posting the answers early (apparently these people don’t realize not everyone is on their schedule).

So I’ve decided to do an informal poll on start dates for the various classes around the world so I can be in synch with as many of you as possible and to avoid those nasty emails/comments accusing me of “ruining the BSF experience.”

Most likely, I will start when my class starts UNLESS I hear otherwise from you all.

Please leave a comment if you’d like on this post with your start date and/or positive thoughts on the matter.   I got enough negativity right now in my life without listening to yours.

114 thoughts on “Informal Poll on BSF Genesis Start Dates

  1. Wednesday AM Sept 19.

    Have you checked the questions onlline for Genesis? Lessons 1-2 are ok, Lessons 3-4 cannot be saved after fillling in the blanks, Lessons 5-7 cannot be downloaded.

  2. Our BSF (in the great State of Texas) always begins on the week after the one which contains Labor Day. This year, it wll start on Tuesday, September 11. I love you, AtoZ, and I hope that this is your best year ever!

  3. In Florida, BSF starts n September 12th. That being said, I appreciate ANYTHING you post concerning BSF. If you are ahead of our schedule, I save your emails until we get there. I always find your answers helpful and several times I have actually understood the question better from your answers. Carry on atozmom!

  4. Last year you were ahead of us, and a few times I’ve been absolutely stuck (even after consulting the internet, Commentary & classmates) so your insights often provided that ah ha! moment.

  5. Our BSF classes start on Sept. 11m 2012. I really enjoy reading your notes on the lessons. They help me a lot.

  6. Hi There,

    I’m sorry to hear that people have not appreciated your efforts and sound as if they have been ungrateful and rude. I really appreciate being able to compare my work to yours – it provides me with a double check so I can see if I’m on track and gives me other perspectives. And when I’m stuck I find it really helpful to see how you tackled the question. So I thank you very much and suggest you ignore those ungrateful peeps!

    I’m in Australia so we are a loooong way behind our US sisters. We are just over half way through Acts. So I really appreciate that your kindness in leaving your answers up on your blog even though you are a long way past where we are up to. I think people just have to work around the scheduling difficulties as that really is their problem not yours. Its not reasonable for people to expect you to ‘catch up’ – you are where your class is and where you are in the study. You are doing the Lord’s work in his time and that’s the important thing. So bless you! Catherine, Australia

  7. First off, I really appreciate your insight on BSF. I am sorry you get negative replies, don’t they know that they don’t have to look at your answers or your posts. Our group in Indiana starts the first or second week in September.

  8. Have they thought about just not reading it until after the class? Gee, it is not a movie spoiler. Do what you have always done. I say you can not make everyone happy. If the man upstairs is happy with me that is all I need. Love your blog by the way. Beckylynn

  9. i very much appreciate your insight and comments as well….my bsf class in miami starts the second week of september…..i am sorry that some people would post negative comments on your bolg…be well

  10. Our BSF Class starts On Monday, Sept. 10 in North Carolina. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into this and you sharing it with others. I pray God will put more positive in your life and less negativity. You are truly blessed by God for all the good you do for others.
    Thanks for sharing with BSF members all over the US.
    My prayer is that everyone that reads your logs will be grateful !!!!!!!!!!


  11. In Atlanta, we start September 9 (Men’s group). I really enjoy your thoughts and appreciate your efforts. I would recommend you start along with your class. If people don’t want to see your ideas ahead of their class, they can just wait a week to read them. If they are a week ahead of you, i think their BSF experience would be enhanced by coming up with their own answers first.

  12. I think we start the 2nd week of September but you know I think you should post whenever you want to post. My goodness…people don’t have to look in advance of their lesson and if they do that is their fault not yours. Thank you for all your insight and hard work you put into your answers. You often go beyond the question to give more insight to those of us who are not that great on history….Thank you and I hope you start having some good news!

  13. I agree with Christy – I love reading your posts and no one has to look at the your post or answers. I personally think you are doing a great job and have clairified several questions for me. Keep up the good work. We start here in Ohio the second week of September.

  14. We start after you so no problem. Unbelievable that some would complain that you’re ahead – they choose to click to your site, or not. You provide wonderful guidance and insights and were a God send in my first year. You can’t be all things to all people. Based on the comments to your posts over the past year, you do have the respect and support of the majority of your followers. Thank you for opening yourself so that I may learn and grow in His word! You and your family are in my regular prayers. God Bless.

  15. Post when you feel like it, readers can choose when to read or not! Over the past 10 years, we’ve started the week (on Monday for us) after labor Day, which I believe is the general BSF expectation. I appreciate your insights and there are plenty who’d love to see it continue.

  16. My Arizona class starts the second Thursday after Labor Day. I can’t believe you get negative comments from Christian women who are doing a bible study “with you.” I too, appreciate your insight and the time you spend on your questions! God Bless you and your family.

  17. BSF Lesson website lists the Gen lesson 1 for 9/17/2012. My class meets on Monday evening so that indicate to me that the first session will be one week earlier, 9/10/2012 or for others the week of 9/9/2012. Having volunteered at BSF HQ shipping lessons, we were told that the nothern hemisphere classes are all on the same schedule and the southern hemisphere classes as 6 months behind.

  18. Amen to previous comments. Couldn’t say it any better. My class starts the 2nd week in September. Thank you!!

  19. I appreciate your posts. I do the questions before comparing them to yours. It is a matter of choice as to when you choose to look at your online comments. Free will is a gift to use as we see fit, and we should use ours wisely.

  20. Just a reminder that in Life of Moses, we learned how much God detests grumbling and complaining!
    Love your thoughtful & timely posts…

  21. We start Genesis the second week in September. Thanks to Peggy for the heads up about the lessons already being online. I wouldn’t mind getting a head start!

  22. Columbus, Mississippi. Our starting date is September 12. I am happy any way you want to post. I just thank you for all your hard work and appreciate the chance to grow in the Lord with you and your followers. You and your family are in my prayers. Just keep up the good work, and for those who are so negative, don’t let that stop you. You go girl!

    1. Any time you start is fine with me. This is my third time for
      the book of Genesis and I am so anxious as I know I will learn many new things.
      Thanks for your good work.
      I hope your life is settling down and you are doing okay.
      God bless!!

    2. Atlanta, Georgia: Our starting date is September 12th also. I enjoyed your posts and thank you for your hard work and appreciate the chance to grow in the Lord too with you and your followers. I too will keep you and your family in my prayers. Don’t stop now because of the negativity…just keep on keeping on!

  23. You are the BEST – I like the dates just like they were last year. Works for many of us in my BSF group/groups – Just, please know we love you, and need you in our lives.

  24. We always start the Monday following Labor Day which will be Sept 10th this year. I can remember a time in the past when they would say you could go anywhere in the world and everyone in BSF would be on the same lesson. That is obviously no longer true so that explains why I haven’t heard anyone from BSF say it lately.

  25. Don’t let those negative comments effect your wonderful work or your comforting attitude. I know all too well how life can REALLY get on your nerves yet you know better than most He has work for you to do and there are no coincidences. We start 10 Sept and I for one am looking forward to getting back to structure study. My prayers remain constant for the world at large and specific to those like yourself facing challenges at any level. It is yet just another affirmation that you are doing exactly what He wants you to do…

  26. Central valley Calif. starts Sept 12. Post when you want. People should do they own study, then check to see yours to verify or agree. Hope the negativity stops in your life.

  27. Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate your understanding. I always try to amswer questions on my own and then check your blog for further insight.
    Fort Wayne, IN, Sept.12.

  28. It is your Blog you start as you see fit. I appreciate all that you do… Our men start Sept. 9th…

    Thanks again for being you…

    1. I posted that my BSF class starts Sept 19 but it’s Sept 12…sorry for the mistake. I enjoy your blog and if I haven’t had my class when you post, I save it and read it later. I like to come up with my own answers, then compare them to yours so I finish my lesson before reading your answers. Others could do the same.

  29. I think your doing a fantastic job!!!! You start when you see fit to start.
    Thanks for your hard work

  30. The BSF I attend is in Ocala, FL and we start Sept. 15th! I LOVE your blog so PLEASE keep posting!!! You are usually a week or so ahead of me but I don’t mind it at all. I don’t read it until my class actually is on that week. I save each and every post then read it when it’s time! It’s that easy!

    It’s very simple….if people are complaining then tell them NOT to read it until they are up to that point!

  31. I really enjoy your blog. It has truly helped me in the past. I love having the awsers ahead of time of class. So please continue posting your answers ahead…it really helps. And again, thank you!

  32. Good Morning,
    My class begins Sept 12. I like to do my lesson and then read your notes. I really appreciate all your extra information, suggested websites, etc.
    Thank you for all the time and energy you give to Bible Study Fellowship.

  33. You are doing a great job! Thanks for your helpful blogs. My class starts on September 10th. You need to do whatever is best for you… We all need to just adjust 🙂

  34. Hi, I’m not sure when my BSF class starts, but probably it will be Sept 12th here in Portland, OR.

    Thanks so much for your discussion on the lessons. I really enjoyed them last term. It surprises me that people would criticize you about the timing of your blogs. It seems to me that they could just wait a week to read your input if they were behind you.



  35. I’m really excited about starting Genesis this fall and enjoyed reading your blog along with my lesson. You had asked about start dates, I think we start back on the Tuesday after Labor Day week-end which would by September 11th. But I want complain as to when you post, I just want open the post until after my lesson the same as I did last year. Looking forward to another year learning all I can about why God created me and you.

  36. I just want to say “thank you” for all that you have done for us in the past, and I’m sure that our future with you will remain as always…in Gods Word and in His timing.
    God bless you and your family, for just being you.

  37. I’m in Texas, home state of HQ, and we start on the Monday following Labor Day. I believe all classes begin during that week. Foreign classes might begin a week later. But US classes are supposed to start, this year, on Sept 10 following Labor Day on Sept 3.

  38. You post whenever you want!!! I just thank you for all the help you have given me the past two years. This is my third year and I am looking forward to Genesis and I always look forward to reading your insight on the questions wheather it is before or after my classes. God Bless You !!

  39. Our classes start September 13th. This will be my 3rd year. Please continue what you are doing. It assists many of us in so many ways….just getting your input and your research really enhances the BSF experience. Keep up the good work and much success on getting your novel published. I am a non-published writer of short stories and music lyrics, but I am praying that one day soon my prayers are answered, just as yours will be. Peace, Love, and Many Blessings to You and Your Family.

  40. I think we start here in Indiana the 2nd week of Sept, but not sure. I so enjoy your input on the lessons as they help me to really understand what I am missing. You just have no idea as to how much you help everyone to understand. please continue to post as you have in the past. People should not come down on you, as you are a great tool used by the Lord.

  41. Hi, I can’t even believe you are getting nasty comments and I’m sorry , I enjoy reading your blog and I appreciate you sharing your BSF study, my class begins on Sept 12th and I am looking foward to our new study . thanks again!

  42. I agree with the others, it is your blog – Do what works for you. If anyone has complaints tell them to start their own blog and leave you alone. We start the 13th of September but again do what works for you.

  43. Do people forget that when we “grumble” the “grumbling is not against us but against the Lord?” You are such a blessing — you unselfishly give of your time from an obviously busy schedule to share and to assist so many of us with our Bible study series. It is too easy to grumble and to complain. God commands “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” (Philippians 2:14) We are to be people who are rejoicing (Phil. 4:4), not grumbling. We each need to take a close look at ourselves and determine if we are a constant complainer or one who is content with the present circumstances. Thank you for being a giving servant of God — sharing your words that Jesus has lovingly laid on your heart. Ann Voskamp writes: “All is grace because of Christ alone.”

  44. Hi, I certainly have no complaint, in fact you are an angel for sharing your BSF study. It is a big help to me with all your research and knowledge. Thanks for all you do. Our class starts Sept. 12, 2012, Betty (no last name please)

  45. Thanks for posting all that you do (how do you find the time?). I accidentally came across your blog and am so glad I did because its great to have another viewpoint on the Scriptures. Our class starts the 2nd week of September. If you are early or late it doesn’t matter because I just save them in my file to look at later. Keep up the good are loved!

  46. I have no problem with you timing. Our classes start on September 11th, I love your website. Please continue your comments.

  47. Our BSF starts right after Labor Day. I have enjoyed reading your comments on the BSF study
    You have helped me tremendously. Please don’t stop. Can’t believe you would get negative
    feed back. May God’s favor be on you and yours for all you do.

  48. Hello,
    I’m so sorry you have received negative comments, and really feel it’s important for me to respond and let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your blog, and how helpful it has been to me this last year. I don;t normally comment on this blog but felt it was important to speak up and let you know how much you mean to all of us, and how much I appreciate all your hard work and efforts to make this happen. Your gift of writing and knowledge has been
    a Blessing to me. I look forward to another year studying Genesis with you.
    Hugs and Blessings to you.

  49. We start the first Monday after labor day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and BSF study. You can never have everyone on the same schedule. People don’t have to read ahead if they are a week behind you!

  50. looking forward to another year of sharing with my group and all of your followers. i think we start Sept. 12th and that’s Cody, Wyoming

  51. In reference to the negative remarks you have received, God has told us to be grateful for ALL things. You are certainly in good company; just remember how much negative attention Christ received while on earth. What a great opportunity for you to just turn the other cheek by asking God to forgive them. This negativity being sent your way may afford you one of the most growing experiences in your christen life. God’s blessing to you and may this year at BSF be your best ever. Thank you for being willing to share openly your ans to the BSF questions. They have been helpful to me from time to time when I get stuck on certain questions. I didn’t always agree, but I always APPRECIATE you. I will be praying for you as you serve God. I feel your heart is in the right place and you try to “walk the walk” and not just “talk it.” My class starts Sept 12.

  52. I am sorry people have been negative to you about something as precious as BSF. Whether ahead or behind I feel blessed to have you share your wisdom with those of us who need your help. Please, let the negative comments roll off and go with your own class. In Christ’s love, Debbie

  53. Margaret says:

    BSF for Genesis starts in the Summer of 2013 which is February in OZ. Love reading the comments you have as it helps me to understand the pages more. It takes a long time to read
    the passages of scripture given to us in the lecture. One thing is I know I do enjoy my BSF as it means a lot to me.

  54. My class starts Sept 12th but as soon as you can start is fine with me, because I’m such a slow learner. I appreciate you posts so much thank you

  55. negative comments… really? do those people know that they can choose not to read your posts? i for one am absolutely appreciative of your insights and efforts that you put in and like comparing my answers with yours. so keep up the good work. may God bless you and family and cause His face to shine upon you.

  56. I’m not sure what the complaints are about as your posts are not to be used in place of us doing the lessons ourselves but to view your take on the questions. So why does it make a difference as to when you post? I attend classes on Wednesdays and I think you attend classes on Mondays. It has always worked out for me so whenever is fine with me.

  57. I believe it would be better for you to follow the calendar for your specific group. Last year, you were right on before Easter and then a week ahead after Easter. Makes no different to me. It is more important that you do the study necessary for you and let those of us who enjoy comparing answers AFTER we have done the work follow as best we can.

    Your blog is YOUR blog and should be tailored to your needs. I pray that God will continue to bless us with your devotion to His word!!

  58. We start back on September 10th. I think posting your answers and study is a great resource. I don’t think anyone should “expect” you to have their lesson done for them. I agree with the above. This is your blog and it is a blessing to many.

  59. Do what is best for you. How could you possibly ruin anything. I love your blogs and have gleaned so much more from you than BSF. So what if you are ahead or behind— we live in the computer age…..look it up!
    Keep up the good work! Peggy

  60. I appreciate your blog and I think of you as an extended member of my group. It never hurts to see someone else’s opinion on the questions. For the nay Sayers DON’T LOOK! Blessings my friend.

  61. You should just follow your calender. They can check the answers afterwards. Keep on and may the Almighty God bless you as we wait to start the book of Genesis

  62. Start as early as possible. My classes start Sept. 17, but I got used to being A WEEK AHEAD ON MY LESSON! Sometimes I just can’t get it all done in the same week. You’re input is invaluable! Thank you.

  63. Just a thank you for all the insight you give to BSF, love the other posts , gives the pause for the cause
    Please don’t listen to the nays, it may come to shock to them that the world doesn’t revolve around them
    Just a side note , if it wasn’t for your post I would have stop going to BSF , the questions at times are diffcult for me to grasp , it gives my fragile ego another hit
    Blessing, thanks to your family for sharing you
    Your post is a God send , so much appreciate, I thank God for you and the talents he has given you
    I can’t wait for your blog , it is the highlight of my week , now if that isn’t pressure , i don’t know what is haha

  64. I feel blessed that you share with everyone so whever you start is excellent for me. Your insight is wonderful and it adds to my thoughts. Please do what YOU need to do.

  65. We start September 12th. But post whenever you like, I love your Blog. I could not do BSF
    without your comments, very helpful to me. Thanks you so much.

  66. Do it when your class starts, if others don’t agree they can choose not to check in with you. I love that you share(your thoughts on) Gods word and lessons with others, that’s the whole point !

  67. You are usually a week ahead of me, but I am not able to begin this year. I may not be able to attend at all due to new homeschooling situation so I am thrilled that maybe I won’t totally miss out thanks to your blog! Thank you for doing this. It must be a lot of work!

  68. Who ever complains do they know there is a button called delete, don’t read it, don’t read it, don’t read it …. You are doing a wonderful job thanks for sharing with us, you start when ever you want. or can those who want to be please at the cost of others should start their own blog. You are a blessing to many of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

  69. We start September 12th, but I can always use your help anf insight whenever you post it so I would just do it when it is convenient for you.

  70. I always appreciate your insights, no matter when you post. There is always the option not to open your post until the reader is ready. Unfortunately, there is always someone out there just ready to pounce and complain. Keep up the good works.
    (No idea when our classes start. Haven’t been notified yet. Sometime in September.)

  71. first of all, I want to thank you for all of your emails last year. I looked forward to reading and studying and reading your comments. Our BSF class starts on September 11, 2012. I am looking forward to hearing from you again this year.

  72. I have not been notified yet, usual around the 2nd week in September. I agree with Doris, don’t open the email if you don’t want to know. I really enjoy you insights! I sorry there are some ungrateful people out there! Don’t listen to them! Or should I say they should keep there comments to themselves!

  73. You’ve always been a great help in understanding the questions better. I read most of your blogs. Thanks

  74. Continue doing what you do. I thank GOD for you and what you are doing, which is one of the gifts that GOD has given you.

  75. God has blessed you with a wonderful gift! My prayer is that He’ll continue to bless you and the tremendous work you do.You are truly a blessing. Thank you so very much for sharing your talents. Sandra

    1. Sorry to say that I have not yet receive the Genesis Lesson 1. We started our class last September 4. Thank you so much! God bless!

  76. Thanks so much for all your efforts to help us learn all we can each and every week. Keep up your great work! Class begins 2nd week in Sept.

  77. You do wonderful job with and I don’t check the answers unless I have difficulty with the questions I just gives different per stoves to look for. In Australia we don’t start Genesis till next year as we finish in November till mid February.

  78. BSF here starts Monday, 10 Sept. You are such a blessing in your sharing your thoughts on the BSF studies. Keep up the good work. God loves you for it and so do WE.

  79. BSF starts on Sept. 12 in Highland, CA. I love that I can compare out findings – it doesn’t bother me at all that you are ahead, I kind of like it. Please keep up your bsf blogs. Thanks, Kay

  80. Hi girls, I am in Sao Paulo, Brazil and our 1st class of Genesis started yesterday, Monday, August 27th!!

  81. I start Monday Sept 10th, 2012. Love your BSF postings. It’s always refreshing to see another persons perspective on the bible and BSF.

  82. very appreciate your blog,it helps me a lot.We start BSF on 1st week in Sept.Would like to have a look your idea before I go to the class.

  83. BSF class starts on Sept. 12 in Lexington, KY. Just want to say your posts are your posts & you are very generous to share your research & insight with others. I am very sorry that people who profess to love Jesus don’t love & support you. I will pray for you (& them). Thanks so much!!!

  84. Tyler Texas starts on the 10th of September, I assume we will get our lessons on the 10th for class on the 17th. As far as I am concerned you post anytime you like, I appreciate what you have done and like to compare how I answer to how you do. Makes it fun to get the thoughts of others. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  85. Being a new Christain and a new Bsf comer,if I have problem to understand
    bsf question,your blog can help me a lot.I am in Hk and we start Bsf in
    1st week of Sept.,so,hope to get your answer on beginning of next week.Waiting for your support and will pray for you.

  86. Our BSF Started on 3rd September. Your blog helps me understand the questions. I’m waiting for your support, my the Almighty guide you in all you do.

  87. Our BSF start date is September 11th. God bless you for allowing God to use you in your blog to help those of us understand the questions much more clearly! Thanks for sharing you time and His talents with the rest of us. So very grateful and thankful!!!

  88. Checking your insight on Genesis gives me a better understanding and reinforces the insight God has revealed to me as I do my study. God Bless!

  89. We start Sept 12! Tomorrow Yeah!! I love your insights. You’re ahead of me. I just don’t read ahead of time.

    1. Go to the following website ( and find your location, you will get a list of all the classes in your area. Find the class you want to attend, look over to the right and click on the block that says to contact a class administrator. There will be a place for you to put your e-mail address and a question, then someone will contact you.

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