how bsf works

How Does Bible Study Fellowship Work?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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town gate in Ruth 4:1-10

Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 4, Day 2: Ruth 4:1-10


Boaz heads to the town gate to wait for the closer kinsman-redeemer. When he appears, Boaz asks him to join him in a meeting with 10 elders of the town. He asks the kinsman-redeemer if he will redeem Naomi’s husband’s property. If not, he will. The man says he will redeem it. However, Boaz then tells him with the property come Naomi and Ruth.

The man changes his mind, saying he might endanger his own estate. Consequently, the man then took off his sandal in order to legalize the transaction. Boaz announces that he will redeem the property belonging to Naomi that was her husband’s and her sons’ and that he will take Ruth for his wife in order to maintain the name of the dead with the property.


3 ) Redeem is reclaim; to purchase back; to ransom, to liberate, to deliver from bondage. Boaz must first offer the closer kinsman-redeemer the opportunity to redeem the land. He does this with witnesses in order to ensure the agreement is legal. When the other relative declines, Boaz must make sure all know he will be the redeemer instead.

4 ) Boaz does it by the book, ensuring there will be no questions in the future. He plans ahead.

5 ) The marriage is surprising because Ruth is a Moabite, a foreigner, and her people are despised by Israel. Her people are infidels and are thus shunned.


Boaz is meticulous in his plans. This is good and will yield no questions in the future. Given the fact that both will be in the line of Jesus, this is super important so that Jesus’s lineage is not questioned. This shows the wonder of God as he chooses a foreigner, a Gentile, to be in Jesus’s line. This shows our God cares more that you love Him than where you came from. Questions? Contact AtoZMom today!