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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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Friday Digest BSF Matthew Lesson 29

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN MATTHEW 28 BSF LESSON 29

  • God gives us what we need to grow us to new levels of faith
  • We live because Jesus lives
  • Jesus conquered what conquers us
  • Death is sad, but we are given a message of life
  • Jesus’s resurrection gives us power in our lives
  • Jesus’s resurrection gives us hope
  • Jesus’s resurrection gives us eternal life
  • Share the Good News with all
  • You are never alone

TAKE AWAY: Christ’s resurrection offers us unbelievable hope, forgiveness of our sins, and the power to spread the Good News.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 28:11-15

The women went to report to the disciples. Some of the guards went to report to the chief priests what had happened. The chief priests, wanting to hide this news, bribed the soldiers to lie and say that during the night, the disciples came and took the body. They offered to protect the soldiers from consequences of falling asleep.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

6) The guards: They were greedy and took money from the chief priests to lie about Jesus’s resurrection.

The Jewish leaders: They wanted to hide the news of Jesus’s resurrection so they bribed the guards to lie.

The Jewish people: The story of the lies was widely told amongst the Jewish people even to today.

7) They will go to any measures to hide the truth. You always have to seek God first and not believe what you are told.

8 ) Unsure. I’ve probably tried to be in charge more often than not rather than let God take control. The result is never good. You have to let God decide and lead, and you follow.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

One cannot underestimate the power of the enemy. We must always be vigilant to lies.

Great read!

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 3: Matthew 28:11-15

If the guards were asleep, how would they know it was the disciples who stole the body? Obviously, the chief priests aren’t as smart as they think they are. It would have been a loud noise to roll away the stone. There’s no way all those guards would have slept through that.

All of the lies about the denial of Jesus’s resurrection is just that — lies.

All of the forces of evil tried to cover up Jesus’s resurrection. No one can defeat God and His plan.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 28:1-10

On Sunday after Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to Jesus’s tomb. There was an earthquake and and angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone. He looked like lightning and wore white clothes. The guards were afraid, shook, and became like dead men.

The angel addressed the women, telling them that Jesus has risen like he said he would. He is not there. He tells them to come inside and see the empty tomb then to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen and is going to Galilee.

The women did as they were told, afraid but full of joy. Jesus met them on their way to the disciples. They clasped his feet and worshipped him. They he told them to go to his brothers and go to Galilee where they will see him.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

3a)

On Sunday after Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to Jesus’s tomb. There was an earthquake and and angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone. He looked like lightning and wore white clothes. The guards were afraid, shook, and became like dead men.

The angel addressed the women, telling them that Jesus has risen like he said he would. He is not there. He tells them to come inside and see the empty tomb then to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen and is going to Galilee.

Mark 16:1-8 adds that the women went to the tomb to properly prepare the body for burial since Jesus died during the Sabbath and no one could handle dead bodies then. The stone was rolled away when they arrived. Inside was a young man dressed in a white robe. He told them Jesus has risen and to go and alert the others.

Luke 24:1-8 adds that the women found two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning in the tomb.

b) The tomb is empty. The women witnessed it. They say him, touched his feet, and worshipped him. They also were the ones who saw Jesus being placed there.

4a) The angel addressed the women, telling them that Jesus has risen like he said he would. He is not there. He tells them to come inside and see the empty tomb then to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen and is going to Galilee.

b) The women did as they were told, afraid but full of joy

c) Jesus met them on their way to the disciples. They clasped his feet and worshipped him. They he told them to go to his brothers and go to Galilee where they will see him.

5) Anytime I’ve felt alone it’s good to know that Jesus is there.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

I had not remembed this exact scene! It was great to read again!

Great read!

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 29, Day 2: Matthew 28:1-10

The women were headed to properly prepare Jesus’s body for burial since Jewish law forbade people from touching dead bodies.

Matthew is the only Gospel to record the earthquake. Bible scholars think the angel prompted the earthquake as he rolled the stone.

Jesus was the first one to be resurrected. Elijah 1 Kings 17:17-24) and Lazarus (John 11:38-44) were brought back from the dead in their old bodies. Resurrection entails getting a new body.

Jesus is risen. He reigns in heaven. There is no tomb of Jesus to go and visit here on earth.

The women should not have been surprised as Jesus said this is what would happen.

Note that Jesus had passed through the stone barrier John 20:19. The stone was only rolled away so others could see and testify to Jesus’s resurrection.

These women saw Jesus’s body go into the tomb and now they say it missing.

Jesus’s resurrection proves God accepted Jesus as a substitute for us.

Note that women were chosen to be the first to tell of Jesus’s resurrection. The responded properly with worship to Jesus’s appearance, recognizing him for who he was.

“Do not be afraid” is often repeated in Scripture as this is a normal human response to things we do not understand. Jesus repeated the command by the angel as oftentimes we forget in moments of unexpectedness and shock what we were told.

King James has “rejoice” as “all hail,” which was a normal Greek greeting.

Fun Fact: this is the first time Jesus calls his disciples “brothers.”

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 3: Matthew 27:38-44

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 27:38-44

Two robbers were crucified with Jesus, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by insulted Jesus as he hung, telling him to rescue himself since he was going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. He was mocked by the chief elders, the teachers of the law, and the chief priests, telling him to come down off the cross if he was the Son of God. Let God rescue him. Even the two robbers next to him mocked him in the same way.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 3: Matthew 27:38-44

6a) Those who passed by insulted Jesus as he hung, telling him to rescue himself since he was going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. He was mocked by the chief elders, the teachers of the law, and the chief priests, telling him to come down off the cross if he was the Son of God. Let God rescue him. Even the two robbers next to him mocked him in the same way.

b) If they only knew that Jesus was there by choice, and if he did come down, we all would not be saved. Satan tempted him to prove his identity too, by telling him if he were the Son of God. There is a human need to prove oneself here and defend the Father, but not for Jesus. His purpose was higher. And honestly, God is more than capable of defending himself.

7a) “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near, and there is no one to help.” Psalm 22:11

“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All weh see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” verses 6-7

b) I’m just in awe at what Jesus endured for us. There really aren’t any words.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 3: Matthew 27:38-44

Another hard passage to read. If they only knew what would have happened if Jesus had come down from the cross.

Another great read!

End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 28, Day 3: Matthew 27:38-44

It’s helpful to know that one robber did turn to Jesus in the end. (Luke 23:39-43). Shows it’s never too late to choose the Lord.

The people mocked Jesus for who he really was. Jesus hung on the cross out of love for humanity, and he did save himself and all of us in his time.

Do not respond to those who mock you. It’s just not worth it.

Another way to view this is to see how much hatred humans have for God. Truly sad. Immanuel, and his treatment was horrific.

The fact Jesus did not come down from the cross proves his deity.

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 26:36-46

Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethesmane. He told them to wait while he went and prayed. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) with him. He become sorrowful and troubled. He then left them, asking them to keep watch, and stepped further away. He prayed on his face to God to take the cup from him if it was God’s will.

He returned to his disciples who were sleeping. He chastized them for not keeping watch. He told them to watch and pray so they don’t fall into temptation.

He went away again and prayed to God to take the cup from him. He found them sleeping a second time. Then Jesus went a third time, praying the same prayer. He returned to his disciples, saying he is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

10a) His sorrow for humanity and all of their sins. It’s a big burden to carry all of that weight on your shoulders. His sorrow for his own death, pain, and suffering.

b) He prayed on his face, asking God, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken form me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

c) He chastized them for not keeping watch and not praying so they don’t fall into temptation. Basically, he has but hours to live and his closest friends are sleeping them away.

11) He asked to not go through this, but he said only if it was God’s will. He knew it was God’s will, and he knew his destiny. He accepts it willingly, but not without remorse.

12a) Although we may not like God’s will for our lives, it is His will, so we must accept it and move forward.

b) Thank you, Jesus, for taking my sin on your shoulders and carrying it for me so I may live forever in your kingdom free from sin.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

I did not remember that Jesus checked on his disciples three times and that he prayed the same prayer three times afterward. Love this! Even though Jesus asked three times, God answered by confirming Jesus’s destiny. So good!

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 5: Matthew 26:36-46

Gethsemane is east of the temple mount area in Jerusalem and on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives. The town was surrounded by olive trees, and Gethsemane means “olive press,” indicating the vast importance of the olive to this region.

Here, Jesus is sorrowful, in part due to the physical pain he was about to suffer, but he was also sorrowful of carrying the entire world’s sin on his shoulders.  Luke 22:43 says that angels came and ministered to Jesus in the garden. He is about to face a spiritual battle, and he keeps Peter, James, and John with him.

If there were any other way for mankind to be saved, God would never have sent His one and only Son to die as he did. Thus, it is not possible.

The cup of judgment is a symbol for God’s wrath and judgment used in the Old Testament. (Psalm 75:8)  (Isaiah 51:17)  (Jeremiah 25:15)

Jesus would bear God’s wrath; this is what he is most sorrowful about. He is about to be separated from God, His Father, for the first time as he bears the sins of humanity. It’s like a kid who is lost and begins to panic. This is pure agony.

It was here, in this garden late at night, that we all were saved when Jesus decided once and for all to take our wrath upon himself. Prayer won the day.

Note that the disciples were no help at all in supporting their leader here.

Peter failed Jesus because he failed to watch and pray. Jesus warns him here, but he fails to take heed.

Note that Jesus prayed the same prayer repeatedly. This means we are to do the same. Pray with all your heart the same prayer.

Note Jesus did not flee. He met the challenge head-on. As should we meet all of our challenges.

Jesus would finish the work he had started. Praise, God Almighty!

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 4: Matthew 26:31-35

SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 26:31-35

Jesus says that they will all fall away (desert him) because of him (who he is) this very night. But after he has risen, he will go ahead of them to Galilee. Peter says he never will, which is when Jesus says he will deny him 3 times before the rooster crows. Peter says no, as do the other disciples.

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 4: Matthew 26:31-35

8 ) They will all fall away because of him that very night.

9a) Peter tells Jesus he won’t fall away.

b) They are all in denial. It’s ironic how they know it will happen, but they do it anyway.

c) I don’t overestimate my own strength because I know I can’t do anything without God, His strength, and His power.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 4: Matthew 26:31-35

I love how the rooster crows! We now own chickens, and we have one rooster. Although I have to say, he never stops crowing except at night.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 26, Day 4: Matthew 26:31-35

Jesus tells the disciples they will desert him in order to show them that Scripture must be fulfilled. Peter, like most of us, is in denial of wrongdoings and reliant on his own strength rather than God’s. Peter would falter, but Christ never does.

Peter was smug and self-assured. He will soon be humbled beyond belief. I’d be embarrassed and feel extremely guilty. This would definitely be hard to forgive myself for this one.

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