This morning I begin another year (Sept-May) in Bible Study Fellowship.
I attended my first study in BSF beginning in September 2000. We studied the book of Matthew that year, and oh, what a blessing it was. At that time, BSF had seven different studies. Today they have ten (five Old Testament and five New Testament). So if you are able to attend every year without a break, you finish the course in a decade. But you don’t have to stop when you have finished all ten studies. After all, the word of God remains living and active, and we never outgrow the need to study it.
I attend a morning women’s group that usually has 300 or more women in attendance. The year we studied Revelation for the very first time I think we burgeoned to well over 400. The small groups have about 12 women each.
This year I’m excited that we’ll be studying the book of Romans, one of my favorite books of the Bible. Okay, I have lots of favorites, but this is definitely one of them.
If you have never looked into BSF, I encourage you to do so. It is so in-depth that, I’m told, some Christian colleges give college credits for completing the study/studies. And yet it is accessible to anyone, even to someone who has never studied the Bible before.
BSF uses a four-fold study method: (1) During the week, you daily read the assigned Scriptures and answer questions; (2) on your meeting day, you attend a small group to discuss your answers; (3) you then attend a teaching that goes over the assigned Scriptures more thoroughly; and (4) as you leave, you receive more detailed study notes on the same assigned Scriptures to read at home.
BSF is free to attend, and you can begin throughout the year. So don’t let missing a week or two or even ten or more stop you. There are classes throughout the US and many places around the world. Click on the link in the first paragraph and see if there is a class near you. You won’t be sorry.