Bible Study Fellowship (also known as BSF) is an international Christian interdenominational or parachurch community of lay people that offers a structured biblical study system. It was founded in 1959 by Audrey Wetherell Johnson, a British evangelist in China. Each year, Bible Study Grant groups focus on a different book or section of the Bible for 30 weekly sessions. Going chapter by chapter, verse by verse, allows members to better understand the text and gain a deeper knowledge of, and a relationship with, its Author, Almighty God.
BSF has continued to grow in this organic and word-of-mouth way until today, although there have been ups and downs in ministry. After falling below 200,000 members a decade ago, BSF has since been on a spectacular growth curve. Last year, more than 400,000 members attended more than 1,200 classes. It was the most important year in the history of BSF.
Classes are mostly held in churches, and can range in size from a few dozen to 500 or more. The ministry operates in more than 40 countries. Start your own in-depth Bible study, individually or in a group, or use it as a curriculum in your church. Bible Belt The Bible Belt is an informal term for an area of the United States of America in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism is a dominant part of culture.
Perhaps one of the most successful proliferations of these “small platoons” in the last half century has been the growth of the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). However, I can honestly say that I have never learned more about the Bible nor have I studied so consistently in another bible study setting. Loving, well-trained leaders provide children with a safe environment for the initial biblical basis they need to love God and talk to adults about spiritual matters. I've been to a bible study every week since I moved to Arkansas called Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), and I love it.
Often, the Teaching Leader and the notes present historical details obtained from external sources, as an aid to a clearer understanding of the context and background of the writing being studied. Discussion leaders are encouraged to discourage denominational disagreements and to try to maintain discussion of biblical references being studied. When there is more than one interpretation for a text, more than one interpretation can be given, but biblical references are encouraged rather than personal opinion. Today, the Biblical Studies Scholarship: Through groups of Men, Women, Students, Children and Newborns, BSF Online and the BSF WordGo app serves more than 400,000 class members on six continents in more than 120 nations.
Videos include scholars exploring the theological and historical backgrounds of Scripture, children's leaders sharing biblical stories, and more. We believe that Christians are called to bear witness to Christ, to preach the gospel to all nations, and to study the Bible personally through the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us until each one has matured in God's pre-established purpose for him. The BSF system includes four elements: daily questions to encourage personal Bible study, discussion groups (up to 15 people) to share personal answers to questions, a lecture by the class teacher that covers last week's scriptures with applications for daily living, and finally, a set of notes reinforcing the lessons of the previous week (plus a new set of questions for the following week). Thompson Chain Reference Bible The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is a Christian Study Bible, published by Kirkbride Bible Company.