Acts and Letters of the Apostles is here!

BY TODD  WETHALL
BSF CHIEF MEDIA AND MATERIALS OFFICER

B ible Study Fellowship classes and discussion groups around the world are again opening God’s Word together as we begin the study of Acts and Letters of the Apostles. What a joy it is to draw closer to our Unstoppable God who has empowered us with His Unstoppable Spirit to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.

What to expect 

A cts documents the infancy of the early Church from Jesus’ commissioning His apostles at His ascension through the explosion of Christianity in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth, which continues to this day.

Acts also reveals that the key to living a powerful, fruitful Christian life is to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. The gift and indwelling of the Spirit comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (See Acts 2.) Just as God was faithful to the early Christians as recorded in Acts and the epistles, He is faithful to modern Christians as well.

We’ve made some strategic improvements to Acts since we last studied it in 2011. Now 30 weeks instead of 32, we will take deeper dives into shorter passages. For example, Acts 3-7 now covers three lessons instead of only one, and 1 Corinthians covers four lessons instead of two.

Also, for anyone looking for a call to action, we’ve moved the epistle of James to the end of the study to close the year with a vision of what authentic Christianity looks like.

The 2013 redesign of all our study material made our lessons less daunting and more digestible. That’s why you may notice many of our Acts lesson notes are four or five pages, rather than the typical six. Though condensed, we have maintained deep, rich content as we desire to see members thoroughly engage in Scripture and mature as believers through Acts, 1 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews, James and 1 Peter.

Tell your friends

T hose epistles have been strategically positioned as five “mini-studies” within the overall study year of Acts so you can invite a friend to class. (“Come to a four-week study of Hebrews!”) There’s no commitment beyond that, and we hope your friends will want to stick around for more after they have experienced Bible-centered community in your group

Anyone can find everything they need to know about BSF – including where to find a group – at bsfinternational.org.

Prayer on a global scale

S ince everything begins with prayer, we invite you to join us in praying throughout the year using the Unstoppable Prayer Guide (bsfprayer.org). These prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication (A.C.T.S.!) are tied to each week’s lesson. The Prayer Wall also offers an interactive opportunity to share your prayers and pray specifically for others.

It is amazing to see what God has done through the prayers and ministry of BSF in the past 60 years. The obedience of our founder, A. Wetherell Johnson, to follow God’s lead in teaching five women the Bible has led BSF to where it is today – shepherding men, women, boys and girls through God’s Word, which has the power to transform lives and communities.

May the Lord use the prayers and vibrant witness of each willing servant in BSF to offer profound witness of His love and truth in a world that so desperately needs Him.

83 Comments

  1. This is my first time to do BSF and I am truly blessed through the fellowship. I am looking forward to next Monday.

  2. I am in awe-filled tears – My favorite line in this, “Including China” It made me smile that the only god big enough to be God, cares about our heart’s desire. He used her study to reach into her mission field, for His glory. <3 What a GOD!

  3. Thank you for the update and encouraging blog. It is inspiring and supportive. I’m looking forward to a great year together in learning Gods word. God bless.

  4. Thank you for the update and encouraging blog. It was full of good information , it was helpful and supportive. I’m looking forward to a great year together. I’m LOVING the deep dive into Acts!! God bless.

  5. This is my second year learning BSF. Last year I had wonderful experience learning ,because I had awesome leader Ms.Barbara Carter And staff were very helpful and accommodating to our needs. They make me feel at home. This year I am looking forward of learning the books of Acts with Gods blessings and guidance.

  6. I went to BSF last year, not my first but I was moved with what a woman said in our group. She said that she gets up early each morning to pray and read and study her Bible. I have been a Christian al of my life. had quiet time some of the time, but after that night I decided to take my quietude to a different level. We were almost through with BSF for the year. I wanted two finish the story of the Kings. I didn’t want to quit so finished the OldTestament. What a blessing summer has been for me. I praise the Lord for His faithfulness to us women .Looking forward to the study of Acts.

  7. 9/22/19 I float away from the Lord a bit durig the Summer so it’s wonderful to get back on track and dive deeper into the living Bible and God’s holy, righteous and soverign Word. I pray for the power of the Holy Spirit, our Helper, to help me minister to non believers in a loving, effective way, something I need help with.

  8. Praise the Lord.
    As we continue getting deeper in His Word, we will pray and invite others to join us.

    • am looking forward to hear God more through this study of acts and also invite friends already am moved by what i have learned about the holy spirit in acts 2and 3 believers can do nothing without the holy spirit

    • Hi Solomon!

      I didn’t know that you were involved with BSF too!

      I am so excited about this year’s study of Acts and the Unstoppable Church! I’m a Children’s Leader in BSF (preschoolers) and it is so rewarding to train up the next generation to love the Lord and surrender their lives to him! What an honor!

      Look forward to seeing at our Move conference early next year!

      Blessings,
      Nanci

  9. I went to my second week of BSF yesterday. Praise to God alone! It was full again this year of women who are excited about hearing God’s Word and meeting weekly. I don’t know how many ladies their are but we have four rooms full. Last year was difficult, one of our teachers lost her spouse. Those of us in her class were what I lovingly dubbed the “Wandering children of Waterloo”. We moved around, were split up and near the end the woman whose husband died was back with us again. Her husband was leading the much smaller men’s group meeting in the same building that our church converted from an old nursing home into our building we use for our church activities and have in the last year had a women’s and men’s BSF classes. Praise the Lord, out of weeping, loss and a death of a wonderful man now the men’s group is back but a lot slimmer this year. Pray that their men’s group will also rise out of the ashes of loss. We love Jesus and want to “tell the world about Him through BSF.”

  10. I enjoy BSF so much. Gives me a purpose and goals. This is my 10th year and as long as the Lord keeps me healthy and able I will be there. This is a little different from the last ACTS we studied and am liking it.

  11. I only wish that BSF would have classes in the summer. I hunger and thirst for it every week and the fellowship with other ladies in my time of life.

    God bless BSF!

    • Some ladies from our BSF class on the North Shore (Vancouver, BC Canada) decided to have Bible Studies throughout the summer. We studied the book of Luke and met weekly. We all took turns leading and enjoyed the fellowship, the discussions, and even teaching. God is good all the time! We had a blessed time studying the word and being Spiritually fed even during the break!

      • This is my 7th year in BSF and my 2nd year as a leader in the children’s program. Next Monday I will have the opportunity to teach level 3 students from the Discovery Section how to share your faith with others. I have been truly blessed since finding out about BSF.

  12. BSF was Gods answer to my prayers for a bible study that provided depth and breath of expository teaching. I am so thankful!! BSF is helping me along with so many others to grow in their love and knowledge of the Lord, His goodness and faithfulness; and to better equip each of us, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel with courage and boldness as we were commanded to do. Thank you Father God! Laus Deo

  13. I love BSF ..God is so Good !! The leaders are bless !! Thank you for following The paths our Lord God has lead you to

  14. I’m am so grateful for Mrs. Johnson and how she devoted her life to following God’s direction, even when she was uncertain of the direction she was headed. I’ve watched this video a few times now, the first time at our opening Summit in OKC last month. It makes me cry every time because even though I’ve heard her story for the past 13 years, seeing this visual puts everything she did -for us and for God – in perspective. I just cried like a baby again as I watched on this Friday morning at 5am in Edmond, Oklahoma; such a refreshing and gratitude-filled cry for all the blessings God has provided through the gifts of His Son and His Word and all the beautiful hands and feet of teaching leaders throughout the world.

    I’m so thankful to be a part of this mission as a Children’s Leader in Edmond, Ok under my most beautiful & devoted leaders, Paula Black and Cynthia Conroy. When I started in 2006 in the study of Genesis with Cynthia Conroy, I never imagined I’d be in it more than a few months but here it is a few years later! I’m beginning my 14th year and each year my love for God and His people grows as does my gratitude for all He’s done in my life. I love that I get to plant seeds of the hope and love of Jesus in the little one’s hearts. What a privilege!

    Thank you Mrs. Johnson and all of the BSF leaders that have continued to faithfully teach God’s Word throughout the world. What a grand mission!

    In Christ with Love…always!

    • Dear Page, I visit your class when I am in Edmond with my daughter Caroline Morris & their 4 precious children who have ALL BEEN IN CHILDRENs program over the years. My Caroline is the reason I came to BSF IN 1978 when we lived In San Antonio when she was 2. I have been in BSF EVER SINCE. Especially in Children’s dept—as CL & now unassigned CL in CASTLE ROCK, Colorado between CSprings & Denver. Come see our 177 women class when you are in our area!! Very different from your A & B BIG class!!!! We are growing here too
      Thank you for serving so well in Edmond. I was in class with group leader Rose Ellis 2 years ago when I was there for 6 weeks. Sweet memories!!!
      Jean barnes

  15. This the time of year is the time find joy,begginning a new chapter in Bsf every year gives me joy and zeal to know him better.May the good Lord with every member who has joined Bsf this year .I pray that the Holly Spirit guide you as we all strive to know him better.

  16. I am looking forward to be filled with this unstoppable Spirit to preach the unstoppable Gospel to all people

  17. I feel so blessed to be in BSF for another year, may the LORD continue to walk with us and may we continue to seek his Him

    • Thank you LORD that this year is my 2nd year studing BSF. I leart much last year. I love God’s Word. May God bless BSF that many belivers will join BSF. Amen.

  18. I am new to BSF, I joined just before the close of the last one. I had a few faithful servants who kept encouraging me to attend throughout the years.
    I am so grateful to God to have inspired me to join.
    I am excited to be studying the book of Acts for first in BSF. Already i am blessed
    Thank you to all of our Bsf leaders who so faithfully serve.
    So looking forward to this years study!

  19. There has been a lot of excitement so far especially from the new members of the group has they got to experience what the Holy Spirit is all about and the impression Apostle Peter’s address still have even to this day. The last two chapters were exciting. We continue to welcome more young people into our class.

  20. I Thank God for bsf

  21. Thank you Lisa and Dru for inviting to BS F, it’s very rewarding immediately to my life.

  22. Great video! It was very inspiriting; and I was blessed by it.

    Thank you!

  23. There is a woman in our Bible Study Discussion Group that lost her husband in March AND is a “newby” to BSF – besides needing a LARGE Print Bible. I was able to share with her a New Living Translation today. Besides the above current events in her life I was thinking and wondering if your BSF organization – who is doing so much in such a powerful way already, might have available extra-large print LESSON NOTES as a handout?

    She informed us in our group that she doesn’t have a computer nor e-mail or text capabilities. Should I try to work on developing a large print lesson for her or would it be feasible for you to revamp each lesson that you have already done, with a few “Large Print” Lessons to be available at our River City Church in Lafayette, Indiana?

    Thank you for the ACTS Prayer Guide! I printed off a copy for this woman as I was printing off my copy. 🙂
    AND, your new format of leading questions is a great Blessing too! Thanks for everything you are doing for our BSF Study in Acts!

    We are all Blessed!

    • I loved the short history of how A. Wetherell Johnson was open to what God wanted her to do with His unstoppable Gospel! I am so grateful for what it has meant in my life and faith walk! I have gotten to know God through Jesus and all of the wonder attributes of His Character. I am daily learning to submit to His ways and not my own, with the hope of what is to come! Thank you to the Author and Perfector of life who continues to use people through BSF to share the Gospel – the Unstoppable Gospel of the love of Christ!

  24. love BSF excited about this years study thank you to my sister Michele for telling me about BSF we are united in christ.

  25. I joined as Children Leader at BSF Evening Men Jakarta Indonesia. I loved to be filled with Holy Spirit during this Acts study and inspired the children to be aware of the Unstoppable Holy Spirit’s Power.

  26. This is my first year as a group leader. How nervous I was, but how excited to get back into God’s word with a hunger and thirst! What a blessing to gather with women of God. Looking forward to learning and blessed fellowship and praying that souls will be saved and edified with our learning and witness this coming season.

  27. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love hearing what God has done and is doing. His wonderful unstoppable story.

    • Am so blessed to be in BSF and i do thank God for Ms Johnson’s obedience to God’s spirit. Am excited to do Acts this year and am looking forward to digging deeper into the word og God.

  28. This is my first year in BSF, I’m grateful for the prayers that have been answered by leading me here and I look forward to following the Lord and where He guides me to from here. BSF is a long awaited answered prayer.

    • It is wonderful beginning . The Acts of the apostles is strengthening my faith to know that with the Holy Spirit in charge nothing can stop me from witnessing the good news of Jesus Christ

      Robert Ndyabarema,Uganda

  29. In my 11th year and blessed

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