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.