WordGo: A New Generation of Bible Study 

BY BENNETT ROLAN

BSF BLOG EDITOR

I n 2018, a cross-country move left me feeling lost and alone. I desperately missed fellowship in God’s Word and longed for the BSF group I had left behind.

As the wife of a college football coach, moving to different teams in different states is part of our family rhythm. Whether we move to a small town in the Southeast or a major city in the Midwest, I can depend on a new BSF class to provide friendships grounded in God’s Word wherever my husband’s career takes us.

But BSF is more than just Bible study and fellowship. God uses each study to magnify Himself and mature His people. 

Personally, God used the Matthew study to transform a difficult family relationship. He used Revelation to renew my longing for Christ’s return. And in Romans, He affirmed the promise that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39b).

In the middle of that Romans study, a job change took us to southern Utah, where the closest BSF class was hours away.

Even as I prayed, “Lord, why did you move us here?,” God was planting a seed that would change hearts and impact a community.

Bennett and her family

Introducing WordGo

Just weeks after we moved, I was asked to test a new BSF model called WordGo.

Tapping in to BSF study material and four-fold approach, WordGo is designed to reach primarily young adults, those of us who were raised in a culture that claims, “The Church is outdated,” “The Bible is irrelevant” and “Religion is right if it feels good to you.”

To be honest, I was skeptical. Could the app possibly be as effective as an actual BSF class?

But I prayed, said “yes” and looked for opportunities to invite women to join me in studying God’s Word. Without knowing anyone in our new area, I relied on God to provide participants.

He did. Abundantly.

WordGo brought in-depth Bible study to the Utah desert. It introduced the gospel to several women who were not willing to walk into a church. It brought safe harbor to fellow believers who thirsted deeply for Christian community in a barren land.

WordGo brought in-depth Bible study to the Utah desert. It introduced the gospel to several women who were not willing to walk into a church. It brought safe harbor to fellow believers who thirsted deeply for Christian community in a barren land.

God is on the move

Just eight months after we arrived in Utah, another coaching change moved our family to southern Illinois. Once again, we landed in a town without BSF. But God used a second WordGo test phase to draw several women to Himself.

Our group included two former BSFers, a new believer, a skeptic and an atheist. We explored God’s promises, His power and His commitment to establish His people in the book of Joshua. By the end of our study, one woman tearfully shared how the experience transformed her entire family, and another is planning to be baptized this month!

In Isaiah 55:11, God promises, “(My Word) will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

During the initial tests, WordGo sprang up in unexpected places. Groups gathered in corporate offices, including Facebook’s headquarters, in homes, in coffee shops, college dorms and local churches.

Though the setting, technology and length of studies might look different from a traditional BSF class, the impact of God’s Word is unchanging. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is not limited to a church sanctuary. I experienced that truth in Utah and Illinois, and I can’t wait to hear how God uses WordGo to reach people with His Word.

“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow …” – Hebrews 4:12

What is WordGo?

WordGo offers the questions, notes, lectures and training materials we love in a mobile app so people can launch a study with their friends anytime, anywhere. At the outset, WordGo offers Joshua, Ruth and Acts 1-5 in a library of studies that will steadily grow.

How is it different from a BSF class?

WordGo is designed to meet unique needs, targeting those who aren’t able or willing to attend a traditional BSF class. The app meets many of the needs BSFers have been voicing for years, especially for the rising generation of believers.

With the app, people can start study groups. As Group Guides, they can:

· Start anytime, without a waiting list.

· Invite friends easily through the app.

· Benefit from online training resources and continued support to keep the group on track, all from within the app.

· Keep members updated with any location, date or time changes by sending notifications.

Group members can:

· Customize daily study content to a specific number of minutes per day.

· Receive study reminders and notifications to stay focused and on track.

· Store notes, thoughts and study answers to be used during group discussion.

· Study on the go by listening to custom Bible teaching, audio notes and a built-in audio Bible.

 

Who can start a WordGo group?

Unlike planting a BSF class, which can take years, WordGo accelerates that process by allowing anyone interested in leading a group to access the app. WordGo Group Guides are simply focused on inviting members and hosting the group.

We believe God will faithfully call, equip and convict the men and women who are committed to facilitate these studies. The material remains true to God’s Word, regardless of cultural context. The four-fold approach ensures that those studying with WordGo do not depart from the text.

Will you partner with us?

There are three things we would like to ask you, the leaders and members of BSF classes, to prayerfully consider:

Share WordGo

Right now, as you read this, can you think of someone with whom you could share WordGo? A friend? A family member? Someone from church? Or work? Who are the people in your life that are hungry for God’s Word and would enjoy the opportunity to gather a few friends for a study?

Pray for WordGo

Would you commit to pray for the ministry and impact of WordGo? Join the WordGo prayer list for regular info and prayer requests.

Give to WordGo

Would you like to support this new ministry of BSF as we move to reach and resource believers around the world with in-depth Bible study? Your support of this new ministry will help BSF reach and equip new believers around the world with in-depth Bible study.

148 Comments

  1. Wow this great and will be suitable for my children who desired to be part of BSF.
    Thank you

  2. Tried to get on but it failed!!

  3. I feel this will be an awesome app. I love the BSF group I study and share with but would also love to share the video teaching with others who I don’t think will ever come to a group!

  4. This is a great idea. Certainly some people will never show up at a traditional class. I pray that it brings in a bountiful harvest.

  5. I tried creating account – email verification was supposed to be sent but I have not received it.

    • Hi Maricris, here’s a link to the WordGo help page. You can search FAQs or open a support ticket. Hope this helps!
      https://wordgo.freshdesk.com/support/home

  6. I would like to be a part of everything BSF does for The Lord

  7. Is the app working yet? I also went through the log in process and it is not allowing me to create an account

    • Hi Tamara, here’s a link to the WordGo help page. You can search FAQs or open a support ticket. Hope this helps!
      https://wordgo.freshdesk.com/support/home

  8. I think it’s a great idea for those who would benefit greatly from this app to explore God’s word and will for their lives as it would draw them closer to God and bless them and the people they are sharing it with.

    • Sounds exciting. It will definitely appeal to young people. Particularly to our daughter who is now deaf in one ear. Also our son, daughter in law and son in law. Thank you for Wordgo and everything you are doing to spread God’s Word. I will definitely pray and look forward to getting the app myself.

  9. This is a wonderful App that will accelerate the reach of the bible to many as part of in fulfilling of the great commission in Mathew 28. May the Lord breath life into it for his own glory.

    • I like this new development. Thanks to the team and the visionaries. Praying for grace to reach more souls for Christ through this app. I will also get the app myself and start a group beside the traditional class I attend.

  10. I down loaded the App.
    But it is not working on my smart phone
    It takes longer time for App to open
    Will you be look into it .

    • This is great. I will share it with the youth pastor. I have been praying for the young adults in our community to find ways to connect with each other through Christ Jesus. May God Bless this app to send out the Word of God it will not return empty

      • I am thrilled with this new avenue for reaching people with the word of God! I have spent many years in prayer for BSF in my area. I have driven over an hour each way twice a week for years in order to be a part of BSF and a leader. Just this year, God finally answered my prayers for a BSF satellite nearby. Wordgo would have made a local BSF study possible much more quickly!

  11. I would like to become a leader

  12. I would like to be a leader

  13. I love how BSF is becoming relevant through technology and changing the way they always do things. This will make this great Bible study available to people – wherever they are and when they can make the time to study/participate! It is so encouraging to see changes in this organization – to the praise of His glorious grace!

  14. This is an excellent and marvellous doing of our unstoppable God in the life of our relatives, friends and neighbours.

  15. I am interested, l have people in mind whom l want to invite. This is a very good move

  16. Is WordGo available for immediate use? I did the login process, but it’s not accepting me. 🙁

  17. Hello! I also live in Utah, but northern Utah. I moved here this past July for my husband. I can 100% relate to Bennett’s battle with the culture and questioning of “Where is God here?” I’m ecstatic about the release of this app and its potential impact in my life and my small group of fellow believers. God is here. His presence is felt!

    • Sara, praying for your community there! I found the most wonderful group of Godly women and I miss them dearly. God is so good 🙂

  18. Hey Bennett!!! Thanks for sharing your story. This is awesome. I met you at Moms group in Cincinnati OH and am in my first BSF now. I love it! Good to see you are doing well! Bless you friend!

    • Hi Linsey, I’m so excited you found BSF! It has been such a gift to our family also. Love to you and the Cincy crew!

  19. Amen. This is great. God will create a hunger and thirst, not for bread or water but for His Word.

  20. Praise to the Lord! What a big move!
    I installed the app but only open when I got invited or I create a group?

  21. Thank you for offering a BSF experience, that meets my and my family’s needs. I haven’t been able to attend regular classes. This opportunity is a God-send. God bless you.

  22. Looking forward to sharing this with my family! We have been praying and sharing scriptures over the phone together one morning a week for ten years. Word Go sounds like a great opportunity to deepen our time while growing us in the Word!

  23. I really miss my BFS during the summer months. Is this something I could use only six weeks in the summer for a neighborhood summer Bible Study?

    • Great reason

    • Ginny, WordGo could be a perfect fit for a neighborhood summer study! I’m planning to use it in January for a shorter study with a group who isn’t familiar with Bible study. So excited for the possibilities!

  24. Whilst this is an opportunity to reach the younger generation and people who do not attend a church service where they can be in fellowship with other believers; I sincerely believe this is what most people say – the Message is the same but the method must change. To keep up with technology & mindsets, this is a great tool. However, do keep it to the confines of an overseer who is a spiritually matured coach to realign to biblical truths & beliefs.

  25. I have access to my current mail adress at office but I’ll try to go into WordGo as often as possible

  26. This is a great insight and will make Bsf reach many out there. I love the whole concept. Glory to God and this is a blessing.

  27. I thank God for enabling you to use various innovations to enable people get into the Word.

  28. Are there any ‘open’ groups that I don’t need to be invited to?

  29. This is a great move. But certain aspects of the BSF culture should be continued. Gender segregation is a must. Though I am all for gender neutrality, ( my wife stil keeps her maiden name), one of the best things I like about BSF is gender segregation. All the more now required since cultures around the globe are not beholden to gender mixing and all the attendant problems.
    I foresee in spirit, there is going to be a great surge in studying word of God.

    • This is a great move. But certain aspects of the BSF culture should be continued. Gender segregation is a must. Though I am all for gender neutrality, ( my wife stil keeps her maiden name), one of the best things I like about BSF is gender segregation. All the more now required since cultures around the globe are not beholden to gender mixing and all the attendant problems.
      I foresee in spirit, there is going to be a great surge in studying word of God.

  30. I have the WordGo app, but need an invitation to open it.

    • Hi Pat, the WordGo support page should be able to help. You can search Frequently Asked Questions or open a support ticket:
      https://wordgo.freshdesk.com/support/home

  31. I am hearing impaired but can hear on my iPhone with special devices. I would like to be part of Wordgo and BSF!

    • Hi Betty, if you turn on Accessability Mode on your iPhone you will be able to use WordGo. Hope this helps but if you’ve any questions raise a ticket with us here https://wordgo.freshdesk.com/support/home

  32. Thanks for informing me about this new endeavor. I am blessed to be able to attend a BSF study in Chennai,India. In a few months I encouraged my daughter-in-law to join . She was happy to also be part of it, however 3 months later my son relocated to Pune where they don’t have a BSF facility. This endeavour would indeed help her.I would certainly recommend this to her. Praise God for His Wondrous ways.

    • Also all our military

    • Praying for God’s continued work in India!

  33. I’m very interested in doing my BSF work from home.

  34. Hallelujah,thank you for the wisdom.

    • I think this is a great Idea. I can see where this would be anawsome tool to use in a work environment for those wanting to start a bible study class and has never done one before

  35. Would current class leaders talk more about Wordgo…for a better understanding …is this JUST online or people still have to meet???

    • Hi Maria, BSF does offer online classes that meet online, but those are full for this study year.
      WordGo is designed specifically to allow groups to meet in-person when and where they are able. For more info or to ask a specific question, check out the WordGo support page:
      https://wordgo.freshdesk.com/support/home

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