The ‘Why’ Behind the BSF Discussion Group

BY SUSIE ROWAN | BSF Executive Director

In the Acts and Letters of the Apostles study, we learn from 1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” This chapter teaches us that the Body has many parts, and we desperately need one another. In fact, we grow and are built up in love as people in the body of Christ come together. To be built up in love is the antidote to loneliness and withdrawal.

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:6).

We grow together

Christian growth accelerates in community, not in isolation. That’s why we are part of a body – the body of Christ, His Church. It requires immersion. We must embrace small-group attendance in our churches and in BSF groups, whether online or face-to-face. 

As C.S. Lewis wrote, “He (God) works on us in all sorts of ways. But above all, He works on us through each other. Men are mirrors or carriers of Christ to other men. Usually it is those who know Him that bring Him to others. That is why the church, the whole body of Christians showing Him to one another is so important.” 

God uses Christian community to get us off the wrong path and onto a path of righteousness and peace.

God uses Christian community to get us off the wrong path and onto a path of righteousness and peace.

God also uses Christian community to heal our deep hurts. In community we are forgiven, we are loved, we experience grace. As my pastor said in a recent sermon, “It is through life-giving relationships that God heals the wounds of our hearts.”

The ‘how’ behind a thriving group

At BSF Headquarters, we begin each day in Bible study, sharing and prayer. We gather at tables of six to seven and share what’s going on in our lives – at home, in our families and at work.

In this safe place, I’ve shared my joys, my brokenness, my victories, my defeats. And my colleagues, whom I love more and more each day, share theirs. And we pray for one another. It is a precious time that has allowed each of us to draw closer to God and to one another.

My hope is that deep, transparent, honest and open sharing would happen in every BSF group across the globe. Together, we can find a deeper relationship with God, who heals the wounds of our hearts and compels us to “increase and abound in love for one another and for all …” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

I pray we would find friends who speak truth to one another in a way that builds us up rather than tears us down. We need to be loved, and we need to be challenged.

So, what is the cure for loneliness and isolation? Christian community! It’s essential for spiritual growth and maturity. When we focus on Christ’s righteousness in place of our shortcomings, we can build caring, encouraging and loving friendships.

So, what is the cure for lonliness and isolation? Christian community! It’s essential for spiritual growth and maturity.

What must we do? We must refuse the temptation to withdraw. Yes, questions, notes and other BSF materials are available without regularly coming to class. But what do we lose? We lose one another.My challenge to you is to show up and open up.

Together, let us experience God through one another for His majesty and our maturity!

423 Comments

  1. Jessica

    This kind of sharing is not going on in my bsf group. There is gossip and judgement and unfortunately because of this I will not return.

  2. lee

    praying that deep abiding God directed love and sharing of all our experiences whether they be joy filled or pain felt occur not only within but outside BSF.

  3. Janet Roten

    “ My hope is that deep, transparent, honest and open sharing would happen in every BSF group across the globe. Together, we can find a deeper relationship with God, who heals the wounds of our hearts and compels us to “increase and abound in love for one another and for all …” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).”

    Very encouraging!!

    • Janet Roten

      Praying yesterday, over a sense of isolation ( being new, in some areas, and longing for lunch with a friend)~~~GOD answered quickly!! While doing a return (being obedient for HIS will for me in matters of finance), there was a friend, who invited me to lunch. We had 2 good hours if uplifting, Christian discussion. GOD listens & provides!!

  4. Diane Tabb

    I Corinthians 5:8 …“ with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Sincerity means the quality of being free from pretense, deceit or hypocrisy. People who are serious, kind and truthful and therefore trusted by others. We all need a safe place to share our lives with one another.

  5. Lucy Ngechu

    Very encouraging, true with the right group of friends, sharing deep challenges halves the pain.
    God bless us all

  6. Dolores Alexander

    This just confirms our need for each other to help alleviate loneliness and isolation. God wants us to comfort others, bless others, left them up. Making someone feel special, goes a long way. This encourages them and let them feel the love of God. This could help them go just one more step in their situation trusting God. This one more step can be the step that takes them to the trajectory that is of a new and better life with Christ.

  7. Michelle MC

    I am so grateful for a community that shares each other’s joys, sorrows, defeated and victories. All while being very transparent and authentic 🙏❤️

    To be in BSF is such a joyful time. I recently missed 5 weeks of class because of an illness. I can’t begin to describe how deeply I missed my sisters in Christ😘

  8. Evelyn Chaunzwa

    Thank you very much for this program. For the fellowship it’s an eye opener to me. I used to read the Bible with out any understanding
    But now I really enjoy reading the Bible it’s now making sense to Christianity am pleased
    Regards

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