What’s New for Genesis
What’s New for Genesis
BY SUZANNE WELLS, BSF REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Before smartphones. Before the internet. Before the printing press. Before the ease of accessibility. How did God’s people share God’s Word with one another?
In ancient times, Scripture was made accessible to the world by men and women reading it aloud (Exodus 24:7, Deuteronomy 31:10-11, Joshua 8:34-35, 2 Kings 23:1-3, Nehemiah 8:3-8, Luke 4:16, 1 Timothy 4:13). Then, over time, individuals were called to translate Scripture. Others were called to teach Scripture. Parents were called to talk about the commands of Scripture with their children, (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:18-21). Christians in the first and second centuries quoted portions of Scripture in their written letters and carried copies of Scripture with them on their travels.
In other words, throughout history, Scripture – both the Old Testament and New – has broken into the known world through ordinary people, living ordinary, everyday lives.
This year, BSFers around the globe have an extraordinary opportunity to join in this same movement. Through BSF’s Helping One Another strategy, we are calling all BSFers to spread the truth of God’s Word to new people, places and populations. But how?
God’s Word Cannot Be Stopped
Over the past five months, the BSF campus has been closed in compliance with local coronavirus precautions. Because we have been unable to operate our printing press, we are inviting you to help one another by creatively providing BSF Genesis lesson materials to all who are hungry for God’s Word. This is our Helping One Another strategy.
We believe this season is not just a trial to be endured, but a God-ordained opportunity for growth and ministry. What if the study of God’s Word through BSF spread today like the Scriptures spread throughout the first century Church – from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth? What if God’s truth broke into today’s world with the same transformational power we have seen throughout history? We believe we will see God work in powerful ways as we commit to help one another.
Your BSF Headquarters staff have been praying for specific opportunities during this global pandemic to magnify God and mature His people. We have prayed that God might foster creativity and provide solutions for accessing BSF materials, and He has answered. It is with great excitement and trust in God that we share with you what’s new for Genesis:
A new BSF app scheduled to be launched in September, which will allow BSF members to complete their lessons on their smartphones
A new lesson layout for the School Program questions
New emphasis in the BSF notes to highlight and apply biblical doctrine
A Genesis Prayer Guide with weekly connections to this year’s study to carry us through these trying times
New opportunities to reach your community with God’s Word and BSF through four, character-based mini-studies interspersed throughout the Genesis study year, including Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Joseph
New and simplified options for giving to BSF through PayPal as a means to expand the reach of God’s Word (available for international classes as well)
What’s Your ‘New’?
So, how will you make the most of all these new options?
Maybe you will extend a new invitation to BSF to someone outside your usual circle of friends.
Perhaps you will discover a new ministry opportunity by printing lessons for someone in your discussion group.
Or perhaps your new step during this Genesis study year just might be an intentional call to prayer for God’s Word to break into the lives of new people in new populations and new places.
What will be your “new” this BSF year?
As we await the return of Christ to make all things truly new, let’s seize opportunities to share and spread the truth of God’s Word by helping one another access and maximize the BSF Genesis study! Share your new beginning with us on social media (Instagram or Facebook) with the hashtag #bsfgenesis or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.