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.

What’s Ahead

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 stories@bsfinternational.org.

855 Comments

  1. I can’t wait for this to begin!

  2. How do I register?

  3. Please register me.

    • To ensure you are registered, the best thing to do is:

      -visit http://www.bsfinternational.org/map
      -find your class
      -on the right hand side, click the yellow “join” button
      -fill out your information and submit

      We sure are glad you are planning on joining us! 🙂

    • Hello,

      When does the study start??

      • Dear Valerie, the study will begin in September. Each class has a different start date!

    • Dear Beth, unfortunately you have to choose the class location and time that works best for you. You can find that information here! https://www.bsfinternational.org/map

  4. I wasn’t able to get the lessons and questions from myBSF.org last time.
    Will the new app be easier to access?
    It said I needed to update my browser, which I don’t know what a browser is.
    My son thought he updated it, but I still couldn’t access anything.

    • Dear Martha, I’m so sorry to hear this! Our IT team is always happy to help. Visit https://www.mybsf.org and click the link at the bottom right corner that says “Need technical help? Talk with us!” You can fill out a help request and someone from our IT team will respond.

  5. Awesome changes can’t wait to get started. Thank God for all the behind the scenes techs and all the knowledge they are bless with.

    • So glad you have made all these changes to make Bible study more accessible to friends who have to work. PTL!

  6. I do my own Bible Study at my church. While I encourage them to take BSF, most of them don’t. I will advise them of the new opportunities at BSF. I have a group of 35-40 people and would love suggestions of your help or not. I do not give them copies of your “Notes”. However, I would like some flexibility. I am very respectful of your copyright rights and do not give them your Notes. However, I think if given the ability to share your insights, they may be more inclined to join BSF classes. We follow your curriculum and I write my own notes. They are not as good as yours, but relevant to our own discussions

    Any advice? Any help?

    Yours, a 26 year member, Brad Pappalardo

    • Dear Brad, what an amazing ministry! One option is to use the WordGo app which features BSF lessons and notes divided into shorter studies. I recently did Hebrews on WordGo with a group of friends and loved the experience!

    • The everythings the whole world has been facing this year (the loosing of jobs, friends, family members, facing catastrophes etc) reminds me of how important was study Acts and the letters, months before all that happened.
      God is amazing and shows He is a personal God, interested in our daily lives – He is our shelter; working to change hearts and spread the Gospel through all circumstances and times, by the Holy Spirit! We are so, so blessed to have a personal relationship with our God, Jesus, our Creator and our Savior. We are precious in His eyes. And we are so blessed for BSF.
      By God’s grace, we are standing together, enduring in faith, and learning even more! and in an even more creative ways!
      I stand in awe! and I thank you all for the many options and hard unselfish work you have been doing. May our Lord continue to bless BSF and all the members and future followers throughout the world. in Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

  7. So glad that I can print out the notes and questions to study at home as last year I missed many sessions due to work. The new app sounds amazing. I can’t wait

    • I’m so excited and looking forward to what God has planned for us this year! Missing my BSF group but happy to get started back any way we can!

  8. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for us thru our study in Genesis this year.

  9. This is absolutely awesome. God has a way of spreading His Word. Many more will be lead to Christ and many more will get an understanding of His Word. Thank you BSF

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This