JESSA OLSON WELLNESS: My Beginning Thought of Bible Study Fellowship



Friday, September 18, 2020

My Beginning Thought of Bible Study Fellowship

 A few goals of mine have been to read the Bible all the way through, and be deeper in my faith. Deeper in my faith means believing it both in my heart and my mind. I can remember twice that I have truly felt this way. The first was right before I was about to graduate college and when we first moved to West Virginia. I felt it most when we visited a friend in Michigan. 


Bible Study Fellowship is international bible study. Each group meets on a different day and time based on what works in your life. They have day and night with and without child care. The child care is an option is a age based version of what the adults are doing in their study. Each year the study changes - the options are Genesis, People of the Promised Land 1 and 2, Isaiah, Matthew, John, Romans, Revelation, Moses, Acts and Letters of the Apostles 1 and 2. 

This year is Genesis. Normally each week starts off with your small group going over questions from the past week. After small group is lecture preparing us the week ahead. When you leave you’re giving a booklet about 10-15 pages. The notes are the first part of the booklet. It depends on the week, then the last 2 pages are questions. There are 5 days of questions with each day being 2 or 3 questions. And these questions make you think! It is not something that you can do in 15-20 minutes. 


The first time I did Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) was when I was living in Tulsa. I don’t remember how I heard about it, but I really enjoyed it. It has been awhile and I believe that the first time I we did John. (I honestly can’t remember.) I didn’t finish  the whole season. I think I joined half way into the year. 

The second time I did BSF was my last year in college, again I only did half of it. I graduated in December then never joined a joined in group where I was. I loved this group of ladies. It was a few ladies from each age demographic and varies stages in their faith life. I learned so much from these ladies, and wish I still keep in touch with them. 

The third time I did it was in Washington. I only stopped because we moved to California. I didn’t join a group in California because I was trying to find another job. I was more focused on getting settled than joining another group. I want to say it was Revelations, but that’s a pure guess. 

This is my fourth group and we are studying Genesis. We had our first get to you meeting last Monday. Since we are in a new time they didn’t send the packets, but I was able to get a copy of all the notes for the year. I’m really stoked that I was able to get the whole year just in case something happens. 


I’m really excited for this year because I struggle with the beginning books of the Bible. I am looking forward to actually finishing a study. I really love BSF because I want to get deeper and more spiritual in my faith. I also really love the amount in knowledge that each study has which fulfills my need to know everything. 

I am a little nervous that it is Genesis. I was really hoping that it was Romans or Isaiah. This one was probably towards the end of my list, but I am going in with an open mind. I know that I am here for a reason with this particular study. 


Minus the obvious goal to finish. 

Another goal is to develop and coming into a good morning routine and bible study time before I start my day. 

When I read the Bible I know it to be true in my head, but I really want it to be true in my heart. I want to be anchored in the Bible and it’s truth. 

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