A couple of years ago, I started attending Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). It's the best bible study I've ever been to. It will take me seven years to go through the whole study, but by the end of those seven years I will have a greater understanding of the bible than I would if I was just doing it on my own. A person can start coming anytime. Each year is a different study; this year is Romans. Talk about getting deeper with God. I'm beginning to understand all of the things I've just "known". I didn't think that by learning the "basics" of Christianity would help me understand who God is, what he has done for me and what he would like me to do for him. Right now, we're learning a load about faith. What do you think faith is really? It's a word we toss around everyday..."you gotta have faith", "I have faith in my husband", "I have faith that the game won't get rained out". The word faith is getting tossed around about as bad as the word love, (Rob Bell,from Nooma said "I love my wife, but I also love tacos??") I'm learning that it's not faith that's important, it is the object of your faith. What or who are you putting your faith in? Romans 3:22 says, "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." A person can't or shouldn't say, "it'll happen if you keep the faith". Faith in what, just believing that it'll happen won't make it happen, but having faith in Jesus, now that could do something!
It's so good to be in God's word and actually learn something. I really struggle with my lack of being self-motivated. In high school and college, I could make my body do crazy things in sports because I had a coach there instructing me and encouraging me. Bible study is the same for me. I need the accountability that comes with organized group study. I've grown to like the "guidelines" that come with Bible Study Fellowship and have even applied some of them to my personal life...like the importance of being on time...that was a hard one for me.
There are Bible Study Fellowship classes all over the world. There are classes for men in the evenings, classes for women in day or evening and also in some areas classes for singles. If you already have a devotional life then adding BSF to your life would only require 2 extra hours a week to attend class. An added bonus to those of you with kids is they have a free children's program where the kids learn what you are learning each week, on their level of course. The women's day classes accept children ages 2-5, and evening classes take kids kindergarten-high school senior.
Do let me know what you think about faith, your faith, or how the word faith is used around you. Also, if you want more information about BSF, let me know!!