Bible Study Fellowship International offers year-long Bible study classes for men, women, young adults and children. Each year, every BSF participant studies the same book or group of books of the Bible. For the 2015-2016 year, for example, BSF is covering the book of Revelation. The weekly lessons typically cover anywhere from several verses to several chapters and involve reading the passages, reflecting on what they mean and providing answers, and sharing answers and reflections in class the following week.
Individual lessons are split up into six sections referred to as Days. The intent behind the study is for participants to complete one Day each day of the week besides the day that the class meets on. Each Day is comprised of approximately three to six questions and covers anywhere from several verses to an entire chapter.
BSF began in the late 1950s in Southern California when several woman heard missionary Audrey Wetherell Johnson speak at their church and asked her to lead them in a Bible study. Johnson complied, and the group gradually grew, first throughout the Bay area, then to other states including Indiana and Arkansas, then across the entire country, and finally internationally in the 1980s.
Over time, BSF also expanded its vision and incorporated new demographics. BSF was first offered for men in the 1960s, and the first class for young adults was offered in the early 1970s. Classes for children began in the 1980s and 1990s.
As of 2015, BSF offers more than 1,000 classes spread across 39 countries.