I usually attend the BSF seminars when they are offered, they are often VERY informative. I signed up for this one not really knowing what it was, and when I heard what it was... I almost didn't go. But I had committed to going with a friend, it was her first seminar.. so I was "stuck". I'm glad - this turned out to be my favorite seminar so far! (Homiletics would be my second favorite)
It was 20 minutes in group, and hour and a half of personal quiet time, 10 min group closing. Not a normal BSF seminar. And group quiet time made me nervous- I didn't know what to expect.
But I should have known BSF would do it well. We each received a 4 page hand out for our quiet time, and it took me an hour to read all the scriptures, answer the questions, do the personal reflections, and pray on the specifics. The last half hour I spent adding some of the verses to my flashcard app for memorization, cleaning up the titles on some of my you version bookmarks, and reading this weeks regular BSF lesson notes.
The topic today was on being a servant of God. Specific categories included:
-what the bible says abt servants- 7 verses, find 1 word from each verse to descibe a servant
-attributes a servant should NOT have (5 verses)
- what may be required of a servant (5 verses)
- whom are we called to serve? (4 verses)
- what specific goals does the bible tell us servants should have? (6 verses)
- what results does the bible say I may expect if I serve God? (6 verses)
As I went through these, I highlighted all the verses in a pale green/blue and labeled them servant in my youversion app, and I titled each bookmark based on my answers. I love that feature of youversion!
The last 2.5 pages of our work was personal evaluation with questions regarding our biblical education and training, our regular communication with God (quiet time), our spiritual gifts, places of service God has prepared for me (prayer, then questions about areas where I may see a need), ending with what my response to God is and 5 more verses to examine to help guide us in how to pray to be a servant (fruitful service is preceeded by fervent prayer)
It was so practical, and applicable- I absolutely loved it!