We are a community of men in Montreal seeking a deeper more mature faith in Christ through the study and application of God’s word in Holy Scripture.
Lift high the cross of Christ!
How it all began:
In 2015 we formed a prayer group and asked God to bring faithful men in Christ together in fellowship and in regular study of the Bible. We had learned that the women of a local Bible Study Fellowship class had been praying for years for men in Montreal to get together and “sharpen” each other in the knowledge of God revealed in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The prayer group thus formed, we met monthly in various homes getting to know each other over simple meals, taking turns giving devotionals, formulating a vision for men in Montreal, and then praying fervently that God grant us our petition for men’s group.
The BSF Montreal men’s group formed
In 2017, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) inaugurated online discussion groups. The technology expanded the reach of BSF worldwide. Several men from Montreal signed on.
In early 2018, BSF began moving to have Montreal form a men’s satellite group of the class in Williamsport Pennsylvania. Preparation and prayer became more intense. Victor Gavino, Gabe Chin and Louie Vassalos agreed to undergo training to become BSF discussion group leaders.
In September 2018, we held our first BSF meeting at the First Filipino Baptist Church of Montreal who so graciously welcomed us. We were then a group of over twenty men from different church backgrounds. The theme that year was “People of the Promised Land Part 1“, a study covering the Old Testament books Joshua, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-11 and parts of the Psalms and Proverbs.
The second year
This season 2019-2020 we have grown to forty (40) men registered and organized into three discussion groups. The theme this year is “The Acts and Letters of the Apostles.”
This year we continue to meet Tuesday evenings at the First Filipino Baptist Church of Montreal. We are grateful to the congregation for hosting us. Our evenings begin at 7:30 PM with praise and prayer and a 20-min lecture (video). We have three discussion groups led by Victor Gavino, Fred Goodfellow and Brian Hinds. John Reid is backup. Discussions run for about 45 to 50 minutes. We end at 9 PM.
New this year:
BSF, ever evolving according to need, offers “mini-studies” for the first time in its 50-year history. These mini-studies are short stand-alone units within the year-long study. We welcome anyone interested to come and see what BSF is all about and how it works. These mini-studies are either 2 or 4 weeks in duration. Registration is not required.
Montreal satellite group now with the Toronto class
Effective January 2020, the Montreal men’s BSF satellite group will be transferred from the Williamsport Pennsylvania class to the Toronto Ontario class. Everything will proceed as it has in the past, except that the video lectures will come from Toronto.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another