The Fast That I Choose
A Bible Study on Hunger – a program of 6-12 one-hour sessions, suitable for older youth and adults
The Society of St. Andrew is pleased to offer a study that explores what the Bible says about hunger. By examining the issue of hunger from a biblical perspective, the study seeks to make clear that one of the surest ways to test the quality of our walk with God is to examine the way we respond to the needs of others. Throughout the study, preconceived ideas about hunger and poverty are challenged as participants encounter God’s preference for the poor as revealed in scripture. Finally, the challenges participants to respond out of their faith in Jesus concrete ways to the reality of hunger in our world.
The Fast That I Choose takes its title from Isaiah 58:6. The words of the prophet remind us that God wants worship from the heart which has as its end the increase of God’s justice in the world.
The study is presented in six units, with each unit having two lessons. The lesson guides are designed to afford the study leader flexibility in how long each lesson will take. Each is designed to take about an hour, which will make the complete study a 12-session course. However, if desired, more than a single hour might be spent on the lessons.
The study begins with the claim that hunger is a God issue and progresses through the causes and consequences of hunger in the world, nation, and community. Throughout the course, participants are challenged to change their attitudes and encouraged to take action as faithful followers of Jesus. The course ends with the recognition that hunger is an issue each Christian must address individually.