In all my time being in and around small group settings, one of the most common struggles people have is their interaction with the Bible. It is not that they don’t have time to read or don’t have the want (though that does apply to some), it’s more that they don’t know what to do with it. Once you sit down and read a few versus, now what? Do I even understand what it means? Do I know what I’m meant to get out of it? And more importantly what am I supposed to do with it and how does it apply to my life.
Fear not! You are not alone in this struggle, there are methods to help you with this.
The next Bible study method we are going to look at is the FEAST method.
F – Focus
E – Engage
A – Access
S – Spark
T – Turn
Let’s take a look at each section of FEAST and how they work.
This step is all about preparation. Get yourself, your materials and your heart and mind ready for your study time. Find a quiet place. Gather any materials you think you may need, paper, notebook, pencil/pen, laptop/tablet, and of course your Bible.
Then take a few minutes to pray. Pray for peace, pray for quiet, pray for solitude, or just pray for understanding. Whatever it is you are going to need to get the most out of this time.
Write down any questions or observations you have. Start with the basics. Who? Where? What? Why? Are they doing something unusual? Are they completing a task? Are they interacting with somebody else?
Look up anything or anybody you do not recognize. For this you do not always need a long drawn out history, just something to give you context.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help Spark whatever change that needs to be made in your life. Reread the verse you are studying, what was the big concept. The one thing that was at the heart of the passage.
In the web design world, there is something called the CTA or Call To Action. The CTA is a link or a graphic that tells the viewer what to do next. Look for the CTA of what you are reading. Are you being asked to obey something God said? Is the verse telling you how a believer should act?
Those are the transformations you want to ask for.
Pray. Turn your your God and thank him for his word, for this time for everything he has given to you.
It is my sincerest hope that this article has been of use to you and helps you better engage your God and his word.
If you have any comments, suggestions or alternate Bible study methods let us know in the comment section below.