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What is a DIY Study?
DIY studies are interactive Bible studies designed to help you build an engaging relationship with God. These studies will teach you to use various tools like podcasts and videos to engage with the Bible in a way that best fits your learning style.
These studies were originally created for teens, but can be helpful for anyone. Click here for a printable version of this study.
This is a study on purpose and why God chose YOU.
The study looks at how Jesus tells us time and time again that each of us has a specific purpose, and about the importance of each one of us in His plan. In this study we will look at Israel, God’s chosen people, and why he chose them. This will help you believe that God chose you for a purpose.
History of the Israelites
Because of the faith in God that Abraham had, God promised that Abraham and his descendants would become a great nation and inherit a promised land. God chose the Israelites, who were Abraham’s descendants.
Why did God choose you?
This video gives an example of what it means to feel chosen. Tom Brady felt all the insecurities and fears that he wasn’t good enough, but the moment Brady got picked for the Patriots, he was grateful, happy, relaxed, and all his worries about being good enough melted away.
Do you respond like this to God choosing you?
Review or Reflect
Being chosen is a feeling we all have the desire for, and are sometimes consumed by. When you hear the word “chosen,” what story comes to mind? It can be positive or negative, something about you or about someone else.
This song describes how God feels about YOU personally! You are important and God chooses us because this is the way he sees each of us.“Have It All” by Jason Mraz
If you think you would benefit from listening to the Bible and your Bible app does not have an audio feature, listen to Deuteronomy 7:6-9 NLT. [STOP at 1:33]
For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.  “The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the LORD loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the LORD rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.Deuteronomy 7:6-9 NLT
Think about it
- God chose you not for the things you have done or your talents, but because he loves you.
- Each one of us is important and has something to contribute.
If you think you would benefit from listening to the Bible and your Bible app does not have an audio feature, listen to 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NIV [STOP at 2:51]
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,  while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NIV
- What did I learn about God?
- What did I learn about myself?
- What can I do today in response to these?
Write about it
- What qualities of God did you notice from the scripture?
- What qualities do you have to add to “the body”?
Review or reflect
What are some new thoughts, feelings, impressions you have about God/yourself that you have learned from this chapter?
How to start praying
T.R.U.E. Prayer is an acronym that can help you start learning to pray:
- T = Thanksgiving
- R = Requests/Needs
- U = Uncovering Sin
- E = Emotions (Chart)
- Read Ephesians 1:4-8 NLT, specifically pray about:
- How does it make you FEEL when it says God chose you? Anxious? Excited? Why?
- What does it make you THINK when it says he adopted you into His family? Grateful? Unworthy? Why?
- Knowing that God chose you simply because He loves you, what do you believe you should DO?
For further study
- “Purpose: Turning Emotion Into Action”
- Once you see that God does have a purpose in your life, it takes more than just emotion to act on it. This podcast will help walk you through turning that emotion into action towards your purpose.
- “Be Silent”
- This video will help you to not listen to the anxieties and distractions that make you think you are not chosen. When you identify the things that make you feel unworthy or unchosen, you can decide to not listen to those.
- Do a word search in the Bible for “choose”, and pick a few scriptures that speak to you about being chosen.
- Look up and read the lyrics to the songs above as you listen to the song, note a couple that stands out to you.
- Then, write a couple scriptures and lyrics on notecards to carry in your backpack, purse, pocket, or car to remind you when you are feeling worthless that you specifically are chosen by God.
- Read 1 Corinthians 12 in paperback or online Bible and highlight anything that stands out to you.