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The Skinny Series Guide and its contents here out were developed by Dialogue Church, Muncie, Indiana. Some rights reserved. Part of this publication, including content and graphics, may be reproduced and distributed with permission granted by the aforementioned organization. It’s not that we’re totally worried about copyrights, but we’d just like to know who, where, and why people are using our stuff. Permission requests may be made via email, dialogue@dialoguechurch.us. All scriptures referenced and used are from either the New International Version published by Zondervan or The Voice New Testament. Published by Dialogue Church Muncie, Indiana 47305 http://www.dialoguechurch.us Copyright © 2010 Dialogue Church


It’s your move. Sometimes, it seems like there are looming decisions, daunting choices, or seemingly impossible tasks lurking behind every corner. The anxiety and anticipation from making decisions can almost seem too much to even bear. Choices can be exciting, stressful, eye-opening, and challenging. They can help us see others in a different way. They can help sort out our priorities, chose a new direction in life, and even make us into something we never thought we could be.

And making decisions we know full-well are going to mpact every other part of our lives aren’t any easier. Whether it’s choosing a career path, moving to a different city, picking a college, or adding a new kid to the pack, often it seems like we need something more, more direction, more advice about which path to chose, which direction to go. GO! is a message series all about those kinds of choices. It’s a message for anyone who has ever had to look at two really cool options and try to decide which would really be the best. It’s for every family who has had to chose between money or time, children or work. It’s for each of us, as we journey together on this path toward Jesus. Come and join the conversation. »


So what’s the deal with

theskinnY anyways? How amazing would it be to really understand what God is thinking? The Skinny is a tool to help you find out how His plans and dreams fit your life. The concept is simple. If God is speaking to us today, we want to do more than simply listen— we want to join the conversation. We want to do more than hear and obey. We want to listen and interact. We need more than the message­ —we want to know the messenger.

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The Skinny is a collaborative tool to help you discover the longing in your soul. It moves through three phases: 1. Connect to God’s truth and beauty. 2. Center your life on love. 3. Create hope in a broken world. The world is waiting on you to live your best life. God is speaking, and He is inviting you to join the conversation.

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Where do you see God’s truth and beauty?

1. Do More than Listen 2. Write it Down As you hear the message from God’s Word, learn to listen for God’s voice. Listen with your heart. What did He say? How did you feel when you heard the message? What images ran through your mind during the teaching?

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I know that you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. So write it down. During the teaching, take some notes. Use the space provided each week, your favorite Moleskin, or the back of a gum wrapper, but write down what you hear God saying. (this guide is highly recommended!) Sketch. Write some song lyrics. Make a list. Whatever method works for you; get your thoughts down on paper.

In what ways can you center your life on love?

1. Pray

Ask God to help you hear His voice and for insights into His thoughts on your life.

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2. Imagine

What would your world be like if you lived God’s story? Look for ways to see the truth and beauty of God in all the areas of your life. Balance your life by placing God’s love in the middle of everything you do:

Home»

family, relationships, finances, children.

Work»

occupation, school, co-workers, time management, diligence.

create 1. Converse

Sit down with a friend and share how God has impacted your life. Look for areas of growth. Share your accomplishments and your failures.

2. Post

Go online to Dialogue Church at www.dialoguechurch.us and click on The Skinny. Share your thoughts on this week’s conversation in the comments.

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times of reflection, contemplation, hobbies, family outings, sports.

Service»

humanitarian projects, church efforts, helping others, prioritizing yourself above others.

How can we use what we’ve learned to bring hope to this broken world?

3. Open Mic

Use creativity and share your story! Make a few notes about things you could share at the next Open Mic. What happened as you began to live God’s Word? How has your life changed? What are you doing to make the world a better place? Open Mic follows every teaching series usually on the last day. Keep a lookout for specifics.

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week ONE

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

NotesÂť

Are you Stuck? Here are some questions to get you thinking: How is God speaking through this message? What is He trying to teach you? What truth or aspect of beauty is God saying here? How did you feel when you heard the message?

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Center

Pray» what are some things you’d like to pray for this week?

Imagine» How will you use today’s message as you center on love in your... Home:

Play:

Work:

Service:

Create Write what you shared with a friend, The Skinny Online, and what you would like to share at Open Mic.

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week two

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

NotesÂť

Are you Stuck? Here are some questions to get you thinking: How is God speaking through this message? What is He trying to teach you? What truth or aspect of beauty is God saying here? How did you feel when you heard the message?

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Center

Pray» what are some things you’d like to pray for this week?

Imagine» How will you use today’s message as you center on love in your... Home:

Play:

Work:

Service:

Create Write what you shared with a friend, The Skinny Online, and what you would like to share at Open Mic.

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week three

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

NotesÂť

Are you Stuck? Here are some questions to get you thinking: How is God speaking through this message? What is He trying to teach you? What truth or aspect of beauty is God saying here? How did you feel when you heard the message?

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Center

Pray» what are some things you’d like to pray for this week?

Imagine» How will you use today’s message as you center on love in your... Home:

Play:

Work:

Service:

Create Write what you shared with a friend, The Skinny Online, and what you would like to share at Open Mic.

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week four

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

Notes Âť

Are you Stuck? Here are some questions to get you thinking: How is God speaking through this message? What is He trying to teach you? What truth or aspect of beauty is God saying here? How did you feel when you heard the message?

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Center

Pray » what are some things you’d like to pray for this week?

Imagine» How will you use today’s message as you center on love in your... Home:

Play:

Work:

Service:

Create Write what you shared with a friend, The Skinny Online, and what you would like to share at Open Mic.

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open mic

Be a part of the family.

The only way someone will know your story is if you share it.

My Story »

Something I learned about myself »

Something I learned about God »

Helpful scriptures or verses »

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