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GOD IS IN THE DETAILS the skinny series guide | dialogue church


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, admin@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

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Frank Lloyd Wright was just a dude. Well, he was more like a dude who built buildings. I’m sorry. Let me be more specific—he was a dude that built some of the most influential and innovative buildings in modern architecture. Even if you’ve never heard of him, you already know him. His houses, office buildings, churches, museums, stain glass, and artistic and visual concepts have influenced most art and architecture created in the last 100 years. From his early homes in Chicago to the Guggenheim in New York to his later desert houses in Arizona, Wright’s style of extreme detail paired with his emphasis on the relationship between what was indoors and out changed the way we live forever. Not to mention, he was also crazy. There is a story about a family that built a Wright house in Chicago, and after moving in, invited him over for dinner. Wright was so upset about the changes the family had made to the arrange-

ment of the furniture, he spent most of the evening realigning the chairs to the dining room table and the placement of lamps on end tables. To Wright, the smallest of details, the way the sofa sat under a window, were apart of his overall design. He believed even the head of a screw or a pane of glass was significant and valuable. What are these small things? These seemingly insignificant details of life that we often miss? What kind of impact would these details make if only we stopped to take a closer look? God is the Details is a series about examining these small things, looking a little closer, to see the significance and the value in what we’ve never seen before. Come and join the conversation.

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So what’s the deal with

theskinnY

Chloie’s right foot is bigger than her left.

anyways?

How amazing would it be to understand what God was 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.

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.

The Skinny is a collaborative tool to help you discover the longing in your soul.

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Chloie wrecked a car in 3rd grade.


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connect

Where do you see God’s truth and beauty?

1. Do More than Listen

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?

Center

2. Write it Down

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,

Play» times of reflection, contempla-

children.

tion, hobbies, family outings, sports.

Work»

Giving» humanitarian projects, church

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

Create

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

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

efforts, helping others, prioritizing yourself above others.

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.

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 1

Date

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

Notes»

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? Chloie mispronounced “yogurt” until she was 14.

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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:

Giving:

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 2

Date

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:

Giving:

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

Chloie busted her lip the same day that she got the other side pierced so it was swollen equally on both sides.

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week 3

Date

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

Chloie’s soccer nickname was the “Trip-enator.”

Notes»

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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? THE SKINNY series guide | dialogue church


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:

Giving:

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 4

Date

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:

Giving:

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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Chloie eats hot sauce on everything.

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