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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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In this series at Dialogue, we will be examining the forces in life and faith that seem to be opposites—doubt and faith; love and hate; pain and happiness—in attempt to reconcile their place in our lives. come and join the conversation.

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So what’s the deal with

the skinny 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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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.

I know that you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. So write it down.

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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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.

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efforts, helping others, prioritizing yourself above others.

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

1. Converse

3. Open Mic

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

Use creativity and share your story! Make a few notes about things you could share at the next Open Mic.

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.

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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weekone

Date

Message Title

Connect Main Scripture or Verse:

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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?

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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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weektwo

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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weekthree

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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weekfour

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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Be a part of the family.

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

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Helpful scriptures or verses »


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