Build your Bible IQ and Christian worldview in just fifteen minutes a day! Over the course of a year, Core 52 will help you master the 52 most important passages in the Bible.
“You will gain the tools you need for living the life God has called you to.”—Kyle Idleman, pastor and author of Not a Fan
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”—1 Timothy 4:8
Most of us want to know the Bible better, but few reach our goal, often because we’re too busy or we don’t know where to start. Core 52 removes both barriers, offering a common-sense solution that fits into our busy lives. Respected Bible professor and teaching pastor Mark E. Moore developed this proven process from thirty-five years of helping people grow deeper in God’s Word.
Each week features a brief essay, memory verse, Bible story, trajectory verses, and practical ways to put what you’ve learned into practice. An optional “Overachiever Challenge” offers the chance to memorize the top 100 Bible verses by year’s end.
This simple approach allows you to become familiar with the big ideas of the Bible in less time and with less effort than other reading plans. In one year, you can master the core of the Bible—focusing on topics from God’s will to worry, happiness to holiness, and leadership to love. These fifty-two core passages are lenses through which you can read the rest of the Bible with clarity and confidence.
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About the Author
Mark E. Moore is an acclaimed author and teaching pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. He previously spent two decades as a New Testament professor at Ozark Christian College. Whether by helping people make sense of Christianity or teaching students to understand the Bible, Mark’s life passion is to make Jesus famous. Mark and his wife, Barbara, reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Chapter 1: Creation
Question: Why are we here?
We live in an immense universe on an extraordinary little blue ball. There’s no question it’s a masterpiece, and at its center is the human species. Yet each of us, treading across this sacred space, wonders why we’re here. What’s our part to play in this theater of life?
That all depends on the answer to the following three questions.
Who Created This World?
All artists leave fingerprints on their work. So knowing the creation gives a glimpse into the nature of the creator. The Bible teaches that God is actually three in one: Father, Son, and Spirit. Though the clearest glimpses of this “Trinity” are in the New Testament, all three peek from behind the curtain as early as Genesis 1:1–3.
God the Father is the architect. That’s how the Bible begins: “God created.” Specifically, God created the elements out of nothing. This sounds simple, even obvious. Yet every other creation story from the ancient Near East assumes that what’s eternal is physical matter, not God. The gods merely fashioned preexisting matter into the existing world, like children shaping Play-Doh.
The Bible, however, asserts that God alone is eternal. Hence, the universe is an extension of God, not vice versa. This Christian worldview stands in opposition to all worldviews that assert matter as eternal rather than God. This includes polytheism (multiple gods) and pantheism that sees god in inanimate objects such as wind, waves, or animals. The Christian worldview is also in opposition to Darwinian evolution that replaces the eternal God with eternal “stuff.”
The idea that God created the earth is a common core among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. However, there’s a factor added by Christians that’s absent from other religions: the Holy Spirit is the engineer. As we read in Genesis 1:2, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” This Hebrew word “hovering” expresses a vibration. The Spirit “quaked” to bring order out of chaos. It’s not dissimilar to a frantic hostess thirty minutes prior to dinner guests arriving. The Spirit was intent on ordering the creation so it would be a life-giving garden.
The Hebrew word for “breath” is also translated “spirit.” For example, the breath of God animated Adam in Genesis 2:7. In Genesis 7:22, the word for “breath” is the very word translated “spirit”: “Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.”
This is also true of animals, according to Psalm 104:30: “When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.” Every animal that has breath is sustained by the Spirit. The Spirit is the ongoing force of God that gives life, breath, and sustaining energy on earth. He’s relentlessly, intimately, and perpetually involved in the very fabric of our earthly environment. God the Father created; God the Spirit creates.
There’s a telltale sign when people ignore the Spirit in creation. Namely, the environment becomes a resource to be exploited rather than a gift to be nurtured. The elements become mute, no longer declaring the glory of God (Psalm 19:1–3). We miss God in the thunderstorm and wind, the bloom of a flower, and the majesty of the mountains. Our environmental insensitivities betray our ignorance of the Spirit’s continued care for every element of our earth. Consequently, Christians restrict worship to a building on Sunday, rather than worshipping daily in the expanse of the universe, where broader culture has replaced the love of the Spirit with the law of the jungle.
We need to acknowledge the Spirit in creation.
God the Father is the architect. God the Spirit is the engineer. Jesus is the builder. He did the heavy lifting during creation. This is seen in Genesis 1:3: “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” If we lay that alongside John 1:1–3, we see the mechanics of creation: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” This Word, as we learn in verse 14, is none other than Jesus. Even before he came to earth in human form, he was fully God, the embodiment, as it were, of God’s spoken word. When God gave the command, Jesus—the Word—turned the command into creation.
The apostle Paul confirmed this:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15–16)
What happens when we ignore the role of Jesus in creation? Typically, salvation becomes a future spiritual state in heaven rather than an actual earthly reality. We do, of course, have a future in heaven. Nonetheless, Jesus the creator is equally interested in your eternal life here and now.
So there you have it: the Trinity embedded in the first three verses of Genesis. God is the architect, the Spirit is the engineer, and Jesus is the builder. All three are unique and essential to creation. If any of these are ignored, we’ll misunderstand not only the nature of creation but also our own nature and the dignified role God intends for us.
Why Did God Create This World?
Some suggest that God created because he was lonely. That’s impossible to prove and pretty hard to swallow. God had angels in abundance who could communicate, perform, and do who knows how many other things to entertain, serve, and otherwise delight God. Furthermore, God had himself. God is a community—Father, Son, and Spirit. They love, communicate with, and enjoy one another. There’s nothing lacking in God’s own person that required him to create someone to keep him company.
So why did God create?
We need look no further than Psalm 102:18 for an answer: “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.” Every generation that God created—from our primal parents in Eden to our own unborn children—has a singular divine purpose: to bring God glory. This shouldn’t come as a shock. The fingerprints of God in our own souls will drive us in the same direction. Why do we dress fashionably? To look good. Why do we decorate our homes? To impress company. Why do we present a gourmet meal with such panache? To please others and receive praise. Isn’t it our internal impulse to create for others’ pleasure and for our own praise? God creates with the same impulse. We’re here for the express purpose of bringing God glory.
When we look at our own genetic complexity, we’re awestruck. The fingerprints of an infant, the structure of our eyes, the electrical synapses of the brain—our bodies are works of art. From Olympic spectacles to ballet, from the NBA to National Geographic, we’re stunned by God’s handiwork.
David expressed it well: “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). Without speaking a word, even inanimate objects like mountains and rivers and stars and rainbows acclaim their Creator (89:12; 148:3–10). Creation itself is primary proof of God’s existence (Romans 1:20, 25). By seeing his fingerprints in the world, we’re drawn to his self-portrait in the Bible.
Here’s where it gets most majestic. We were made to manage the creation of God. “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, niv). We continue God’s act of creation. What makes this more amazing—and what raises the stakes—is that God is personally and perpetually involved in creating and recreating this masterpiece of a world with the help of humans. God created the heavens and the earth—he leaves it up to us to make of it a world even more wonderful.
How Did God Restore Creation?
This world is a wreck. It all went south in Genesis 3, when Eve was seduced by the serpent. That moment of indiscretion released a cascade of consequences. None of this took God by surprise. But it did take his breath away. He was distraught over the condition of the creation he so cherished.
This flows into the story of the Flood (Genesis 6–8), when God hit “reset” on the world. God knew this wasn’t a permanent fix. As the first couple fell in the garden, so Noah’s family failed after the Flood. So, too, Abraham’s nation rebelled. But the plan of God all along was to bring a fallen creation back. Notice he began with a couple, then a family, then a nation. And today his mercy extends to all the earth—every tongue, tribe, and nation. The recovery of Eden is the story of the Bible.
The finale, of course, is the story of Jesus. By his blood, Jesus would recreate the human spirit by renewing us through his own Spirit. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We’re recreated for good works in Christ (Ephesians 2:10). It’s not a quick fix nor an easy solution.
This restoration is not merely for humans but for all creation. Paul expressed it like this:
The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.… For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (Romans 8:19, 22)
~ Each member of the Trinity plays a vital role in creation.
~ God created for the same reasons we do: for others’ pleasure and our own praise.
~ Just as God created the earth, we’re to continue to recreate a world, reflecting his love.
Day 1: Read the essay.
Day 2: Memorize Genesis 1:1.
Day 3: Read Genesis 1–2.
Day 4: Meditate on John 1:1; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:15–16.
Day 5: Identify one small thing you could do today to help restore Eden where you live.
Overachiever Challenge: Memorize John 1:1.
Bonus Read: Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery.
Table of Contents
1 Creation 5
2 Our True Identity 12
3 The Fall 19
4 Covenant 26
5 Holiness 33
8 Jesus and Moses 39
7 Kingdom of God 45
8 Jesus and David 52
9 Finding Happiness 59
10 Prophecy 66
11 Good Shepherd 72
12 Messiah 79
13 Jesus Rejected 86
14 Wisdom 93
15 Atonement 100
16 New Covenant 107
17 Son of Man 113
18 Blessedness 119
19 Deeper Morality 126
20 Prayer 133
21 Money 140
22 The Golden Rule 147
23 The Cross 154
24 Election and Predestination 160
25 The Supernatural 167
26 Our Co-Mission 174
27 The Gospel 181
28 Faith 188
29 Rest 195
30 Leadership 201
31 The Greatest Command 208
32 The Incarnation 214
33 Love 221
34 Worship 228
35 Communion 235
36 Eternal Security 242
37 The Holy Spirit 249
38 The Ascension 256
39 Baptism 263
40 God's Solution to Racism 270
41 Freedom 277
42 Radical Change 284
43 Knowing God's Will 291
44 The Resurrection 297
45 Grace 305
46 Unity 312
47 Humility 319
48 Overwhelming Worry 326
49 Mentoring 333
50 Scripture 340
51 Gaining Grit 348
52 Heaven 355
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I appreciated the concept behind the book-that there are fifty-two core verses in the Bible that form a foundation for what the entire Bible teaches. That could be overwhelming-to tackle that in one year, but I found this book to be very user-friendly. It's set up to explore each topic for five days, but in easily "digestible" bits and pieces. It works for me. The essays are interesting to read, and the Scripture reading is appropriate. One of the assignments each week is to memorize the key verse, and I have embraced that challenge as I work through the book. For those who struggle with memorizing Scripture, following this plan and reviewing often makes it doable. Full disclosure: I have not read through the whole book yet, but from what I have worked through, I recommend it. I've found the content to be theologically sound and applicable. This book is good for individual use, and would be a great tool to use in a small group, Sunday School class, discipleship, or for an entire church. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, WaterBrook, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Core 52 By Mark E. Moore To be clear I am not even halfway through this book to give it a true review however from what I have read I want to share my thoughts and encourage you to read it. Although the book is advertised as a 15 minute a day read to master important verses of the Bible, I would recommend setting aside more time. The first day is long and the following day's challenges can vary in length. I have a very distracting life (kids, husband… need I say more) as I’m sure many do and I end up needing to reread sentences to fully understand and grasp the point being made. It is also my attempt to really marinate in the thoughts being presented. Rereading keeps me focused. Long story long here I think that in order to enjoy this you should give yourself the time to experience all that is being shared. There are 52 chapters of focused discussion on essential verses and concepts in the Bible. From Creation to Heaven nothing is left unturned. It is organized with a starting verse followed by considerate questions to dissect the verse, and finally key points. At the end of this, there is a weekly schedule of related challenges to keep the ideas continuing, including further suggested reading.
Core 52 by Mark E. Moore is a great devotional. Core 52 stands for 52 verses in the Bible that are powerful, influential verses. Mark calls them the most important verses in the Bible. I would have to agree that the verses he brings to each section show to have an impact throughout the Bible. Mark is so thorough in showing the cross references as well as great in-depth explanations of the impact of each verse. Here is the sign of a wise man. Mark shows you where every thought came from by taking you to a verse. These are not new ideas. They are simply truths that are already present just brought out by a good teacher (Mark). In other words, it's Bible based and no fluff. You better be ready to think and ponder a bit in this book. It digs into things and reveals cultural and deeper theological truths. There was a chapter called finding happiness that I read to my 17 year old son. At the beginning he was barely listening while looking at another book. By the end he was looking intently at me and his book was in his lap. This has the power to engage people of all ages because it really speaks plainly to our soul’s needs and wants. I can see this book generating incredible conversations in a small group as well. At the end of each chapter are bullet points that could be further discussed in a group setting. All in all I've really enjoyed this book and think others will too. One of Mark's challenges at the end of each chapter is to memorize the verse from that chapter. That's my plan now. There has also been a website developed, core52.org, to go deeper. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
It has been my goal for the past few months to seek out more books that would help me grow in my faith, so when I saw this particular book, I jumped at it thinking: “this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!” And boy was I right! My fiance and I had been trying to do a Bible study together over Facetime while he was stationed in North Carolina, but it was hard to find one that was a quick read but also went into deeper discussions to help us grow. So when we found Core 52, we decided to give it a shot, and it is so worth it! The book is designed to focus on one topic a week (hence the 52 per year) so the longest part is probably reading the essay on day one (right at about 15-20 minutes if you read it aloud like I did). From there, you are challenged to memorize a scripture verse (2 verses if you take part in the “overachiever” challenges), answer questions that the author presents but also to develop your own questions, and read different passages that reflect the topic that you’re studying. If a particular topic catches your attention and you want to go deeper into that topic, the author also provides additional reading resources that you can use to study further, which I certainly took advantage of a few times. From week one, my fiance and I were all-in as we discussed things that we had never thought about before, we texted each other during the day to encourage each other to memorize the verses, and for the first time in a while, we actually looked forward to reading something every single night. Though we aren’t even close to finishing the book yet (because of my reviewing deadline of only 30 days since receiving the book and I didn’t want to speed through it to review it in time), I can easily say that Core 52 has been the breakthrough in Bible study that my fiance and I both needed. Though you’re not pushed to agree with everything the author writes, you are encouraged to think beyond just what you’ve been taught in church, or grew up learning, to develop your faith in a such a new and vigorous way. I easily give Core 52 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for both new and experienced Christians, youth groups and adult studies, and single studies or group studies. I truly believe everyone will find something from Core 52! I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This is a Literature Approved (.com) Review.
‘Core 52’ takes a huge topic and breaks it into incredibly manageable chunks. Anyone can do it – layman, pastor, student, you name it! I’m a checklist person, so loved the checklists at the end of each chapter; I’m also an overachiever , so have made use of several of the suggested extras. Key points help me recap both what I’ve just read as well as other sections I either already read or haven’t gotten to yet (because … yeah … overachiever — I like to skip ahead). Bonus reads are the icing on the cake (especially when they reference people like Bill Bright and Tim Keller). #fangirl I appreciate having a print book (vs. ebook) so that I can flip around and (re)visit topics of interest without losing my place. This book sets a manageable pace, much like a coach comes alongside a marathon runner. Becoming Biblically literate isn’t something that happens overnight — but ‘Core 52’ helps you advance, slowly and steadily. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed reading Core 52. I read it for the review and not in the intended weekly stints so I can't review on how that worked out for me, but I'm doing that now so I can come back and change this when the 52 weeks are over. You should read the actual Bible, but this will help you learn what is inside that glorious book. This book highlights the important parts. Everything is important, of course. The Bible are in order. I have come across devotionals that don't do this. It gets annoying to flip back and forth in the Bible, but each day you flip forward. Each day is a short task so it won't take up a lot of your time. You should be able to get to it each day. You can double up if you miss a day or since you only have five tasks with a bonus task sometimes you can do it on the sixth day instead. If you're unfamiliar with the Bible this book will help you learn the stories you don't know. It goes over Eve and the apple, Abraham, Moses, David, the new covenant, and so on. There is a Core 52 Online study guide if you want to get even more out of this book. https://core52.org/register/. Also available are study cardshttps://waterbrookmultnomah.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b2d1ed69311affedd82b5702e&id=852c06f2a2&e=4bbd436583 and downloadable discussion questionshttps://waterbrookmultnomah.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b2d1ed69311affedd82b5702e&id=ed78f3e4db&e=4bbd436583 .
Growing up Catholic, I went to church every Saturday and listened closely. I was confirmed and felt I had a strong belief. However, I always felt inadequate reading the Bible or talking to people who always seemed to be able to quote scripture flawlessly. The title alone of this book intrigued me, but after diving in, it was SO much more than I had ever hoped for. Mark Moore created a series of 52 questions, and it is designed to be read in 15 minutes a day. Each week starts with an essay and then there are related scriptures to be read the rest of the week. I found it very easy to read, and I could feel m,y knowledge growing and my understanding of Christian theology becoming more solid. One of the things I have had the hardest time with since I converted to United Methodist is the idea of praying out loud. That is so hard for me to do. I particularly enjoyed Question 20 on prayer. It broke down not only we pray, but how to pray. Praying isn't a litany of requests but instead it is a communication with God and all that He has given us. I would highly recommend this book. Ir is an easy read with a powerful message that all of us need to hear! I received a complimentary copy of the book from Waterbrook Publishers and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
Core has many meanings in the dictionary but I found it to mean foundational in the title of this book. You will get a foundational understanding of God’s Holy Word. All it takes in this busy world we live in is fifteen minutes a day to read and study a chapter. Then in a year’s time you will have 52 lessons to help understand the Bible more. The first chapter starts with creation and chapter 52 ends with Heaven. In between are chapters covering fundamental ideas from the Bible such as: Knowing God’s Will, Prayer, Money, The Cross, Worship, among many others. Weekly goals include memorizing scripture and finding ways to carry out the lesson in a mission act. Each chapter ends with key points to further understand the lesson. Author Mark Moore is a Bible professor and teaching pastor with over thirty five years of experience with helping others grow in the knowledge of God’s teaching through His Word. If you need to know how to begin a daily Bible study or just learn more of God’s Word, this is the book for you! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
Core 52 is a great Bible resource. I think it’s effective and a great tool for both the newer believer who is just starting to learn about the Bible and the seasoned Christian who wants to grow more in their faith, learning about the Bible from a chronological position. I am reading through the entire Bible this year and this was a wonderful supplement to that invitation. It’s a book/resource I will definitely be encouraging many others to read. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to review. All opinions are solely mine.
Core 52 is a wonderful guide to learn more about God's Word, the Bible. The author, Mark E. Moore is a teaching pastor in Phoenix, AZ and has been a professor at several Christian colleges and universities, as well as being the author and co-author of many books. In Core 52 readers will find a well-organized plan to, as the title suggests, build your Bible IQ. I liked the easy to understand language and how the author has laid out the information in a 52-week structure to guide the reader into further understanding of a number of subjects related to the Scriptures. With a suggested time frame of fifteen minutes a day, each week's subject begins with a several page essay and key points, and then a guide to follow during the week. Readers will learn and build their Bible IQ about subjects such as Creation, Our True Identity, The Holy Spirit, Morality, Money, Knowing God's Will, and Heaven. Through the week readers are then encouraged to memorize, read, and meditate on specific scriptures, and then a suggestion is given to make application of that week's lesson. The author also includes something he calls "Overachiever Challenge" and a Bonus Read, that suggests a book to read that is related to the subject of the week. One of the weeks I found especially encouraging is the one on Freedom as Moore reminds readers that freedom begins with Christ's work on the cross to forgive sin and then freedom is lived out as we live by the Spirit rather than our natural instincts and the recognition of who we are as sons of God. This book is a great resource for one's personal library (the church library too) and to give as a gift. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Waterbrook Publishers and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
The title reminded me of some of those exercise regimes out there. You know the kind that’s a pack of 8-10 DVDs, each designed to make strengthen your core. Well this book is kinda like that, but for the heart, soul and mind. 52 truths in the Bible. 52 weeks to read, study and really go deep into God’s Word. It’s quick reading. I can totally handle that! One chapter a week? It part contains a short essay, a Bible verse to memorize, a Bible story, other verses that relate to that topic and ways to put it into practice. There’s even a section for individuals, like my mom, who are considered overachievers. I have found the more I study the Word, the better prepared I am for what life throws at me. And there are times that life seems to just keep throwing and throwing without a break. I haven’t even got it has bad as others, and yet I still complain. I think this book makes a good weekly devotional for the individual as well as a study group. I plan to share this with a few teachers and the Pastor. These are basic truths, ones we’ve been taught in Sunday School as I’ve grown up in the church. If you’re looking to strengthen your knowledge, grab a copy of Core 52. I received a complimentary copy from Waterbrook. The honest opinions expressed in this review are my own. Did you know that Mark has created a free online curriculum for CORE 52? Go to Core52 dot org for more information.
Core 52 is for spiritual health what CrossFit is for physical fitness. In just fifteen minutes a day, you can master the fifty-two most important verses in the Bible. Most of us want to know the Bible better, but few reach our goal, often because we’re too busy or we don’t know where to start. Core 52 removes both barriers, offering a commonsense solution that fits into our busy lives. Mark E. Moore mentions that eighty percent of people of people who attend church desire to know the Bible better and that sixty percent who aren’t connected with church also want to be better educated in the Bible. Some of the topics are devoted to Bible history and the events such as the Creation, The Fall, The Crucifixion, and The Resurrection, and other topics focused is concepts such as Love, Worship, Grace, and Humility. With 52 readings, each one has a five-day plan. With 15 minutes, you can increase your Bible knowledge. I recommend Core 52 to anyone who desires to better understand God’s word. Core 52 challenges me to remember memory verses and practical ways to put what I have learned into practice. There is an optional “Overachiever Challenge” which offers me a chance to memorize the top 100 Bible verses. Core 52 is a way to build your Bible IQ and Christian worldview. I received an advanced copy of this book from Waterbrook and Multnomah in return for an honest review.
Core 52 is a great devotional. I need ways to delve deeper into God’s word and that is exactly what this book helped me with. Each chapter starts with a bible verse, then with a teaching that includes bible scripture, also a 5 day to do. I felt that this helped me to stay focused on what I read. Some days I was so excited I just did all the to do in one day because I couldn’t wait to read the next days lesson. I feel like a lot of books are either over my head or want you to do a bunch of questions after you read, this book helped me to focus on lesson and scripture then to think on it each day so it stuck with me. No questions to be filled out! Some days you may only have 15 minutes, so this is perfect for those who are wanting to study God’s word but don’t have a lot of time. If you are looking for a guide book to help you see scripture in a whole new way, that takes you deeper with God, than this is the book for you.
I was looking for a daily Bible Study that was different, something more than just reading a little devotional with something to think about at the end. I wanted something with different options, lots of structure, and with the aide of memorizing scripture. This book has all of that plus more. You have 52 weeks of devotionals with an assignment each day, Day 1, you read the essay, Day 2, you memorize scripture, Day 3, there will be scripture to read, Day 4, scripture to meditate on, Day 5, there will be an assignment. You are also given the option for an Overachiever Challenge and bonus material to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to get deeper into scripture and also looking for a very structured study plan.
In the introduction to this book author Mark E. Moore tells us that eighty percent of people who attend church desire to know the Bible better and that sixty percent who aren't connected with any church also want to be better educated in the Bible. Core 52 is certainly a great place to start because Moore has devised a plan that will help us build our Bible IQ in one year. Each week he shares specific Bible scripture, an essay to go with it, and tips to help you further your understanding of that scripture; I especially like that he shares Key Points and an outline titled This Week that will help in achieving your goal. In one year, by devoting fifteen minutes a day, five days a week, to this structured plan, we can gain a greater understanding of God's Word. Some weeks the topics are devoted to Bible history and the events that are the basis of Chrisitanity, such as the Creation, The Fall, The Crucifixion, and The Resurrection, and other weeks the focus is on Christian concepts such as Love, Worship, Grace, and Humility. Every topic is pertinent to Christian living and each week is enlightening. I recommend Core 52 to anyone who wants to understand God's Word better. It doesn't matter if you fall in the eighty percent who attend church regularly or the sixty percent who don't---if you want to know The Holy Bible better, you will truly benefit from Core 52! I received an advanced copy of this book from Waterbrook and Multnomah and I have voluntarily shared my thoughts in this review.
I've been using CORE 52 as a devotional every morning. It's broken up into small pieces so you can do 15 minutes a day, but if you want to, you can go through one lesson in about 30 to 45 minutes. This book/devotional has absolutely changed my life. I've been a Christian for 25+ years and done lots of different Bible Studies, but I love how Mark takes deep ideas in Scripture and makes them approachable and easy to understand. If you're looking for a way to get into God's Word...there is no better resource out there than CORE 52!
At first I thought this was going to be a book for people who didn't know anything about the Bible but there was a lot of great information in here that even someone who's been taught and read the Bible their whole life like me can discover. For instance, I liked how he explained what a verse would have meant to Jews in their culture because most of us don't really understand all of the nuances if we're not from that culture. He also gives examples from history or Jewish literature. Each chapter focuses on one verse and a question such as "how does a person become holy." There's a checklist for 5 days so you read the chapter first, the next day memorize the verse, then read a passage, think about a few other passages and do an action. He lists a few key points at the end of the chapter which brings you back to the focus and there's even suggested books if you want to go deeper in the topic. This felt like a Bible study and a devotional rolled into one! I found this fascinating and I highly recommend it for everyone, from seekers to Christians who have been so for decades. You won't be disappointed! I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.
Core52 is a new book and online resource available from pastor and teacher Mark Moore. This book is "a Fifteen-Minutes Daily Guide to Build Your Bible IQ in a Year." Each of the 52 chapters focuses on a key verse and doctrine from the Bible. Each chapter focuses on an essay that provides an introduction to the verse or concept. After each essay, a This Week checklist appears which provides the daily assignments for the week. Day 1 is to read the essay. Day 2 is to memorize the verse of the week. Day 3 indicates several Bible chapters to read. Day 4 suggests several passages for meditation and day 5 provides an activity to complete. Moore also provides several additional options including the Overachiever Challenge which suggests another memory verse and a suggested book to read to learn more about the topic. As Dr. Mark Moore currently serves as teaching pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona and previously taught at Ozark Christian College each essay is very thorough but is designed for individuals who do not have a Bible background. As Core52 is not a "through the Bible" reading plan, Moore is able to draw from the entirety of scripture to explore each topic. As such, although readers will not have read the entire Bible when they finish Core52, they will have a very thorough understanding of the entire Bible and it's content. Individuals who truly utilize the activities for all 5 days of each week will go beyond mere reading of scripture to truly knowing and applying it. The combination of a book and online resources including an app provides an excellent resources that can be utilized in numerous ways. Individuals are certainly encouraged to read the book for their own spiritual growth. While reading the book, I frequently found myself thinking a discussion guide would be quite handy. I was delighted to find that a discussion guide is available on the accompanying website which makes Core52 an excellent resource for a small group or Sunday School class to study. The online app also includes a video essays for each week and other resources. Ministers will find a wealth of material to use for preaching as well. The combined use of Core52 for preaching and small groups would provide a dynamic opportunity for spiritual growth in a congregation. I highly recommend that ministers or small group leaders who are seeking material for groups that begin in the fall or January consider this resource. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Core52 via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
I'm blown away at how great this book is! If you're looking for an easy way [in terms of commitment] to jump start or maybe even continue a personal devotional time, this is a resource you NEED to check out! It's setup as in 5-day per week increments, with 52 sections/chapters [one for each week of the year]. It doesn't take a lot of time, yet the content is rock solid. As with the case with EVERYTHING you read, you're bound to found something you disagree with on some level, but the most inspiring thing about Moore's work here is that you can sense a genuine humility from a guy who's seeking to follow Jesus and share what he's learned along the way. I'm hoping to use this as a core group [no pun intended] with some of my college students in the next year. I highly recommend this book!
This book is a comprehensive review of virtually every concept in the Bible - from the basics like creation and the fall, to the more weighty like holiness and worship. It even delves into current issues like racism and morality, and it rightly divides truth, separating human misunderstanding from God's never-changing word. The format of the book is designed for a year-long study, if you use the author's 5-day-per week reading plan. There is a day for reading the weekly essay, followed by days for meditation, memorization, and further reading on the topic. I personally chose to read 1 essay per day, paired with the corresponding scripture, and finished the book in less than a year's time. I think this would be a great book for both new Christians and those yearning to increase their Bible knowledge, and the format would adapt very well to a group study and discussion. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which is always bestowed freely.
Pastor and former professor, Mark E. Moore has developed a strategy for knowing the Bible well in fifty-two weeks by focusing on fifty-two of the most influential texts in the Bible, reading a short essay aimed at explaining the text using information regarding the original language, historical context and supporting Scripture, memorization of a core text, reading related text, meditation, and putting the text into practice. While that is quite a mouthful, this book truly provides Bible study in manageable bites. The essays are very well written and will interest those who have studied the Bible for years as well as those who are new to the Scriptures. I have recommended Core 52 to individuals, small groups, and to churches' discipleship programs. I am very grateful to have received a copy of this book from WaterBrook via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation. #PRHpartner