Are you ready to work your Core?
Port Orange Nazarene is excited to use a year long spiritual focus called Core52. Centered around the 52 most prominent themes in the Bible, the goal of Core52 is to help individuals gain a better understanding of the overarching themes found in Scripture. Research shows that the majority of people wish they knew more about the Bible, but the two biggest hindrances are (1.) the Bible is so large that the task seems too daunting, and (2.) people say they are simply too busy. Core52 addresses these two problems.
Partnering with author Mark Moore, PONaz helped pilot this program in the Port Orange area in 2020.
And the journey continues through self-guided study.
What do I need to go through Core52?
1. A book. Although it isn't completely necessary, in order for you to get the most out of this study, a book will guide you and give you
A Bible. Each week, you will be directed to a specific scripture passage and supporting verses that help explain the Core Value of the week. Dr. Moore uses the English Standard Version (ESV). Here at Port Orange, we mainly use the New Living Translation (NLT) or the New International Version (NIV). Whichever version works best for you is fine.
A Core 52 Book. Although it's not mandatory, purchasing a book will help greatly. Each Core Value has a 4-page essay to help explain the value in practical and profound ways. The book also gives you the five day schedule to help you spend 15 minutes a day with God and grow your spiritual core.
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This is an essential resource for individuals and groups who want to build confidence in God’s Word. Think of Core52 as a fast-pass to biblical literacy, calling for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 1 year.
Author Mark Moore identifies the most power-packed passages and distills them into a digestible format for busy people who want to gain proficiency with Scripture. Core52 is a better way to know the Bible better.
What is Core52?
The Core52 book identifies the fifty-two most influential verses in the Bible, providing a brief essay for each verse, tracing its theme through the entire Bible.
The Core52 videos are 5–6-minute summaries of why each verse contributes to your faith journey. These can be used for individual consumption or to engage in group discussion.
The Core52 website content offers further resources for group discussion questions to encourage, coach, and track progress.
Core52 uses the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, but if you would prefer to keep using other translations, that is fine, too. There may be a few differences in verse memorization, but the purpose is to hide God's Word in our heart, not to promote a specific translation.
Core52 is a series for every age and stage–adults, kids, and youth will be going through this 52-week series together at PONaz!
How to use Core52:
The five weekly exercises make this a plug-and-play small group curriculum:
Monday: read the four-page essay
Tuesday: memorize the core verse
Wednesday: read the core Bible story
Thursday: meditate on three verses with the same core
Friday: accomplish the core verse action step (which is best done in a small group)
Why should I be part of a Core Group? Life change happens best in the context of community. God designed us to be in community & Core Groups will provide you with unique community experiences such as studying, serving, prayer, and social gatherings. Core Groups will encourage and challenge group members to GROW into the women and men God created us to be.
What is the role of a Core Group Leader? Core Leaders are responsible to facilitate the discipleship of group members by engaging them in the content and relationships of the group. You’ll lead weekly gatherings that discuss the week’s study, application, and challenging group members to life change.
What is the role of a Core Group Host? Hosts create an atmosphere where people can connect with God and each other while they explore and experience spiritual growth. You’ll express love, care, and hospitality of God to group members.
How does the small group study correspond with the weekly reading schedule and Sunday’s messages? Sunday’s message will start the week and then the 5 days of reading will follow. Depending on the day of the week your group meets, you’ll discuss the sermon and some or all of what you’ve read for that week.
On average, how long does a Core group meet? You’ll want to allow 60-90 minutes for your group to cover the content (perhaps longer if you decide to incorporate a meal to your group time).
Do I need a book to go through this study? The book provides the most detailed and comprehensive content for the Core52 series. The website is an excellent resource that will serve the same purpose, however, for the best experience with Core52, we recommend reading the book each week. So if you haven’t purchased your copy yet, be sure to do so before jumping into the online lessons. Books can be purchased at church while supplies last, or you can purchase books on Amazon or ChristianBook.
Can I sign up for Core Group even though the series has already started? Absolutely! We are launching new Core Groups regularly throughout the series. Join a Core Group and connect with others and God's Word!
I have a few questions. Who do I talk to? For more information about Core Groups,