Core 52 – Growing Your Bible IQ

On the very first page of the introduction, Mark Moore lays out the purpose of the book when we references a study which concludes Bible engagement is “the single most powerful predictor of spiritual growth.” From that point on Core52 provides a great tool for readers to engage with the Bible.

I’ve had the opportunity to sit under Mark Moore’s teaching at a number of events where he is the speaker and our staff has used some of his video resources for continued training. He is an excellent public speaker and is just as versed as he communicates through the written word.

Core52 is a tool for individuals and groups to use to increase Bible IQ and enhance our ability to engage with God’s Word and with others. There is a reading (the author calls it “an essay”) for each week along with tools to assist the reader in deepening his or her understanding of the weekly core truth. The book covers the topics of creation, holiness, prayer, money, the Cross, freedom, humility and many more.

Here’s an example of an insight gained through this book. In one of earlier chapters, Mark Moore wrote about holiness and sought to clarify what holiness is. In chapter five he wrote this: “Holiness happens when God proclaims, not when a person performs. Our holiness is God’s gift to us, not our gift to Him. Holiness is received, not achieved.” While there is more in the chapter, I thought that was an excellent way to describe holiness and is helpful to those who struggle with not “feeling holy enough.”

Core52 is a solid resource that can be used as a personal devotional tool, a small group study and a study for new believers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah.