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Welcome to the Core40 Experience!

This year-long adventure is designed to help you better understand the arc and key concepts that are present in the Christian Bible. Together, we’ll explore forty pivotal passages that as a grid to help you in further study of scripture.

If this is your first time picking up a Bible, it’s our prayer that Core40 can be a delightful first step into God’s Word for you. We pray that you’ll tear through this material and then go on to read more! If you have studied the Bible in the past, and this is a refresher course, we hope that you will feel new vigor to rediscover the encouragement that the Old and New Testaments hold out for believers. And if you are a veteran of the text, we trust that you will be reminded once again of what a special book it is that God has given to his children.

Every week (usually on Wednesday) we will share a new week with you. These passages have been carefully selected as a sort of “appetizer platter”. They are intended to give you a sample of some of the main ideas about God, people, and the world that can be discovered in the Bible. Would you like to receive weekly emails (usually on Wednesday) of the most recent week? If so, click the subscribe button.

May God’s Spirit surround you, enlighten you, and sustain you as you journey with us!

Niccie Kliegl and Tim Breen

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WEEK 31

Bible Text: Isaiah 6
Focus: God’s incredible majesty, astonishing power, and life-transforming holiness mark his a claim to lordship over the whole earth. Believers who understand and are impacted by these realities go forward to testify in his name and on his behalf.

WEEK 30

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Focus: All Christians celebrate sacraments as symbols of God’s grace and reminders of Jesus Christ’s experience on earth; the sacrament of Communion, in particular, must be shared in ways that reflect the greater Christian ethics of equality, inclusion, and love.

WEEK 29

Bible Text: Matthew 18:21-35
Focus: Christianity is marked by the acceptance and the sharing of grace. Having received magnificent, undeserved forgiveness from God, believers are called share forgiveness with others in their world.

WEEK 27

Bible Text: Micah 6:6-8
Focus: Unlike other ancient religious traditions, Christian faith is not predicated on earning God’s favor. God’s requirements for men and women are humility, justice, and mercy in their relationships with others.

WEEK 26

Bible Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
Focus: Salvation in Jesus Christ is a free gift to persons who are dead in their sins; it is not as an act of the will or an award for perfect behavior. Good works, nevertheless, are central to Christian life and are part of God’s plan for believers.

WEEK 25

Bible Text: Galatians 3:26-29
Focus: Against the backdrop of a stratified, segregated society, New Testament churches were called to oneness and unity in Jesus Christ.

WEEK 24

Bible Text: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Focus: As communities of Jesus took root in new places, they faced adversity from numerous religious and cultural opponents. To understand (and meet) their harassment and pain, the church grounded their identity in one another and in Jesus Christ.

WEEK 23

Bible Text: Philippians 2:1-11
Focus: The First Century Church, spreading outward from Jerusalem into the Mediterranean World, understood the life and death of Jesus Christ as the model for Christian behavior. In particular, the sacrifice of the Savior grounded community ethics and offered a template for sincere relationships.

WEEK 22

Bible Text: Acts 2
Focus: The intimate community of Jesus’ followers that existed after Easter and his ascension to heaven exploded into a regional movement when the Holy Spirit, promised by Jesus before his death, came powerfully on the disciples at Pentecost.