What is a CORE Journal?

CONNECT | OBSERVE | RELATE | ENGAGE

The CORE Journal is a biblical engagement method that is designed to help you consistently interact with Scripture in a way that allows you to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18).

Growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ will provide the foundation by which you will be able to stand firm in your faith in the age of skepticism and self-fulfillment that define our culture. You will be able to more strongly embrace your identity in Christ. You will equip your heart and mind of the cultural battle we face. You will be more courageous and obedient in engaging the culture with the gospel.


Engaging Scripture is THE MOST IMPORTANT element of your Christian walk!
After ten years of research, Scott McConnell, head of the research team at LifeWay, made the following conclusion: "Reading the Bible matters more than anything else" for spiritual growth. Read the entire article by Eric Geiger here. The magic number is four - four times a week. Back to the Bible researches Dr. Arnie Cole & Dr. Pamela Ovwigho surveyed over 200,000 people around the world and developed what they call "The Power of 4 Effect."  Christians who engage the Bible four or more times a week are:
    • 228% more likely to share faith with others
    • 407% more likely to memorize Scripture
    • 59% less likely to view pornography
    • 231% more likely to help others grow in their faith.

The CORE Journal Method for Biblical Engagement
We have developed this journaling method to for the purpose of transforming you through the power of the Word of God as you read, meditate, interact, understand, and respond to what God is saying through Scripture. There are four steps in this method that correspond with our name, CORE. Each step should take you 3-5 minutes, so you can expect to spend 15-20 minutes doing a CORE Journal entry. You will definitely need a journal that you can use when using our method. We highly recommend a paper journal (studies show people are more consistent with a paper journal).
  1. Connect
    • It is important to be in the right frame of mind when reading Scripture. You are not approaching just any book...this is the message of God to us.
    • Before opening the Bible, spend some time doing two things: 1) write down what you are thankful for; and 2) ask for guidance in understanding from the Holy Spirit.
    • If you are having trouble focusing on God in prayer, listen to music that focuses your mind, attitude and worship on our loving Savior.
  2. Observe
    • Read the passage of Scripture in its context. This is difficult for most Bible students, so we will provide the background information, historical setting, etc. that will help you better understand what you are reading.
    • Write out what God is saying in the passage. You may even want to write out, in your own words, what the passage is saying.
    • This could be two or three sentences.
  3. Relate
    • Write down what this passage is specifically saying to you.
    • You are answering the questions: How does this apply to me? How does this apply to our culture? Why is this important to being a follower of Christ?
    • This could be two or three sentences.
  4. Engage
    • This is your response to what you have studied.
    • Concerning personal engagement: you are answering a very significant question: If I obeyed this passage of Scripture, what would I have to do?
    • Concerning cultural engagement: you are answering another very significant question: Who do I know that needs this truth of Scripture?
    • Write out your responses (one to two sentences each).
    • In lieu of answering these two questions, you may also simply write out a prayer to God asking you to be obedient to these truths.

*As always, please contact us if you have any questions, need assistance in any way, or having doubts about your faith. We would love to help!

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