Foundations Participant's Guide: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On


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A Purpose-Driven® Discipleship Resource

Discover the key that can
• strengthen beliefs to change behavior
• lessen your day-to-day stress level
• increase your security in an insecure world
• help you raise your kids with a right perspective on life
• increase your love for and trust in God

Many Christians today live their lives, plan their schedules, and use their resources completely disconnected from what they say they believe. This spiritual disconnect is the cause of so much of the stress and problems in our lives. Foundations is a fresh, innovative curriculum about the essential truths of the Christian faith and how these truths are to be lived out—in your relationships, your character, and your work. Rather than just teaching doctrinal knowledge, this course shows you how to apply biblical truths and implement them in your everyday life.

1. The Bible
2. God
3. Jesus
4. The Holy Spirit
5. Creation
6. Salvation
7. Sanctification
8. Good and Evil
9. The Afterlife
10. The Church
11. The Second Coming

From Saddleback Church
Proven and refined over ten years, Foundations is designed to help bring believers to maturity, strengthening them to live a purpose-driven life. Here is what some who have taken this course have said:

“Every Christian and seeker should attend. Wow! What a super foundation”

“I felt reassured about my lifelong beliefs”

“I’ve never learned and unlearned so much.”

“I thought I knew about the Bible and God. Now I know that I didn’t feel close to God because I didn’t know him very well.”

“The small group atmosphere made me realize I wasn’t the only one that didn’t know all this stuff.”

“Everyone needs this—more than once.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310240730
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,469,609
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom and Chaundel Holladay have three children and two grandchildren and have served together at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, for over twenty years.

Tom, in addition to his pastoral leadership and weekend teaching ministries, is a part of Saddleback’s ministry of training church leaders around the world and produces a weekly podcast through the Bible at He is author of The Relationship Principles of Jesus and, with Kay Warren, Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On.

Kay Warren cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick Warren, in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those living with HIV & AIDS, orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as for those affected by a mental illness. She founded Saddleback's HIV & AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough, Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in Heaven; she has five grandchildren.

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Foundations Participant's Guide

11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On
By Tom Holladay Kay Warren


Copyright © 2003 Tom Holladay and Kay Warren
All right reserved.

Chapter One

Bring It to Life!

Get ready for a radical statement, a pronouncement sure to make you wonder if we've lost our grip on reality. There is nothing more exciting than doctrine!

Track with us for a second on this. Doctrine is the study of what God has to say. What God has to say is always the truth. The truth gives me the right perspective on myself and on the world around me. The right perspective results in decisions of faith and experiences of joy. That is exciting!

The objective of Foundations is to present the basic truths of the Christian faith in a simple, systematic, and life-changing way. In other words, to teach doctrine. The question is, Why? In a world in which people's lives are filled with crying needs, why teach doctrine? Because biblical doctrine has the answer to many of those crying needs! Please don't see this as a clash between needs-oriented and doctrine-oriented teaching. The truth is we need both. We all need to learn how to deal with worry in our lives. One of the keys to dealing with worry is an understanding of the biblical doctrine of the hope of heaven. Couples need to know what the Bible says about how to have a better marriage. They also need a deeper understanding of the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God, giving the assurance of God's love upon which all healthy relationships are built. Parents need to understand the Bible's practical insights for raising kids. They also need an understanding of the sovereignty of God, a certainty of the fact that God is in control that will carry them through the inevitable ups and downs of being a parent. Doctrinal truth meets our deepest needs.

Welcome to a study that will have a lifelong impact on the way that you look at everything around you and above you and within you. As the writers of this study, our goal is to help you to develop a "Christian worldview." A Christian worldview is the ability to see everything through the filter of God's truth. The time that you dedicate to this study will lay a foundation for new perspectives that will have tremendous benefits for the rest of your life. This study will help you to:

Lessen the stress in everyday life

See the real potential for growth that the Lord has given you

Increase your sense of security in an often troubling world

Find new tools for helping others (your friends, your family, your children) find the right perspective on life

Fall more deeply in love with the Lord

Throughout this study you'll see four types of sidebar sections designed to help you connect with the truths that God tells us about himself, ourselves, and this world.

A Fresh Word: One aspect of doctrine that makes people "nervous" is the "big words." Throughout this study we'll take a fresh look at these words, words such as omnipotent and sovereign.

A Closer Look: We'll take time to expand on a truth or to look at it from a different perspective.

Key Personal Perspective: The truth of doctrine always has a profound impact on our lives. In these sections we'll focus in on that personal impact.

Acting on the Truth: James 1:22 says, "Do what God's teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves" (NCV).

Memory cards: Your guide also includes a memory card for each of the eleven core truths in this study. Each card states the essence of the doctrine on one side, with a key verse concerning that doctrine on the other side.

Discussion questions. You'll find Discussion Questions at the end of each study.

Get ready for God to do incredible things in your life as you begin the adventure of learning more deeply about the most exciting message in the world: the truth about God!

Introductory Study

Life Change Objectives

To trust in the power of God's truth to change your life.

To anticipate in faith the changes that learning doctrine will make in you.

Developing a Christian Worldview

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best.
-Philippians 1:9-10

But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith.
-Jude 1:20(NLT)

A Fresh Word

What Is Christian Doctrine?

Christian doctrine is an ______________________________ of what the ____________________________ about the most important issues of life.

A working definition of theology is: _______________________ ________________________________.

Why Learn Doctrine?

Because knowing the truth about God helps me

We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place ... for those who do not know about God.
-J. I. Packer

Listen carefully to wisdom; set your mind on understanding. Cry out for wisdom, and beg for understanding. Search for it like silver, and hunt for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand respect for the Lord, and you will find that you know God.
-Proverbs 2:2-5 (NCV)

Knowing God will make you wise;
Knowing God will open your eyes;
Knowing God will give you hope;
Knowing God will help you cope. -Kay Warren

Because knowledge is an ______________________

Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instructions [doctrine] about washings [baptism], and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
-Hebrews 6:1-2 (NASB)

Life without a foundation

... until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
-Ephesians 4:13-14

1. "Tossed back and forth by the waves ..." Without truth I am vulnerable to ______________________.

2. "Blown here and there by every wind of teaching ..." Without truth I am victimized by ______________________.

Life with a foundation

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
-Matthew 7:24-25

Because doctrine feeds my soul

In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.
-1 Timothy 4:6 (NASB)

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature.
-Hebrews 5:12-14 (NASB)

And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up.
-Acts 20:32 (NASB)

Because knowing the truth enables me to serve others

If you give these instructions to the believers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, as you feed yourself spiritually on the words of faith and of the true teaching which you have followed.
-1 Timothy 4:6 (GNT)

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Titus 1:9

Because knowing the truth protects against error

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
-Colossians 2:6-8

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
-Hebrews 5:14

How can we equip ourselves and our kids for survival in a disintegrating culture? With ____________ firmly believed, clearly taught, and consistently lived out.

Because how I think determines _______________

For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
-Proverbs 23:7 (NASB)

Because I am commanded to:

1. _________________________________ Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)

Knowing the truth enables you to better use the truth.

2. ______________________________ Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God, who saves me.

I always trust in you.
-Psalm 25:5 (GNT)

I have been sent to bring faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.
-Titus 1:1 (NLT)

3. ___________________________________ Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
-1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)

Warning: Knowledge all by itself can be very dangerous!

Knowledge must be balanced with ______________________.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best.
-Philippians 1:9-10

Warning signs of knowledge without discernment: Knowledge remains theoretical; one person or group becomes a person's exclusive source of knowledge.

Knowledge must be balanced with _____________. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
-2 Peter 3:18

Warning signs of knowledge without grace: Learning more about God without growing closer to God; legalism.

Knowledge must be balanced with __________. If I ... can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge ... but have not love, I am nothing.
-1 Corinthians 13:2

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
-1 Corinthians 8:1

Warning signs of knowledge without love: Knowledge leads to intolerance of others; growth in knowledge leads to a growth in pride.

Discussion Questions

1. Since this is your first time together as a group, take a few minutes to get to know each other. Share your name, where you were born, and one reason you decided to participate in this study.

2. When did understanding the truth about the Bible first become important to you? Tell about a time when knowing a truth was a real lifesaver. How has a truth about God and faith
helped you to deepen your relationship with God?
kept you from making a terrible mistake?
made you better able to serve God and others?
encouraged you in a time of trouble or temptation?
given you a new sense of freedom in your life?

3. If doctrine is so important, why do you think so many people seem to have a negative attitude toward the teaching of doctrine? Why do people so often see doctrine as something dry and boring, or loud and dogmatic?


Excerpted from Foundations Participant's Guide by Tom Holladay Kay Warren Copyright © 2003 by Tom Holladay and Kay Warren. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Rick Warren...........................7
Bring It to Life!.................................9
Introductory Study................................11
1. The Bible: Part 1..............................17
2. The Bible: Part 2..............................27
3. God: Part 1....................................33
4. God: Part 2....................................41
5. Jesus: Part 1..................................53
6. Jesus: Part 2..................................63
7. The Holy Spirit: Part 1........................75
8. The Holy Spirit: Part 2........................83
9. Creation: Part 1...............................91
10. Creation: Part 2..............................101
11. Salvation: Part 1.............................109
12. Salvation: Part 2.............................119
13. Sanctification: Part 1........................133
14. Sanctification: Part 2........................141
15. Good and Evil: Part 1.........................149
16. Good and Evil: Part 2.........................157
17. The Afterlife: Part 1.........................167
18. The Afterlife: Part 2.........................177
19. The Church: Part 1............................187
20. The Church: Part 2............................195
21. The Second Coming: Part 1.....................205
22. The Second Coming: Part 2.....................217
Wrap-Up Study.....................................229
Resources Available...............................237
Memory Cards......................................239
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