Foundations: 11 Core Spiritual Truths

08/27/2015 .
Saddleback Church

Foundations 2017

Our Foundations Bible Study will be starting up again at the Lake Forest campus beginning Thursday, April 27.  For dates and times at other campuses, please check with your campus pastor, or visit our Event Calendar.


Have you ever wondered,“Why does evil exist in God’s world?”or“What happens when we die?”or“Why does the church exist?"or“What does the phrase 'Second-Coming’ mean?”  If so, join us for our next 8-week session of Foundations on Thursdays, April 27 - June 15, 2017  from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Lake Forest Campus or online at We'll explore these questions together in a small group environment as we learn about the topics of Good & Evil, the Afterlife, the Church and the Second-Coming.

Foundations is a curriculum created here at Saddleback Church about the core truths of the Christian faith. Through a step-by-step approach to understanding the essentials of what it means to be a follower of Christ, Foundations will show you how to apply biblical truths to your everyday life. Each session includes discussion time and a chance to connect in a small group setting.

If you’re looking to grow in your faith as an individual or in a small group setting, Foundations is for you!

For questions, please contact the Maturity Team at:

*Foundations books will be available the first two weeks of the study for purchase

Foundations is separated into three distinct courses, which can be taken in any order. Course 1 covers The Bible, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It talks about questions such as: Where did we get the Bible and how do I know I can trust it? What is God like? Is Jesus God, a man, or both? Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do in my life?

Course 2 talks about Creation, Salvation, Sanctification, and Good and Evil. It covers questions like: How did we get here? What does it mean to be saved? How do we grow in our relationship with God? Why is there evil in the world?

Course 3 dives into The Afterlife, The Church, and The Second Coming, discussing questions like: What happens to us when we die? What is the church supposed to be and do? What will happen during the end times?

Each evening will include a time of teaching as well as small group discussion. Foundations has something to offer everyone, regardless of where you're at in your spiritual journey. You may be a mature believer who needs to refresh your mind and heart on these essential truths, you may be a brand new believer desiring to start your faith journey by establishing a strong foundation on God’s Word, or you may not believe at all, but you’re curious. No matter where you are at, we invite you to join us.  

Session Descriptions:

Introductory Study

  • 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.

The Bible (Part 1)

  • To deepen (or to form) your conviction that the Bible, as God’s Word, can be trusted more than your feelings, values, opinions, and culture.

The Bible (Part 2)

  • To give you deep and lasting confidence in your God-given ability to understand the Bible.

God (Part 1)

  • To gain a deeper sense of God’s love for you as your Father.

  • To act in some new way on the fact that God is your Father.

God (Part 2)

  • To develop a sense of amazement about God that results in a decision to spend time getting to know him.

Jesus (Part 1)

  • To enable you to get to know your best friend, Jesus Christ, better than you ever have before.

  • To encourage you to act on the truth that Jesus is your best friend in one specific way.

Jesus (Part 2)

  • To develop an understanding of Jesus’ nature as both God and man that will protect you agains false teachings and give you confidence in trusting Jesus with a specific need.

The Holy Spirit (Part 1)

  • To experience a new sense of security in your relationship with God based on the presence of his Spirit in your life.

  • To see with eyes of faith how the Holy Spirit is at work in your life.

The Holy Spirit (Part 2)

  • To gain a clear understanding of the difference between the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit.

  • To immediately begin to recognize and live out the truth that you are filled with God’s Spirit.

Creation (Part 1)

  • To deepen your conviction that the world and all that is in it are created by the personal action of a personal God.

Creation (Part 2)

  • To build a strong foundation for worshiping and obeying God as your Creator.

Salvation (Part 1)

  • To give you an understanding of God’s gift of salvation that enables you to:

    • Love God more deeply for what He did for you.

    • Tell others more confidently what God can do for them.

Salvation (Part 2)

  • To give you an assurance of your salvation that results in a deepening security in God’s love and an appreciation for God’s grace.

Sanctification (Part 1)

  • To develop a deep conviction in you that, because of Jesus’ love, you are holy.

  • To build a foundation of truth that will lead to a lifetime of growth in Christ.

Sanctification (Part 2)

  • To decide to trust grace rater than law for your growth, God’s process rather than your plan for your growth, and God’s promises rather than your willpower for your growth.

Good and Evil (Part 1)

  • To give you the truth you need to answer questions concerning the fact that we live in an evil world.

Good and Evil (Part 2)

  • To enable you to live in victory over evil and Satan:

    • In one specific thought.

    • In one specific habit.

    • In one specific relationship.

    • In one specific problem.

The Afterlife (Part 1)

  • To give you a deep understanding and gratitude for God’s rescue from the certainty of an eternity without him.

  • To change the way you think about yourself and others: from a focus on the here and now to a focus on eternity.

The Afterlife (Part 2)

  • Joy!!

  • To decide to live in the light of eternity in one significant way.

The Church (Part 1)

  • To deepen your love and commitment to the church.

  • To see in a new or deeper way your part in living out all five purposes of the church.

The Church (Part 2)

  • To gain a new appreciation for what the church can be in your life and in the world.

  • To let go of false pictures of a perfect church and commit to the true picture of a powerful church (filled with weak people!).

The Second Coming (Part 1)

  • That you will see the Second Coming not as a source of confusion or fear but as a source of hope.

The Second Coming (Part 2)

  • To decide to live in anticipation of Jesus’ Second Coming in one significant way.

Wrap-Up Study

  • To map out eleven personal ways you want to live the truths that we’ve learned together from God’s Word.