Foundations of the Faith Archive

Today’s Christian is confronted with an overload of information coming from a myriad of sources. Research shows that the modern person will amass more knowledge in the next year than an average 20th century person learned over a lifetime. We want to assist our members in cutting through the mass of information by providing an annual study of fundamentals of our Faith through our Life Bible Study classes. Our current plan is to offer a four week study each January which we call Foundations of the Faith.

In our churchwide Foundations of the Faith Bible study series, Houston’s First seeks to equip every member of every Adult Life Bible Study (college through senior adults) with the biblical foundations of the Christian faith. We will cover topics such as Bible study, prayer, evangelism, service, and stewardship, just to name a few. The series will lay the basic foundations of biblical truth for new believers. Seasoned believers will be challenged to live out their faith in every area of their lives. Seekers will be able to examine the vital beliefs and disciplines of their prospective faith alongside wrestling with the claims of Jesus.


  1. Evangelism
  2. Prayer
  3. Generosity


We began Foundations of the Faith with a four-part series on evangelism. Just the word “evangelism” may elicit fear, awkwardness, or offensiveness to some; however, “evangelism” means practicing and spreading the Gospel, or good news, and doesn’t everybody like to hear good news? We explored the biblical mandate to be witnesses for Jesus, reflect on what it means to be an “ambassador for Christ,” learn to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in witnessing, and be challenged with sharing with friends and family the life-changing, eternal benefits of following Jesus.

01. Jesus’ Mission and How It Impacts Us Today

  • Scripture: Luke 19:10, Matthew 28:18-20
  • Truth: God loves man and sent Jesus to reconcile man to Himself and Jesus passed the mission to His followers.
  • Lesson Plan

02. Introducing the Distinguished Ambassadors of Christ

03. Loving the Lost like Jesus Does

04. The Holy Spirit Helps Us to Witness

  • Scripture: John 16: 5-15
  • Truth: Learning to rely upon God when sharing our faith.
  • Lesson Plan


We will explore the biblical teachings and instructions about Prayer. You can download the Foundations of the Faith Prayer Guides here. The lessons for the series will cover the following subjects:

01. The Privilege of Praying

  • Scripture: 1 John 5:14–15
  • Truth: God works through our prayers to accomplish His will.
  • Lesson Plan (Primary Authorship by Dr. Karl Elkins)

02. The Practice of Praying: How Do We Pray?

  • Scripture: Matthew 6:9–13
  • Truth: Pray for God’s will to be done so that God will be glorified.
  • Lesson Plan (Primary Authorship by Dr. Karl Elkins)

03. The Problems in Praying: Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?

  • Scripture: 1 John 5:14–15
  • Truth: Remove the obstacles that influence God to not answer our prayers.
  • Lesson Plan (Primary Authorship by Dr. Karl Elkins)

04. The Power in Praying: How Do I Pray More Effectively?

  • Scripture: James 5:16
  • Truth: Maximize the conditions for answered prayer.
  • Lesson Plan (Primary Authorship by Dr. Karl Elkins)

Teachers will be able to access lesson materials using a special web link. Lesson materials for Teachers will be available one month before the lessons are to be taught. All members will be able to access a pupil version of the lessons for each week.


We will explore the biblical teachings and instructions about generosity. The lessons for the series will cover the following subjects:

01. The Source of Generosity

02. More Than a Tithe: Model of a Generous Heart

03. Generosity is Giving Our All to Others In Need

04. God Gives Generously Through Us