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Tour the Basics | Introducing The 12 Foundation Stones
A solid foundation of faith is vital. Tour the Basics, a 4 part video series, was created to introduce the 12 Foundation Stones of the faith, which are the essential Elements of the Gospel. This series, by Teacher Maria vonAnderseck of Second 8th Week Ministries, answers the often asked question, How can I build a strong faith in Jesus Christ?
 
Strong faith begins with the basics, the ABCs of the covenant. Each Foundation Stone is a letter in God’s alphabet. God needs to teach each believer the language of the Spirit to learn how to communicate Christ to overcome the language of the flesh and reciprocate the likeness of Christ. So God begins by first building in you this solid foundation of truth.
 
Full color icons beautifully illustrate the teaching, making it easy to learn the meaning of each Foundation Stone. Each stone describes Jesus Christ, giving you practical knowledge that you can use to build the house of faith upon. This course is not about making you or your life perfect! It is about showing you how God provided Jesus Christ so that your faith can be perfect in Him, how to measure your faith to Jesus Christ, and God’s plan to return your soul to the likeness of Christ.
 
Learning how to measure your faith to Jesus Christ will make all the difference in the world. You will experience Jesus giving life to your faith in many tangible ways.
 
This video series is supported by two free online Bible Study courses:
 
 
Going through the “Elements of the Gospel” Bible Study courses and video series is much like launching out on a journey of discovery! You will have the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ in each Foundation Stone. The journey of faith is this one path that all believers follow.
 
The Foundation and Altar of the Faith
 
The Elements of the Gospel are the Foundation and Altar of the faith. Each element is an essential building block. By learning the 12 elements you not only
  • build a solid foundation for your faith, but
  • learn to speak the language of the New Covenant, and
  • learn how to worship God at the new altar of Jesus Christ.
Problems Associated With Not Having a Solid Basis of Knowledge
 
There are many problems associated with not having a solid basis of knowledge upon which to build your faith.
  • Believers have problems understanding God’s purpose for them.
  • They have problems connecting to God in a meaningful way.
  • They don’t know what true holiness is,
  • they don’t know how to measure their faith to Jesus Christ, and
  • they are easily overcome by Satan, falling victim daily to his attacks.
All problems with faith can be traced back to the believer not having the knowledge of the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel. Not having the knowledge needed to build faith in the image of Jesus Christ, faith takes on the image of the flesh. How can Jesus be the cornerstone of your faith when the flesh is the cornerstone of your faith? It’s time to learn to build your faith with the 12 foundation stones.
 
Christ in You is a Work in Progress
 
Christ in you is a work in progress. But for this work to start we must have the basic knowledge God wants us to have. Apostolic Reformation teaching begins with the restoration of the true foundation of faith.
 
By following the teaching in these videos, using the printable text version of the videos, downloading the free Ebooks available on this site, and taking the free Simple Faith & KOP Courses you will not only be able to understand the Elements of the Gospel, but make use of them every day in your faith.
Learn all 12 essential elements of the gospel they are the foundation stones of the faith.
Teaching Videos Below. You will find 4 teaching videos that are intended to give you a tour of the basics of the faith. When asking, Where do I begin to learn about the Second Covenant? The answer is that you begins with the basics. Learn the 12 Elements of the Gospel to build the foundation of truth in your heart. We pray that you will be encouraged as the Spirit of God begins to minister to you through them. 
 
 
Video teaching 12 foundation stones. Part 1Video teaching’s starting points and goals to teach the 12 Foundation Stones. Video explains the role of the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel to help a believer to identify the likeness of Christ.
 
The role of natural DNA is key to transfer the likeness of parent to the child and regulate the function of the body is compared to spiritual DNA to help you understand how 12 Elements of the Gospel work to transfer the likeness of Christ to the soul. A "must see" for anyone searching for the truth and for those searching to build a solid foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.
 
As DNA is the blueprint of your body and serves every purpose in your body, so also are the Elements of the Gospel the blueprint of your faith and serves every purpose of your faith. A pattern of knowledge needs to be set in place first before you can take on the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4-5). 
 
 
Workshop lesson plan for 12 Foundation Stones: Lesson 1: Spiritual DNA

Organize a Workshop with your friends and neighbors or church fellowship group to dig into this tremendous study. Experience God’s blessings as He opens up to you the treasures in Spiritual DNA. This 3 lesson course will guide you through the experience.

  • Spiritual DNA empowers students to examine the pattern of their faith in Jesus.
  • Reflective discussions and clearly defined learning goals close knowledge gaps, identify blind spots, and provide clear disambiguations.

You did not drift into being. A pattern existed for you to look the way you do. And your faith is the same way. Just as you needed a pattern before you could express the likeness of your parents, your faith needs a pattern before you can express the likeness of Christ.

Spiritual DNA Workshop 1

At the conclusion of this workshop students will be able to discuss the similarities between human dna and spiritual dna and conclude that the 12 Foundation Stones, which are the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel is the spiritual pattern whereby we recognize the likeness of Christ.

  • How old were you when you first realized you looked like (resembled) your parents? In which ways do you carry the likeness of your parents?
  • Do you experience depression, sadness, suspicion, frustration? We can make a connection between the troubling thoughts we experience and Satan’s thought patterns. There is a likeness there that is in the soul.
  • Understand how faith is a process, which requires a pattern first for us to see an outcome.

Use this links to download your free Lesson Planner:  Workshop 1

Spiritual DNA Workshop 2

Our goal for this class is two-fold: (1) to identify the environment God designed for the new man in Christ to be formed and (2) to understand why God restricted faith to an environment. At the conclusion of this class students will be able to discuss how life takes place inside the womb of the New Covenant and predict what will happen if faith is asked to operate outside the covenant restrictions.

  • God is pointing out to us the importance of the essential Elements for the development of the new man in Christ.
  • Word studies and hands on exercises with the 12 Foundation Stones combine to make this workshop a powerful learning experience.
Use this link to download your free Lesson Planner: Workshop 2

Spiritual DNA Workshop 3
Our goal for this class is to make a connection between the environment God designed for the new man in Christ to be formed and the processes God designed for the life of Christ to be sustained. At the conclusion of this class students will be able to discuss the processes by which the life of Christ is experienced and to apply the process to their own Christian growth.
  •  Understand that the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel are faith’s instructions.
  • Learn how to follow the Elements in the scriptures.
  •  Work with the Covenant Circle to understand why the new man in Christ needs grace, faith, peace, and righteousness.
Use this link to download your free Lesson Planner: Workshop 3
 
 
Video teaching on 12 foundation stones. Part 2Video teaching strengthens the link between Jesus and the 12 Elements of the Gospel and the blueprint of faith by comparing the Word of God in creation to the Word of God in salvation. Jesus is the recipe for life.  Video stresses the importance of having a working knowledge of the Word. It is important that God establish in our minds how we are to experience the life of Christ by the pattern of His knowledge.
 
The video helps you step-by-step to understand that Jesus is the Word of God and demonstrates how He is the cornerstone of our faith by God designing Jesus Christ into each of the 12 Foundation Stones. Video gives us the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and new skills by comparing the DNA alphabet to the 12 Elements of the Gospel, the Foundation Stones. They determine how your faith receives instructions about functions, spiritual growth, and reproduction (fruit bearing). 
 
 
 
Video teaching on 12 foundation stones. Part 3Learn to speak covenant language. Apostles John, Paul, and Peter all spoke the same language of the Spirit. Believers today want to know why they stand outside the circle of that experience. They observe it, but they do not experience it. They have such a hard time understanding the Bible and struggle to make sense of their faith because they speak the vocabulary of text and not the language of the Spirit.
 
Not many people today realize what happens when a person begins to learn the 12 Elements of the Gospel and use them in everyday life. The effects of regular application of the 12 Foundation Stones is taken seriously in this video.
 
Teacher Maria vonAnderseck compares the “mother tongue” of the flesh to the new language of the covenant to give believers a new mental model to understand why the flesh defines God’s kingdom from the standpoint of lack and to gain an new appreciation of God’s purposes in Christ.
 
 
Video teaching on 12 foundation stones. Part 4The 12 Foundation Stones takes us back-to-the-basics. Teacher Maria vonAnderseck presents each foundation stone, one by one to give them meaning in Jesus Christ and help you understand how God wants them to apply them to your faith. Full color icons beautifully illustrate each stone (Element) and help to make studying the Foundation Stones a wonderful learning experience.
 
All learning is a process which settles into certain steps. To learn Christ, the first step is to learn each of the 12 Foundation Stones. Each stone from Grace to the Renewing of the Mind is given meaning and set within the foundation.
 
Understanding the importance of the synergy of the Elements and how they work in concert with one another and learning the Binary functions of the Elements assists you to see how they connect to the real world. This video teaching is about how God is returning the church to the ABCs, which are the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel. Learn about each Element and their meaning and how each is a stone that is set into the foundation of your faith.
 
12 Foundation Stones Series. Learn how to make the essential Elements of the Gospel part of your faith.
12 Elements of the Gospel are the blueprint of truth.
 Learn From This Story.
 
Devin and Kent are both builders on a new site and the foundation forms are just going up for a house. Kent points to the building in progress and says to Devin, “My 7 year old son asked me last night how I know what to do when building a house. I explained to him that we follow a plan called a blueprint.”
 
Devin looks at the blueprint and replies, “Building a house is much like being in covenant with God. Just as a house is built according to a plan, we build our faith according to the 12 Elements of the Gospel to live according to the principles of Christ. This is God's plan.”
 
Why Build the Foundation First With 12 Foundation Stones
 
Imagine deciding to build a new home. It’s an exciting time of planning, but a lot of work goes into building a house. You have to buy the property, hire a builder, and then you need a plan! Let’s say that the plans are made, the blueprints are drawn and you visit the site a few months into production and you notice that the foundation has been neglected. The builders decided to skip that important step and when you question them they say, “Who needs a foundation? No one really sees it!”
 
Well, if there is no foundation, what is going to hold up your house? We all know a house needs a solid foundation before we can build anything on top of it, right? The foundation supports the house and stabilizes it.
 
Your faith needs to be supported by the foundation of God’s truth. The 12 Foundation Stones, which are the essential Elements of the Gospel support your faith so that you build your faith on Jesus Christ alone. Many Christians though, were taught that the foundation is the Bible so they abandoned the stones of Christ for private interpretation of scripture. This means that they built their faith on human aspiration in place of the grace of God. Faith then served self instead of serving God.
 
Jesus taught about the importance of discerning the difference between a weak foundation and a strong one when He taught about the need to build your faith in Him (the Rock) verses building your faith upon the sand (your aspirations).The 12 Foundation Stones are the record and pattern of our faith.
Vocabulary
 
Build a solid foundation of faith. Learn the basics of the faith.Blueprint: A blueprint is a plan. A Christian follows God’s plan laid out in the 12 Foundation Stones, which are the essential Elements of the Gospel. These are the principles of Christ a Christian must follow. We view Jesus Christ according to the blueprint essentials. God calls His blueprint, the blueprint of truth because He defines truth by Jesus Christ and Jesus is the design of each foundation stone.
 
God identified the apostles as the “masterbuilders” of the faith: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” All masterbuilders (apostles) follow the same blueprint to build faith in Jesus Christ. Believers know what to do in building faith when they are instructed by living apostles today.
 
Build a solid foundation for faith. Learn the pattern of faith in Jesus Christ.Pattern: Jesus Christ is the pattern of our faith. The design of Christ in each Foundation Stone directs faith in Him. Our faith follows the pattern God placed in Jesus.
 
God uses the word “pattern” to communicate to man that he is not free to build a model for faith from his own record, but that faith must follow the record of Jesus Christ as Paul wrote, “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting” (1 Timothy. 1:16). And Hebrews 8:5: “Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”  
 
God confirms the pattern (record) by visiting in power (witness) as we saw in the Old Testament:
Exodus 40:33-35
33And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.
 
34Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

35And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
 
What is God teaching us here? God is teaching us that:
  • He inhabits what He builds. 
  • What God sanctifies, He confirms with His presence. 
  • His presence empowers faith.
 
A solid foundation needs the unchangable record of Christ.Record: Jesus is declared to be the living record of our faith. Once God set each Foundation Stone in Him God declared Him to be the Savior of the world and only contact point for faith.  As with all records, written or otherwise, the meaning of the essential elements must remain unaltered across time. No one can add to it or take away from it.    
 
The record contains the terms, commandments, tools, and contact points of our faith, which provide for a “framework” of truth, which gives us “boundaries” we are to abide in, called “The Doctrine of Christ.” God set the boundaries of our faith in Jesus Christ and therefore our faith is restricted to the terms of the Second Covenant. God gave only one pattern, which apostles unfold to the church. 1 John 5:11, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” Our faith is to follow the living record of Jesus Christ by covenant. All the fulness of Christ then follows.
 
The essentials of the Gospel builds strong faith in Jesus.Witness: 1 John 5:6, “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”

The witness is defined as: That which is living and present. The witness of the Spirit is the living and present confirmation of the Father that affirms the record of Christ as proceeding forth from Him. The virtues of Christ that are present in the record are also present in the witness to carry these virtues within the heart. If the truth we embrace is void of the pattern of the record, the witness of the Spirit is not present.
 
God sanctified all things in Christ then provided Himself as the living witness. The witness of the Spirit is seen in the inspiration of God in the knowledge of truth when the knowledge is ordered, and thus holy (reflecting Christ).
 
As we testify of Christ according to the record, God testifies of His Son in us through the witness. The Spirit of God is living and present in the knowledge of truth to carry that pattern within the soul.
 
Going back to our illustration of the train and rails, the witness of the Spirit is seen as the empowerment of faith. Remember, God designed faith to follow the knowledge of Jesus Christ. As the tracks are “set in order” for the train, so also Jesus set in order His knowledge (by His apostles who laid the tracks) for your faith to follow. Faith then goes in the direction that was laid out by God and the Holy Spirit empowers faith. This empowerment of faith is called “the witness.” God sustains our faith by His presence.
 
That means that the Holy Spirit will confirm Jesus Christ when your faith follows the pattern God set in Him and that you will experience the witness of the Spirit. Your faith is pleasing to God and grows exceedingly.
 
The witness is how the Spirit of God carries your faith into the experience of Christ, which is His fulness. The Spirit of God works only with the truth of the gospel to confirm Christ in your soul. God does not empower (or bear witness to) the precept or our imagination, God empowers faith when it is joined to those things He has sanctified in Christ. God empowers His promises of fulness in Christ Jesus.
 
Solid faith needs a solid foundation upon which to build.Ordered Knowledge:  We are going to use the rails of a train to explain ordered knowledge. Your faith is the train and truth is the rails. As the train is designed to follow the rails so God designed faith to follow the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
 
As the tracks are “set in order” for the train, so also Jesus set in order His knowledge (by His apostles who laid the tracks) for your faith to follow. Faith then goes in the direction that was laid out by God and the Holy Spirit empowers faith. God restricted man’s faith to the Second Covenant of Jesus Christ for engagement, fellowship, and divine reciprocation.
 
A solid foundation need holy knowledge.Holy Knowledge: Holy knowledge is the truth of Jesus Christ. God sanctified His truth for our salvation. Timothy 2:4: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” Sinners need knowledge to be saved, and believers need knowledge to live unto God and grow in His grace. This knowledge is the meaning of Christ in each of the 12 Foundation Stones, which are the essentials of the Gospel.
 
The knowledge of Christ is holy because it reflects Jesus Christ perfectly, it is holy because it is separated from all other knowledge, it does not follow the wisdom of the world, nor the spirit of this world. God empowers faith when it is joined to those things He has sanctified in Christ. Faith disjoined from the pattern (record and blueprint) of Jesus Christ is disjoined from the witness of the Holy Spirit. Much like a train derailing. No grace is issued, no comfort of the Holy Ghost, no edification, exhortation, nor comfort, and no spiritual transformation is taking place.
 
Turning the hearts of the people back to God through apostolic teaching begins with the restoration of His holy knowledge by which the true pattern for faith is restored to give direction for the faith of the people. This holy knowledge makes all the necessary connections for believers to be able to join themselves to God with perfect faith.
 
The New Covenant needs a solid foundation upon which to build faith.Covenant: Building a house is much like being in covenant with God. Just as a house is built according to a plan, we build our faith according to the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel to live according to the principles of Christ. This is God's plan.
 
God does not accept you that way you are—He accepts you on the terms of His covenant for which Jesus shed His blood, the New Covenant, the house of Jesus Christ.
 
God made a promise to Himself (Hebrews 6:13) and to humanity concerning the terms of our redemption. And then He restricted His covenant terms to the Oath He made (Hebrews 6:17), that our faith might be made living and perfect only in Him. It is, therefore, important that we know the terms of God's restriction, that we may reciprocate “in kind” and restrict our faith to them.
 
God wants us to understand that He bound Himself to the terms of our redemption and that He preserves His tradition in faith, not in stone. God is living, not dead. He is the living tradition of our faith and desires our faith to be made living in Him. The Bible declares: “Can two walk together accept they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3.)

The New Covenant needs a solid foundation upon which to build faith.God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation®
 
There are many patterns in the world that are clearly marked that tell us that God is the intelligence behind the design. By design bees make honey. By design the ground gives up the yield of corn, wheat, rye, wine, and all goodly things. By design the seed smells moisture and responds. By design the human body with all its marvelous functions allows us to taste, smell, touch, and hear; to walk, talk, and communicate.
 
By design the likeness of Christ is formed in the soul. God is the intelligence behind the design. A pattern is necessary for the likeness of Christ to be seen. Faith is a mirror of this design. Faith is to mirror Jesus Christ. God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation (IDCCST®) is the pattern of His truth that He placed in each of the 12 essential Elements of the Gospel, which His Spirit enters into to effect a change within the souls of those who believe.
 
2 Peter 1:3-4
 
3 According as his DIVINE power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.  
 
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the DIVINE nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  
 
There are not many truths about Jesus that saves, there is but one truth. One design. There are not many patterns, but one pattern that the Spirit of God acts upon to transform the soul. The divine power works with the divine pattern for the divine nature to be formed in you.
 
Fish thrive in the dimension of the waters because God designed an environment there to sustain life. Monkeys thrive in the forest because God designed an environment there to sustain life. Polar bears live in the arctic because God designed an environment there to sustain life.
 
The plants and animals that are found in a area, whether is it a forest, a lake, an ocean,  an ice land, or dessert are referred to as an ecosystem. God designed a regular pattern to sustain life and each living thing in that ecosystem is tied to the pattern for life. If a disruption takes place in an ecosystem it is disastrous to all living things.
 
Take for example, the impact of deforestation. The results of massive inroads being cut into the forest and the stripping of the land had an immediate impact on the communities within the system. The forest ensured a constant flow of water, protecting the community from drought. The forest, like a sponge, soaked in the seasonal rainfall, keeping the soil from washing away and regularly releasing water vital to the survival of the community. Much of an ecosystem is unseen by the eye and often unappreciated. But when taken away, the change is devastating.

Man tries with his doctrine to “develop environments of grace”. Why? The reason stated is so that God “can heal unresolved life issues”. As a covenant believer in Jesus Christ God means for you to discern how man drives faith to serve the flesh while God assigns faith to the likeness of Christ.
 
God already placed a complete ecosystem in Jesus Christ and sent His apostles to reveal this mystery, to give this instruction, how the essential 12 Elements of the Gospel are designed in Christ for you to express His likeness. If any of these Elements are missing or corrupted by the image of man the Spirit ceases to use them.  As you can imagine, this has a devastating effect on faith.
 
God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation is the miracle of life in Christ that takes place daily in those who believe. Each apostle wrote their epistles to confirm the knowledge and the pattern and the tools of Christ because these things pertain to the life of Christ in the soul. The seducers do not reflect this pattern shown to you. They use Christ to try to perfect the flesh.
Last Revised: 2012-07-21

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