Build upon the rock - Animated Story from the New Testament In Built Upon the Rock, Jesus teaches that in order to have a firm foundation in Christ, you must not only believe. . .but act upon your faith. He affirms the eternal ideals of the Beatitudes and teaches forgiveness by telling parables. The first parable Jesus shares is the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders; the second is the Parable of the Rich Man who had an Abundant Harvest. Important ideals of stewardship and preparedness are emphasized through the parable of the House Built on Rock.