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Beliefs

What we Believe

About God

God created the entire universe –heaven and earth– even life itself. The complexity and wonder of the universe is evidence of God’s existence and power. (Genesis 1)

God eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

About Jesus

Jesus is the one and only Son of God. He became flesh to reveal God to humanity. (John 1)
Jesus died and then rose from the dead so that my sins could be forgiven and so that I could receive the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16)

After his death, burial, and resurrection Jesus ascended into heaven. He will return at the appointed time to judge the living and the dead. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

 

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. (John 16:7-13)

He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. (Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13)

He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:25)

The Holy Spirit gives every believer spiritual gifts when they accept God’s gift of salvation. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-7; I Peter 4:10)

 

About Scripture

The entire Bible is the inspired Word of God. Men were moved by the Holy Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. (2 Peter 1:19-20)

The entire Bible is without error. (Matthew 5:18)

The Bible is God’s Word and is a reliable and sufficient guide for our lives today just like it was when it was originally written. (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16)

 

About the Human Condition

I am created in the image of God, and for that reason alone I am special! He has given me a unique personality and set of gifts that will be beneficial for His kingdom. (Genesis 1:26-27)

I, though I am a unique and special creation of God, have chosen to disobey God and fall short of His intended purpose for my life. (Romans 3:23)

Jesus, God’s one and only Son, died on the cross so that my sins could be forgiven. He rose from the dead to prove to me the truth of His promise that there is life after death, and that I can live with Him forever in that eternal kingdom. (I Corinthians 15:1-8)

God is willing to forgive me for all the sins in my life and He offers the promise of eternal life for me if I will trust Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. (John 3:16)

I can accept this amazing gift of God by putting my faith in Jesus as God’s Son, by repenting of my sins, by confessing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and by being baptized in the name of Jesus. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9)

After I accept this gift from God, I should further respond by offering my life as a living sacrifice, allowing the goodness of God to shine through my life. (Matthew 5:16; Romans 12:1-2)

 

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

 

About Baptism

Baptism is a necessary step in your spiritual journey of faith in Christ. At Real Life we believe every person who places their faith in Christ should be baptized as a response to Christ’s commandment. Every example of New Testament Baptism we see in the Bible demonstrates that first a person comes to believe in Christ, repents of their sinful life, and then he or she is baptized (some examples: Acts 2:38, 8:38-39, and 10:43-48)

Baptism is the means by which followers of Christ are identified. (Matthew 28:19)

Read more in our baptism section.

 

About the Church

The church is the “body of Christ” here on earth. As part of His body we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the good news of God with others and to love them into the Kingdom of God. The Church was instituted by God, commissioned by Christ, and led by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Church of Jesus Christ is the hope of the World. (Ephesians 4:1-16)

 

About Leadership in the Church

Jesus is the head of the church and has all authority. We seek to reflect his priorities in all that we do and to make decisions that are consistent with Jesus’ teachings. (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Peter 4:4)

Real Life Christian Church is “staff led” and “elder empowered”. The Lead Pastor works with the elders to establish vision and direction and works with the staff to make sure that the vision and direction are implemented.

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