What We Believe

We desire to be a church where people are united in their love for Jesus and their desire to live for Him. We know that we will have differences in the way we approach things, but don't want that to hinder us from living Jesus > everything. With that in mind, our beliefs are viewed with this motto "In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity."

Beliefs

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 the Baptism at the bottom of this page.

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 has a leadership team consisting of the Elders, Lead Pastor, and Executive Director/Pastor who work together to establish vision and direction for the Church.

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of church doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elders are the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

Marriage and Sexuality

We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other.  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

We believe that God extends His saving grace to humankind.  Following God’s example, we believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward individuals or people groups is to be repudiated and is not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.

Real Life Christian Church maintains that a significant part of God’s plan to reveal himself in Creation is clearly indicated in God’s Word, the Bible, to be a “one flesh” marriage covenant between one man and one woman who are faithfully committed to one another for life.  Established in Genesis (Genesis 1:26-28), this plan is reiterated by Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:4-5, Mark 10:6-9) and reaffirmed by the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:31).  We further maintain it is the responsibility of the Church to interpret the Bible in establishing all covenantal relationships.

The only weddings that will be held on Real Life Christian Church premises or conducted by Real Life Christian Church pastors, staff or elders will be those between one man and one woman (born as male and female) who are wholly committed to one another as lifelong companions.

Baptism

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
To follow the commandment of Christ. “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20) To demonstrate your faith. “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27) “...and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8) To follow Christ’s example. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM?
In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how baptism by immersion identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Saving faith is a specific belief in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism signifies outwardly the inner change wrought in the heart through the power of faith in Christ’s saving work for all who will receive him as Savior. In baptism, you commit yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
Jesus was baptized by immersion. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)  Every Example of Baptism we see in the Bible was by immersion. “Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water...” (Acts 8:38-39) The word “baptize” literally means to “dunk or immerse under water.”

WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?
In the Bible, Jesus held children, prayed for them, and taught us all to welcome them; but, He did not baptize them or tell anyone else to baptize them. Even though you may have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. Therefore, if you were baptized as an infant, we would encourage you to talk to someone about being baptized by immersion.

IS BAPTISM BY IMMERSION NECESSARY TO BECOME A MEMBER AT REAL LIFE?
Yes. Our heart’s desire is to obey the clear teaching of God’s word. Your baptism as a believer represents obedience to Christ’s command for all who have come to faith. If you have already been baptized by immersion, you do not have to be baptized again.