Jesus said that the world would know that we are His because we love one another and because we are one (John 13:35; John 17:21-22). Real Life Church has people with many different church backgrounds, but we are a family. Real Life Church strives to be in complete agreement and unified on beliefs essential for salvation, while permitting differing interpretations on beliefs not essential for salvation.
ESSENTIALS FOR SALVATION
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Biblical references: Genesis 1:1, 26–27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to claim His own and take them to that same Heaven.
Biblical references: Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22–23; John 1:1–5; 14:10–30;
Acts 1:9–11; Romans 1:3–4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14–15;
Titus 2:13; Hebrew 4:14–15
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right, and is our intercessor. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
Biblical references: John 14:16; 16:7–14, 17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26–27; 1
Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:16–17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13;
ABOUT THE FATHER
Jesus Christ did not have a biological human father. God is His Father, and Jesus was born of a virgin mother by the power of the Holy Spirit, yet still, all three exist as one God. The Fatherhood of God is eternal; therefore, Father, Son and Spirit have always existed in a love relationship. God revealed Himself as Father in both Old and New Testaments. God adopts believers in Jesus Christ into a relationship with Him as their Father. Through Christ, believers have the privilege of being heirs to God’s glory. As Father God actively prunes and disciplines believers so they may grow in character, wisdom, and knowledge of Him and bear the fruit of Christlikeness.
Biblical references: John 15:1-4; Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 9:6. 63:16; John 20:17; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:6
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is God-inspired, it is the truth without any mixture or error. Scripture references: Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5–6; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Peter 3:15–16
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Biblical references: Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1–2; Romans 3:23
People will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is eternal death in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. We believe that Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
Biblical references: John 3:16; 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17–18; 1 Corinthians 2:7–9;
ABOUT THE PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. We believe people are called to witness and to minister.
Revelation 1:6 (NASB)
“… and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father …”
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV1984)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
James 2:14-20 (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]?
Salvation is God’s free gift us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ and God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our sin-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ as Lord of their life. This is evidenced by repentance, confession, baptism by immersion, and a life committed to His service.
Biblical references: John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
LEARN MORE IN OUR 101 CLASSES
If you're interested in learning more about what we believe or discovering our purpose and direction as a church this is the class for you. This 2-part class takes place from 12 pm - 2:30 pm after the second service. Lunch is included and childcare is available as well. Future 101 class will be announced in the church bulletin.