OUR BELIEFS

AT REAL LIFE CHURCH

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.

  • We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

  • We believe that sin separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again 3 days later.

  • We believe that to receive salvation, we must repent of our sins and place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

  • We believe that in order to live the life that God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts.

  • We believe marriage is a gift from God that is designed for one man and one woman. Sexuality should only be expressed in the context of that marriage covenant.

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift that only comes from God. You are saved from the eternal consequences of your sin and given eternal life. Salvation is about what God has already done for you – not what you can do for Him.

HOW AM I SAVED?

Ephesians 2:8 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." We have been saved by the grace of Jesus through faith; not because of anything we did, but because of what he did for you when he died on the cross and rose again.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BE SAVED?

Romans 10:9 says, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Salvation is when you turn away from sin, repent, and believe and confess that Jesus is Lord. You don’t have to work for salvation. (References: Romans 3:20, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:13)

WHY IS FOLLOWING JESUS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION I’LL EVER MAKE?

Salvation is a gift that only comes from God. You are saved from the eternal consequences of your sin and given eternal life. Salvation is about what God has already done for you – not what you can do for Him.

THE BIBLE IS FULLY INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GOD- BREATHED.

The Bible is the word of God, written by faithful men chosen by God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Every part of the Bible is God-breathed. While various writers bring different perspectives, the Bible is inspired by God and reveals his identity, nature, and divine plan for all of humankind.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness...” 2 Timothy 3:16

WHAT IS SIN?

Sin, by the dictionary definition, is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. Biblically, sin is when a person does anything that is out of line with the perfect character and direction of God. There is no sin bigger or smaller than another. Sin causes a separation between humans and God. God is holy, pure, and perfect in every way. When we act out of line with His nature, we create separation between us and our Creator.

NOW THAT I HAVE RECEIVED SALVATION AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS, WHAT COMES NEXT?

Sanctification is the ongoing process of submitting to God’s Word and Spirit to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. Sanctification is not about perfection; it is about progression. It is the Holy Spirit’s continued work in us to become more like him.
God is the one who does the work of making us more like Christ. We participate in that work by continually turning away from sin and demonstrating our faith in Christ by obeying God’s commands.

WATER BAPTISM

The Bible teaches that we should be baptized in water in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We believe in water baptism because Jesus himself modeled it for us. In the book of Luke it says, "When all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized too. As he was praying, heaven was opened." Luke 3:21

  • Baptism is an outward confession of an inward decision.

  • Baptism is a command. Everyone who confesses Christ should be

    baptized.

  • Baptism comes from the word “baptize” which means to immerse.

  • Baptism represents a burial of the old way of life and mindset.

  • Baptism is not a prerequisite to salvation.

  • Baptism doesn’t get you to heaven... it announces to your friends you are headed to heaven.

    Matthew 28:19

    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

    Acts 2:38

    Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Romans 6:4

    We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

PRAYER (WHY WE PRAY)

The power of prayer deepens our dependence on Him and sharpens our faith. The act of prayer is what creates our intimacy with God. We pray in confidence knowing that our prayers are powerful and can bring about change in any circumstance.
There are no levels to praying. We all can enter prayer with a posture of trust, openness, and faith, believing that God can do far more than we could even ask or imagine. It’s not about our circumstance, it’s about our heart stance.

COMMUNION (WHY WE REMEMBER)

Mark 14:22-26
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Communion is a celebration that has been practiced by Christian churches since the very beginning of our faith. In fact, Jesus himself taught and instructed us on the practice of remembering in communion with one another.