Our Beliefs

At Real Life Church, we hold to the truth that God desires for all of His people to walk in unity and love (John 17). Unfortunately, church history reveals that God’s people have often allowed dogma and doctrine to divide and alienate those that God calls “brothers in Christ.” Rather than focus on divisive doctrinal issues that have produced denominations, sects, and church splits, we focus simply on the “essential beliefs” – those beliefs necessary to experience spiritual “new birth” or salvation from sin and fellowship with God. (Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 14:1, 4, 22; 1 Corinthians 13:2)


The Essentials

ABOUT GOD

God is the creator and the ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Those three are co-equal with God and are one God.

Genesis 28:19
1 Peter 1:2
2 Corinthians 13:14


ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect, sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days, ascended into heaven, and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23
Isaiah 9:6
John 1:1-5; 14:10-30
Hebrews 4:14-15
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Acts 1:9-11
1 Timothy 6:14-15
Titus 2:13


ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the Resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded in Scripture to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives by seeking to be continually filled with the Spirit. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters (an orderly way).

Romans 1:11; 12:4-8;
1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-33
Ephesians 4:16
1 Timothy 4:14
Hebrews 2:4
1 Peter 4:10


ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16
2 Peter 1:20-21
Psalm 119:105; 160, 12:6
Proverbs 30:5


ABOUT PEOPLE

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme objects of God’s creation. 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.

Genesis 1:27
Psalm 8:3-6
Isaiah 53:6
Romans 3:23
Isaiah 59:1-2


ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-willed life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23
Ephesians 2:8-9
John 14:6, 1:12
Titus 3:5
Galatians 3:26
Romans 5:1


ABOUT ETERNITY

The soul of every human being was created to live forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through salvation and forgiveness. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is eternal union with God. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 2:25, 5:11-13
Romans 6:23
Revelation 20:15
Matthew 1:8; 2:44-46


WATER BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Scriptures to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38). We believe in a unique time of Holy Communion (also called “The Eucharist” or “The Lord’s Supper” in many churches) in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (a representation of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Matthew 26:26-29
Mark 16:16
Acts 8:12; 36-38
1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26