What Do We Believe?

Christ– We believe in Jesus Christ as God incarnate, Lord, Savior, and coming King. We believe in the one triune God, made up of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Humanity

 God created people in His own image. But rather than loving and obeying God, human sin has resulted in eternal separation from God and causes many problems in life.
 

Redemption

We believe that people are completely unable to make up for sin by self-improvement or doing good things. Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ; it is a free gift of God.
 

Inspiration of Scripture

We believe that the Bible is God's Word. It is inspired by God, completely accurate and  flawless, and our only authority regarding our Christian beliefs and living.
 

Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

When it comes to the topic of spiritual gifts, no other area of theology within the church has caused more division.  Some in our church believe all of the spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12-14 are for today, others believe some of the spiritual gifts are for today and still others believe none of them are for today.  You can see the potential problems.  The truth is that none of these are salvation issues thus we do not make them an issue of fellowship.  In other words we ask that which ever view you hold to that you don't force it upon others and we are committed to not explain away any experience that is personal to you.  That being said, at Real Life we do not teach, practice or encourage the "supernatural" gifts in our ministries including our small groups.  Please talk to any of our Shepherds if you have questions concerning this issue.

 

Transforming Worship

Worship, both private and public, is an essential, transforming ingredient in the Christian life. We put God first in our lives by making Sunday worship a priority.

 

Immersion and Communion

 Since we seek to follow the Bible in faith and practice, we practice believer baptism under water and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.

 

Authority of the Local Church

In the Bible there were no denominations; churches were self-governing. Independent Christian Churches allowing both leaders and members maximum growth.

 

New Life

 Only through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit are Christians able to grow, to live Christ-like lives, to witness, to serve and to give.  As Jesus said, "Apart from me, you can do nothing."