We at Real Life believe:
It is always good to know what a congregation believes clearly before you make any decision to affiliate in any capacity. Too many times people look for a certain denomination, “assuming” that a denomination or label gives you an indication of what’s in the box. This is not always the case. We are surprised most of the time to find how much each denomination actually has in common.
Jesus did not teach, preach, nor advocate anything akin to denomination. These are labels and separations created solely by man. Jesus, when He returns, is coming back for “His Bride…The Church”. That is why in 2008, we dropped denominational identification out of our name. We are affiliated Baptist and believe in the Baptist Faith and Doctrine as far and as long as it agrees with the Word of God.
Since the Baptist Faith and Doctrine document is so long, we have condensed the main tenets and adopted a statement of what we believe very simply stated.
1. We believe the Bible to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, therefore, it is the only infallible, authoritative Word of God in all matters of faith and conduct.
Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 19:7-9; Proverbs 30:5-6; I Corinthians 2:18; Galatians 1:8-9;
II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1-3; Isaiah 44:6-8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4;
II Corinthians 13:14
3. We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit; perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 40:28; Exodus 33:14; John 4:24; Revelation 4:8; Romans 11:33-34;
Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 1:19-20; Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 5:8; II Samuel 24:14; I John 5:14-15
4. We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ the Savior, the only begotten Son of God, in His deity, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His continuous intercession for His people, and in His personal return in power and glory.
John 1:1, 2, 14, 18; John 3:16; Luke 1:34-35,& 24:27; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 3:23-26, & 8:34;
Mark 8:38; Matthew 24:30; I Corinthians 15:3-4
5. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the Helper and Comforter, in His daily guidance and revelation of truth, in His conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment, and in His indwelling presence at the moment of salvation, enabling believers to live godly lives.
John 3:5-3; 14:16-17 & 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:30-32, & 5:18
6. We believe that everyone is born with a sinful nature, separated from God and in need of salvation. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation through the repentance from sin and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
John 3:5-8; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:6-7, 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:23; Acts 2:21
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 15:5-6; I Corinthians 11:23-26 & 12:18;
Ephesians 1:22-23, & 4:3-6
8. We believe in the existence and eternal surety of Heaven and Hell. God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.
What's the Deal with Real Life?
We are living in difficult times. Economic issues are causing stress in every aspect of our lives. Economic pressures force parents to have (2) incomes just to meet perceived needs. The family as we have known it for centuries is changing. The culture is forcing norms on our behavior which has caused people to question their own belief systems. Popular television stars and media news outlets are constantly giving conflicting views on every issue in life. Even the church, once the strong foundation we could rely on, has softened its approach to ministry to a point that it is sending a message that there are no absolutes in life.
At Real Life we have taken the approach that Jesus did. He placed relationships above religion. He constantly stressed to the Pharisees the importance of relationships. When they tried to trick Him and asked Him which commandments were most important, He made this statement.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NASB) And He said to him, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'  "This is the great and foremost commandment.  "The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
Jesus goes on to instruct His disciples to:
Matthew 28:19 (NASB)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. If you take a close look, Jesus is saying that we can base everything in life on these three principles:
· Love God. (Matthew 22:37-38)
· Love People. (Matthew 22:39)
· Serve the world. (Matthew 28:19)
Based on this simple teaching of Jesus, we have simplified Church, gone to our first love, Jesus, (Rev. 2:4) and adopted this mission statement which is our mission, our vision, and our process in ministry.
Let's be honest. You are reading this because you are searching for the Real Truth! You've tried so many other "things", approaches, denominations, all the while encountering counterfeits. People who enforce the law regarding counterfeits will tell you that you can only spot the fake by studying the original, the Real Thing.
All of us have experienced those Churches where the gospel has been watered down and diluted to a point that it no longer reflects what Jesus is nor the Church He instituted. We believe the message is the same today as it was the day Jesus rose from that tomb. The problem is man has complicated it by adding in his own interpretations, doctrines, traditions, and prejudices.
Certainly doctrines and traditions are not bad, and they can even be uplifting and reinforcing. However traditions which are not based on Biblical truths are harmful to the spreading of the Gospel and can be devastating on ministries. Concentrating on traditions to the exclusion of a personal relationship with Christ can be devastating as well to presenting Jesus as we was to people as they are. We guard against this by constantly asking this question of our practices, “Is it Biblical or Traditional”.
The gospel is not harsh. It is not hard. It does require that every individual stop and assess their own life and make their own personal decision about the path they will take. Perhaps it’s time to stop! Take a long look at yourself, your circumstances, and your prospects for the future if you maintain your current path. Are you satisfied with your life? Have the decisions you have made to this point resulted in you being in the place you had planned?
We at Real Life believe in sharing the whole Truth with the love of Jesus. Are there absolutes? Absolutely! Those who tell you there are many paths to God are leading you down a path of destruction. If there were no absolutes, we could not survive. Air absolutely exists. The sun absolutely shines. Be assured, there is absolutely only one way to God. If there were no absolutes you would have no way of being comforted by the fact of salvation. Our culture would have you believe that government is your answer to everything and that there are no consequences for your behavior and wrong decisions.
Come join us as a group of just plain sinners saved by Jesus Mercy and Grace, seek to find and live in the principles which make Real Life not only bearable, but filled with the joy and peace of God.