WHAT WE BELIEVE

Why do you believe what you believe?

At REAL LIFE we believe these following truths because God has revealed them through His Word - the Holy Bible. 


REAL BIBLE - A ROAD MAP TO REAL LIFE

WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE WAS FULLY INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THAT IT WAS WRITTEN WITHOUT ERROR IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. IT IS THE SUPREME AND FINAL AUTHORITY IN ALL MATTERS ON WHICH IT SPEAKS. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 


REAL GOD - THE AUTHOR OF LIFE WE BELIEVE THERE IS ONE GOD, ETERNALLY EXISTING IN THREE PERSONS - FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. HE IS THE RULER OVER THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. HE IS FAITHFUL. HE IS FORGIVING. HE DOES NOT CHANGE. HE CANNOT LIE OR BREAK PROMISES. HE IS LOVE! Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”


REAL JESUS - THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WE BELIEVE JESUS IS GOD'S SON. HE IS BOTH FULLY HUMAN AND FULLY GOD. HE LIVED A SINLESS LIFE, HEALED PEOPLE, SPOKE TRUTH AND LOVED PEOPLE NO ONE ELSE WOULD. HE CAME TO EARTH TO DIE SO THAT WE COULD LIVE, FOREVER. HE ROSE FROM DEATH AND IS ALIVE NOW, WITH GOD. 1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance; Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst."


REAL SPIRIT – GOD'S SPIRIT WITH US GOD'S SPIRIT IS HIS GIFT TO US. THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLS IN THOSE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR. HE COMFORTS, CONVICTS, TEACHES, GUIDES AND EMPOWERS US. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses... to the ends of the earth." 


REAL NEED - OUR FALLEN CONDITION WE HAVE ALL FAILED GOD. IT'S CALLED SIN - WHETHER THROUGH ACTIVE REBELLION OR PASSIVE INDIFFERENCE - WE ARE ALL GUILTY, SEPARATED FROM A HOLY GOD. Romans 3:23 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." 


REAL SALVATION - GOD'S WAY OF RETURNING US TO HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS' DEATH, GOD HAS PROVIDED A WAY FOR US, BROKEN PEOPLE, TO BE MADE WHOLE AGAIN. THIS IS DONE PRIVATELY BY FAITH (BELIEVING THAT GOD HAS THE POWER TO SAVE) AND REPENTANCE (TURNING BACK TO GOD, DEPENDING ON HIM, AND ALLOWING HIM TO DIRECT OUR LIVES). AT THE SAME TIME WE PUBLICLY CONFESS OUR ACCEPTANCE OF JESUS AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR AND SUBMIT OURSELVES TO BAPTISM. 2 Timothy 1:9 "For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserve it, but because that was His plan from the beginning of time - to show us His grace through Christ Jesus." Not needed? 


REAL LOVE - CREATED TO LOVE WE ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. THIS MEANS ALL OF US HAVE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD WOVEN IN AND THROUGH US. SINCE GOD IS LOVE, WE TOO ARE MADE TO LOVE. WE ARE CREATED TO LOVE EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. 1 John 1:16B-17A "God is love... and as we live in God, our love grows more perfect." 


REAL CHURCH - NOT A BUILDING THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE, THE BODY OF CHRIST. IT IS MADE UP OF IMPERFECT PEOPLE WHO HAVE PLACED THEIR FAITH IN JESUS. TOGETHER WE SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LOVE, SERVE AND SHARE OUR LIVES WITH OTHERS WHILE SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW HIM. 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."