Statement of Faith

REAL LIFE CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

This Church accepts the Bible as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity of statements of faith.

THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED

The Scriptures both Old and New Testament are the inspired, infallible and authoritative revelation of God to man, and the final authority on all matters concerning faith, conduct, lifestyle, and behavior.

TRIUNE GOD

One God in three manifestations:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

THE ONE TRUE GOD

The one true God has revealed Himself as the “I AM,” the Creator, and Redeemer of mankind.

THE DEITY OF JESUS

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  The Scriptures declare His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death and resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of God.

THE SALVATION OF MAN

Man’s only hope is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Salvation is by faith through grace and demonstrated in repentance.

ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

  • Water Baptism. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and by full immersion.
  • Holy Communion. The Lord’s Supper consisting of the Body and Blood represented in the fruit of the vine and bread.

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

According to Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:4 with one of the signs being speaking in other tongues along with other gifts.

SANCTIFICATION

The act of separation from that which is evil, sanctification and holiness of heart, an overcoming life and dedication unto God as scriptural requirements for the Body of Christ.

THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION

The church is the representative of Jesus on earth and is to carry out the Great Commission with evangelistic and missionary fervor and endeavor.

THE MINISTRY

A divinely called and scripturally ordained minister has been provided by God to lead the church in evangelization, worship, building the body, and general leadership of the church.

THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER

Individual believers are called and anointed by God to use their gifts to edify the local body.  Each believer is qualified or disqualified spiritually, morally, domestically or doctrinally based upon the Holy Bible.

DIVINE HEALING

Is provided for today by the Scriptures and included in the atonement for our sins.

THE BLESSED HOPE

The resurrection of the just is the blessed hope of the body of Christ.

THE MILLENNIAL REIGN

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture and a return to earth by Christ with His saints for a thousand year reign.

THE FINAL JUDGMENT

There will be a final judgment at which all men will be judged.

THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH

All of God’s children will reign forever in a new heaven and a new earth.

STATEMENT OF MARRIAGE

We believe that because God our Creator established marriage as a sacred institution between one man and one woman, the idea that marriage is a covenant only between one man and one woman has been the traditional definition of marriage for all of human history (“Traditional Definition of Marriage”).  Because of the longstanding importance of the Traditional Definition of Marriage to humans and their relationships and communities, and, most importantly, the fact that God has ordained that marriage be between one man and one woman, as clearly conveyed in God’s inerrant Scriptures, including for example in Matthew 19:4-6 where in speaking about marriage Jesus referred to the fact that “he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,”