We are committed to teaching and promoting the Bible as the written Word of God. We believe that every word of the original manuscripts was inspired and chosen by God and completely without error. We treasure God's Word as authoritive and useful for guiding our everyday lives and preparing us for the good workds He has given us to do. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
We are committed to making disciples. This includes winning unbelievers to Christ, helping believers to know Him better, and training believers to do these things in the lives of others (Mathew 28:19-20; John 15:8)
We are committed to cultivating our relationship with God thorugh individual and corporate prayer. (1 Thess. 5:17; Luke 18:1)
We are committed to godly leadership at all levels. We differentiate between those who work and those who lead, hodling those who lead to a higher standard. (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1:6-9; James 3:1)
We are committed to bringing honor to God through excellence in whatever we do. We strive to develop and maintain high quality programs and to keep clean, safe, useful, and attractive facilities. (Col. 3:23)
We are committed to interactive, passionate worship that is rooted in our love for God and recognition of his majesty. We are further committed to a lifestyle of worship that extends beyond music and prayer to make our lives a loving sacrifice to God. (John 4:23-24; Isiah 6:1-5; Eph 5:19; Romans 12:1-2)
We are committed to following Christ's example of serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others. We want to protect and elevate human life at every stage, heal hurting people with the lvoe of Jesus, and bring them into a life-giving relationship with Him. (John 15:12; Mathew 22:39; Mark 9:35)
We are committed to a proactive attitude toward change, and to keeping our ministries culturally relevant. (Is. 43:19; Mathew 9:17; Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36)
We are committed to real, godly relationships that help us build us into one body in Christ. We recognize conflict as natual and morally ambiguous, bringing positive results when handled honestly and goverened by love for one another and for Christ. We acknowledge gossip as a cancerous sin and renounce it. (John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-12; 1 Peter 1:22; Eph. 4:26
The idea of vision is linked closely to faith. It is rooted in faith; without faith, there can be no vision, for "faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1) The vision of Real Life Community Churchfinds its life in precisely that: the certainty that God will bring to life the dream he has begun in this work.
The vision of Real Life Community Church is to impact the greater River Valley are with the good news of Jesus Christ. We will be a purpose-driven, disciple-making church, which places a strong emphasis on drawing the people of our communities to the amazing love of Christ. This vision comprises several expectations:
We expect to connect people with Christ
This is central to our purpose aspect of sharing God's love. The River Valley area is filled with people who need Jesus. Many of our neighbors, family memboers, co-workers, and friends are living and dying without a saving relationship with Christ. They need his love and grace; we are committed to sharing it with them.
We expect to connect people with people
We live in a disconnected society, filled with hurting, lonely people. People crave connection thorugh relationships. The "real relationships" aspect of our purpose addresses this reality, which follows the pattern of ministry demonstrated by Jesus. Before people can understand the love of God, whom they cannot see, they will respond to real love in the lives of Christians, whom they can see.
We expect real faith in the real world
It has often been said of Christians that we are too "heavenly minded" to be any earthly good. Real Life Community Church expects to deal in reality as it is, not as we wish it were or as we would like to pretend it is. Sometimes reality in a sinful, fallen world is grim, gritty, and ugly. We do not shy away from it, for the ultimate reality, the reality of God's love in Christ, has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
We expect to stand out by authentic Christian living
Those who are in Christ are changed by the relationship, and holy living is the natural result of the presence of God's Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. Because of this, we expect those around us to see that Real Life Community Church is drastically different from the surrounding society and to recongnize that this is the work of Christ.
We expect dynamic, intimate worship
It is easy to merely sing songs without really entering into worship. We will strive to constantly go beyond musical performance to worship in spirit and in truth, engaging in heart, soul, and mind. We will utilize the most effective musical styles, instruments, facilities, and technology at our disposal to foster an environment in which our worship interacts with the heart of God. In this we must never lose sight of the fact that true worship is more than music; it is a lifestyle of grateful service to the King.
We expect to grow larger
As we live out our purpose, the Lord will add soul to his Kingdom. We will grow, not by transfer of Christians from other churches, but by the conversion of new believers. We expect that this grows will result in the planting of new churches, which in turn will grown and plant other churchers.
We expect to grow deeper
Real relationships must involve helping others to become more Christ-like. A major part of the vision of Real Life Community Church is to bring the realities of life, resulting in meaning ful discipleship. We will foster this grows thorugh expository preaching, interactive studies in small groups settings, and a systematic Christian growth cirriculum for members.