What We Believe
Real Life Community Church is part of the Church of the Nazarene. Our roots are found in the Protestant tradition and our theology is centered around an 18th Century pastor and theologian from the Anglican Church named John Wesley. Wesley taught that through the Holy Spirit, God’s transforming love changes both the hearts and minds of people, but also how they live and serve our broken and hurting world.
In other words, we believe that God is at work in us, shaping us, so that we can reflect the loving God we serve. Following Jesus is not simply about depositing our souls in heaven. We believe it profoundly transforms both us and this world in which we live.
We believe that every human has an inherent sin problem which breaks our relationship with God and others and interferes with God’s loving work in the world. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can come to know and experience God and become part of God’s reconciling plan for the world. We are invited to participate in the work of reconciliation by first, confessing our sin and yielding our lives to God’s Spirit to be shaped and formed to look more like Jesus. All of these things are done in community as we are guided by scripture and the Holy Spirit and hold one another accountable to live lives that are loving, kind, and just.
We are distinctly not a fundamentalist church in either our beliefs or culture. We believe that not all of the Bible should be interpreted literally (things like genre, historical context, and original language matter). We believe in free-will and do not affirm the idea that human action or salvation is already predetermined. We also believe in open and civil dialogue, the empowerment and ordination of women, our responsibility to care for God’s creation, and the belief that the primary characteristic of God is love.