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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Real Life Church (Real Life) is a place where real people, real life and real faith come together.

You can learn so much about Real Life through our family of resources such as this website and our Facebook page. We invite you to check out the different areas throughout this website. But to get started, here are answers to some of the questions you may have:

About Weekend Services

What can I expect when I visit Real Life?

When you visit a weekend service, you will find that the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. The most common feedback we receive is that Real Life has "awesome worship music," "practical, relevant and Biblical messages," and is a welcoming group of people. Services last about one hour and 15 minutes. Check out the messages tab on this website to preview what our services are like.

Do I need to dress up for the service?

Only if you want to. Most people dress casually at Real Life and everyone dresses comfortably, so wear what you like. God is more concerned with what's going on in your heart/life than with what you are wearing. We follow God's attitude.

What is the atmosphere like?

Each week in our services you'll find the latest in contemporary worship music and very practical and relevant messages from the Bible. We want you to leave with a greater understanding of God's plan for your life and how you can practically live that out during the next week. Real Life is a great place to ask questions about God, faith and how it applies to your life.

What time are the services?

Saturday - 6:00 pm and Sunday - 9:00 am and 11:00 am. All services feature a practical and Biblical message with live band and Wonder Way Preschool and Broadcast K-4 children's ministry available. Route 56 and Amplify Student Ministry is also available. Route56 meets Sundays at 11a.m. Amplify Student Ministry meets Wednesdays at 6:30p.m.

About Real Life Church

How long has Real Life been in existence?

Real Life Church began as Lucia Baptist Church which began as a church plant in December 1989 in a single wide trailer at the current location of the Lucia Campus. Mike Davis was hired as the first pastor in 1990 and has led the church ever since. Real Life has seen steady growth over the years as we strive to keep our focus on reaching the unchurched and those out of church.

Why does Real Life exist?

Real Life exists to lead people in discovering real life in Christ. We, at Real Life believe that God wants every person who follows Jesus to experience the Real Life He has to offer. In Colossians 3:3 Paul writes, “For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” Our part in helping people experience this real life is to create environments that encourage and equip people to worship God passionately, grow in Christ deeply, and engage the world intentionally.

What does Real Life believe?

  • ABOUT GOD God is the Creator of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
  • ABOUT MAN Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates man from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
  • ABOUT ETERNITY Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5: 11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
  • ABOUT JESUS CHRIST Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
  • ABOUT SALVATION Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
  • ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
  • ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
  • ABOUT THE BIBLE The Bible is God's word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

Real Life Church Logo and Brand

Why did the church change its name and constitution?

Included in the link below is a letter from Pastor Mike and the Church Leadership Team detailing the reasons behind the revised Constitution and name change. The Church Leadership held a Church Conference on Sunday, February 1, 2015 after both services and approved the Proposed Constitution. If you have questions please contact: Executive Pastor Clint Rhoney clint@discoverreallife.net Church office (704) 822-1933 Real Life Proposed Constitution and By-Laws

What is Real Life's Mission Statement?

It’s important to begin at the beginning in order to understand something. In Real Life’s case, that leads us to read Real Life’s Mission Statement. From there, we are lead to a journey of understanding. That understanding takes the form of a graphic, as well as, an ideological awakening. So, with that, here is Real Life’s Mission Statement:

"To lead people in discovering real life in Christ by creating environments that encourage and equip people to worship God passionately, grow in Christ deeply, and engage the world intentionally." 

Why did Real Life recreate its logo and brand?

Change. That’s the simple motivation. Organizations, and in Real Life’s case, churches mature. That maturation carries with it new thoughts and personalities. Nothing at Real Life really changed. We just matured. Real Life’s original logo and brand represented a Real Life from a different time and place. Over time, logos and brands lose their impact. The message becomes cloudy or forgotten. Real Life, wanted to reinvigorate its purpose for visitors. We are proud of our Senior Pastor, Mike Davis, and the leadership that supports and serves us, and you our wonderful members. And just as it is with the Word of God, it is with Real Life. And that is we don’t want to keep God or Real Life a secret. So, that meant re-energizing our “light” so to say.

What does Real Life's logo represent?

What is interesting is that Real Life's original name, "Lucia" was named for the community where the Lucia Campus resides. What makes it interesting is that “Lucia” is very much a church name, not just a community name. Here’s why: Lucia is developed from the root form of the Latin meaning light. In further exploration, light is defined as an illuminating agent or source (i.e. sun or star). I, for one, don’t ever think of a community as an illuminating light. Even though Real Life Church no longer carries the "Lucia" name, it still continues to carry in its heart the root form of the Latin meaning light.

Okay, so what do the different elements of the logo represent?

Great question. Real Life is no doubt a church. And a very good church it is. Every element in the logo shows why Real Life is a great church. First, the figures.

THE FIGURES
The festive characters seem to erupt from an empty center or white hole creating an image of a sunbeam or gleaming star which further enhances the subtle North Star symbolism at the core of this imagery. The symbolism of strength takes form in the imagery of the forward-thrusting chest of the characters. Together, strength and truth epitomizes the core mission of Real Life. As a whole, the different colors of the figures represents Real Life's openness; It’s multi-ethnicity. Real Life Church is open to everyone. No one is denied participation in the knowledge and celebration of Jesus Christ. This message is evident and thus promoted throughout the Real Life Church brand. The different colored figures enforces that. Separately, the six different colored figures represents the six different ministries within Lucia. Those ministries are as follows:

  • Preschool Ministry (Represented by the color Orange)
  • Children Ministry (Represented by the color Blue)
  • Student Ministry (Represented by the color Grey)
  • Engage Ministry (Represented by the color Brown)
  • Grow Ministry (Represented by the color Green)
  • Worship Ministry (Represented by the color Yellow)


THE WHITE HOLE
The white hole represents the nail holes found on the hands of the risen Jesus. The celebration is the result of Jesus’ master sacrifice. Thereby creating a hopeful imagery. The symbolism of strength takes form in the imagery of the forward-thrusting chest of the characters. Together, strength and truth epitomizes the core mission of Real Life Church.

THE OVERALL STAR SHAPE
As stated earlier, the festive characters seem to erupt from an empty center or white hole creating an image of a sunbeam or gleaming star which further enhances the subtle North Star symbolism at the core of this imagery. This idea of a North Star is meant to subtly imply home. The brightness of the North Star, or in our case, the cheerfulness of the logo is meant to always bring us home.

What does Real Life's tagline mean?

"Real people discovering real life" is more than just a slogan, it's who we are.  We are plain, ordinary everyday people with problems and imperfections just like you.  We're all in the process of discovering the real life that is only found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  He takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things in their life.  Christ gives grace when we fail, encouragement when we struggle and power when we need to change.   He does all that because He loves us and our response is to love, obey and follow Him with our everyday life.

Can I use Real Life's logo?

Logos and brands should be controlled. That is the only way to ensure consistency. Logos and brands changed in even a minor way can, over time, lessen its purpose and impact and thereby the great message Real Life is attempting to convey to visitors, guest and the world will get lost, confusing and become ineffective. So, the answer is yes. However, you should be careful to avoid changing the logo or brand in any way. To help keep brand consistency, we have included this FAQ of Real Life’s logo and brand, as well as, the official Lucia Brand Styles Guide and art files of the Lucia logo. You can find these invaluable assets at the end of this section. Also, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail Clint: (704) 822-1933, ext. 203 clint@discoverreallife.net Real Life's Brand Style Guide

About Small Groups

What is a small group?

A small group is made up of 8-15 people who come together on a regular basis for the common purpose of growing their faith in Christ. At Real Life, you'll find groups for young or old or somewhere in between. You'll find groups made up of couples, singles, men only, women only. We use a semester small group system. We have a Fall and Spring semester each lasting between 12-16 weeks and a Summer semester which lasts 8-10 weeks. Small groups ensure that no matter how large the church body grows, every single person will have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships, grow spiritually, and use their unique spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities to minister to others.

What is the purpose of Small Groups?

The purpose of our Small Group Ministry is to connect people in groups of Biblical community as they discover what real life in Christ is all about. We want Real Life to be a place where no one stands alone -- a place where people are connected and growing together.

How do I join a small group?

Take time to check out the Joining a Small Group page under the Get Involved tab or the Small Group Directory passed out in services during the registration periods (January, May, August). If registering online simply find the group you wish to join and click on the Register button. Give your name, best phone number and best e-mail, and the group you wish to register for and that's it! You can also register at the small group tables at the worship center during registration periods. The leader of that group will contact you within one week to confirm your registration and give you any additional details. If you do not hear from them within 7 days then e-mail kyle@discoverreallife.net.

About Online Giving

Do I receive a confirmation when I make an online donation?

Once your transaction is complete, you may print your confirmation. You will also receive a confirmation via e-mail. Statements of contributions are mailed at least annually; normally in January.

Is giving online secure?

All donors should exercise care when using online giving methods. However, Cybersource is compliant with Visa/Master Card security rules and submits to quarterly audits to ensure the security of the card holder data.

Will my personal information be sold to a third party for telemarketing purposes?

No, because of the security requirements Cybersource must maintain. They will not sell any information to a third party.

Does Real Life incur any charges for online giving?

Real Life does incur minimal transaction fees associated with electronic giving. Typically up to 2.35%.

Are you encouraging debt by accepting credit cards?

Real Life does not support the use of credit cards to donate if doing so will incur ongoing debt or otherwise prevent biblical money management.