Where we come from
Real Life Church was originally called Lucia Baptist Church which began as a church plant in December 1989.
The church first met 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 the church.
Why do we exist
Real Life exists to intentionally guide and equip people of all ages to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and embrace the mission of Jesus.
We get our mission straight from the calling Jesus gave the first disciples:
“Follow Me … and I will make you … fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
God has called Real Life Church...
To guide others to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and embrace the mission of Jesus by creating environments that encourage and equip people to know God personally, connect in community, grow spiritually and engage the world intentionally.
What we believe
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
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
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
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
How to receive Christ
- Admit your need to God. "I am a sinner."
- Be willing to turn from your sins (the wrong things you've done).
- Learn about and then believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose again on the third day.
- Ask Jesus to help you and change your life through the Holy Spirit through prayer.
Pray something like this! It doesn't have to be word for word.
“Dear God, I know that am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sin. I want to turn from my sins and follow you instead. I invite You to come into my life and begin to change me. I want to trust you as my Savior and follow you as my Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.”