THIS IS REALITY WELCOME
A Brief survey of who we are and what involvement looks like
We are a part of a broader church family that began in 2003. We are committed to relational church planting which has resulted in a family churches represented in Carpinteria CA., Ventura CA., Santa Barbara CA., Los Angeles CA. Stockton CA., San Francisco CA., Boston MA., London, UK and Honolulu HI.
What We Believe
• In one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• In the deity of Christ His virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His vicarious and atoning death; His resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; His personal return to earth in power and glory.
• In Salvation – that all are justified on the sole ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ. Because all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, it is only by God’s grace through faith that we are saved.
• In the Resurrection of both the saved and the lost, and that heaven and hell are real places.
• In the Church and the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
• In the Holy Spirit and His activity in gifting the church to accomplish Christ’s purposes in the world.
• In Love – that we as Christians are examples of the love of God in this world. We earnestly desire to show this love, because without it we have no right to call ourselves Christians.
• In Creation – that God created all things for His glory and that men and women were created in the image of God.
• In Scripture – that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God.
• In Christ's Return to one day establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Theological- We are a God-centred community. He gets all the glory. His character, His attributes shape who we are as individuals and as a community. This means that we are a learning, praying, worshipping community. All the we do is done in response to who he is.
Missional- We exist to proclaim Jesus in word and deed to our city. We are not to create a “bubble”. We are to live life with gospel intentionality. We proclaim Christ: how can we best communicate Christ to our culture? How can we serve our city in obedience to Christ? We are to constantly to be thinking in these terms.
Relational- We live out this life in community. We were created for community, with God and with others. God himself is a community, Father, Son, and Spirit. The fruit of the gospel is community. We are all brought into one body, one family, so we are to live like it. Therefore, relationships are not sacrificed on the altar of theology and mission. Relationships are the the context for mission and the fruit of theology. For this reason we do not prefer a program driven church, but a relationally driven church.
- Jesus- is the Head of the church
- Elders are given oversight of the church
- Servants/Deacons are appointed positions in the church
- Members do the ministry of the church
“How do I involve myself in the local Church?” When someone believes upon Jesus Christ as Saviour they are “baptised” into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, a member of the church is something you become through faith in Christ. The only question that remains now is will we function like a member in the church? The way in which we do this at Reality is by:
- Believing Together, Our whole Christian life is to be lived in light of who God is and what He has done. This is communicated through His Word. We as a church are to build our lives on the proper understanding of who God is and what He as done as communicated through His Word. Therefore it is vital that we all hold to sound doctrine together.
- Worshipping Together The whole Christian life is a response to the love and mercy shown to us in the gospel. This response is appropriately called Worship. This encompasses all that we do in life. While it is commonly associated with corporate singing together, which is certainly a part of it, it extends to every area of life. This is done both individually and corporately, privately and publicly. It is vital to see all of the following activities as both individual and corporate worship.
- Gathering Together The church is a people who have been gathered from sin and death to God (Col. 1:13, 1 Peter 2:9). We embody this reality when we gather together in large and small settings. This is seen as practiced in the life of the early church (Acts 2:42, 46, 5:42) and instructed by the leaders of the church (Hebrews 10:24-25) Different things are communicated and accomplished in both larger settings and both should be a part of the Christian Life. In our larger settings we learn from scripture as taught by qualified leaders and respond in prayer, song and celebrating the Lord’s supper. We also gather together in our respective communities in smaller settings for Christ-centred community as we love and serve one another, reach the people around us, and apply the truths of scripture together.
- Praying Together Prayer is our always-open line of intimate communication with God the Father, by God the Spirit, through God the Son (1 Tim. 2:5, Hebrews 10:19-22) We are to live in constant communion with God through prayer. We are also called to pray with and for each other as often as we can (James 5:16). On Sundays we allow for extended times of prayer following the preaching of God’s Word and have our Prayer Team available to pray with and for you. In community Groups we pray corporately for the city, for the church, and for one another in smaller, more intimate groups.
- Giving Together Our God has dealt with us generously through the gospel by and so we should be generous in all that we do (2 cor. 8:9). We are to be generous with our time and resources to our families, to our local church, and to the world (Gal. 6:10). Everyone contributes out of gospel generosity first as an act of worship, secondly as the primary way in which the mission of Reality is supported in getting the gospel out and caring for the church (1 Cor. 9:13-14). Our church runs on the generosity of its members.
- Serving Together Jesus was the servant of all and His people are all called to be servants as directed and empowered by Him (John 13:12-16) . We’re to serve one another. For this reason, a culture of servanthood should be reflected in all settings. As we do this, we will reflect our Saviour to those around us. We provide some practical opportunities to fulfil this aspect of the Christian life in our larger gatherings on Sunday and in community groups. Occasionally, we will gather together on a larger scale to serve together.
- Reaching Together Jesus came to this earth on a mission to seek, serve and save the lost (Mark 10:45) He continues His mission in and through us (John 20:21) by His Spirit (Acts 1:8). Therefore, we all share a corporate mission to reach the world, specifically the city of Los Angeles, through word and deed. In word by proclaiming the gospel, and in deed by living our lives in light of the Gospel. In our homes, neighbourhoods, work and school. We desire for there to be evidence of this in all that we do.