OUR CODE

Rooted in our mission to connect people to the realness of God, our CODE is the cultural undercurrent that fuels all that we do, both as a church and as individuals within it.


WE’RE A WELL-WATERED GARDEN
A rainforest is beautiful, fully maintained by God, untouched by man. A city, oversaturated with buildings and people, is all built by man. We strive to be a garden, a beautiful display of God’s life-giving power, combined with our willingness to steward it.

 

ENVIRONMENT IS EVERYTHING
We strive to create an atmosphere that lifts – one of encouragement, honor and love.

 

LITTLE THINGS ARE A BIG DEAL

From our parking lot to the platform, everything we do exists to authentically represent the amazing God that we serve


WE'RE A PLACE FOR EVERY GENERATION

Always striving to embody Malachi 4:6 – that the hearts of the fathers would turn toward the sons, and the hearts of sons toward their fathers. We honor those who have gone before us, and we’re excited about raising up the next generation as we look to the future.

 

WE HAVE A GENEROUS SPIRIT THROUGH AND THROUGH

Generosity begins with our spirit and works itself all the way out into our resource, our time and our talents. We understand that anything we give is in response to the one who first gave to us!

 

WE GO BEYOND OURSELVES

Constantly seeking to add value to our local community, other churches, our region and the world. We have a strong orthodoxy which fuels our orthopraxis, because how we live matters.

 

WE'RE A CHURCH FOR ANYONE, BUT NOT EVERYONE

We’re a community where everyone is welcome - everyone. No one is too far from God. We also understand that in knowing deeply who we are, there may be some that choose to plant their roots elsewhere. We’re okay with that, because while everyone is welcome, we won't submit to the pressure to bethe place for everyone!


WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES HERE

We understand that what we’re a part of is so much bigger than the part we play. We love our church, and we hold close the understanding that it’s a small part in the greater story of God for Covington and beyond.

 

THERE’S ALWAYS MORE ROOM

We’re constantly creating space and making room to see people from every corner of our community connect to the realness of God.

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME
Our church exists for those in and beyond it. Each of us operates with an understanding, that what we're a part of is bigger than the part we play. We just get to help move the mission to connect people to the realness of God forward.


GOD’S NOT DONE

We’re people who believe that God isn’t done – he’s just getting started. While we’re grateful for our legacy, it’s only a seed for what’s still ahead of us. We are privileged to be a part of what He’s building – and not even hell can prevail against it.

 

 




OUR BELIEFS

Please note that this is just a glimpse into the depth of our beliefs - we encourage all to attend GROWTH TRACK to dive deeper into who we are. In this class we create space for dialog and questions.

We are a non-denominational church, connected globally through
Hillsong Network, and locally through the Maple Valley Ministerial Association. We believe that a global identity along with local relationships within our community is vital for the long-term health of our church. If you have any questions about our beliefs or church affiliations, please email taylor@reallifechurch.com.


THE KINGDOM
This is the good news about Jesus - that God and his reality is not something stuck in heaven, but here today. We believe that the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel is to bring the reality of God's kingdom here, now.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

The bi-product of truly connecting with God is the fruit of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. Beliefs are important - but we're missing it if we are full of the correct beliefs, but without the fruit.


GOD
We believe in the sovereignty of the one God, eternally existing in the triune Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


SCRIPTURE
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writing are inspired by God and accept them as the final authority for faith and life. We believe that in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, God has revealed Himself and given us an authoritative disclosure of His character and will.


PEOPLE
We believe that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; and that man lives in total depravity and is utterly incapable of redeeming himself.


JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ, the everlasting Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal the Father and redeem mankind. We believe that Jesus accomplished our redemption through His vicarious, substitutionary and sacrificial death on the cross as a representative; and that our peace with God is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, was seated on the right hand of Majesty where He continues serving humanity as our High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate with the Father.


HOPE
We believe that because of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God freely forgives those who are brought to repentance and faith in His Son. We believe that all who are justified by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. This is Salvation.


THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and of judgment and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. We believe in (a) the baptism of the Holy Spirit, by which believers are empowered and equipped for service (b) the gifts of and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available today, and that they exist to benefit the church and to help strengthen the believer (1 Cor 12:7; 14:3-5), though it is not something we emphasize in our weekly gatherings. If there's a goal, it's the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5).


THE CHURCH
We believe the one true and global Church consists of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that the local church should be the expression of the one true and universal Church; that Christ appointed the ministries of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry. We believe in the ultimate triumph of the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit under the government of King Jesus.

THE HILLSONG NETWORK

RLC is a non-denominational Christian church. Though we are not officially linked to a denomination, we're well-connected and accountable locally to the churches and pastors in our community. Beyond our local connection, however, we value having a broader sense of connection, resource and accountability.

We're a part of the Hillsong Network. The Hillsong Network is not a denomination - rather a network of churches who have a similar identity and cause. Essentially, we're attached to a global identity, something bigger than ourselves.