Why Go to Ownership Night If You’re Already an Owner?

Ownership Night is this Sunday the 28th at 6pm. We’ve laid out the difference between ownership and membership, and you can read about taking your Next Step here – but what if you’ve already taken this step? If you’re already an Owner, why should you be at Ownership Night?

1) Encourage other people who are thinking about being Owners. Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” This night is a great opportunity to model leadership and support Real Life’s mission to those who are still learning about it.

2) Learn more about the church. You might think you know all there is to know about Real Life, but our church is made up of our stories, and there are always stories to share. Ownership Night is a great place to hear those stories and see how far Real Life has come and where we’re going!

3) Renew your own vision. Whether it’s in our jobs or our marriages or our faith, we all have points in our lives where we just coast for a bit. But we are called to continue to grow and pursue Christ, and sometimes that takes a little inspiration. Ownership Night can help remind you why you chose Real Life and why it’s valuable to you as a church and as a community. God may even use that night to open your eyes to a place you can serve!

Interested in becoming an Owner? Click here to sign up!

Meet Simple Life

As part of our desire to partner with what God is doing and to impact our city for Jesus, Real Life Church is partnering to help plant a new church, called Simple Life, in Hazel Dell this October. You’ll get to hear from the church plant team here on this blog to learn more about this new church, their vision, and how God is at work there.

Everyone I know wants to escape.

Amid the hectic pace of modern life, filled with careers and commutes and kids and debt, the constant cry from those I know is “let me out of here!” They want to be liberated from the tyranny of the urgent into the peace and freedom of a simple life.

One friend of mine is building a tiny house. Another bought a farm and some goats. One more quit his job for no discernible reason – he just wanted to disconnect from the mundane pattern of knowing where he was going to be each day. All these friends are worn out by the pressures of their lives. They want something simpler.

We can’t all quit our jobs, but we can still help people like these friends. I want to build a church for these people: the frazzled, the stressed, the confused, and the overextended. I want to create a simple space that fits into the pattern of these people’s lives and shows them that God can liberate them right where they are. I want to show that true peace comes not from goats, but from the Gospel.

Over the next few months, you’ll be hearing more about Simple Life Church. Our goal is to partner with Real Life Church to plant a congregation in Hazel Dell devoted to discipleship, worship, and community service targeted at people who hunger for a simpler life. As we embark on this journey, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more and to prayerfully support what God is doing.  We look forward to this opportunity to join you in reaching this community.

-Brandon Marten, Simple Life Church

Worship Wednesday: “Rejoice”

We learned a new song on Sunday! Actually, the youth learned it first – RLSM had their annual student retreat last weekend and this is one of the songs they worshiped with. We’re excited to share it with you!

“We are children of the promise
The beloved of the Lord
Won with everlasting kindness
Bought with sacrificial blood
Bringing reconciliation
To a world that longs to know
The affections of a Father
Who will never let them go”

Weekend Plunge: Why Should I Get Baptized Anyway?

On September 11th at Captain William Clark Park, we’ll be baptizing in the river! In the weeks leading to that, we invite you to read these weekly devotionals to help you prepare to celebrate baptisms – or get baptized yourself! If you want to get baptized, or if you want to share the story of your own baptism, please email us.

This devotional comes courtesy of NewSpring:

Read Romans 6:1-14 and Matthew 28:19.

I know baptism is a tricky subject. It seems like an extra step or another hoop to jump through. But baptism is not just something we are commanded to do (Matthew 28:19). Baptism itself is an act of worship in the life of a Christian. Psalm 103:11-12 (ESV) says, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”

Baptism is not only obedience, it is a celebration!

Christ died and was buried so that “we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4, ESV). When a person is lowered into the water, it symbolizes the burial of Jesus, and when that person is raised from the water, it symbolizes Christ’s resurrection, without which we would not be saved (1 Corinthians 15:13-14).

When you stepped into salvation, you crossed from death to life. Jesus does not just change lives, He raises lives. Jesus defeated death once and for all and His death gave you and me the possibility of being separated from our sins forever! “For the death He died, He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:10-11, ESV). Jesus’s resurrection allows me to spend my eternity with Him, because His death separated my sins from me. That’s worth celebrating!

Reflect:

  • Has there ever been a time when you said “yes” to Jesus, but “no” to baptism because it was too public?
  • Considering Matthew 28 and Romans 6, is baptism a next step that you need to take?

Marriage Retreat 2016 is Coming!

Last fall, we offered out first Marriage Retreat, a chance to get away with other couples and learn valuable relationship tools. Around 35 couples joined us and saw their lives change and their marriages evolve and improve. We’re excited to announce Marriage Retreat 2016, November 11-13 at Cannon Beach!

At this retreat, you’ll get practical tools to help you and your spouse reclaim your relationship. Our workshops will cover:

  • having a shared vision for your marriage
  • honoring our differences
  • practicing communication that works
  • getting off “the crazy cycle
  • learning effective, respectful conflict talk
  • …and many other topics to help your marriage!

This retreat will be an investment of time into your relationship – but it will also be a lot of fun and fellowship. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for info on registration!

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