Category Archives: Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Now Online

Join our community as we use the ancient practice of Lent to draw closer to Jesus and to each other preparing our hearts for Easter. During Lent, we want you to have the opportunity to meet with God every day on your journey. This year, we’re exploring the life of Christ by reading stories throughout the entirety of the Bible, jumping back and forth between the Gospels and the Old Testament to get a full picture of the Jesus’s life and the full power of his sacrifice.

Every week, we will post that week’s devotionals online, or you can download the readings here. Let’s follow the Savior together and give him the freedom to change our lives from the inside out!

Learning from Romans

Paul’s letter to the Romans thoughtfully and passionately walks us through a journey that explores who we are, the struggles we face, God’s answers to our questions, and how this new faith-filled life with Christ works. Are you ready to take a journey that could transform your life?

We began this new series on Romans yesterday, along with a brand-new, 30-day devotional to help you walk through this sometimes inspiring, sometimes convicting book. You can pick up a hard copy in church, or download our PDF to your device. Use this resource to reflect, learn, and hear what the Lord wants to say to you through His word this month.

Also, we want to hear what you learn as you read! What stands out to you? What breakthroughs do you encounter? We want to hear from you! We learn and grow in community, so your courage and thoughtfulness in responding can help many others on their own journeys!

Enjoy this journey through Romans with us!

Weekend Plunge: Who’s Celebrating With You?

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.

Baptism Sunday is two Sundays away! If you haven’t gotten to come to our outdoor baptisms before, here’s what last year’s was like:

August 23, 2015 from Real Life Vancouver on Vimeo.

Baptism is a person’s public expression of their inward commitment to God. When a person recognizes the need for Christ in his or her life, he or she is welcome to come and be baptized (though this is not the only time you can accept Christ!). Through this, he or she accepts God’s free gift of salvation and lets Him begin to work His miraculous change in his or her life.

If you’re planning to get baptized, we’d love it if you signed up to let us know – and we’d also love to have you invite your friends and family to celebrate with you! Your life has changed – it’s a great time to celebrate! Plus, God can use your baptism and its public profession of faith to speak to others. Wouldn’t it be awesome if He revealed Himself to the people you care about the way He has revealed Himself to you?

That’s why it’s a great idea to invite friends and family who don’t know Jesus to come to your baptism. It’s an incredible demonstration of what Jesus can do in a person’s life!

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Weekend Plunge: The Power of Your Story

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.

At Real Life, we believe in the power of testimony – that’s why we have a whole Vimeo channel featuring people sharing the stories of how Christ has worked in their lives. We’ve recently begun incorporating these stories into our annual outdoor baptisms, and here’s why:

  1. They encourage listeners. Before we start baptizing people, we’ll have a time of sharing. Anyone who’s been baptized before and wants to talk about how the decision impacted their life is welcome to share! Someone who’s undecided or thinks baptism isn’t right for them at that time may be encouraged by your story. If you feel God calling you to share, you could very well change someone’s life that day!
  2. They affirm believers. Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Getting baptized as an important step, but it’s not a free ticket to coast through the rest of your faith journey. Baptism is just the beginning! If your baptism began or renewed your connection with Christ, it’s important to your own faith that you speak up about it. You can read more about the importance of declaring your faith publicly here.
  3. They bring us closer to each other and to Him. The more we talk openly and honestly about our faith journeys, both the good times and the challenging, the easier it is for all of us to walk in community with Christ. Baptism isn’t a silver bullet to a perfect life – we don’t expect anyone to testify to that! But we do want to hear how your faith gave you courage during a tough time, or consoled you, or changed your world view, or softened your heart, or any other way God has been at work in or through you!

So come join us at Cottonwood Beach. Sign up today if you want to get baptized. Invite your friends and family. Porayerfully consider sharing your baptism story! We always love to hear what God has done at Real Life!

 

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?
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