Real Hope In Christ: Our Purpose

At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our minds.

Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:

Gather together to worship and celebrate God,
Grow in our knowledge and faith,
Give in Love and,
Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true!

We boldly ask God to help us touch Heaven and shake the Earth.

    Real Hope In Christ Citrus

 

Real Hope In Christ: Our Vision

Seeking the renewal of our community through the gospel of Jesus Christ

The Bible tells the story of God reconciling his people and renewing his creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The power of the gospel brings spiritual, relational, and cultural renewal, and we desire to see this grand vision realized in our community as well as our nation and the world.

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
We long to see people reconciled to God and given new hearts. Sin and shame need not have the final word. Through the gospel, we become sons and daughters of God.

RELATIONAL RENEWAL
We long to see people reconciled to one another and brought into a new family. Alienation and broken relationships need not have the final word. Through the gospel, we become brothers and sisters in Christ.

CULTURAL RENEWAL
We long to see our community flourish and receive new life. Through the gospel, we become stewards and servants of the community.


To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. – Micah 6:8


 
 

Real Hope In Christ: Our Mission

Our Mission Is Simple: Make disciples of Jesus who love God, one another, and our community.

Within the broader vision of God renewing his creation, the church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus. As a redeemed community grounded in Scripture, we do everything for the purpose of loving God, one another, and our fellow man.

LOVE GOD
Disciples of Jesus delight in knowing, loving, and glorifying God above all else. As sons and daughters of God, we grow in our relationship with the Lord by daily turning from sin, trusting in our Savior, and living by the power of the Spirit.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Disciples of Jesus follow Christ together in community. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we pray, study God’s word, care for one another, and reach out to our neighbors.

LOVE OUR COMMUNITY
Disciples of Jesus love their neighbors and their community. As stewards and servants, we proclaim the gospel, seek justice, and bless the city through our gifts and vocations.

To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8


 
 

Real Hope In Christ: Our Passion

We are passionate about our devotion to God, life-giving relationships, and serving the world. Our passion is to see people connect to God and discover all that God has planned for them.

We pray that our focus and passion be fulfilled by reaching out to the unchurched community, developing relationships and empowering people through the life-giving message of Jesus Christ; freeing everyone to pursue God with passion!

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. -Matthew 28:19-20

 


 

 
 
Real Hope In Christ: What We Believe and Know Is True

 

God
We believe that the God of the Bible is the only one and true God revealed eternally to everyone. He is, He was, and He always will be. He is the author and creator of the Heavens and the Earth and everything in them. He is known as Father, came as the Son and lives in believers as the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:1, Matthew 3:16–17, John 1:1-2, Acts 2:32–33

Jesus
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin by miraculous conception and lived a sinless life. He is the Son of God who came to earth as fully God and fully man. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He paid a sin debt we could not pay. He arose from the grave after three days proving His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where He is the only mediator between God and people, and will return again to earth. He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus is still alive and changing lives today!

Colossians 2:9, Luke 1:30-35, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a comforter and a guide for every born-again believer. He actually lives inside of us, His Temple, and does more for us than we can imagine. The Holy Spirit provides us with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We are commanded to live in the Spirit and not our own flesh, so we Christian seek to live under Holy Spirit’s control daily.

John 16:8, Acts 2:38, Ephesians 1:13-14

Salvation
Salvation is a gift. It’s free. It’s God’s grace, not your good deeds. Jesus’ death allows your sins – all of them – to be forgiven. Wiped out, canceled, deleted, erased, forgiven - you get the picture. The gift is free; all you have to do is accept it. Salvation is God’s way of spending eternity with His children. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness, and confessing with our mouths that Jesus alone is Lord. God assures us through His Word that genuine salvation is eternally secure. We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 2:6, Acts 2:38

Grace
Because we have become adopted heirs to God’s kingdom through Jesus Christ, salvation is received and maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace of God that gives believers the assurance of salvation. No power in the universe can separate God’s children from Him. To suggest otherwise is to suggest that God’s power is limited, or that His grace is insufficient.

John 1:14, Romans 11:6, 1 Corinthians 16:23, 2 Timothy 1:9

The Bible
The Bible is the book God wrote for us. It’s true, it’s accurate, it’s authentic and it’s absolutely applicable to our lives today.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

People We are made in God’s image. We are his prized creation. God’s plan is for us to become like Him in character. This godly character only comes through the grace of Jesus Christ. We all have a rebellious spirit. Romans 3:23 says we all fall short of the glory of God. Sin separates people from God. As a result of our sin, every person is in need of a savior. Sin has affected all things in this world. Although we are not as bad as we could be, every fiber of our being has been corrupted by sin. We’re not perfect. We’ve sinned — all of us. We need help. We need Him. We also need each other, and that’s what Church is all about.

Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Acts 4:12

The Church
We believe that we, as the Church, are the body of Christ and that every member serves his fellow man and community in tangible ways. We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live. We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and blessed lives in order to help others more effectively. The best definition of the Church is spoken by Jesus Christ and is found in Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Matthew 18:20, Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Baptism & Communion
We practice both water immersion baptism and communion as taught by the Bible. Baptism is a public act used to identify our lives with Christ: first with His death and then with His resurrection into new life. Communion is a time of remembering Christ’s sacrifice and redemption offered so beautifully for us.

1 Peter 3:21, Luke 3:16–22, Acts 2:42-46, John 6:48-51

You
You have been uniquely created by God, for His purpose. He loves you so deeply that He sent his only Son to walk with you, teach you, and ultimately sacrifice His life for you. God has a plan for you and you are essential as a member of the body of Christ. You are God's masterpiece; you are needed, you are wanted, you are loved. As you grow more and more as a Christian you will truly see how special and unique you are to God.

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 2:10