What We Believe
Below is a brief explanation of some of our core beliefs. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or want to know more.
Jesus and Salvation
Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is the way, the truth and the life, the savior of the world. Salvation is not by our own works, but by the grace of God. This promise of salvation is freely given to all who believe.
The Bible and the Foundations of our Faith
We believe the assembled books of the "old" and "new" testaments are the inspired word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh. Our focus is always on the Gospel: the words of Jesus in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The components of our faith are also expressed in the Lutheran Confessions and the ancient creeds of the Christian church such as the Apostle's Creed.
The Trinity and the Eternal Kingdom
We believe in the trinity: God is the Father (creator), Son (redeemer) and the Holy Spirit (sustainer), equal in glory and majesty, altogether one God who lives and reigns forever and ever.
We observe two Sacraments as instructed by Jesus, whereby forgiveness of sins is received and Christian community is forged.
The first sacrament is Holy Baptism, which is an outward sign of an inward grace. We come to baptism to accept God's promises for our lives, and in doing so, become members of Christ's holy church. Because we believe God is at work in this sacrament, rather than human will, we baptize persons of all ages and abilities.
The second sacrament is Holy Communion, often called "The Lord's Supper," where we recall the acts of Jesus in the upper room during the Jewish Passover celebration. We observe this sacrament every Sunday, and invite all persons, regardless of church membership, to participate. Along with wine, we also offer grape juice for those who prefer. Gluten free bread is also available.
We believe Jesus Christ is truly present in both the bread and the cup, and when we partake of this meal we receive the real presence of Christ.
Leadership in Ministry
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that all are capable of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We also believe both men and women are called to leadership in the church and no role - including the role of pastor - is exclusive to a specific gender.
Clairemont Lutheran Church / Iglesia Luterana Clairemont is a member congregation of the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As such, members of our congregation are often involved in local, regional and national ministries.
Through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are in fellowship with:
- The Episcopal Church
- The United Methodist Church
- Presbyterian Church (USA)
- United Church of Christ
- Reformed Church in America
- The Moravian Church
We are also united with other national church bodies around the globe through the Lutheran World Federation.
Locally, our congregation seeks ways to be united in mission for the community and the region with other Christian congregations of various backgrounds.