Making the shift from striving to abiding. Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We spend time abiding with God, holding to the promise of seeing what only God can do. On a daily basis, we place ourselves at the feet of Jesus.
Making the shift from self focused living to others focused living. True joy comes only from serving and it is critical that our walk matches our talk, or else we disqualify the message. Jesus came as a servant to all, and thus demonstrated what it is to know and follow God. Our desire is to clearly reflect Jesus, the ultimate servant.
Making the shift from living as a consumer to living on mission. In all things we have the joy of partnering with God on His mission, exchanging our fleeting plans for His eternal plans. We seek the Kingdom of God and we desire to live in a way that will bring renewal to our families, neighborhoods, and world.
Here at Clarity, we believe in partnering with local and global organizations that are doing incredible works of justice, economic stimulation, and sharing the love of Jesus. One hundred percent of our “Beyond Us” offerings go to these causes. Below are some of the people and organizations we are currently partnering with:
We partner with Guido and Katie Hajenius in the effort to eradicate child exploitation (human trafficking) and engage culture in creative solutions. They raise awareness, work with the FBI, work with Truckers across America, and help to create laws internationally that bring justice. Check them out here.
McKinley Elementary School
We partner with McKinley Elementary when possible and/or needed. McKinley is the local Santa Monica school we gather in on Sundays. Recently, we helped purchase books for the student’s new character building curriculum.
Live-Dead Initiative- Somalia
We partner with this great work to stimulate the economy, meet tangible needs, and plant a vibrant church in Somalia; one of the most dangerous and un-reached places on earth. Check them out here and also like the Facebook page and pray daily.
John and Rebecca Tufrinwick
We partner with the Tufrinwick’s in East Africa. Stimulating the economy, meeting tangible needs, and planting churches.
Steve & Becky Preston
We partner with Steve and Becky to plant churches in SoCal by recruiting, training, connecting, and resourcing new church planters. They were instrumental in the planting of Clarity. Check them out here.
Austin & Jennifer Jones
We partner with Austin and Jennifer Jones in the Indian Reservations in the bush of Alaska. Bringing hope, healing, and planting churches. Check them out here.
Jeff and Ericka Sandstrom
We partner with the Sandstrom’s as they plant innovative churches throughout Chicagoland that are reaching people that typically wouldn’t step foot into a church.
Nick and Kimbra Stuva
We partner with the Stuva’s, bringing innovative and entrepreneurial economic stimulation to the most remote areas of Tanzania, creating a platform for sharing God’s love. They have a vision for the renewal of all things in Tanzania.
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Our first season as a church has been an exciting time of growth and we look forward with great anticipation to all God is going to do. There are many opportunities to connect, expand, and serve within our church community and in our neighborhoods and city at large.
We need your support to continue to pursue God’s calling. If you have not given to Clarity in the past, there is no better time to start. If you have been looking for an opportunity to give above and beyond your normal tithe, now may be the time. You can give online here.
We live in a culture where spirituality cannot be separated from generosity. The needs of our city and of the world are impossible to ignore. The teachings of Jesus implore us to give to those in need and to commit ourselves to an ethic of generosity. The scriptures say that God loves a cheerful giver, not because the church’s needs are met, but because God’s heart is made glad when we depend on him to provide for us. “Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be given to you as well”
Then, after we have been faithful with our tithe, we give offerings above and beyond the ten percent to support other organizations God has called us to both locally and globally. We call this our Beyond Us giving. You can read more about them above.
Thank you for your vital partnership. None of this is possible without you.
Clarity can receive one time or recurring monetary gifts online by credit card. You will receive a tax receipt. Give Online
You can mail a check, made out to Clarity, to 2801 Delaware Ave Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90404. If you wish to give to a specific initiative, please write it in the memo.
Simply bring cash or checks to any of our Sunday gatherings and drop them in the offering box, or fill out the card to give by credit card. To receive an end-of-year tax receipt, please be sure to include your full name and correct address on your envelope or check. You can also give on Sundays through the Square on the iPad.
These Core Beliefs are intended to be the basis of our actions. There will always be peripheral doctrines upon which committed followers of Christ disagree, but on these core beliefs we agree.
The Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and is the only authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:4-5); His miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:37-38); His death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father.
Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6), their sin had several consequences: First, they were sent from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), next a curse was pronounced on them and all their descendents (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left us in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).
But God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to save the world (John 3:16). The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction: We become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19); we are given eternal life (John 3:16); we become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7); our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12); we are born again (John 3:3).
When asked the way to the Father, Jesus replied, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” We gain access to God and His grace through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Romans 5:1-8) There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor. Eternal life is a gift (Romans 6:26). We are saved by grace through faith, and even our faith is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Holy Spirit is given to all believers to empower us to share what God has done for us (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9). The nine fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33) in the context of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). There are also various experiences of The Spirit which the Scripture refers to as “fillings, baptism, & leadings” (Acts 1:8; 2:1f; Matthew 4:1; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5).
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