What’s in our name?
Quite a lot, actually. Redeemer is a title for Jesus, and Jesus is the center and circumference of our life. His words and works shape our congregation. He invites people with guilt and shame to receive forgiveness and grace from God.
But realize that God's grace is not an vague idea, it is the personal attitude and action of love from God displayed in Jesus Christ toward those who deserve the very opposite. This is what it means when we say Jesus “redeemed” us.
The historic Christian faith is simple enough for children to understand but deep enough to occupy the heart and mind for a lifetime. We invite you to hear the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel delivers the power for change in your private life at home and in the family, as well as in your public life at work and in society. Even more, this power endures forever.
What to expect at worship
We strive for worship that is more timeless than traditional, more diverse than contemporary
Our services typically last about an hour. We’ll work hard to make sure you feel welcome. But we’ll also tell it like it is—helping you come face to face with your living and loving God.
The focus will always be Jesus and the Bible. To make that happen, we are a church that follows an order of service—a liturgy. In the message and sacramental meal, in specially selected Bible readings, and in carefully crafted songs, prayers, and creeds, the liturgy proclaims the good news about Jesus from start to finish.
We work to keep the entire body together
We seek to enfold young people into the life of the entire church and encourage them to participate in worship with the whole body of Christ. For that reason, we don’t offer a separate “children’s church.” We’d rather they learn about God next to the people who play the most important role in their formation as people—their parents.
We do include a children’s message in the main service and offer a place where you can take your children if they need a moment.
Several of our families have small children—we love hearing the sound of little ones.
We gather an offering, but we don’t require that you donate any money
The members of Redeemer have joined together to support the Lord’s work in this community and around the world. The offering is their way of contributing to the financial needs of that work. Without it we would not be able to continue our work in Fallbrook.
So, while an offering plate will be passed, no one here expects our guests and visitors to donate money unless they wish to.
We often celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and we’ll politely ask you to abstain—for now
About every other Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This sacramental meal is an expression of unity, agreement, and spiritual intimacy between the people who have committed themselves to membership in this church. That’s why we ask guests and visitors not to participate—yet. We sincerely desire that all who come to us will eventually join us in the privileges and responsibilities of membership. We also understand that no one can make that kind of commitment without proper instruction. To help people along that path of commitment we offer instructional classes that, upon completion, open the door to full membership in the congregation and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
We are theologically conservative Lutherans
The Lutheran Church traces its history to a man named Martin Luther, a church reformer who lived primarily in the 16th century. That was a long time ago, but his work has influenced churches ever since that time.
Our church is rooted deeply in the Lutheran tradition. Nevertheless, not all Lutherans are the same—we are among the theologically conservative, which means we reflect what Bible teaches with Lutheran theological emphasis.
We believe that people are born sinful—in other words people can’t help but do wrong and need to be rescued from sin and wrongdoing. Jesus is that rescuer. He is given to us by God’s undeserved love. We come to know him through the Bible. We are saved only by faith in him.
We don’t have a dress code
Most of the people at Redeemer dress casually for worship. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up a little if you want. If you have tattoos, that’s fine with us. In fact, regardless of what you choose to wear to church, we’re just glad to tell you more about who Jesus Christ is and what he accomplished by death and resurrection.
Where to Find Us
We worship each Sunday at Live Oak Elementary School
1978 Reche Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Rev. Caleb Bassett has served in Fallbrook since 2010. Pastor Bassett has earned a B.A. in theology and biblical languages from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN and an M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI.
Pastor Bassett is a Fellow of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Pastor Bassett and his wife, Audra, live in Fallbrook with their four children.