What We Believe
Jesus Christ at the Center
We seek to grow closer to Jesus, to gratefully live in his mercy, and to carry his compassionate Presence into our homes, workplaces and schools. We see our church as standing firmly in the context of the historic Christian church by fully affirming the central tenants of our Reformed tradition and not insisting on full agreement in less pivotal doctrines, beliefs, and practices. See the Brief Statement of Faith.
Our Identity as Historically Rooted, Creedal, Nationally Connected
We belong to the Presbyterian Church USA and are informed by a deep and rich heritage of ten historic Christian Confessions*. We are governed by 11 people democratically elected from among our congregation and moderated by our senior pastor. We are directly connected to a regional body of 55 Presbyterian churches in the Seattle area and accountable to the national body of our 2 million member congregation. As Presbyterians, we cherish ecumenical relationships, educational pursuits, efforts to constructively heal society and culture, and the promotion of the Gospel of Christ for the physical and spiritual well-being and transformation of the world. Our Reformed roots stem from the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.
Finding Wisdom for Living Well
We see the Bible as our primary guide for understanding God, ourselves, and the world in general. We seek to be faithful in our calling to be followers of Christ and honoring our Reformed Tradition. We prize biblical scholarship and we also take into account the contributions of science, sociology, literature, the arts, current culture and personal experience when wrestling with how to think theologically and behave ethically in everyday living.
Welcoming All in the Spirit of Christ
In Christ’s name, we welcome and accept all whom God calls into our community. We strive to follow Christ’s teaching when he said, “Whoever comes to me, I will not cast out.” All ages, disabilities, national origins, races, genders, and sexual orientations are welcomed and accepted into the community of worship and fellowship at RPC.
We recognize that, as human beings, we display a great diversity of views and beliefs on controversial topics. These views and beliefs may vary widely and we understand that the Holy Spirit is leading each of us on a unique and often unknown pathway. Even though our interpretations of scripture may differ, we affirm all who seek to be faithful to Christ and to the teachings of the Bible. We respect each other’s views and biblically-based beliefs and seek to understand opposing views and stay in community with other Christians.
Christ commanded us to love God and to love one another. Unfortunately, we find it impossible to follow even with this simple, clear, statement from Jesus. We acknowledge that we are all sinners and that we fall short of the glory of God. We are redeemed, by the grace of God, only through faith in Jesus Christ.
We, the members of Session, understand that we are bound by the rules of the Presbyterian Church to ordain those called by God who are “persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as savior and lord.” We will follow our conscience when making ordination decisions and we recognize that God alone is the Lord of conscience.
*For more information on several key historical Confessions of Faith, please see: