Presbyterian Church USA

As part of the 500 year Reformed theological tradition, Whidbey Presbyterian Church stands in the long line of orthodox Christianity, tracing its roots through the Protestant Reformation to the early church. Particular areas of emphasis include:

• The sovereignty of God: The Triune God is the supreme authority throughout the universe and Lord of our lives.

• Scripture as the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ: Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible – most fully through the life and person of Jesus Christ.

• Justification by grace through faith: Our salvation (justification) is through Jesus. It is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments.

• The priesthood of all believers: It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News of Jesus Christ with the whole world, which is why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.

We are a confessing church, meaning our beliefs have been expressed through statements adopted over history. These statements reflect our understanding of God and what God expects of us at different times in history. Even though we share these common beliefs, Presbyterians understand that God alone is lord of the conscience, and it is up to each individual to understand what these principles mean in his or her life.

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