Landmark is an independent church which isn’t satisfied with just following what we’ve always believed. We are learners who actively seek truth from God’s Word. Our Church family understands and practices grace and Christian liberty. We desire to reach all cultures of people for Christ, see them baptized and then teach them to observe God’s Word as the light for their life path (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
Here are some things we believe God has allowed us to understand up to this point:
We affirm the sole authority for the Church is the Bible, verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible, and totally sufficient and trustworthy. We affirm the authority and sufficiency of Scripture extends to the entire Bible, and therefore that the Bible is our final authority for all doctrine and practice.
We affirm truth ever remains a central issue for the Church, and that the church must resist the allure of methods and cultural philosophies as substitutes for obedience to the comprehensive truth claims of Scripture.
We affirm the centrality of preaching which explains or expounds Bible texts and the urgent need for a recovery of biblical exposition and the public reading of Scripture in worship.
We affirm the Bible reveals God to be infinite in all his perfections, and thus truly all knowing, all powerful, timeless, and self-existent. We further affirm that God possesses perfect knowledge of all things, past, present, and future, including all human thoughts, acts, and decisions.
We affirm the doctrine of the Trinity is a Christian essential, bearing witness to the reality of the one true God in three divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of the same substance and perfections.
We affirm Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, in perfect, undiluted, and unconfused union throughout his life in human form and now eternally. We also affirm that Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners, as a sacrifice for sin, and as the only satisfaction of God’s just wrath toward sinners. We affirm the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Christ as essential to the Gospel. We further affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord over His church, and that Christ will reign over the entire cosmos in fulfillment of the Father’s gracious purpose.
We affirm salvation is all of grace, and that the Gospel is revealed to us in doctrines that most faithfully exalt God’s sovereign purpose to save sinners and in His determination to save his redeemed people by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to His glory alone. The gospel is essentially Christ plus NOTHING.
We affirm the Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s means of bringing salvation to His people, sinners are commanded to believe the Gospel, and the church is commissioned to proclaim the Gospel to all nations. We affirm salvation comes to those who truly believe and confess Jesus Christ is Lord and sinners are justified only through faith in Christ, and that justification by faith alone is both essential and central to the Gospel.
We affirm the continuity of God’s saving purpose and that Christ unifies the covenants. We further affirm a basic distinction between law and grace, and that the true Gospel exalts Christ’s atoning work as the consummate and perfect fulfillment of the law. There has been and always will be only one way of salvation.
We affirm the righteousness of Christ is imputed or credited to believers by God’s decree alone, and that this righteousness, imputed to the believer through faith alone, is the only righteousness that justifies.
We affirm God calls his people to display his glory in the reconciliation of the nations within the Church, and that God’s pleasure in this reconciliation is evident in the gathering of believers from every tongue and tribe and people and nation.
We affirm the shape of Christian discipleship is congregational, and that God’s purpose is evident in faithful Gospel congregations, each displaying God’s glory in the marks of authentic, biblical church structure.
We affirm that evangelical congregations are to work together in humble and voluntary cooperation and that the spiritual fellowship of Gospel congregations bears witness to the unity of the Church and the glory of God.
We affirm the Scripture reveals a pattern of complementary order between men and women, and that this order is itself a testimony to the Gospel, even as it is the gift of our Creator and Redeemer. We also affirm that all Christians are called to service within the body of Christ, and that God has given to both men and women important and strategic roles within the home, the church, and the society. We further affirm that the teaching office of the church is assigned only to those men who are called of God in fulfillment of the biblical teachings and that men are to lead in their homes as husbands and fathers who fear and love God.
We affirm that our only sure and confident hope is in the sure and certain promises of God. Thus, our hope is an eternal hope, grounded in our confidence that God will bring all things to consummation in a manner that will bring greatest glory to his own name, greatest preeminence to his Son, and greatest joy for his redeemed people.