Landmark

Baptist Church

4001 East 5th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99508

 

Church: (907) 337-9352

 Pastor: (907) 764-0235

pastor@landmarkak.org

What We Believe

Concerning the scriptures, we believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is the perfect word of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and the truth without any mixture of error for its matter. The holy scriptures reveal the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, is the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We further believe that God has preserved His word in and through the King James Version, and that the scripture are the only rule of faith and practice in the church.

Concerning the true God, we believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. That He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. That in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Concerning the fall of man, we believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

Concerning the way of salvation, we believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the Mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.

Concerning grace in regeneration, we believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.

Concerning repentance and faith, we believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.

Concerning Godís purpose of Grace, we believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance.

Concerning sanctification, we believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means-especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

Concerning the perseverance of saints, we believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Concerning a gospel church, we believe that a true New Testament Church is a local and visible church. That a Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that its only scriptural officers are that of pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. That the church was instituted during the Lordís personal, earthly ministry, and commissioned by the Lord for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission of preaching the gospel to every creature.

Concerning Baptism and the Lordís Supper, we believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son , and Holy Ghost: to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self examination.