The Landing exists most fundamentally to glorify God through trusting the person and work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In His death, resurrection, and sovereign rule we find our deepest and highest hope. We desire to savor that hope in worship; to strengthen that hope in teaching and community; and to spread that hope in evangelism, discipleship, missions, and acts of merciful kindness. Since a shared hope is a double hope, we desire to invite our neighbors and the nations to join as we hope in Christ!
STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
3. God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
4. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
5. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
7. The Church
We believe in the universal church; a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
8. Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
9. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Conference or a district conference, exists and
functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
12.The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
This church exists by the grace of God, for the glory of God, which shall be the ultimate purpose in all its activities.
This church glorifies God by exalting Jesus Christ through our worship, by loving Jesus Christ through our commitment, and by becoming like Jesus Christ through our service.
Embedded in this worship is,
Making disciples, equipping the saints in Bible instruction and study;
Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching and personal evangelism and other means consistent with the teachings of the Holy Spirit;
Encouraging, supporting and participating in mission work, local, domestic, and international;
Administering the ordinances of baptism and communion
Encouraging Biblical fellowship among believers
Serving other individuals, families and churches by providing for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, in the name of Jesus Christ
Calling fellow churches to biblical faithfulness and purity through instruction and encouragement about the nature of the local church
CHRISTIAN LIVING AND MATTERS OF BIBLICAL ETHICS
The Landing Covenant
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and to confess Him as Lord, and on confession of this faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully covenant with one another as one body in Christ, to lead lives worthy of the Lord and fully pleasing to Him.
By the Holy Spirit’s aid and power:
We promise to work and pray faithfully for the advancement of this church in Biblical knowledge, wisdom and holiness.
We promise to regularly attend worship, participate in the ordinances, and abide by the doctrines of this church.
We promise to walk together in Christian love and continually seek the peace and unity of this church.
We promise to forsake the ways of sin and to walk in the paths of righteousness.
We promise to maintain our relationship with God by faithfully praying and spending time in His Word.
We promise to faithfully apply the principles of God’s Word to our lives.
We promise to be faithful stewards of our time, talents and money according to the measure God has given, so that the work of this local church and its responsibility in fulfilling the Great Commission shall be faithfully and effectively carried out.
We promise to faithfully teach the Bible to our children as we lead them toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We promise to pray for and seek the salvation of family, friends, acquaintances and associates.
We promise to be trustworthy and just in our communication and transactions.
We promise to be exemplary in our behavior, avoiding unkind words and unrighteous anger.
We promise to abstain from those things that would defile our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
We promise to pray for each other and to help each other in sickness and distress.
We promise to be sympathetic in our feelings and speech.
We promise to give and receive admonition with meekness and affection.
We promise to be slow to take offense and always ready for reconciliation, seeking it without delay, as we encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return.
We promise to honor, esteem and love our elders and pastors.
We promise to pray fervently and regularly for them as they exercise their spiritual office and to demonstrate a tender regard for their reputation.