For the proclamation of God in Christ.
Why is the proclamation of Christ at the heart of all we do at Clifton? The answer is simple: because it is at the heart of all God’s activity. God has revealed himself in his Word not as a generic impersonal force, but as a triune God with a specific plan to redeem humanity through the person and work of Jesus Christ. For in Christ “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross”(Colossians 1:19-20).
For the transformation of God’s people.
This wonderful passage continues, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (1:21-22). Christianity is not static. It is active and dynamic. God seizes the heart of an unbeliever and transforms him or her into someone who, through faith in Christ, loves God and others.
But even after conversion a person’s character, thoughts, and behavior continue to change. Slowly and consistently a genuine believer is renewed by the hearing of God’s Word (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Our public and personal ministries, therefore, are centered upon the Word of God.
For the exaltation of God in all things.
People being transformed into worshipers of Christ is ultimately for God’s glory (Philippians 1:11, 2:11). The entire plan of redemption is intended to bring maximum glory to the Most High God, who delights in displaying both his mercy and his justice at the cross of Christ.
What this means in real life is that God must be most important in every aspect of daily living. Our jobs, our hobbies, our academic pursuits, our goals, even our relationships, are secondary to God. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Our ultimate goal at Clifton is that God would be glorified in all things.