What We Believe

Clifton Baptist Church exists to...

proclaim Jesus 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).

so that people are transformed

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.

and God is exalted.

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.
Below are some resources that will give you an idea of how we think about church membership, how a church should be organized, what doctrines we think to be essential and important for the church, and more. Click the icon to read more.

Statement of Faith

A statement of faith is simply a written statement of a church’s essential and distinctive beliefs.  Such a statement seeks to articulate in our own words the truths that the church understands to be taught by Scripture and which define the doctrinal commitments we hold in common.

Covenant of Fellowship

Whereas our Statement of Faith states the foundational beliefs we hold in common as a church, our covenant lays out the promises we make to one another in terms of how we will live together as a church.  The covenant seeks to provide accountability for our biblical responsibilities toward one another as fellow members.

Core Values

Clifton's Constitution

You know a person by what he or she values. The same can be said of a church. Here’s what we most value at Clifton.
A constitution puts order to our cooperation together as a church, helping ensure that we make decisions the right way.

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