Why We Exist
Sharing the gospel. Growing in community. Serving others.
All things exist and are being worked according to the triune God’s desire, pleasure and plan (Ephesians 1:11), which is the demonstration of His own glory. God creates, calls, rescues, redeems, saves, restores, restrains and grants all to the end that He might be praised. His desire, which He will surely fulfill, is that the knowledge of His glory would cover the earth as the waters do the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). God’s mission is the manifestation of His magnificence. His mission is glory.
The glory of God is the gravity that keeps those who see and savor it from spinning off into the unmarked depth of sin. God’s desire is that He might be known and enjoyed for His nature and character. He seeks to be recognized as supremely valuable, supremely worthy and supremely splendid. God’s glory is sensed when we feel the reality of His presence, goodness, superiority and love.
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
The mission of the church is to glorify him and make disciples through the proclamation and display of the grace of his gospel. God’s mission and the church’s mission cannot be separated. If God’s plan is to bring glory through the redemption of his people, the church must also pursue the glory of God through the redemption of his people.
THE MISSION OF BRIARCLIFF CHURCH
It is with unwavering commitment to the mission of God that Briarcliff Church commits in all things to share the gospel, grow in community and serve others.
What is the gospel?
The gospel is the message of what God has accomplished through Jesus Christ. The gospel message is freedom -- freedom through reconciliation and redemption. We are free in Jesus Christ because of the triune God orchestrating the redemption of a broken creation and fallen creatures. The perfect life, substitutionary death, liberating resurrection and promised return is the reason his church continues and his gospel advances.
How do I grow?
In a sense, growth in becoming more like Jesus is reflected by how familiar, accustomed and dependent we are on what Jesus has done for us. We are made to live in community with one another -- community that constantly reorients each other to Jesus as the source of our joy and the salvation from our sorrow. Relationships we have with one another that are bound in Jesus result in discipleship. A disciple is anyone who God has reconciled to himself, in grace, through Jesus Christ. Being a Christian and being a disciple are inextricable. Discipling relationships are characterized by a desire to glorify God, advance his gospel and deepen our knowledge and love for him.
How can I serve others?
Any action motivated to point others toward the saving and liberating love of Jesus Christ and his gospel is a loving and selfless act. At Briarcliff Church there are consistent opportunities to engage the church, community and world with service and love. But, without the centrality of the gospel, these acts do not bring glory to God or lasting joy to our hearts. It is only when our regenerated hearts partner with other believers as disciples can we act and love in ways that point to the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ.