The purpose of RUF is to build a community on the college campus that helps connect students with the message of the gospel and equips them to love and serve Jesus and his church. As we shape our lives around the gospel we have the opportunity to participate in God’s work of changing lives, healing our world, building community, and renewing our culture. We aim to do this by pursuing the following goals:
Growth in Grace
The way in which we grow in the Christian life is the same way in which we enter it – by receiving Jesus and relying on what he has done for us by his grace. That is why we are devoted to helping one another use the means of grace God has given us to promote our growth in Christ-likeness. We affirm that deep, lasting change occurs by studying the Bible, developing a prayer life, participating in worship, and forming authentic relationships with others.
Evangelism and Missions
We believe the gospel is true, and, therefore, it cannot be kept to ourselves. We are committed to thoughtfully and respectfully communicating the gospel through the words we speak, the deeds we perform, and the community we embody so that we might give others the opportunity to discover the true story of God’s grace. And since the salvation Jesus brings is comprehensive and affects the whole person, we are committed to tangibly expressing God’s care for the world by seeking wholeness for the poor, justice for the oppressed, and restoration for creation.
Fellowship and Service
Jesus not only calls us to follow him as individuals, but also gathers us into a community in which we learn to apply the gospel to every aspect of our lives. In our relationships with one another, we strive to reflect the counter-cultural values of the gospel. As we do, we provide the world around us with a glimpse of who God is and what his coming kingdom entails. In light of the fact that God calls us to himself in order to be a vehicle of blessing to others, we are committed to sacrificially serving others on our campus and in our world.
Biblical World and Life View
Christianity is a way of seeing all of life. Rather than dividing the world into sacred and secular realms, we recognize that every sphere of life belongs to God and provides us with an opportunity to serve him. We aim, therefore, to discern our unique vocations within the world and to pursue them with excellence, distinctiveness, and integrity so that our college as well as our culture might experience the renewal of the gospel.