All of us have beliefs. They inform how we lean into the world, what we do with our time, our money, our decisions, our relationships, our schedules, etc. As Christians, it is important to know what we believe and how that influences our everyday lives. On the college campus, there are a number of competing visions of the 'good life.' RUF's vision of the 'good life' involves resting in the finished work of Christ as we participate in his mission by loving God and others.
Here are a some of RUF's core beliefs as a Christian campus ministry at the U of A.
GOSPEL-CENTEREDChristians believe that God made this world good, but that human beings sinned against God and now things are not the way they are supposed to be. The gospel is God's mission to restore and renew this fallen world - including the college campus - through the work of Jesus Christ. The good news is that God did not give up on us, but sent Jesus into the world to save us and bring us back into a restored relationship with him. This belief informs everything RUF does.
BIBLICALLY-BASEDChristians believe God has revealed to us who he is and how we are to live in relation to him. The Bible tells the story of God's redeeming love for his people, what Jesus Christ has done for them in history, and how we are to respond to his grace. Therefore, RUF believes that the Bible guides us for how we are called to live in light of this overarching story of redemption. So we are going to study the Bible and apply it to our lives.
RENEWED COMMUNITYWhen you meet Jesus, it changes you. The Bible shows us that the result of Christ's life, death, and resurrection is that people like you and me might be restored in our humanity, that we might return to living in this world as originally intended. Christians believe change happens by the power of the Holy Spirit in the context of community. Therefore, RUF is committed to pursuing a renewed community that seeks to love God, love others, and love the U of A, in light of the grace of God for us in Jesus Christ.
SERVICEBeing a Christian means that we are called to serve and bless others - in this life, here and now. Therefore, RUF is committed to acts of service. We hope to not only serve the University but also the poor and needy in our city. Jesus says that true greatness is becoming a humble servant. In participating in acts of service, we are following the example of Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve.