We are the Reformed University Fellowship chapter at Colorado State. Our national organization website is www.ruf.org.
What We Believe…
We are reformed. This simply means that we believe 1) Jesus is enough to make us right with God and 2) the Bible is enough to show us who God is, who we are, and how we can be made new in him through Jesus. More specifically, “reformed” means that we hold to an historic and Protestant understanding of Christianity. Though many today would claim that truth is relative or unknowable, we believe that Christianity stands upon very clear and specific truth claims. Jesus himself said that we must believe who he claimed to be and hold to his teachings. RUF works to give students opportunities to wrestle with the truth of God’s Word in the Bible and see that the gospel speaks to every area of life with sophistication and relevance. Christianity is not intended merely to make us better people; God’s aim is much higher—he makes us wholly new people from the inside out. We hope that many will come to know the One who is truth — Jesus Christ — and find new life in Him that he eagerly, willingly offers.
We are pro-university and deeply supportive of its mission. Jesus said, “I am making all things new!” RUF was born out of a desire to see the church minister to the world without abandoning the campus or becoming lost in it. It is the dream of RUF to be a ministry “for our campus,” not for ourselves. We believe that the gospel can change any person and any place in Christ. Therefore, our leading question is not “what kind of ministry can we be?” but rather “what kind of university can this be?” We long to see the entirety of CSU (the people and institutions) transformed by the power and beauty of the presence of Christ. Then, and only then, will the intellectual, relational, cultural, and spiritual life of this place truly thrive.
We are others-oriented. The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone. Christians are called to live within a very special community — the Church. We taste the life of heaven together. We face our struggles together. We sharpen each other and remind one another of reality. This deep fellowship is rooted in the new life given to us by Christ. RUF is committed to building up and inviting people into this unique and loving community. But we know that the glory of the Church is not her people. Her glory is her Redeemer, Christ the Lord! Because Christ loved the Church, and gave himself up for her, we are then delighted to gather under her care. That is where God is at work, gathering His people, and strengthening them for work in His kingdom. As such, at RUF we do not simply want to invite others to our ministry, we want to invite you into our lives and the body of Christ.
Above all, RUF is striving for this: “The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.” -Tim Keller, The Reason for God