The message of the gospel is that Christ has done what is
necessary to bring us into a relationship with God. That means that our
sinfulness does not count against us and it also means that our religious
efforts don't count for us. The good news is that Christ hasn't given us a
philosophy or list of rules to follow, but that He has given us Himself, and
that His life of perfect obedience is credited to all who repent and believe. Then we will seek to obey him out of a
loving response to the gospel.
In the truth and authority of the Scripture
We not only believe that the Scriptures are true, but that
through them God is "at work in those who believe" (I Thess 2:13
[NIV, KJV]). It is also through the Scripture that God changes the hearts of
those unconvinced of the truth of the gospel. Therefore, the Bible isn't just
to be held in high regard, it is to be used in every aspect of life.
In the Church
The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out
alone. The Christian is called to live within a very special community- the
Church. We taste the life of heaven together. We face our struggles together.
But the glory of this distinct community 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. (RUF is a ministry of
the Presbyterian Church in America and adheres to its confessional standards - The Westminster Confession of Faith.)
In Kingdom responsibility
The church is the institution through which God is building
His kingdom and is renewing every aspect of life. Every Christian has a unique
calling and a unique giftedness to serve others in his or her community.
Christians should demonstrate this by serving others and working with
excellence, for God's glory, in all that they do.
That God is at work
Our great confidence is that Jesus said that He would build
His church. Our hope is not in ourselves and our abilities, but in the goodness
and grace of God. We are not called to "get things started", but
rather to recognize and participate in what God is already doing in our city.
That the gospel changes people and places
While the historic message of Christianity is unchanging,
the context of our ministry constantly changes. But in any context, we believe
that the gospel speaks to the whole person, whether religious or irreligious,
and that it can transform any place, bringing the healing and restoration of
Christ's Kingdom. Jesus said, "I am making all things new!"