The start of the 2010 fall semester marked the beginning of RUF at Christopher Newport University. RUF seeks to minister to CNU students by giving a heart-felt witness to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to cultivate mature relationships among students that manifest themselves in a love for others, a heart for service, and a deep intimacy with the Living God. We hope to see the Kingdom of God advance beyond the CNU campus by being a loving witness and a helping neighbor for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We long to see hearts changed by the Gospel of grace and to see students live lives of significance during and after college. We invite you to be a part of God's work in, with, and through the ministry of RUF at CNU.
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Although we are sent to the campus by the PCA, we welcome students from any and all walks of life. We are here for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced." Present on over a hundred campuses in the United States, RUF brings to CNU a heart for God and a love for the university campus. As a ministry of the PCA, we reflect the historic positions of the Church, including: the full authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of the Bible; the necessity of new life in Christ; and the task of the Church to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations and to equip believers for the work of ministry.
Being “reformed” simply 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. Our ministry 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. Christianity is not intended simply to make us “better” people; the Gospel makes us new people. We hope that many will come to know the One who is truth -- Jesus Christ -- and find new life in Him.
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. The university is a unique element of our society, and we must not neglect 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 CNU (her people and institutions) transformed by the power and beauty of the presence of Christ.
The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone, for Christians are called to live within a very special community -- the Church. We taste the life of heaven together. We face our struggles together. 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, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because Christ loved the Church, and gave himself up for her, we are then delighted to gather under the care of the church. That is where God is at work, gathering His people, and strengthening them for work in His kingdom.