- The Gospel
The gospel is the good news that God, by his sheer grace, has come to rescue and restore us and to renew the world he loves through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. The gospel is the heart of RUF.
- Renewed People
The gospel alone holds the power to truly change our lives. When we rely on Jesus’ work and record (rather than our own) for our relationship with God, God not only forgives us, but lavishes his love and acceptance upon us and gives us a radical new identity. He frees us from the bondage to the things that once drove us, and he enables us to accept people we once excluded – even people who believe radically different things about the world than we do. The gospel is never something we can do without.
God not only renews us individually, but also gathers us into a new kind of community – a new family, which is the church - so that we might learn how to live out the implications of the gospel together. The gospel breaks down economic, social, and racial barriers and enables us to use influence, wealth, and status in non-destructive, life-giving ways. As the gospel transforms our relationships we trust that it will provide a partial - but real - glimpse of God’s kingdom and the future redemption of all of creation.
- The University
As a UGA student organization, we love the university and we appreciate the intrinsic value of our calling as students. We wholeheartedly affirm the many ways in which the university reflects God’s good purposes, but we also recognize that there are aspects of university life and our wider culture in need of God’s transforming love. Our hope is that as the gospel changes us individually and corporately, UGA would be transformed into the very best center of living and learning.
- Equipping Leaders
The gospel provides us with resources for living out our full humanity within the church, culture and our unique vocations. We are committed to helping one another identify, develop, and exercise the unique set of gifts that God has given us with gospel excellence and distinctiveness so that we might be servant leaders in RUF, our families and churches, the academy, business, medicine, government, media, and the arts.
Jesus’ goal is nothing less than the renewal of all things, and he calls us to play an active role in his mission to re-weave the fabric of our world. To that end, we are committed to tangibly expressing God’s loving care for the world by sacrificially serving our friends, classmates, faculty and administration and by seeking wholeness for the poor and justice for the oppressed. As we share the gospel through the words we speak, the deeds we perform, and the community we embody, we enable people to discover the truth about themselves and the larger story of which their lives are a part.