The word "reformed" simply means that we hold to an historic understanding of Christianity that emerged in the 16th century Protestant Reformation in Europe. We believe that Christianity stands upon clear and specific truth claims. Jesus Himself said that we must believe who he claimed to be and hold to his teachings. In RUF, you are given opportunities to wrestle with the truth (through the Bible, God's Word) and to see that the gospel speaks to every area of our lives. Also, we believe that Christianity is not just a moral system. It has a moral system, but that is not all of what it is. Christianity is not intended to make us better people; the gospel makes us new people. It brings new life for those who are dead in sin, and brings hope for the hopeless. We believe that those who come to see that Jesus is the truth will also see that He is life.
RUF exists to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve in every aspect of life. It is the aim of RUF to be a ministry for the Rhodes campus, and not for ourselves. Our intent is to see Rhodes College transformed by the power and beauty of the presence of Christ. God has placed you at Rhodes. Your calling as a student is to glorify God by diligently studying in whatever area He has gifted you, whether it be graphic design, architecture, English, etc. We also encourage you to involve yourself in all that campus life has to offer and serve in Rhodes College community.
Christianity is not something that can be lived out alone. The believer is called to live within a very special community - the church. Because Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, we gather together to worship Christ, to strengthen each other, enjoy life together, and face our struggles together. While RUF is an arm of the church on the campus, it is not a substitute for a local church. We encourage you to involve yourself in RUF as well as worship weekly in a Bible-believing church in Memphis.