What We Believe
Maybe you’ve never heard the word “reformed” or you aren’t quite sure what that means. This page is simply here to help clarify where we are coming from. You might not agree with or understand everything on this page. That’s OK. Please know that our staff would love to answer ANY of your questions you may have. Just ask!
We are Evangelical
To say that we are evangelical means that we take our stand with all those who believe in what is sometimes called the “fundamentals” (or essentials) of the faith: we believe God is Trinity, in the full deity and humanity of Jesus, that Jesus died on the cross as our substitute, and that he physically rose from the dead. We believe that Jesus is coming again in glory and that the Bible is the very Word of God. We joyfully affirm our unity with those from every tradition and denomination who hold to these essentials.
We are Evangelistic
This means that we take seriously the call to preach the Gospel: even though we are far more sinful than we ever thought we are, we are also far more loved than we ever dreamed! The Gospel is the “power of God” (Rom. 1:16-17), so we want to proclaim it and live out its implications. Because we are so sinful that it took nothing less than the blood of God’s dear Son to save us, we don’t see any room in the Christian life for being judgmental or arrogant towards other people. The Gospel gives us all we need to reach out in love to everyone.
We are Reformed
The word “reformed” identifies us with the theological tradition of the Protestant Reformation or “recovery of the Gospel” which took place in the 16th century. Specifically, this theological tradition can be described with the following faith distinctives: 1) the final rule of faith and practice comes from the Bible alone, 2-) God is absolutely sovereign over creation and history, 3-) God elects (or sets his love upon) believers apart from any merit of their own, 4-) believers are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, 5-) sin defiles every part of human beings: our minds, our emotions, and our wills. In other words, we are all by nature “dead in sin”, 6-) Jesus doesn’t just make salvation possible, but his life and death truly and actually saved his people from their sins, & 7-) God is not only the author, but he is also the finisher of our faith. In other words, every true believer is kept by God forever.
We are Reforming
We strongly believe that walking with God (aka “sanctification”) is a process. All Christians who are alive today are “under construction.” As the Holy Spirit continues to refine, repair, and restore us into the image of Jesus over the course of our lifetime, we realize that there will be several bumps along the way. We’re always saints and sinners at the same time. “Success” in the Christian life should not be measured by how little we sin, but by how much we repent. Even in our “best” moments, we fall short of God’s glorious standard.
We are Confessional
This means that we have a written confession of faith which our campus minister, Marc Corbett, and the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) believes to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. They are in no way considered without error like the Bible; yet we believe they do contain carefully worded summaries of the Bible’s teaching. It is important to note that every church and campus ministry has a confession, formal or informal, even though some claim they have “no confession but Christ” or “no creed but the Bible.” As soon as you answer questions like “who is Jesus?” you are stating your confession. Our confession of faith is written down so that you know exactly where we are coming from.
We are Presbyterian
This word refers to our form of government, though you won’t see it much affect RUF meetings or your involvement. Perhaps most of our students are not Presbyterians and you will rarely hear that word used at RUF. However, we want to be clear so you know where we are coming from and that we gladly place ourselves under the accountability and oversight of the PCA church.
We are a Community
RUF seeks to be a rest stop for tired Christians and a safe place for skeptics. We welcome and assume that in all of our meetings and events there are both Christians and non-Christians present. Come as you are. Be honest. Bring your doubts, hurts, shame, and sin- we want everyone to experience God’s rich grace, love, and compassion. RUF is NOT a place where we come to isolate ourselves from those who aren’t believers or aren’t “reformed.” We’re an arm of the church moving towards college students with the love of Christ and equipping them to move toward others in this city.
RUF in Lynchburg desires to be warm, gracious, inviting, open and non- judgmental; yet holding strong convictions that always come directly from the Bible.
It is our absolute and unwavering conviction that to be strong in truth without being gentle in manner is unbiblical. It is also our profound conviction that to be gentle in manner while not adhering to scriptural truth is also unbiblical. We pray that God will help us serve Him in bothgrace and truth for his glory!