Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is an Evangelical Christian campus ministry serving Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, and other Providence area schools. We prize scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to explore and to grow in Faith, Work, and Leadership. We welcome students from all different backgrounds!

 
 

This Spring:

The Ten Commandments

 

How should someone make sense of the Ten Commandments (Exo. 20:1-21; Deu. 5:1-27) all the laws in the Bible? What do they mean for a person and his or her friends on campus? How do you follow them? If love is unconditional, why are there so many conditions in the Bible? Put the Ten Commandments together with the Lord's Prayer, and you have two of the most central teachings of the Bible and Christianity. No Christian should go without them. No one exploring Christianity should investigate its claims without considering them. That's why we are spending the whole year looking at both. We worked through the Lord's Prayer last Fall. This Spring, we will wrap up the Lord's Prayer in the first few weeks of the Spring and spend the rest of the semester looking at the Ten Commandments in RUF large group gatherings, Friday nights 7pm!

 
 

next year:

The Bible in a Nutshell!

 

How can I know the Bible more? Is the Bible true and truly the word of God? Why is it so important? These are key questions for all of us to consider, whether you are a Christian or a skeptic!

In RUF, we believe the Bible to be clear enough for the simplest of minds and deep enough to occupy the smartest of geniuses. That means a variety of things. You don't need a Ph.D. You don't need to have the right education. You don't need the right upbringing or else you're up a creek without a paddle. The word of God is indiscriminate and no respecter of age, race, gender, class, or status. It stands on its own so much so that it is able to be plainly understood by the simple and the wise, the rich and the poor, the young and the old alike. Consider what the the Westminster Confession of Faith 1.7 has to say.

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all (cf. 1 Pet. 3:16): yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them (cf. Psa. 119:105).

Thank, God, we don't need to be "all that" to know him and his word deeply! Thank, God, the love, mercy and grace in his gospel are alone sufficient for our salvation!

Consider Psalm 119:130,

The unfolding of your words gives light;
        it imparts understanding to the simple.

Or again Deuteronomy 30:11-14,

11 For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, "Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?" 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, "Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?" 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

Words to live by! In fact, the only words worth living by. Therefore for the academic year 2015-2016, we are going to hear from scripture (as we do every year!), and we're going to take a look at it in a nutshell to get a handle on the broad themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Now yes, in one sense, this is impossible. In another sense, it is very important to make sure we have a grasp of the whole breadth of the Bible, rather than just lifting one piece after another and never get a sense of the over-arching story. And so for roughly the Fall semester, we will look at "The Old Testament In A Nutshell," and "The New Testament In A Nutshell" in the Spring.

We're going to do this because the Bible, more than a random collection of wise lessons for life, conveys a coherent, consistent, and potent story that point to the good news of God in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. We're going to do this, because scripture and the gospel are a delight to the soul (Psa. 119:103). We're going to do this, because we believe the whole Bible is available to the whole person--everyone, every day, every moment of their lives with all its profundity, potency, simplicity and clarity. Oh that everyone would come by faith alone in Jesus alone.

 
 

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“When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow.”

Maya Angelou