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RUF Gatherings take place 7pm Fridays across from the Ratty at St. Stephens (114 George Street). Small group Bible studies are 7pm Sundays in Sayles Hall.

In Gatherings, we will hear from The Gospel of Mark. The grace of God is not for mere personal encouragement. If we receive it, we are then motivated to share it. Authentic, self-giving love is the spiritual fruit of saving faith. It is not sufficient to say one has experienced the love of God when one falls short of being an instrument whereby others may experience that same love. The Gospel of Mark is about the gospel breaking into a world desperately in need of rescue which could only be accomplished through the person and work of Jesus Christ. It tells us about the Son of God who came both to die on behalf of sinners and to inaugurate a mission to rescue the world from evil. Join us this year as we explore the life-giving truths of the Gospel of Mark!

In Family Group Bible studies, we will study the book of Exodus. Except for maybe Genesis, the whole of the Bible stands in the shadow of Exodus which can be considered as the gospel of the Old Testament. (One may argue that substantial portions of Genesis are written in anticipation of Exodus.) Through story and teaching, Exodus sets forth the patterns and plans of God to rescue his people, patterns and plans that prefigure the once-and-for-all coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Knowledge of the gospel without a knowledge of Exodus is lacking in key background and in vital information (e.g. history, theology, terminology, and more). God is the one, true and holy God who comes to rescue his people again and again! Prior to the advent and crucifixion of Christ, Exodus is the Bible’s verification that God is holy, just, and good. Join us for Sunday night Family Groups as we explore this foundational and world-changing book!

RUF is a Christian campus ministry serving Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, and other Providence-area schools. We prize the gospel of Jesus Christ and scripture as the very word of God. Our goal is to explore and to grow in Faith, Work, and Leadership. We welcome students from all different backgrounds, both the "convinced" Christian and the "unconvinced" who want to know more about Christianity.

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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

 

The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

thy life in my death,

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty

thy glory in my valley.