As Christians of diverse traditions and backgrounds, we promote unity, not uniformity, acknowledging many members make up one body of believers (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
For simplicity, we unite ourselves under the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
As professing Christians, we first and foremost look to Christ, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1), and through whom God is pleased to reconcile all things to himself (Colossians 1:18-20).
We learn about Christ and his teachings from the Scriptures, and uphold the Bible as God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). We assert that the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12).
We affirm that Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), and that Scripture points to Him (John 5: 39-40), and we view Scriptures through the lens of Christ.
We affirm that God created us male and female in His own image (Genesis 1:27). We uphold the model of one man and one woman in marriage (Genesis 2:18-24).
As members of RUS Academy, we strive to emulate Jesus in everything we say and do, taking to heart his words in Matthew 22:37-39: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
We humbly confirm this statement of faith, acknowledging our faith is a journey, not a destination. We see now in a mirror dimly, only grasping things in part (1 Corinthians 13:12). We lean heavily on the grace of God to fill in the gaps when our words are inadequate, and it is our constant desire and prayer to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 1:15-19).
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)