Creativity- Exodus 31:1-6 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him.” God gave the gift of creativity to Bezalel and Oholiab. God gives humanity, created in his image, the gift of creativity. We value the gift of creativity within the Veritas community. Whether it is art, music, photography, writing, video, or story telling, we believe these all point to our creative God who has put his image in us.
Participation- 1st Corinthians 14:26 says, “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?( When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.” The early church was a place where everyone played a part. There was no passive spectators or consumers. Everyone was an essential part of the community. Most of the time today, worship gatherings tend to breed passive spectators or consumers. We desire that our community will be active participants in our gatherings, adding their insights, wisdom, knowledge, and gifts.
Community- Genesis 2:18 says, “ The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” From the very beginning God designed humanity to be in relationship with each other. We are not designed to do life alone. We need each other. We desire that our community would actually be a community that does life together, not just once a week, but several times throughout the week.
Safe Place to Seek Truth- 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” Our community desires to give space and time for sojourners to come and safely explore what it means to follow Jesus. We want to be a community that oozes grace, love, acceptance, and compassion for all people no matter where they are in their faith journey.
Mission- John 20:21 says, “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Jesus, in this text, is commissioning his disciples and all those who would follow him to be sent into the world as his hands and feet. We are full time missionaries dressed like stay-at-home parents, teachers, pastors, educators, college students, etc.. God has called us on a mission to be a blessing in the world and to work, with him, for the renewal of all things.
Discipleship in the way of Jesus- Luke 9:23 says, “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Also Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Jesus calls us to follow Him, be a disciple that seeks to make other disciples. and live out the Kingdom in this world. All that we do at Veritas is to disciple each other in the way of Jesus.
Peace- Jeremiah 29:7 says, “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” God through the prophet Jeremiah calls his people to seek Shalom (the Hebrew word for peace which means wholeness, completeness, or the ways things should be) for themselves, for others, and for the entire world. As followers of Jesus, he calls us to be about the work of Shalom.
Service- In Matthew 25:31-46 we read the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. God rewards the sheep for feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned and serving the least of these. The goats are punished for not serving the least of these. We, as followers of Jesus, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to serve our community, so that the community begins to look more and more like heaven touching down on earth.