To be family
Jesus radically redefined family by saying, "for whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother" (Matthew 12:50). The disciples of Jesus and the early church lived life fully together. The Greek work Oikos can be explained as an extended relational network or family. Humans were never intended to be alone. We desire Veritas to be filled with people who share their lives beyond Sundays and value authentic relationship.
(see Genesis 2:18, Matthew 12:50, Mark 5:19)
We long to follow Jesus both as individuals and collectively as Veritas. Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. He commands us to go and make disciples. What we do as a church is with the intention to disciple each other and to encourage a dedicated pursuit of Jesus. Like in the book of Jeremiah, we desire to "seek God with all our hearts" (Jeremiah 29:13).
(see Mathew 16:24, Matthew 28: 19-20)with honest expression
with honest expression
As we pursue Jesus, we desire to offer a safe place to seek truth for anyone at any point in the faith journey. We welcome questions and uncertainty while we explore what it means to follow Christ. We hope to be a community filled with grace, love, and respect for all sojourners.
In the early church, everyone had a crucial role. We desire Veritas to have active participants who aren’t just there to consume an experience but who respond in our gatherings with their own insights, gifts and creativity.
God created humanity in His image and has given us the capacity for creativity. At Veritas, we hope to support that gift within our community by supporting the expression of painters, photographers, writers, and all creatives. Whatever the artistic venture, the act of creativity points to our creative God.
(see Exodus 31:1-6, 1 Corinthians 14:26, 1 Peter 3:15)
as we follow Jesus into the margins
We are sent into this world to share the love of Christ with those in our life and are all called to bless others and to work for renewal of all things in this world. We are called to serve and to "seek the peace and prosperity of the city" (Jeremiah 29:7).
Jesus lived his life engaging with people in the margins—for Christ it was tax collectors, prostitutes, and the socially unacceptable. At Veritas, we need to continually ask whom we can serve and engage. Who are the thirsty, hungry, and naked, who are the sick and imprisoned in our spheres of influence? Our heart is to be the tangible love of Christ to the least of these. To do that, we need to actively identify and serve those people who are in the margins within our context in Lancaster and beyond. We long to play a role in bringing peace and wholeness to all people.
(see John 21:20, Jeremiah 29:7, Matthew 25:31-46)