Veritas is a church – a local gathering of people committed to Christ and to one another. As followers of Jesus Christ we long to see a world filled with people who love Him and one another. We pray that God changes us as a church, making us a people who know Him, trust Him, obey Him, enjoy Him, and proclaim Him to the ends of the earth to the praise of His glory.
Introduction to Veritas
What is a Christian?
Simply put, a Christian is a follower (or “disciple”) of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we follow Jesus because He is the one who loved us and gave himself for us (this is the good news of The Gospel). As the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:20:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What Does it Mean to Follow Christ – to Live by Faith in the Son of God? A Christian is one who knows God, trusts Him, treasures Him, obeys Him, and proclaims Him.
A Christian knows God, and wants to know him more, and is therefore devoted to prayerful communion with God, and right views of Him based in Scripture.
Because a Christian believes what he has come to learn of God, he no longer leans on his own understanding or abilities or resources, but relies fully on God for life and salvation.
Knowing and trusting God produces pure joy in a Christian, and leads to a delight in God above all created things.
Rooted in a deep heart of gratitude, a Christian desires to turn from sin and obey Christ as King.
As well, rooted in a deep heart of gratitude, a Christian desires to see the truth and treasure of God (the “gospel”) spread locally as well as globally.
Based on these characteristics, are you a Christian? Would you like to learn more about Jesus? If you would like to talk to someone about any of this, click here.
What is the Church?
Veritas is a church – a local gathering of people who love and trust Jesus.
The Head of the Church
We have been loved into loving Jesus – We have been chosen, through the election of God the Father. We have been reconciled, through the atonement brought by Jesus Christ. And we have been pursued and won over, by the effectual grace of the Spirit of Christ. This good news is for all people and is called The Gospel.
Our lives are now lived for the sake of Him who saved us, Jesus – our Lord, our Savior, and our greatest Treasure. As followers (or “disciples”) of Jesus Christ, we long to see a world filled with people who love and trust Him. We pray God changes us, as a church, and makes us a people who know Him, believe Him, obey Him, enjoy Him, and proclaim Him to the ends of the earth, to the praise of His glory.
The Fruit of the Church
As a church, we hope to be fruitful – A fruitless tree in the middle of a garden isn’t much good for anyone. The fruit we hope to bear is this: more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. So we pray that the disciples of Jesus Christ in our city will increase, both quantitatively and qualitatively. God forbid we become a community of mere converts to Christianity, who say one thing and do another – who look a lot like Christians, but upon closer examination have Jesus not as Lord, Savior, and Treasure.
So how will we produce this kind of fruit? We won’t. We can’t. Only God can make fruit grow – on a tree or in a church. God is not the responder to our initiatives, and he is not bound to our requests, which is why all the church’s evangelistic innovation sometimes ends to no avail. But…
The reality of God’s monopoly on fruit production does not negate our responsibility as a church. Though God alone is the producer of fruit (more and better disciples of Jesus) he has chosen to employ us in his holy orchard. He has given us jobs to do and rules to follow. And while he does not promise our efforts will end in fruitfulness, he makes clear there will be no fruit without them.
So with glad hearts, we take our Bible in hand, and order and organize ourselves to be a faithful and obedient church, for without which there will be no fruit. And we look to Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, for without Him there will be no fruit – If He doesn’t tell the sun to rise and the waters to fall, springtime will be a disappointment.
The People of the Church
The Church is a people – the community of sinners who, through the death of Jesus Christ, have been reconciled to God. They exist, under the headship of Jesus, to bring glory to God through their trust in, obedience to, treasuring of, and proclamation of Him. The Church is true Christian.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18.
The Local Church
A local church is an identifiable, organized, local expression of the universal Church. Surely it’s more than that, but it’s at least that. And God has declared, by His Spirit, through His Word, that God’s people (THE Church) are to order and organize themselves in a certain way. In the early days of the church (Acts) we see less order. But as the church grew, starting in Acts. 6, the church became increasingly ordered and organized, according to God’s instruction.
These local churches gathered together weekly for formal worship Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:18, and worshipped on a specific day Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2.
These local churches had order and structure to their services 1 Cor. 14:26.
- Each local church had identified leaders, called elders (synonymous with shepherds, overseers, and pastors) 1 Tim. 3:1; Acts 14:23; 1 Pet. 5; Acts. 20.
- Local churches appointed deacons to serve the elders and free them up for prayer and preaching Acts 6:3-4; Phil 1:1.
- Organized collections were taken in local churches and money was used to support ministry as well as those enduring financial hardship 1 Cor. 16:2; 1 Tim. 5:17-18.
- The local church administered the sacrament of communion regularly and formally 1 Cor. 11:33; 34.
The Institutional Church
The local church is an institution – an established, organized society, with a purpose, with rules, with membership, with accountability, with leaders.
Sadly, many have rejected the idea of the church as an institution and prefer the idea of the church as an organism only (with little organization, no formal leadership, no buildings, no formal teaching, no scripturally derived rules, etc.). Often, this departure from the church as an institution is preceded by a painful experience in a local, organized church.
While we don’t want to discount painful experiences, we propose that the problem is not the church as an institution (which we have no right to abandon). The problem is sin within.
God means to preserve the purity (in life and doctrine) of his Church through order and organization. A rejection of the institutional aspects of Christ’s Church is a rejection of God’s means for preserving purity. Today, we often see that a departure from the local church results in a departure from purity.
What is Discipleship?
Veritas church exists to glorify God – by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Above all else, we exist to glorify God. To glorify God means to extol Him, to serve Him, to worship Him – to make His name great. We have been created to make much of God.
A disciple of Jesus Christ is a born-again believer, one who knows God, believes God, obeys God, enjoys God, and proclaims God to the ends of the earth. Through the study of God’s Word, the effectual work of God’s Spirit, and in fellowship with His people, we become effective disciples of God. Discipleship takes place within the church, among God’s people, as we love one another closer to Jesus.
When we use the word “discipleship” we are referring to relationships within the family of God, whereby Christians mature spiritually through the imitation and instruction of others, in the church and in the home. Simply put, a discipleship relationship is two people meeting regularly to encourage one another in Christ.
The Bible says Christians are like trees; they are constantly growing 1 Cor. 3:6; Mat. 7:15-20; Ps. 1; Jeremiah 17:5-8). This growth and maturing of a Christian is called sanctification. 2 Peter 1:8-10; 2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 1:28; 1 Peter 2:2; Philippians 4:9; Hebrews 13:7. While sanctification is God’s work (God makes Christians grow), it is also man’s work and responsibility Philippians 2:12-13. Man is like a farmer, both responsible before God, and dependent upon God.
Christians Mature by Instruction
The Bible calls pastors and parents to instruct those given to their care Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Timothy 6:3; 4:2. It also calls all believers to instruct one another Romans 15:14.
Christians Mature by Imitation
Christians are imitators – first of God, then of each other. We grow by imitating and listening to those more mature 1 Corinthians 11:1; Hebrews 13:7; Philippians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3:10. A growing Christian, at any given time, should find himself on either side of discipleship – not only looking for an example to follow, but also setting an example; not only heeding sound teaching, but also passing sound teaching on.
At Veritas Church, here is where we pray discipleship is happening. It is where God’s Spirit, God’s Word, and God’s people come together:
- On Sundays we gather to hear instruction from God’s Word. 2 Timothy 4:1-3; Acts 20:7
- In community groups we gather to build relationships with one another and serve God together. Hebrews 10:24-25; Colossians 3:16.
- Through various activities and ministries we have more opportunity to build intentional relationships with other Christians.
- Formal discipleship takes place when a Christian builds an intentional relationship with another Christian for the purpose of helping them mature in Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1; Titus 2:3-5
How to Disciple
- Become a committed member of a local church.
- Arrive early at church gatherings and stay late.
- Pray to God for intentional friendships. Look for ways to pray for others throughout the week by yourself and/or with your spouse. Pray with other publicly.
- Make your conversations intentional – looking specifically to asking questions about others, simply that you may know and love them better. Look for ways to have conversations about the gospel.
- Practice hospitality with members of your church, by inviting them over to your home.
- Depending on your home situation, invite the person to drop by your house or spend time with your family. Let them watch you live life.
- If possible, include a line-item in your family budget for weekly time with fellow Christians. Discuss this matter with your spouse. If possible, provide such a budget line for your spouse as well.
- Schedule regular breakfasts, lunches, or some other culturally-acceptable social engagement with teachable individuals (of the same sex). Depending on the person, you may decide to meet once, indefinitely, or for a set number of times (say, five). If you and the individual share a pastime, look for ways to share that pastime together.
- At Veritas, become a church Member - see below for more information.
- If you are looking to be discipled, start watching how older Christians work, rest, raise a family, deal with conflict, evangelize, persevere, serve in the church, or fight against sin – and Imitate them.
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As Christians, we are members of the Church, which is also called “God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19) and the “Body of Christ” (Ephesians 1:22-23). We are, through Scripture, implicitly called to commit and serve in a particular place within God’s household, which takes place in the context of a local church. At Veritas Church, our members are those who have publicly and voluntarily committed and submitted themselves to one another. For more information, see Article VI of the Veritas Church Constitution.
1. GET TO KNOW US
EXPLORE OUR WEBSITE
Our website is intentionally informational, and you’ll learn a lot reading and listening to what you find here.
ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES
We currently worship together every Sunday at 10 am.
ATTEND OUR “WELCOME MEETING”
These meetings are held monthly, right after service, and we promise not to take more than 15 minutes of your time. It’s an opportunity for our leaders to introduce themselves to you and give a brief overview of our church. getting to know one another better.
GET TO KNOW US BETTER
Spend some time getting to know us better. Attend our Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, or attend a nearby Community Group. Dates for these activities can be found on our Event Calendar.
JOIN Faithlife Equip
Faithlife Equip is a communications web site we use to encourage communication and community in our church.
READ OUR FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS (REQUIRED FOR MEMBERSHIP)
- Veritas Church Member Doctrinal Statement
- Veritas Church Constitution
- 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
WATCH OUR “INTRODUCTION TO VERITAS” COURSE (REQUIRED FOR MEMBERSHIP)
Viewing the videos below is required to become a Member, but we believe that anyone who wants to know more about what the Bible teaches on the gospel, the church, church membership, church leadership, and discipleship will find them instructive.
2. MEET WITH A PASTOR
Once a person is ready to make the commitment of church membership, they should contact a pastor to schedule a membership meeting. During the meeting, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, a candidate can expect to discuss church membership as well as their personal testimony of God’s converting work in their life.
3. CONGREGATIONAL AFFIRMATION
At earliest convenience, and if necessary, the pastor will review the applicant’s testimony with the other pastors. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation. At this point, the congregation is given two weeks to consider a membership candidate, pray for them, and express any concerns. Once the two weeks has passed, a person or persons will be formally accepted into affirmed church membership and publicly recognized at the next quarterly meeting of the members.
Viewing the videos below is a required step in the Membership Process, but we believe that anyone who wants to know more about what the Bible teaches on the gospel, the church, church membership, church leadership, and discipleship will find them instructive.