Letter From the Pastors
Good morning Church Family,
Thank-you for your prayers and words of support in this challenging time – where almost everything changes – each and every day. We have personally missed seeing all of you, and look forward to that day when we can all meet together on a regular basis.
Currently, we are meeting Sunday evenings, on the ballfield outside Valley Christian Academy at 301 W Whyte Ave. in Citrus Heights. Please bring your bibles, water, and lawn chairs or blankets.
For those of you who do not feel yet secure enough to return to corporate worship, we are provide weekly sermons and video devotions online – so please take advantage of these resources.
Regarding slowing the spread of COVID-19, we’re content to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines, all of which recommend our church temporarily cease from indoor public meetings. We are actively evaluating the situation and will update you as plans change.
We realize that many of you also participate in regular prayer meetings or Bible studies, and would encourage you to exercise wisdom in how you meet, if at all. Consider the following guidelines issued by various levels of government:
- Placer County Health and Human Services
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- White House Coronavirus Task Force
We realize that this is a difficult time for many of you. Not being able to gather regularly as a church body is in many ways as troubling as COVID-19 health challenges. But keep in mind that this is a rare opportunity to trust God (Ps 121), and love our neighbor (Matt 22:39). In the meantime, to help us stay connected as a church, we encourage you to do the following:
First, take advantage of technology and social media. They can keep us connected in ways that would have been impossible just 20 years ago. Use these means to reach out to one another, encourage one another, and pray for one another.
Second, if you choose to worship by yourself or with your family online on Sundays, download the sermons we post weekly. Listen to them, think about them, and talk to one another about the various implications.
Third, look for regular video devotions that will be posted by your pastors. We hope you’ll find them as a source of direction and strength.
And finally, pray for one another. Spend time each day praying for the members of your church family. Visit the “Veritas Church Members” group on CCB and click on “participants.” There, you will find a list of all our members. Pray for them, for their families, and especially for those among us who may be at a higher risk.
Remember, this is not persecution. The government is not targeting us as Christians. We’re not being asked to cancel our meetings because we are worshippers of God; but rather, because we’re virus-spreading human beings. Thank God for the leaders he has given us. Let’s submit to their guidance, trust God, and love one another in creative and compassionate ways through these turbulent times.
Pastor Greg (and on behalf of the elders of Veritas Church)
Welcome to Veritas Church
Veritas is a church – a local gathering of people who love and trust Jesus. As followers of Jesus Christ, we long to see a world filled with people who love and trust Him. We pray that God changes us as a church, making 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.
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.
The Local Church
Veritas is a church – a local gathering of people who love and trust Jesus.
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.
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.
We choose God because He has opened our eyes to see His beauty. We love Him because He first loved us.Dr. R.C. Sproul
The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.Timothy Keller
The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.C.H. Spurgeon
It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.John Piper
You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.Jonathan Edwards
The Good News
The Gospel = The Good News
The word “gospel” (“evangelion” in Greek, the original language of the New Testament) means “good news.” The Gospel is the Good News of what God has done to reconcile sinners to himself.
What has God done? The Gospel is the Good News that Jesus (God and God’s Son) came, lived, suffered, died, and was raised from the dead, in the place of sinners, so that sinners could be reconciled to God.
This belief is the most important belief in our church. It is how and why we exist. It undergirds everything else we believe. It is the focus of everything we do – our preaching, our teaching, our fellowship, our ministry, everything.