Core Values

Love

The pure love which we show to God and others. In the Greek, ἀγάπη (agape) love is the Christ commanded us to show to God and our neighbors. It is the ability to show genuine concern and compassion for others. At Veritas Christian School, we strive to instill a sense of love for God, ourselves, and other people. We forgive those who may have wronged or offended us and act with simple kindness toward all, regardless of differences. We serve others with the willingness to bear other people’s burdens and comfort those who need it. We make show love through acts of sacrifice and selflessness and choose to live by I Corinthians 13 principles.

  • We forgive readily and do not hold grudges.
  • “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”
    (Matthew 6:14-15).
  • We do not mock others or point out the shortcomings of others.
  • We recognize that faith without action is empty. We offer our help and love to others on a regular basis.
  • “He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty (Job 6:16)
  • We understand that service is its own reward. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven..” (Matthew 5:12)
  • We give of our time and resources to help those in need. “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (1 John 3:17).
  • We help someone else when it’s not convenient for us.

Truth

Truth, when combined with Christian other virtues, promotes righteousness and integrity. Biblical basis for the virtue and value of truth stems from John 14:6 when Jesus says,Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
New Testament Greek, αλήθεια, alétheia, meaning reality. Truth honors the reality in obligations to others, as well as respecting the rights of and establishing harmony that promotes equality with others. We become more truthful human beings as we strive to live righteously, maintain high morals standards, and trust in those who endeavor to help us. We recognize that the Word of God is absolute, unchangeable, and has full authority. It is not base on opinion or culture.

  • We seek to be in a right relationship with God.
  • We show kindness and courtesy toward others.
  • We express gratitude toward those who have shown us kindness.
  • “In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!” Psalm 45:5
  • We take responsibility for our actions, especially if it’s difficult.
  • We do not cheat.
  • We practice grace and know that sometimes grace means calling out sin and heading toward truth, “For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” John 1:6).
  • “He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart..” Psalm 15:2
  • We believe that our teachers are trying to help us.
  • We honor those who have been placed in positions of authority or guidance.
  • “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart..” 1 Peter 1:22

Faith

Being founded in Biblical example, Faith is employed by Christ to mean practical, rational choice. The Greek, riots or pistis, in the New Testament and in Latin, Fides, means faithfulness. We believe that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We believe that Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). We exercise Faith because, at Veritas Christian School, we believe that the result of being faithful is what moves us toward God and allows us to work His purpose on earth.

  • We believe hearing the Word leads to belief and becomes Faith.
  • We use God’s word as a plumb line for our lives.
  • “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfull with all vour heart. For consider what great things he has done for you” (I Samuel 12:24).
  • We accept corrections and strive to improve.
  • We admit when were wrong.
  • We celebrate others instead of ourselves.
  • “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies” (Psalm 25:10).
  • We commit our lives in obedience to the Word.
  • Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places” (Habakuk 3:17-19).

Wisdom

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:1-3). Wisdom begins with reverence for the Lord, embraces His covenant (Proverbs 14:9), turns from evil (Proverbs 3:7, 4:27, 8:23, 14:16), and learns from God (Proverbs 2:6-11).
Being founded in the words of Solomon, wisdom is the exercise of prudence. Prudence (φρόνησῐς), wisdom, is defined also by Aristotle to mean practical, rational choice. Wisdom/prudence is the ability to discern the appropriate course of action to be taken in a given situation at the appropriate time. When vou’re prudent, vou apply eternal principles into ever- changing circumstances.
Balance between principles and circumstances are important. Prudence also requires us to seek the advice of others, since others may have additional wisdom or experience that we do not. “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8).

  • We pay attention and set our whole focus to each task.
  • We are punctual.
  • Reflect on what we’ve done or experienced.
  • “My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight” (Proverbs 5:1).
  • We redo subpar work.
  • We finish what we start.
  • Pay attention. Set your whole focus on a task without distractions.
  • “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
  • We seek out positive examples to emulate. “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ… “(Philippians 1:27)
  • We strive for excellence. “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent..”
    (Philippians 1:9).
  • Seek the counsel of others, such as teachers, mentors, or others whose knowledge we trust and respect. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out” (Proverbs 18:15).

Self-Discipline

Self discipline is described as displaying both temperance and perseverance. Temperance is the restraint of our desires or passions. Its Greek origin sophrosyne emphasizes soundness of mind and excellence of character. Temperance keeps our desires in check so that they do not overcome us. Ironically, temperance gives us freedom, because it puts our will in charge of our life and allows us to change our behavior flexibly based on what we truly want. Coupled with Perseverance from the Greek term andreia (ἀνδρεία) or our English term fortitude which comes from the Latin fortis meaning strong, brave, and powerful. Perseverance/fortitude gives us the strength to do what our minds and hearts tell us is right according to the word go God. Self-discipline allows us to rise above our natural fears to accomplish what is right and reminds us that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, and love, and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
  • Obey Instructions and honor authority.
  • We take responsibility for our actions and choices.
  • We do what we say we’re going to do and model Hebrews
  • “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined” (Titus 1:7-8).
  • We think before we speak.
  • We complete tasks with excellence.
  • We are aware of our shortcomings and giftings and work to be good and faithful servants and hear “Well done, you good and faithful servant!’ said his master. ‘You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts” (Matthew
    25:23).
  • We make choices based on biblical truths (not feelings and desires).
  • We exercise patience with ourselves and others, even when it’s frustrating.
  • When we’re angry at someone, we pause for 10 seconds and breathe before reacting.
  • We pursue what is good and persevere when things get tough. When needed we change our perspective/ thinking.
  • “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galations 6:9).