Good Medicine Way exists to build an intertribal community among the Native American residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding area and give them a place to live out those relationships while growing closer to each other and the Creator Jesus Christ.
The vision of Good Medicine Way is to build authentic relationships to reach all generations and teach Biblical truth in a culturally sensitive way while living out the kingdom of God among the Native American people in Albuquerque as Native American believers in Christ.
The purpose of Good Medicine Way is to provide a place:
- to heal the many wrongs done to Native Americans
- to present the message of Jesus Christ in a contextual way
- to create authentic relationships with the Native American Community
- to welcome believers in Jesus Christ to remain Native
- to give back what was taken: our Native cultural traditions; spiritual expressions, and community life
Our mission is to lead native and non-native people to become followers of Jesus Christ and grow in their relationship with Creator Sets Free (Jesus).
Good Medicine Way Followers of Jesus believe:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Great (Holy) Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22 Psalm 90:2 Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus Christ is co-equal with the Father and Great Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return someday to earth to reign as King.
Matthew 1:22,23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, Hebrews 4:14-15. 1Corinthians 15:3-4, romans 1:3-4. Acts 1:9-11, Colossians 2:9-10, 1Timothy 2:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:14-15
The Great Spirit lives in each Follower of Jesus from the point of their acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives.
The Great Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Great Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides followers of Jesus with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they accept Jesus as Lord of their lives. As Followers of Jesus, we seek to live under the Great Spirit’s control daily.
Acts 1:8, John 14:16-17, 16:7-13, Galatians 5:25, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:2
The Bible is God’s Word to us.
Human authors wrote the Bible under the supernatural guidance of the Great Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for the Followers of Jesus’ beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6, Proverbs 20:5, Isaiah 55:11
People are the supreme object of God’s creation.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.
Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2, Psalm 139:13-16, Colossians 2:13-15
Salvation is God’s gift to us, but we must accept it.
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be freed from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are accepted into God’s family. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, romans 5:1, 5:8, 10:9-10
People will exist eternally with or without God.
Creator created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven is a real place of eternal existence. Separation from God is called hell and exists for those who do not accept Jesus Christ as Lord.
John 3:16, 14:17, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 25:31-34, Matthew 25:41
Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to declare our new life in Christ publicly. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness.”
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20, Acts 2:41, 8:12, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12
In addition to Essential Beliefs, we have liberty in Non-Essential Beliefs:
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master servants stand or fall… So then each of us will give an account of ourselves to God… So whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God.
Romans 14:1, 4,12,22.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” –but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:23