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We believe God has called us to Center our lives on Jesus and we hope to grow more and more in living our lives in light of:
WHAT WE BELIEVE
What we as a community believe, teach, and base our lives upon can best be summed up by The Apostle’s Creed. The earliest written form of this creed is found in a letter written to the bishop of Rome in about AD 341. It’s called The Apostles’ Creed because it includes the essential teaching of the 12 apostles, Jesus’ earliest followers. It was into that faith of the apostles that Christians were, and are, baptized today. The Apostles’ Creed is specific enough to be distinctively Christian, but generous enough to allow us to have a diversity of theological thought among us while living in unity with one another.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
HOW WE RELATE
What if someone is struggling to believe the good news or is struggling to follow the teachings of Jesus? How do we relate to one another in our struggles?
John 1:14 describes Jesus as “full of grace and truth.” We believe the way Jesus related to people was in perfect love, full of grace and truth. He was full of grace, calling people into relationship and full of truth, calling them into their responsibility and identity as a child of God. Whether he was challenging the powerful and prideful or those experiencing deep pain and poverty, Jesus CALLED PEOPLE IN to the transforming love of God, resisting the temptation to manipulate/overpower, avoid, or ignore harmful behaviors.
This is how we desire to relate to one another as we learn to follow Jesus. When we struggle with sin, our identity or anything at all, we call one another in.
After several years of conversation and prayer, a group of three families discerned God’s invitation to move into the International District of Albuquerque in order to be with and for a people and place that is often stigmatized and neglected.
As we began living life in the neighborhood, we began to listen to our neighbors, learn from them and become knit together with their dreams and struggles. In January of 2016, these initial families, and others that sensed God’s call to live in the neighborhood, began a weekly rhythm of life together of worship and mission called New Creation ABQ. Since then, several people have chosen to root themselves with us in the International District. While not everyone in our community sleeps here, we are all committed to “living” in, with, and for the International District.
The International District is the most densely populated area in New Mexico. It is one of the most diverse places in our city. In Highland High School alone there are over 28 different languages spoken. The International District is home to seven Buddhist temples, a Hindu temple, and a diverse variety of other places of worship. 28% of International District residents were born outside the United States. 56% of our neighbors are from Mexico and Latin America, with many others seeking refuge from around the world, including North and South Africa, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and the Middle East.
Though the International District is full of resilience and strength, we also face many challenges, including 49% of our residents living below the poverty line. Our neighborhood is often a place where you begin with nothing or where you end up when you’ve lost everything. Jesus is at work in our midst, cultivating peace, justice and flourishing in the midst of violence, injustice and struggle. We are privileged to live, learn, and work alongside our neighbors as we share life with Jesus and one another.
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