Our Beliefs

CHRISTADELPHIAN BELIEFS

The Christadelphians are a body of believers in Jesus Christ whose faith is based wholly on the Bible. The name ‘Christadelphian’ from two Greek words meaning ’brothers (and sisters) in Christ’ and was adopted in the 1860's.

Our aim is to live by faith in Jesus Christ, according to his teaching and those of his followers from the first century AD.

We believe that those who follow Jesus and his apostles, looking for strength and forgiveness from God, may confidently place their hope in Christ's return to the earth, when he will grant eternal life to his people and establish the long-awaited Kingdom of God here on earth. Continue reading for a full list of our beliefs.

A Statement of the Doctrines forming the Christadelphian Basis of Fellowship

I.—That the only true God is He who was revealed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by angelic visitation and vision, and to Moses at the flaming bush (unconsumed) and at Sinai, and who manifested Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the supreme self-existent Deity, the ONE FATHER, dwelling in unapproachable light, yet everywhere present by His Spirit, which is a unity with His person in heaven. He hath, out of His own underived energy, created heaven and earth, and all that in them is.

II.—That Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God, begotten of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, without the intervention of man, and afterwards anointed with the same spirit, without measure, at his baptism.

III.—That the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth on the earth was necessitated by the position and state into which the human race had been brought by the circumstances connected with the first man.

IV.—That the first man was Adam, whom God created out of the dust of the ground as a living soul, or natural body of life, “very good” in kind and condition, and placed him under a law through which the continuance of life was contingent on obedience.

V.—That Adam broke this law, and was adjudged unworthy of immortality, and sentenced to return to the ground from whence he was taken—a sentence which defiled and became a physical law of his being, and was transmitted to all his posterity.

VI.—That God, in His kindness, conceived a plan of restoration which, without setting aside His just and necessary law of sin and death, should ultimately rescue the race from destruction, and people the earth with sinless immortals.

VII.—That He inaugurated this plan by making promises to Adam, Abraham, and David, which were afterwards elaborated in greater detail through the prophets.

VIII.—That these promises had reference to Jesus Christ, who was to be raised up in the condemned line of Abraham and David, and who, though wearing the condemned nature, was to obtain a title to resurrection by perfect obedience, and, by dying, abrogate the law of condemnation for himself ,and all who should believe and obey him.

IX.—That it was this mission that necessitated the miraculous begettal of Christ of a human mother, enabling him to bear our condemnation, and, at the same time, to be a sinless bearer thereof, and, one who could rise after suffering the death required by the righteousness of God.

X.—That being so begotten of God, and inhabited and used by God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us, God manifest in the flesh—yet was, during his natural life, of like nature with mortal man, being made of a woman, of the house and lineage of David, and therefore a sufferer, in the days of his flesh, from all the effects that came by Adam’s transgression, including the death that passed upon all men, which he shared by partaking of their physical nature.

XI.—That the message he delivered from God to his kinsmen, the Jews, was a call to repentance from every evil work, the assertion of his divine sonship and Jewish kingship; and the proclamation of the glad tidings that God would restore their kingdom through him, and accomplish all things written in the prophets.

XII.—That for delivering this message, he was put to death by the Jews and Romans, who were, however, but instruments in the hands of God, for the doing of that which He had determined before to be done—viz., the condemnation of sin in the flesh, through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all, as a propitiation to declare the righteousness of God, as a basis for the remission of sins. All who approach God through this crucified, but risen, representative of Adam’s disobedient race, are forgiven. Therefore, by a figure, his blood cleanseth from sin.

XIII.—That on the third day, God raised him from the dead, and exalted him to the heavens as priestly mediator between God and man, in the process of gathering from among them a people who should be saved by the belief and obedience of the truth.

XIV.—That he is a priest over his own house only, and does not intercede for the world, or for professors who are abandoned to disobedience. That he makes intercession for his erring brethren, if they confess and forsake their sins.

XV.—That he sent forth apostles to proclaim salvation through him, as the only name given under heaven whereby men may be saved.

XVI.—That the way to obtain this salvation is to believe the gospel they preached, and to take on the name and service of Christ, by being thereupon immersed in water, and continuing patiently in the observance of all things he has commanded, none being recognised as his friends except those who do what he has commanded.

XVII.—That the gospel consists of “the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.”

XVIII.—That the things of the Kingdom of God are the facts testified concerning the Kingdom of God in the writings of the prophets and apostles, and definable as in the next 12 paragraphs.

XIX.—That God will set up a kingdom in the earth, which will overthrow all others, and change them into “the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ”.

XX.—That for this purpose God will send Jesus Christ personally to the earth at the close of the times of the Gentiles.

XXI.—That the kingdom which he will establish will be the kingdom of Israel restored, in the territory it formerly occupied, viz., the land bequeathed for an everlasting possession to Abraham and his seed (the Christ) by covenant.

XXII.—That this restoration of the kingdom again to Israel will involve the ingathering of God’s chosen but scattered nation, the Jews; their reinstatement in the land of their fathers, when it shall have been reclaimed from “the desolation of many generations”; the building again of Jerusalem to become “the throne of the Lord” and the metropolis of the whole earth.

XXIII.—That the governing body of the kingdom so established will be the brethren of Christ, of all generations, developed by resurrection and change, and constituting, with Christ as their head, the collective “seed of Abraham”, in whom all nations will be blessed, and comprising “Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets”, and all in their age of like faithfulness.

XXIV.—That a law will be established, which shall go forth to the nations for their "instruction in righteousness," resulting in the abolition of war to the ends of the earth; and the "filling of the earth with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea."

XXV.—That at the appearing of Christ prior to the establishment of the Kingdom, the responsible (faithful and unfaithful), dead and living—obedient and disobedient—will be summoned before his judgement-seat “to be judged according to their works”; and “receive in body according to what they have done, whether it be good or bad.”

XXVI.—That the unfaithful will be consigned to shame and “the second death”, and the faithful, invested with immortality, and exalted to reign with Jesus as joint heirs of the kingdom, co-possessors of the earth, and joint administrators of God’s authority among men in everything.

XXVII.—That the Kingdom of God, thus constituted, will continue a thousand years, during which sin and death will continue among the earth’s subject inhabitants, though in a much milder degree than now.

XXVIII.—That the mission of the Kingdom will be to subdue all enemies, and finally death itself, by opening up the way of life to the nations, which they will enter by faith, during the thousand years, and (in reality) at their close.

XXIX.—That at the close of the thousand years, there will be a general resurrection and judgement, resulting in the final extinction of the wicked, and the immortalisation of those who shall have established their title (under the grace of God) to eternal life during the thousand years.

XXX.—That the government will then be delivered up by Jesus to the Father, who will manifest Himself as the “All-in-all;” sin and death having been taken out of the way, and the race completely restored to the friendship of the Deity.

ONE GOD - ONE CREATOR

There is only one God, the creator of heaven and earth. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

JESUS CHRIST - THE SON OF GOD

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary by the personal power of God, His Holy Spirit.

JESUS' PERFECTION

Christ was all God’s promises and intentions made flesh. Sharing our nature, he revealed God to us, not in form or feature, but in sublime holiness, absolute righteousness and boundless love, qualities which run through every word, every act of compassion, every part of his life.

THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH

Man is mortal and sinful, in need of salvation and unable to save himself. When man dies, his existence ends until the day of resurrection from the dead.

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR US

God’s desire to save mankind is evident in the gracious promises He made, particularly to Abraham and David. These promises concern God’s plan with mankind, His Kingdom on earth with Christ as King, and the way in which man can share these promises.

SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Jesus’s perfect life, sacrificial death and resurrection to immortality guarantees that man’s twin enemies (sin, sometimes referred to as the devil, and his mortality), have been altogether conquered. Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, but shared every aspect of our nature, but was sinless.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF BELIEF

To be saved we must acknowledge belief in the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.

FULL IMMERSION BAPTISM

We must demonstrate this belief and our need of forgiveness by asking for God’s pardon, and by being baptised by full immersion in water, confessing our sins. We now belong to God and have become an heir of the promises made to Abraham. As such we wait in patience for God’s coming Kingdom.

FOLLOWING JESUS IN LIFE

This new life in Jesus Christ is one of fellowship and service with other believers. Each day we should strive to follow Jesus our Master, living an unselfish life based upon a love for God and for our neighbour. The life of the believer is one of prayerful confidence in God and of quiet, dedicated service.

REMEMBERING JESUS THROUGH BREAD AND WINE

Week by week, by breaking bread and drinking wine, we remember the saving work of God in Christ.

THE RETURN OF JESUS

Jesus will return personally to the earth to bring peace and righteousness and to establish God’s Kingdom with Jerusalem at its centre. The regathered nation of Israel is God’s witness that this will come to pass.

THE JUDGEMENT SEAT

Death is not final for the servants of God. They sleep in peace knowing nothing, until they are raised to judgement by their returning Lord. All responsible men and women will stand before the Lord Jesus to receive their reward: eternal life and endless joy in the Kingdom of God for the faithful; and shameful dismissal and oblivion in death for those who have been unfaithful to the word of God or knowingly have rejected it.

ALLEGIANCE TO JESUS CHRIST

Christ’s disciples give their allegiance to him and him alone. They live as citizens of his Kingdom, waiting for his return. They obey all human laws, except when they conflict with God’s commands.