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.
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.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5 ESV
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.
And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy--the Son of God. Luke 1:35 ESV
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.