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What do the Christadelphians Believe?

Who are the Christadelphians? Are they new?

The Christadelphians are a small religious body who have deliberately attempted to get back to the faith and character of the early Christian church. We have been in existence for over 100 years. The name “Christadelphian” means “Brother in Christ” or “in brotherhood with Christ”.

Where are Christadelphians found?

We are located throughout the world. Like the early Christians, we meet in homes, rented rooms, and in some cases, our own halls. (Acts 1:13; 2:46; 18:7; 19:9; 28:30).

How are Christadelphians organized?

We are a lay community patterned after first century Christianity. Members of each congregation are addressed as “Brother” and “Sister”, and all have an equal joint responsibility for the welfare of the church. A strong common belief binds our Brotherhood together. (Mt. 23:8-12; Rom. 12:4-6; Rom. 16:1; 1 Cor. 12:4-27; Gal. 3:28)

What kind of life do Christadelphians lead?

God’s way of salvation gives effective direction to our lives. We try to rely fully upon God and develop a faith which is active in prayer and good works. At the same time, however, we recognize that salvation is by grace. (Col. 1:3-11; 1 Pet. 2:1-5; 2 Pet. 1:5-11; James 2:17; 5:16; Eph. 2:5-10)

With God’s help, we seek to please and obey Him every day, striving to imitate Christ who faithfully obeyed his Father and unselfishly gave himself for mankind. (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; Eph. 3:20; Phil. 2:1-5; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 5:1-2)

We therefore endeavor to be enthusiastic in work, loyal in marriage, generous in giving, dedicated in preaching, cheerful in living, and happy in our God. (Eph. 5:5; 6; 2 Cor. 9; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Jn. 16:33; Mt. 5:1-16; Phil. 4:4-7)

What do Christadelphians believe and teach?

We believe that the Bible is God’s only revealed message to mankind, given to bring responsive individuals to the obedience of faith. The Bible is our only authority, and we teach that is should be read prayerfully and with care at every opportunity. (Rom. 16:26; Jn. 17:17; Acts 17:11) Certain key teachings stand out:

God

There is only one eternal, immortal God. Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit is His power. (Isa. 45:5; 1 Tim. 1:17; Eph. 4:6; Lk. 1:35; Acts 1:8; Lk. 24:49)

Man

Man is mortal and a sinner before God. His whole being is prone to sin, and the punishment for sin is death – real death, the end of all life. (Job 4:17; Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mk. 7:21-23; Rom. 6:23; Ecc. 9:1-6; Psa. 146:4)

Jesus

In His love, God sent the man Jesus into the world to save men from their sins. Those who believe on him will not perish, but have everlasting life. (Mt. 1:21; Jn. 3:16)

Hope

The only hope of life after death is the resurrection of the body and everlasting life in God’s Kingdom on earth. (Psa. 49:12-20; 1 Cor. 15:12-50; Rom. 8:23-35; Acts 24:15; Jn. 11:25; Rev. 5:10; 20:4)

Sacrifice of Christ

Jesus was sinless. He died to show the righteousness of God and to redeem those who receive this sacrifice by faith. God raised him from the dead, gave him immortality, granted him all authority in heaven and on earth, and set him as the mediator in heaven between God and man. (Acts 2:23-36; Eph. 1:19-23; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14-16; Rom. 3:21-26)

Return of Christ

Jesus will return to the earth soon. At that time he will raise many of the dead, judge them with the living, and give his faithful followers everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. (Rev. 22:12; Lk. 21:20-32; Jn. 5:28-29; Dan. 12:2; 2 Tim. 4:1; Mt. 25:34)

Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God will be established on earth with Jesus as King. His capital will be Jerusalem, his dominion will be worldwide, and his government will bring righteousness and peace without end. (Dan. 2:44; 7:27; Acts 3:21; Jer. 3:17; Isa. 2:2-4; Psa. 72; Dan. 7:14; Isa. 9:6-9; 11:1-9; 61:1-11)

The Promises

The Gospel is inseparable from the promises which God made to Abraham and David in Old Testament times. These promises find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. (Gal. 3:6-9, 16, 25-29; 2 Pet. 1:2-4; Gen. 14:14-17; 22:15-18; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Lk. 1:31-33)

The Way of Salvation

The way to enter the Kingdom of God is by faith. This involves belief in His Word – the Bible – and obedience to its requirements that men and women confess their sins, repent, be baptized, and follow Jesus faithfully. (Heb. 11:6; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:15; Acts 2:37; Mk. 16:16; Jn. 3:3-5; Mt. 16:24-27)