The name ‘Christadelphian’
Christadelphians could have called themselves Christians. But from about 100 A.D. some Christians began to change the original faith of Christ and his apostles. So, as most Christians now don’t have the same beliefs as they do, about 150 years ago Christadelphians chose a different name.
It was said of the followers of Christ, “he is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2 v 11). The name Christadelphian (Greek, like the New Testament original) simply means ‘brothers in Christ’.
Based on the Bible, Christadelphians believe that:
- The Bible is God’s only true message and reveals the true purpose of life
- The one true God really cares about the earth and its preservation
- God has made some promises that tell us about His plans to take over world government and establish one worldwide kingdom on earth, solving all human problems completely and * Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the man appointed by God to be the future king of the world
- Soon Jesus will return visibly to earth to reign from Jerusalem over Jews, Arabs and all nations
- The Gospel is true – that Jesus lived, died and rose again to save us from sin and death and to give us a hope of life forever
- Repentance, belief and baptism by immersion are essential for salvation
- Resurrection of the body at the return of Jesus is the only way of escape from the curse of our mortality
All Christadelphian beliefs are the same as those taught by Jesus Christ and his apostles.
The Christadelphians have no paid ministry, no robes, or elaborate ceremonies. There is no ‘head of the church’ and no legislative council. Their ecclesias (the New Testament word for ‘church’) organise their own affairs, though the pattern is very similar everywhere. Like the ‘elders’ of New Testament times, members are appointed by each ecclesia to manage its affairs and preside at its meetings.
At the weekly meeting for the ‘breaking of bread’, there are hymns, prayers, readings from the Bible, and a short talk (an ‘exhortation’). The bread and wine circulate among all the ‘brothers and sisters’ present. Voluntary collections are taken to meet all the expenses.
Christadelphians hold regular public talks and exhibitions about the Bible and what it teaches, and have produced several public websites to help readers understand the Bible. They also teach children in Sunday Schools and Youth Groups. As a community, Christadelphians try to help and care for each other, with ecclesias in many parts of the world.