- Who are the Christadelphians?
The Christadelphians are a company of men and women who fervently believe that the Bible is the word of God and who therefore do not doubt that its message is of vital importance to our eternal well-being. They believe the Bible contains the declared word of God with the earth and with its inhabitants, and implicitly believe, and preach, ths things taught by Jesus and his apostles.
The name 'Christadelphians' was chosen to distinguish them from other religious parties, particularly as the apostles taught that believers should be separated and distinct from other communities (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). The name means 'brethren of Christ', and all adherents have been baptised, submitting to bodily immersion in accordance with apostolic teaching (see Romans 6). They also recognise the need to obey the commandments of Jesus by applying them in every walk of life. Jesus made clear that he recognises those only as his brethren (and sisters) who "do the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 12:50).
Christadelphians acknowledge the need to become Jews inwardly (Romans 2:28, 29), so that they may be reckoned to be "Abraham's seed" (see Galatians 2:27-29). Jesus taught that "salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22), and the apostle Paul leaves us in no doubt that the hope of a true Christian is "the hope of Israel" (see Acts 26:6 and 28:20).
The scriptures clearly demonstrate that the divine plan is centred in the nation of Israel, whom God declares to be his specially chosen people. That is why he often refers to himself in the Bible as "the God of Israel". Therefore, the gospel of salvation was first preached to Abraham, the father of the Jewish race (see Galatians 3:8), and the believer's hope of salvation is inextricably bound up with the Jewish nation.
It is remarkable that the Jewish race has survived throughout the past centuries, especially when their terrible persecutions are taken into consideration. Although they have been scattered all over the world, their recent restoration as a nation in thier own land is evidence that God's purpose will come to fruition. This entails the re-establishment of the kingdom of God in the land of Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital and Jesus as its king.
His righteous rule will bring untold blessings to all who seek to obey the divine laws (see Isaiah 2:1-4). The gospel is a call to men and women to believe and obey God's requirements, so that they may participate in this coming kingdom as kings and priests (see Revelation 5:9,10).
The Christadelphians hold weekly talks on specific Bible subjects, and your presence would be welcomed. A list of these, including details on where and when we meet can be found on our Bible Talks page. We also have a comprehensive library of audio CDs/tapes with recorded addresses on many Bible topics, and a large selection of small booklets outlining the Bible's teaching which are available to you free of charge to assist you in your understanding of God's word. To obtain a copy of any of these, or to ask us any questions or make any comments, please see our contact page.