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What do Christadelphians believe and teach?

We believe that the Bible is God's only revealed message to mankind, given to bring individuals to a loving, responsive obedience to God and His ways, and to give all men and women hope through the precious promises God has made. The Bible is our only authority, and we believe it should be read prayerfully and with reverence at all times.

[Romans 16:26; Hebrews 11:6; John 17:17; Acts 17:11]

Certain key teachings stand out. We invite you to consider thoughtfully these teachings with your Bible in hand.

God
There is one God. He created and sustains all that we see around us. He alone has immortality and is the source of all life. Apart from Him we have no existence.

{Acts 17: 22-31}

Man
Man, created by God to fulfil His purpose of perfecting His Creation, became a dying creature, as the result of the sin of the first man, Adam. All the offspring of this first man - the whole human race - experience the same powerful desires to follow their own ways rather than obey God, just like their forefather in his disobedience. As such all men become sinners before God. The punishment for sin is death, the end of all existence.

[Romans 5:12-14; 3:23; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; Romans 6:23; Ecclesiastes 9:1-6, 10; Psalm 146:4]

Jesus Christ, His Sacrifice
God, in His love, provided His Son Jesus Christ to save man from perishing. Jesus, descended from Adam through his mother Mary, but with God as his Father, had the same mortal nature as all other humans, combined with an overruling desire to please His Father. He was aware of the same fleshly desires as those he came to save, yet he never sinned against God. He loved his Father so intensely and trusted Him so completely that he willingly submitted to death, even death on the cross, the inevitable result of total obedience to God in a Godless world. By his faithfulness, Jesus overcame and destroyed the power of sin in his own body. Since death is the punishment for sin, God could not allow a sinless man to die, so God raised him from the dead, gave him immortality, and granted him all authority in heaven and earth. He now sits at God's right hand as a faithful Mediator and Saviour for all who would come to God through him.

[Matthew 1:18-21; Galatians 4:3-5; John 3:16; Acts 2:23-36; Ephesians 1:19-23; Hebrews 2:9-18; 4:14-16; 5:5-10; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5]

The Hope
Our hope is of a God who will care for us, guide us and protect us throughout our lives, and of life after death through the resurrection from the dead and the gift of everlasting life in God's Kingdom on earth at Christ’s return.

[Psalm 49:12-20; 1 Corinthians 15:12-50: Romans 8:23-35; Acts 24:15; John 11:25; Revelation 5:10; 20:4]

The Return of Christ
In fulfilment of God’s purpose, Jesus will return to the earth. He will come suddenly and unexpectedly. At that time he will raise the responsible dead, judge them with the living, and give his faithful followers everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

[Acts 1:11; Revelation 22:12; Luke 21:20-32; John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Timothy 4:1; Matthew 25:31-46]

The 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. His government will bring righteousness and peace to the world.

[Daniel 2:44; 7:27; Acts 3:21; Jeremiah 3:17; Isaiah 2:2-4; Psalm 72; Daniel 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-9; 11:1-9; 61:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15: 24-28]

The Promises of God
The Gospel is the development and outworking of the promises which God made to faithful men from the earliest times, particularly to Abraham, David and His faithful prophets.These promises find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ.

[Galatians 3:6-9, 16, 25-29; 2 Peter 1:2-4 Genesis 13:14-17; 22:15-18; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Luke 1:31-33]

The Way of Salvation
The way to enter the Kingdom of God is by faith in what God has promised and the one through whom God will fulfil His promises, Jesus Christ. This involves understanding and believing God's Word - the Bible - and obedience to its requirements: that men and women confess their sins, repent, and be baptized, and follow Jesus faithfully.

[Hebrews 11:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15; Acts 2:37; Mark 16:16; John 3:3-5; Matthew 16:24-27]


 

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