PEASEDOWN ST. JOHN, CHRISTADELPHIAN CHURCH. Who Are We?
|For over a hundred years a small church has existed in Peasedown where people who read their bibles each day have met to worship and share their love of its message. You may have seen the sign as you have driven through the village! The first church on this site was set up by miners from the nearby collieries. This church is just one of over 315 Christadelphian churches in the UK.|
|WHO ARE THE CHRISTADELPHIANS?|
|When you walk through the door you would find a group of ordinary, everyday people trying to live their lives by the principles taught by Jesus. Worship is kept simple and the teaching of the Bible is their guiding principle. There are no paid ministers and the worship is led by members of the community who believe that Jesus is the long promised Messiah of the Jewish scriptures and that He will return to reign as King. Their understanding of Bible teaching is that of the 1st century church. It is based on the whole Bible, the faith of Israel of old as developed by Jesus and the Apostles. Practice and preaching are important to them, as it is with all Christians. Their desire is for others to find, for themselves, that the Bible is not a book of fables and stories, but God's communication to us - a real message and a real purpose for us in the world in which we live. Far from being simply just a source of intellectual study, the words of Jesus need to be put into practice. The Christadelphian Church is worldwide and the church at Peasedown in addition to its local activities is involved in mission work in Estonia, the Indian Ocean Islands and supports preaching work together with an orphanage and leprosy clinic in India The Christadelphian's meet every Sunday and Tuesday so if you are passing why not pop in and listen, it may just be what you're looking for. Take a look at our Diary Page for more information.|
Who are the Christadelphians?
The Christadelphians are a people united by a belief in the Christian Gospel, not by organizational structure. We have come to know the love of God in Christ through the teaching of the Gospel. We seek, in response, to live in obedience to God, to emulate His love in our lives, and to look fervently for the return of His Son Jesus Christ to this earth and "the restoration of all things" as He has promised.
Where are Christadelphians found?
Christadelphians are located throughout the world. Like the early Christians, we meet in homes, rented rooms, and in some cases, our own buildings.
[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. Every member of each congregation has a responsibility for the welfare of the church according to his/her ability and opportunity. A strong common belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and the One Gospel he proclaimed binds our Brotherhood together.
[Matthew 23:8-12; Romans 12:4-6; 16:1; 1 Corinthians 12:4-27; Galatians 3:28]
|WHAT A CHRISTADELPHIAN MEETING IS LIKE?|
|Christadelphians meet together each Sunday to remember God's work of salvation in Christ Jesus, His Son. Hymns, prayers and words of encouragement from the Bible (called an "exhortation") are a normal part of our service. As you listen to those speaking you will find that we are a Bible-centred church, holding that God's Word alone gives insight into what is right and true. We believe that regular Bible study is necessary to gain this insight, and we encourage all to study the Bible reverently.The focal point of our gathering is the "Breaking of Bread", the simple practice established by Jesus as a remembrance of his sacrifice. This involves sharing bread and wine. Christadelphians practice "membership communion": this is the practice of extending the bread and wine to members only - those who have joined the church through a specific process of understanding, conviction, repentance and obedience in baptism.If you decide to attend, we hope that you will stay and chat with us following services so that we may meet you and answer any questions you may have about Bible study opportunities or one of our adult, young people or children's activities.|