The Christadelphians – who we are
Who we are
We are individuals. We are friends and family. We are grandfathers and grandmothers, aunts and uncles. We are young families with small children. We are single people. Together we make up the body of Christ. From all different walks of life, we are bound by a common belief that Jesus is coming back to set up Gods Kingdom on this earth bringing peace to a world full of trouble.
How we live
We believe that the Bible gives us effective direction in our lives and with God’s help, we try to please and obey Him every day, striving to imitate Jesus Christ who faithfully obeyed his Father perfectly. Therefore, we endeavour to be enthusiastic in work, loyal in marriage, generous in giving, compassionate to others, dedicated in sharing our hope and happy in our God.
The name ‘Christadelphian’ simply means brethren in Christ and is taken from Colossians chapter 1 verse 2 which reads, ‘To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ As the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language, the word for Christ is ‘Christos’ and the word for brethren is ‘adelphos’, so when you put the two together it forms the word Christadelphian.
We commonly refer to our members collectively as an ‘ecclesia’. This is the New Testament Greek word usually translated as ‘church’ in our English Bibles. Over the years, a church has come to refer more to a building rather than the people. Since the building in which we meet has no relevance to our salvation (Acts 7:48-50), we call ourselves an ‘ecclesia’, that is, a people called out to serve God. As the Bible states in Ephesians 2:18-22, God’s building is His people.