What do Christadelphians believe? We base all of our beliefs on Bible teachings, often called “doctrines”. These doctrines are the same as those believed and taught by the first century disciples immediately after Jesus ascended into heaven.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of Bible teachings. It sets out only the basic points. We strongly recommend that you read the Bible for yourself, and see if you reach the same conclusions as we do.
Roll your mouse over each statement to find out where in the Bible it comes from.
There is one God, the Father, who created and continues to sustain the entire universe. He dwells in heaven and is immortal, invisible and all powerful.
“Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one”
See Also: Gen 1:1, 1 Tim 1:17, Is 40:13-
In the past, God made a series of promises to Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. It is around these promises that His plan for the Earth is based.
“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
See Also: Gen 12:1-
The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is God’s only message to mankind and all of it is relevant to us. It contains guidance on how we should live and how we can be a part of God’s purpose.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
See Also: Heb 1:1-
Jesus shared our human nature and was tempted to do wrong just like us, yet he never sinned. This made his sacrifice and his victory over sin and death meaningful.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”
See Also: Is 53:9, 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 2:22
Baptism is the act of being fully immersed in water as an outward sign of repentance. It is a symbolic association with Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is open to all, and by it our sins can be forgiven.
“…as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”
See Also: John 3:3-
Sin is the act of breaking God’s commandments. It estranges us from God. The Bible teaches that death is the punishment for sin. All have sinned, and so everyone dies.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
See Also: Rom 6:23, Ezek 18:4, Eph 2:12
One day Jesus will return to the Earth to raise the dead, judge the world and set up the Kingdom of God. The faithful will be given everlasting life, but the unfaithful will die once again.
“[God] has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead”
See Also: Dan 12:1-
God is merciful and gracious, but also just and righteous. He has a plan and purpose for the Earth, which is to fill it with people who know Him, honour Him, and share His character.
“…The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty…”
See Also: Psa 86:15, Is 45:18, Hab 2:14
The Holy Spirit is God’s power. By it He created the heavens and the earth, maintains all life, and caused the Bible to be written.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
See Also: Gen 1:2, Matt 1:18, Job 34:14-
Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is currently in heaven at the right hand of God, acting as our high priest and mediator, but will one day return to the Earth as King over God’s Kingdom.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”
See Also: Acts 1:9-
Jesus’ entire life was dedicated to God, and he died to save us. Association with Jesus sacrifice is the only way in which we can be saved from sin and death. This is achieved through baptism.
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief”
See Also: Mark 16:16, Acts 4:12
After baptism, we must continue to follow Jesus’ example daily. We will often fail, but by God’s grace he can forgive us and count our faith as righteousness.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
See Also: 1 Pet 2:21, 1 John 1:9, Luke 9:23
Death is a state of complete unconsciousness. Once you die, you cease to exist. Because sin leads to death, our only hope for life after death is that God will forgive us and grant us immortality in His Kingdom.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
See Also: Psalm 49, Ecclesiastes 9
The Kingdom of God will last forever, and will replace all other kingdoms. It will fill the whole Earth, with Jerusalem as its capital. It will be a perfect time of everlasting righteousness, where all of today’s problems will disappear forever.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away”
See Also: Dan 2:44, Isaiah 2, Isaiah 35, Psalm 72