Christadelphians could have called themselves Christians. But from about 100 A.D. some Christians began to change the original faith of Christ and his apostles. So, as most Christians now don’t have the same beliefs as they do, about 150 years ago Christadelphians chose a different name.

It was said of the followers of Christ, “he is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2 v 11). The name Christadelphian (Greek, like the New Testament original) simply means ‘brothers in Christ’.

Christadelphian beliefs

Based on the Bible, Christadelphians believe that:

  • The Bible is God’s only true message and reveals the true purpose of life
  • The one true God really cares about the earth and its preservation
  • God has made some promises that tell us about His plans to take over world government and establish one worldwide kingdom on earth, solving all human problems completely and forever
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the man appointed by God to be the future king of the world
  • Soon Jesus will return visibly to earth to reign from Jerusalem over Jews, Arabs and all nations
  • The Gospel is true – that Jesus lived, died and rose again to save us from sin and death and to give us a hope of life forever
  • Repentance, belief and baptism by immersion are essential for salvation
  • Resurrection of the body at the return of Jesus is the only way of escape from the curse of our mortality

All Christadelphian beliefs are the same as those taught by Jesus Christ and his apostles.

Christadelphian practices

The Christadelphians have no paid ministry, no robes, or elaborate ceremonies. There is no ‘head of the church’ and no legislative council. Their ecclesias (the New Testament word for ‘church’) organise their own affairs, though the pattern is very similar everywhere. Like the ‘elders’ of New Testament times, members are appointed by each ecclesia to manage its affairs and preside at its meetings.

At the weekly meeting for the ‘breaking of bread’, there are hymns, prayers, readings from the Bible, and a short talk (an ‘exhortation’). The bread and wine circulate among all the ‘brothers and sisters’ present. Voluntary collections are taken to meet all the expenses.

Christadelphians hold regular public talks and exhibitions about the Bible and what it teaches. They also teach children in Sunday Schools and Youth Groups. As a community, Christadelphians try to help and care for each other, with ecclesias in many parts of the world.

Christadelphians world-wide

There are Christadelphians in many parts of the world, sharing the same core beliefs and practices (listed above). However, the world-wide Christadelphian community is made up of a number of separate ‘fellowships’ and there are differences between these fellowships on other important matters, such as personal life-style.

The Banstead Ecclesia, which sponsors this site, is part of the Dawn Christadelphian fellowship and welcomes enquiries regarding the differences between ‘Dawn’ and other Christadelphian fellowships.