About the Christadelphians
The Christadelphians are a body of believers in Jesus Christ whose faith is based wholly on the Bible. The name ‘Christadelphian’ from two Greek words meaning ’brothers (and sisters) in Christ’ and was adopted in the 1860's.
Our aim is to live by faith in Jesus Christ, according to his teaching and those of his followers from the first century AD.
We believe that those who follow Jesus and his apostles, looking for strength and forgiveness from God, may confidently place their hope in Christ's return to the earth, when he will grant eternal life to his people and establish the long-awaited Kingdom of God here on earth.
Fundamental to our faith is the principle that what Christ and his apostles taught in the first century was truth, and it is still the truth today. The Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are our sole authority.
There is no paid ministry, nor any “head of the church”. Members contribute their time and energy voluntarily in service to God. Each ecclesia (the New Testament word for ‘church’) organises their own affairs, though the pattern is similar everywhere. Members are appointed to manage the affairs of the ecclesia and to preside at its meetings.
The Christadelphian movement was founded by John Thomas in the USA in 1848. Thomas was a doctor who was born in London but emigrated to the USA in 1832. He was shipwrecked on his way to America, and while he was in danger he realised that he knew little about what would happen to him after his death. So he decided that if he survived he would devote himself to studying the Bible.
Although the Christadelphian movement originated through the activities of John Thomas, he never saw himself as setting up disciples and today Christadelphians see him as being a pioneer, but nothing more. He believed he had rediscovered 1st-century beliefs and encouraged others to read the Bible for themselves. Christadelphians became a recognised movement and took their name during the American Civil War. At that time, church affiliation was required to register for conscientious-objector status, and in 1865 Thomas chose, for registration purposes, the name Christadelphian. The name comes from the Greek in the New Testament and means “Brethren (and sisters) in Christ”.
The first UK ecclesias were formed when John Thomas carried out a lecture tour between 1848 and 1850.