www.God-so-loved-the-world.org

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." 
(John 3:16-18 ESV)

Hosted material

Title index

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/english/

Cover index

pictorial index

 

CBM 22 lesson course   with multiple choice questions (India)

 

God of all Ages                a simple book about God (D. Whitehouse) 

 

Basic Bible teaching       foldouts and course (CBM)

 

New Bible Fingerposts   a revised version of the bookmark series

 

Glad Tidings back issues archive

 

 

 

 

Links

 

christadelphianbooks.org   comprehensive list of books

 

biblequizzes.co.uk               quizzes and games

 

thechristadelphians.org       more books and MP3s

 

dailyreadings.org.uk            notes on Bible readings through the year

 

gladtidingsmagazine.com   a monthly Bible magazine (mirror)   

 

CMPA pamphlets            booklets in English (from UK

 

Printland pamphlets        more booklets in English (from India)

Streaming video

This is Your Bible  

 

Bible Gateway                       a useful Bible verse search tool

 

ESV                                        ESV verse search tool

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Who runs this website?

This website is run on behalf of Hong Kong Christadelphians (please see www.shengjing.org for Chinese booklets and courses) with assistance from Leicester Westleigh Christadelphians (see www.theonetruth.org ). This website aims provides a small supplement to the many bigger and better pages on the web. The emphasis is on simple and straightforward materials that present, as best we are able, the Gospel preached by the Lord Jesus and his disciples. The purpose of these courses, booklets and books is only to aid study of the Bible itself - they are no substitute for regular Bible reading. 

The more recent addition of an archive of out of print, or hard to find, witness material from the 1950s-80s is offered as a resource to Bible teachers and students.

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Who are the Christadelphians?

There are 45,000 Christadelphians in 115 countries worldwide.

The distinctive practice and teaching of Christadelphians, or "Brothers and sisters in Christ" which is all the name means, can be found in the first centuries of the early church, and again at the the time of the Reformation, and we look back to both these periods as examples of how the church should behave and what the church should teach.

In our modern form the Christadelphian movement dates from the 1840s, though we only adopted a denominational name  in 1863, when the Civil War broke out in the US. Registration as a church was necessary to gain exemption from military service as conscientious objectors   (Matthew 5:39, 26:52, John 18:36). However we have tried to avoid the other trappings of churchhood, such as fancy buildings, clergy or hierarchy, a central office, or council. What we do have is a worldwide fellowship where all local congregations are equal and independant, bound together only by a shared faith and hope.

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Our teaching

Although groups with the teaching of the Christadelphians have been found among Protestants since the 1570s, in our current form the name ¡°Christadelphian¡± was taken by congregations registering as conscientious objectors during the American Civil War, and shortly after the name was also adopted by congregations in Britain and Australia.

Firstly, we believe that man is mortal - meaning that death really does mean death, and that the "spirit" which returns to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Psalm 104:29) is nothing more than the same breath God gave when he created man. Please see any good Bible dictionary or concordance. The hope of the Bible is resurrection from the sleep of death when the Lord Jesus returns (1Corinthians 15:20-23). The Bible only comments on heaven going to say that "no man has gone up into heaven" (John 3:13, Acts 2:34, Psalm 6:5, 88:11-12). This is a teaching recognised as Biblical teaching, and early Christian teaching, by many modern and ancient scholars. 

 "The heavens are the LORD's heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down to silence." (Psalm 115:16-17 ESV)

  "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

 "The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up" (1 Samuel 2:6)

Secondly, we believe that Jesus also was mortal, that Jesus also died, just like his ancestors Adam, Abraham, and David died, and that for three days our Lord Jesus was dead, unconscious, in the tomb.

Although the above belief in the mortality of the soul was widely accepted at the time of the Reformation, and this teaching is now the mainstream teaching in Anglican and many other Protestant churches, still today most Protestant churches do not apply this teaching to our Lord Jesus Christ, consequently they do not teach that Jesus was mortal in the same way as other men. In contrast Christadelphians believe that the Bible teaches that because Jesus had never sinned God, his Father, raised Jesus (Hebrews 5:7-8, Acts 2:24,32, 3:15,26, 4:10, 17:31) to become "first born from the dead" (Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5), "the firstfruits of those who sleep" (1Corinthians 15:20), that he might later become "the first born among many brethren" (Romans 8:9). If Jesus was "first" that means Adam, Abraham, David are not in heaven, it also means that his death was as much a reality as theirs. What is more, the Bible says that even after being raised the Son still lives to "his God" (Romans 15:6, John 20:17, 2 Corinthians 11:31):

    "For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God." (Romans 6:10 ESV) 

    "And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power." (1 Corinthians 6:14)

    "For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God." (2 Corinthians 13:4) 

The above Christadelphian teaching on mortality ¨C both the mortality of men, and the mortality of our Lord Jesus - may well be new to many visitors to this website, yet the Bible is full of passages which teach the death of the Lord Jesus as both very real and central to the Good News.

Jesus himself said "I was dead" (Revelation 1:18). Paul said "of first importance you must believe this; that Christ died for our sins" (1Corinthians 15:2-5), and that to be saved we must "believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead" (Romans 10:9). Some people may think that whether Christ really died, or simply appeared to die is an academic detail, or a mystery but Paul says this is important. If we do not recognise the seriousness of what Jesus did for us on the cross, and of what his Father did for us by raising Jesus from the dead, then can we really claim to "know Jesus" in any meaningful sense? Only when this basic fact about Christ is admitted is it possible to start a meaningful, scriptural, relationship with the real Jesus, and through him with his Father: 

    "who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all" (1 Timothy 2:4-6 ESV)

So Christadelphians believe as 1 Timothy 2:4-6, that is one God, and one mediator between men and God, the man Jesus; and we try to offer a clean, uncluttered, simple Gospel message that has the Bible as its root and the Lord Jesus at its heart. If you are interested to hear more, then please get in touch with us. Perhaps we can help you and you can certainly help us.


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Assamese
Bengali / Bangla

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/assamese/
http://christadelphians.in/resources/bengali (+ Bengali archive )

Burmese / Myanmar

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/burmese/

Cambodian / Khmer
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http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/cebuano/

Chinese (simplified script, PRC)
Chinese (traditional script, Taiwan)

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http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/taiwan/

Farsi
Gujarati

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/farsi/
http://christadelphians.in/resources/gujarati (+ Gujarati archive )

Hindi

http://christadelphians.in/resources/hindi/dipak (+ Hindi archive )

Ilocano
Indonesian

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http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/indonesian/

Japanese

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/japanese/

Kannada
Kazakh

http://christadelphians.in/resources/kannada (+ Kannada archive )
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/kazakh/

Korean
Kurdish

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http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/kurdish/

Lao
Malay (see also Indonesian)

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http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/malaysian/

Malayalam

http://christadelphians.in/resources/malayalam (+ Malayalam archive )

Marathi

http://christadelphians.in/resources/marathi (+ Marathi archive )

Mongolian
Oriya

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/mongolian/
http://christadelphians.in/resources/oriya (+ Oriya archive )

Nepali
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Pashto

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/nepali/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/pangasinan/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/pashto/

Punjabi
Sinhala

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/punjabi/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/sinhala/

Tagalog

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/tagalog/

Tamil

http://christadelphians.in/resources/tamil (+ Tamil archive )

Telugu

http://christadelphians.in/resources/telugu (+ Telugu archive )

Thai

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/thai/

Urdu

http://christadelphians.in/resources/urdu (+ Urdu archive )

Vietnamese

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/vietnamese/

 

 

European and Middle East languages

 

Albanian
Armenian
Bosnian

http://www.cbm4yu.com/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/armenian/

http://www.cbm4yu.com/

Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/bulgarian/
http://www.cbm4yu.com/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/czech/

Danish
Dutch
Estonian

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/danish/
http://www.christadelphians.nl
http://www.sinupiibel.com/

Finnish
French

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/finnish/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/french/

Georgian
German

Greek

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/georgian/
http://christadelphians.de/

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/greek/

Hebrew
Hungarian

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/hebrew/
http://www.cbmhu.org/ (+ archive )

Italian
Latvian
Lithuanian

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/italian/
http://www.horleychristadelphians.org

http://www.horleychristadelphians.org

Macedonian
Maltese
Moldovan

http://www.cbm4yu.com/

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/maltese/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/moldovan/

Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese

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http://www.angelfire.com/biz/KRAJ/ (+ archive )
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/portuguese/

Romanian

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Russian
Serbian

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http://www.cbm4yu.com/

Slovak
Slovenian

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http://www.cbm4yu.com/

Spanish
Swedish

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http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/swedish/

Turkish
Ukrainian

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/turkish/
http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/ukrainian/

 

 

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African languages

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/cbm_lit_list.htm

Afrikaans

 

Arabic (South Sudan dialect)

http://cbm-tz.org/content/ ... arabic page

Bemba

http://www.cbm.org.uk/bembalit.htm

Chichewa (Malawi, Mozambique)

http://cbm-tz.org/content/takulandirani-ku-ma-christadelphians-ku-tanzania?language=ny

Lango Luganda

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Malagasy

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Nyakusa

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Oromo (Ethiopia)

http://www.god-so-loved-the-world.org/oromo/

Shona

http://www.cbm.org.uk/shonalit.htm

Swahili (Kenya)

http://cbm-tz.org/content/karibu-wakristadelfiani-wa-tanzania?language=sw

Yoruba

http://www.cbm.org.uk/yorubalit.htm