"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)
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|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|
|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)|
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|Bible Gateway a useful Bible verse search tool|
|ESV ESV verse search tool|
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.
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.
Although objection to "taking the sword" was the main reason why Christadelphians first formed as a formal denomination, it is our teaching about God, man and Jesus which has kept us excluded from other churches.
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)
An increasing number of churches now recognise the above as original Bible teaching concerning man, but still very few churches today are willing to take this teaching to its logical conclusion and say that the Son of Man, our Lord Jesus Christ, was also mortal. This would mean that our Lord also died, just like his ancestors Adam, Abraham, and David and was dead, unconscious in the tomb. The difference being that because Jesus had never sinned his Father raised him (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)
This may be new to some visitors to this website, yet the Bible is full of references to the death of the Lord Jesus being both very real and central to the Gospel. 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)
We do believe that, 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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