Frequently Asked Questions

What Does The Name Christadelphian Mean?
The name Christadelphian is derived from a combination of two greek words and means Christ's brethren or Brethren in Christ. It has been used to distinguish the community for over 120 years.

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Where Are Christadelphians Found?
We are located throughout the world. Like the early Christians, we meet in homes, rented rooms, and in some cases, our own halls. (Acts 1:13; 2:46; 18:7; 19:9; 28:30)
How Are Christadelphians Organized?
We are a lay community patterned after first century Christianity. Members of each congregation are addressed as "Brother" and "Sister", and all have an equal joint responsibility for the welfare of the church. A strong common belief binds our Brotherhood together. (Mt. 23:8-12; Rom. 12:4-6; Rom. 16:1; Gal. 3:28)
What Kind Of Life Do Christadelphians Lead?
God's Way of Salvation gives effective direction to our lives. We try to rely fully upon God and develop a faith which is active in prayer and good works. At the same time, however, we recognize that salvation is by grace. (1 Pet. 2:1-5; 2 Pet. 1:5-11; Jas. 2:17; 5:16; Eph 2:5-10)

With God's help, we seek to please and obey Him every day, striving to imitate Christ who faithfully obeyed his Father and unselfishly gave himself for mankind. (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; Eph. 3:20; Phil. 2:1- 5; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 5:1-2)

We therefore endeavor to be enthusiastic in work, loyal in marriage, generous in giving, dedicated in preaching, cheerful in living, and happy in our God. (Eph. 6:6-8; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Jn. 16:33; Phil. 4:4-7)

  • Acts 1:13 (NIV) When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
  • Acts 2:46 (NIV) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
  • Acts 18:7 (NIV) Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.
  • Acts 19:9 (NIV) But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
  • Acts 28:30 (NIV) For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.

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  • Matt 23:8 (NKJV) "But you, do not be called `Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 "And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
  • Rom 12:4 (ASV) For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office: 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another. 6 And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of our faith;
  • Rom 16:1 (NKJV) I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea,
  • Gal 3:28 (NKJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

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  • 1 Pet 2:1 (NIV) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Pet 1:5 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • James 2:17 (NIV) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
  • James 5:16 (NIV) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
  • Eph 2:5 (NIV) made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. BACK

  • Phil 2:13 (NIV) for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
  • Phil 4:13 (KJS) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
  • Eph 3:20 (KJS) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
  • Phil 2:1 (NIV) If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
  • Rom 12:1 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which] [is] your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  • Eph 5:1 (NKJV) Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. BACK

  • Eph 6:6 (NIV) Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
  • 2 Tim 4:1 (NIV) In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hea r. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
  • John 16:33 (NIV) "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
  • Phil 4:4 (NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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A Detailed explanation of name Christadelphian

In order to register as conscientious objectors in the American Civil War, early members of our movement were asked to take an identifying name. Both the English expression "Brethren in Christ" (taken from Colossians 1:2) and the one-word equivalent "Christadelphian" were chosen. The name "Christadelphian" is formed from three Greek roots Christos (Christ), adelphoi (brethren) and the ending -ianos. As such, the name can be compared to "Christian" (one belonging to Christ) and "Philadelphia" (city of brotherly love). Both the names "Christadelphian" and "Brethren in Christ" are used in our community around the world, with the "Christadelphian" being more common.

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