We base all of our beliefs on Bible teachings, often called “doctrines”. These doctrines are the same as those believed and taught by the first century disciples immediately after Jesus ascended into heaven.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of Bible teachings; it sets out only the basic points. We strongly recommend that you spend some time reading the Bible and confirming these for yourself.
Click on each question to find out the answer and where in the Bible it comes from.
There is one God, the Father, who created and continues to sustain the entire universe. He dwells in heaven and is immortal, all powerful and knows everything. He is perfect and never changes. Therefore he can never do anything wrong and always keeps his promises.
“Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one” Deuteronomy 6:4
See also: Gen 1:1, 1 Tim 1:17, Isa 40:13-25, Isa 43:10-12, Isa 46:9-10, Job 38-40
God is loving and forgiving, but also fair and righteous. This means he is willing to pardon people who have disobeyed Him, but only if they are sorry for what they have done and turn to Him. He is patient, kind and faithful to those who choose to follow Him.
“…The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty…” Exodus 34:6-7
See also: Psa 86:15, Isa 45:18, Hab 2:14
In the past, God made a series of promises to Adam and Eve, Abraham and David, around which His plan for the Earth is based. These spoke of a saviour, Jesus Christ, who would bring people the hope of living forever in a future Kingdom on the Earth.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” Genesis 3:15
See also: Gen 12:1-3, Gen 22:16-17, 2 Sam 7:8-16
The Holy Spirit is God’s power. God used it to create the world and all life upon it. It was also used to cause the Bible to be written, a process known as “inspiration”. The Bible describes how God granted some of his followers use of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles, but these gifts aren’t available today.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11
See also: Gen 1:2, Matt 1:18, Job 34:14-15
The Bible is God’s only message to man. It contains guidance on how God wants us to live and explains how we can have a relationship with Him. Christadelphians believe that the entire Bible is important and try to read through it at least once each year.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
See also: Heb 1:1-2, Isa 66:2, 1 Cor 2:13
Jesus Christ is God’s only son. He is a man who was born miraculously by God’s power. He spent his life telling people about God’s ways and plan for the world. His life was recorded in the four Gospels in the Bible and culminated in his death on the cross, before he was raised to life again by God.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5
See also: Acts 1:9-11, John 3:16-17
Jesus shared our human nature and was tempted to do wrong just like us, yet he never sinned. This made his sacrifice, and his victory over sin and death, meaningful. After God raised him from the dead, he made Jesus immortal and unable to be tempted to sin. God also plans to change the inhabitants of his Kingdom in the same way.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15
See also: Isa 53:9, 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 2:22
Jesus dedicated his entire life to God and was obedient to everything that God asked of him. He died to provide us with a way of reconciliation to God and to save us from the prospect of eternal death. Association with Jesus’ sacrifice, through baptism, is the only way we can be saved from sin and death.
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” 1 Timothy 1:15
See also: Mark 16:16, Acts 4:12
Baptism is the act of being fully immersed in water as an outward sign of repentance.
It is a symbolic association with Jesus’ death and resurrection. Anyone can be baptised, as long as they have a basic understanding of the Bible message and truly want God’s forgiveness.
“…as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” Romans 6:3-4
See also: John 3:3-5, Acts 2:38
After baptism, God wants us to continue to try to follow the example that Jesus set for us for the rest of our lives. He knows we will often fail to live up to this standard, but he can forgive us and blot out our sins from His memory, as if they never happened.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2
See also: 1 Pet 2:21, 1 John 1:9, Luke 9:23
Sin is the act of disobeying God and breaking His commandments. It creates a barrier between us and God. The Bible teaches that sin, and consequently death, entered the world through Adam; as we are all descendants of Adam (and sinners like him), we are all therefore mortal and die.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
See also: Rom 6:23, Eze 18:4, Eph 2:12, 1 Cor 15:22, Rom 5:12
Death is a state of complete unconsciousness and therefore we don’t continue to live on after death. Once we die, we cease to exist. However, if we have been baptised and try our best to follow God in our lives, we do have hope for life after death in God’s Kingdom.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23
See also: Psa 49, Ecc 9
Jesus is currently in heaven with God. However, one day he will return to the Earth to set up and rule over God’s kingdom. He will judge everybody who has ever lived to decide whether they will be in God’s kingdom. No one knows when this day will be, so we need to be prepared at all times for his return.
“[God] has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” Acts 17:31
See also: Dan 12:1-3, Dan 7:13-14, Heb 9:28
The kingdom of God is a future time that will last forever, where Jesus will rule over the whole Earth. The world will be made perfect and all of today’s problems, including sorrow, pain and death, will disappear forever.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” Revelation 21:4
See also: Dan 2:44, Isa 2, Isa 35, Psa 72