Blue Flower

Beliefs

A little history

From the days of the first century apostles there have been groups of believers with the same convictions as ourselves. Always they have been a minority, often persecuted for rejecting the doctrines of the established churches, preferring to hold fast to Bible teaching.

In the 19th century one such group was required by the authorities to provide itself a name for registration purposes, and so the name Christadelphian was formed from the Greek words signifying brothers in Christ. In some other countries, the name has been translated into the local tongue, for example ‘Broeders in Christus’ in the Netherlands.

Today there are congregations in many countries of the world, although nowhere very numerous, and we all share the same beliefs. In some places we meet in our own buildings, in others in hired halls, or even in our own homes. We meet, usually weekly, to share bread and wine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ; we hold public Bible talks explaining the Bible message and we hold Bible Classes where we study God’s word in greater depth.

Who are we?

There have been Christadelphians in East Anglia for many years, including our ecclesia at Bury St Edmunds. We give public Bible talks, which are advertised in the local press, provide recorded messages on our telephone Bible Line, arrange Bible exhibitions, hold Bible seminars and supply self-study material by both mail and email, always seeking to bring the good news of the coming Kingdom of God to the attention of those around us and to help people read the Bible effectively.

Why the Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s word, given to us as the key to real happiness, not just now, but for ever. It is the Word of Life: an invitation to everlasting life and citizenship of God’s Kingdom on this earth.

To understand the Bible’s message and enjoy the benefits, we have to read it for ourselves, so the entire King James Version is built into this website, with a reading plan that works through the Bible in three short portions each day, completing the Old Testament once, and the New Testament twice, each year. Portion 1 comes from Genesis to Job, Portion 2 from Psalms to Malachi and Portion 3 from the New Testament.

So that we are never far from reading the life story and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, we split the New Testament into four groups each beginning with one of the gospels -  Matthew and Romans, Mark and the two letters to the Corinthians, Luke followed by Galatians to Philippians, and finally John’s gospel followed by Acts then Colossians through to Revelation. This scheme fits neatly into six months and the same sequence is repeated in the second half of each year.

Each day the plan’s three portions are listed here on this homepage. Read them from your own Bible, or click the button in the listing to read or listen to them from this site. To view the readings for any other day, click the Daily readings menu item at the top of the page and navigate to the day you want.
 
To contact Bury St Edmunds Christadelphians, go to our Get in touch page.
For the location and a list of our public Bible talks, go to Bible Talks page
Holy Spirit gifts are no longer available...
 
Holy Spirit gifts were available as evidence of the authority of the apostles until the Scriptures were complete.
 
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Baptism must follow understanding and belief...
 
In every recorded instance of baptism in Scripture, it applies to those who were mature enough to understand and believe the Gospel message. Infants are in no position to understand and believe.
 
Mark 1614-16
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 
Acts 8:12
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Baptism must be by immersion in water...
 
Baptism is a figure of death, burial and resurrection, as well as a washing away of sins. The word ‘baptize’ is from a Greek word used in the ancient dyeing industry to describe the process by which cloth was completely immersed to change its colour.
 
Acts 8:35-39
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
 
Romans 6:3-6
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
The devil is human nature in opposition to God...
 
It is convenient to blame temptation on an external agent, a supernatural devil but, though the devil is sometimes personified in Scripture, it is a term for the tendencies to sin in human nature. In his death at the end of a completely sinless life, Jesus conquered completely that tendency to sin and made a way of escape for others who would associate with him.
 
James 1:13-15
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
 
Hebrews 2:14-15
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.