An Introduction to the faith of the Berean Christadelphians

The Berean Christadelphians are a group of people who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. ("Christadelphians" means brothers or sisters in Christ.) They are a body of people known for their visible and fervent love for God, for each other, for the things they believe in and for a daily study of the Bible.

Jesus Christ is alive today, with a physical body, but has ascended to sit at the right hand of God, his Father. What he does at this time, is to be the mediator between God and humans. God is the God of the Jews, who appeared to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David many centuries before Christ was born, and made promises to them. Jesus is the descendant of these men to whom the Messiah or Jesus was promised. Jesus is known as the promised seed of Abraham. Jesus Christ is going to return to earth one day, to save Israel (the Jews) as a nation and a people. He will then re-establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, based at the city we now call Jerusalem. That Kingdom will be a Jewish Kingdom, and from it Jesus will rule as King over all the nations of the earth.

The Berean Christadelphians believe we must enter into a covenant with God in order to be promised immortality. We reject the man-made notion that people are already immortal, and also we reject the notion that people have some separate part of them called a soul. We believe there is no human life apart from bodily, physical existence. Since we die and turn back into dust, we believe the only hope we have of being part of a future, is for Christ to physically resurrect us when he returns.

We believe that the only revelation from God to humanity is the book we know as the Bible. It consists of what we call 66 books. It is organized by man into two parts, the Old and New Testaments. We believe people must read and understand the essential teachings of this book in order to obey God.

Entry into the group of believers involves learning what the Bible teaches (e.g. shown in our statement of faith resummarized in Our Berean Restatement ) about the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ, publicly demonstrating belief in those things, publicly declaring repentance from past sins, and being baptised under water (via complete bodily immersion) to enter into a covenant with the God of Israel. God requires this. Once a member of this group, a person must continue practicing the things Christ has commanded us. (e.g. The Commandments of Christ.)

Like any serious followers of Christ, Berean Christadelphians read and study the Word of God on a daily basis. This is fundamentally taught in Deuteronomy 6, quoted by Christ, when he teaches us the fundamental commandment from God is that God is One, and that we must love Him by reading and discussing His Word all the time. To do this systematically, we all attempt to be reading each day using a daily reading planner called The Bible Companion .

The Berean Christadelphians have no controlling executive. Instead, we are organized into local groups of people called ecclesias. ( locations ). This method of organization is explained in a booklet called The Guide to the Formation and Conduct of Christadelphian Ecclesias.

If you read the above document, you will notice that we have no clergy, priesthood or paid workers. Instead we follow the example of the apostle Paul. We provide for ourselves and families by doing real work for money like anybody else. We believe as Christ said, "freely you have received, so freely give". The work of the ecclesia is shared among the various members. Brethren take turns teaching and everyone has various work to do that involves caring for one another and teaching the things of Christ to the people around us. We believe we will be held responsible to God for our actions, thoughts and words. When Christ returns, we will be judged on our faith and performance in these matters. That is the day of judgement, and that those who are deemed acceptable by Christ at that time, will be granted a place in His kingdom on Earth. They will be made immortal and rule with him for a thousand years over the nations.

We call this whole body of belief, The Truth. Jesus Christ said "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me." Therefore, we also believe that "the truth" is a person, Jesus Christ. We believe that by learning this "way" called "the Truth", we come to know a person, the man Jesus Christ. It is only by knowing him, and obeying him, that we can ever hope to approach God. Some people call this a personal relationship with Christ, and also with his Father, God. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free." What we believe one is set free from, is sin. Sin is disobedience to God's commands. We believe we are enslaved to sin and its workings, unless we believe and obey Christ, and get baptised. Only through knowing the truth, can we be set free. Since Jesus is the Word of God made into a human being, knowing Christ and knowing the Bible are one and the same. Believing the things written in the Bible is called belief or faith. Only those who have faith, will ever please God.

If you wish to learn more about the faith of the Berean Christadelphians, please enroll in the the Key Bible Lesson Course . You will be sent Bible lessons regularly, which will allow you to teach yourself, what the Bible says. You can also write to us at mgm@nmsu.edu.


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