The Bible teaches that there is only one God. He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, and the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary by the power of God – His Holy Spirit. Christ was all that God promised and intended when he was born. Sharing fully our nature, Jesus reveals to us what God is like, not in form or feature, but in sublime holiness, absolute righteousness and boundless love. All of those qualities run through every word, every purpose, every act of compassion, every part of the life lived by the Saviour.
Christadelphians believe that man is mortal and sinful, in need of salvation and unable to save himself. When we die, existence ceases and we has no hope except by bodily resurrection from the dead at the coming of the Lord Jesus.
God’s grace and desire to save were made known in His gracious promises made to Abraham, and then to King David. These promises are about God’s coming Kingdom on earth when Christ will reign as King, and they explain how we can share the glory of that age in life eternal, thanks to the saving grace of God in Jesus. His perfect life, sacrificial death and resurrection to glory and immortality are the guarantee that man’s twin enemies – his sinfulness known as the devil, and his mortality known as death – have been altogether conquered by Jesus who, though he was the only begotten Son of God, shared our nature in every way, but never sinned.
Every believer must have faith in the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. He or she must acknowledge the need for forgiveness, and of deliverance from death. This is shown when, believing the truth of the Gospel, he or she is baptised by immersion in water, confessing their sins. This begins a life that belongs to God, for baptism establishes a new relationship with God through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. As an heir of the promises made to Abraham, the believer then waits in patience for the coming Kingdom of God.
The believer’s new life in Christ is a life of fellowship with fellow believers through fellowship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ. The life of discipleship must be free from personal selfishness, unsullied by politics and violence, and be firmly based upon love for God and for ones neighbour. The life of the believer is one of prayerful confidence in God and His purpose, and in His providential care. Week by week, in the breaking of bread, the saving work of God in Christ will be remembered, and there will be a growing conviction that Jesus will personally return to the earth to bring peace to our troubled world and to establish God’s Kingdom here, with Jerusalem at its centre. The regathered Jews are God’s witnesses that God will indeed fulfil this purpose.
Death has no final sting for the true servant of God. When death comes, if it comes before Jesus has returned, the believer will sleep in peace, knowing nothing of the passing years, until, as though it were but a moment after death, the Lord, returned from heaven, will awaken him or her for the day of resurrection and judgement. Then the responsible among men, living and dead, will stand forth to receive the due reward of their deeds: eternal life and endless joy in the kingdom of God for the faithful; and shameful dismissal and oblivion for those who have been unfaithful to the Word of God or knowingly have rejected its call.
God is still calling out a people for His Kingdom. Your future depends on your response!