The name Christadelphian
The name Christadelphian was chosen because it describes the relationship between Jesus and his disciples.
The word Christadelphian in the New Testament.
The New Testament was written in Greek. The word Christadelphian is made up of two Greek words -adelphos and Christos. It means ‘Brethren in Christ’. This phrase Christadelphian is found in the Bible, in Colossians 1:2.
Use of the word Christadelphian from the 19th Century
John Thomas, a 19th century preacher, decided on the name Christadelphian. He travelled widely in both the USA and Britain, preaching the gospel. His clear understanding of the Bible message led to others being convinced that he preached the truth. They were baptised into Christ and became members of the Christadelphian community, meeting together in worship. At first, they were to be found mainly in the USA and Britain, but there are now Christadelphian communities on every continent.
Distinctive feature of a Christadelphian
The really distinctive feature of the Christadelphians is that they trust in the Bible as their only source of beliefs and authority. All its words, in both the Old and the New Testaments, are inspired by God and are given to men and women for their salvation.
Christadelphian Beliefs identical to the first century believers
As a result of this emphasis, Christadelphian beliefs are identical to those taught by Jesus and the apostles in the first century.
The Christadelphian Bible Reading Plan
Christadelphians read the Bible every day. Using a plan, a Christadelphian may read the Old Testament once, and the New Testament twice, every year. One of the many benefits of this is that every day a Christadelphian can personally check their beliefs against the authority of Scripture. This plan is available, free, on request.