Liverpool City Christadelphians
Who are we?
Liverpool City Christadelphians are a family in Jesus Christ, a family not in blood but in every other sense. We come from different countries and from different backgrounds, united by our belief in God and the Bible. We try to support each other, as well as those around us who are in need.
Who are the Christadelphians?
Christadelphians (the name means Brothers and Sisters in Christ) are a worldwide community of men and women who try to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. They are united by a shared faith based on the holy scriptures, and they look forward eagerly to the completion of God’s plan for the world and mankind – the setting up of God’s kingdom on earth when Jesus returns as God’s appointed king.
What do we believe?
We believe the following:
1 There is One God, the Father.
We believe that there is one God, who is the Father of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 8:6).
2 The Universe was created by God.
The universe, and everything in it including us, was created by the one God who is the father of Jesus Christ and the God of the Bible. God made the universe with a purpose (Numbers 14:21)
3 Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
The Bible consistently describes Jesus Christ as the Son of God from the Old Testament (Psalm 2:7,12) to the end of the New Testament (1 John 5:20). The Bible never described Jesus as God and, indeed, Jesus acknowledges the Father, our God, as his God (John 20:17; Ephesians 1:3,17; Revelation 3:12). Jesus had a uniquely close relationship with God and is the best possible representation of God for mankind (Hebrews 1:1-4).
4 Jesus was born as a result of a miracle.
Jesus was not the son of Joseph, but was born because of a miracle, his mother Mary being a virgin at the time of his conception (Luke 1:26-35). It is because of this miracle that Jesus is called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).
5 Jesus was killed by crucifixion, but was raised to life by God.
The resurrection of Jesus is the central fact of Real Christianity. It is prophesied in the Old Testament and is recorded in the New Testament. There were many witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) and it was common knowledge that the tomb of Jesus was empty (Matthew 28:13-15). The resurrection of Jesus declares him to be the Son of God (Romans 1:3,4), and the Judge who will return to earth to decide the destiny of mankind (see below).
6 Jesus will return to earth to rule God’s Kingdom.
The Kingdom of God is the period of time at the end of human history when God will replace human rule with the rule of Jesus Christ (See Daniel 2:44; Luke 1:32; Luke 22:29,30). The kingdom of God formed a large part of the teaching of Jesus and is part of the summary of the Gospel proclaimed by the Apostles (Acts 28:30,31). Jesus will return to earth to rule this kingdom, again an event described by many passages in the Bible (about 400 verses in the New Testament and more in the Old Testament). Ultimately the Kingdom of God will achieve God’s purpose.
7 Jesus will raise the dead to life at his return.
One of the first things that Jesus will do when he returns is to raise the dead. The dead are described as “sleeping in the dust” (Daniel 12:2) up to that time; Ecclesiastes tells us that they know nothing of the time between their death and their resurrection.
8 Jesus will judge the living and the dead.
The last judgement of mankind follows the return of Jesus (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31 and following verses). Here Jesus will raise the dead and judge them along with those who are still alive when he returns. The result will be eternal life for the faithful and destruction for those who oppose him.
9 Everyone is a sinner, and sin leads to death.
Death came into the world because of sin, and that death continues because we are all sinners (Romans 5:12). This means that eternal life requires the forgiveness of sin.
10 Sin is forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus died as a representative of humanity; he died on our behalf. (Romans 5:8) This sacrifice allows God to forgive our sins without compromising the principle that sin leads to death. The resurrection of Jesus shows the value of his sacrifice.
11 Salvation is by living one’s faith in Jesus, starting with Baptism.
To be saved from our sins it is necessary to understand enough of the Gospel to be able to start to follow Jesus Christ; this understanding must bear fruit in the way that we live our lives. The decision to live a life in Christ is called “repentance” and the new life must begin with baptism, the burial of a believer in water in token of one’s choice to follow Jesus (Romans 6:3-8)
12 The Bible is inspired by God.
The Bible is the only reliable record of the interactions between God and mankind. It was entirely written by prophets and apostles under God’s supervision (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21). No other book can make this claim.
For more information go to the Real Gospel Website.
Why is our site also in Farsi?
Over the past year or so a number of men and women from Iran who have fled their country for different reasons – including, for some, religious persecution, have joined us at Liverpool City. As a result, we now have a thriving bi-lingual church and so we wanted our website to be bi-lingual too!
Personal witness statement.
Why do you believe in God?
There are many passages in the Bible discussing or referring to God’s love for us, but I believe the brightest and most exciting hope for us is the future event that is God’s kingdom to be established when he sends his Son, Jesus, again.
Why are you a Christadelphian?
Having been brought up in/by a Christadelphian family; I went through Sunday School, which gave me a good foundation of the Bible but it wasn’t until I came to university that I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to God. Leaving home, and moving to Liverpool enabled me to make my own choice in life and decide my direction. I always believed that there was a God, who created all things and had a plan for the world, this can firstly be shown by the way the human body works as there are many parts and they all play a role to keep us alive. For example the heart works intricately with organs such as the lungs and brain to ensure we have enough oxygenated blood in our bodies so we can do different activities from sport to sleeping.