Who are we?
So glad you asked! We are a small Christian community with a common love for God and common hope in the fulfillment of his plan . . . and we live in His Land. We have these most important things in common but, aside from that, we are all very different! In fact some of us cannot read or speak English . . . some speak Hebrew, some Russian and others Tagalog.
All of us read and believe the Bible . . . it is God's message to us telling of His purpose in His Son.
We have deliberately attempted to get back to the faith and character of the early Christian church.
We have been in existence for over 150 years and the name 'Christadelphian' means "Brother in Christ".
Where are we to be found
Throughout the world and,like the early Christians, we meet in homes, rented rooms or, in some cases, we our own halls . . . one such congregation (we prefer the word ecclesia) exists here in Israel
We are a lay community patterned after first century Christianity. Members of each ecclesia are addressed as "Brother" and "Sister", and all have an equal joint responsibility for the welfare of the ecclesia. A strong common belief binds together as a family and we all share a common interest in the hope of Israel.
Why are we so interested in Israel?
In 1848 the first Christadelphian, Dr John Thomas wrote "The hope of the promise made to the fathers (cf. Acts 26:6-7) was, and, indeed is to this day,the Hope of Israel" (Elpis Israel p224). Ever since 1848 the promise made by God (Gen 12:7) has been central to our belief in the gospel - the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ, the promised king and, because of this we love the Holy Land and are concerned for God's people (cf.Gen 12:3 "...I will bless those who bless you...").
Our concern for the land and the people was shown way back in the 1880s when funds collected were used to purchase almost 61 hectares of land at Yanna in Upper Galilee. The colony thus formed accommodated 24 Rumanian and four Russian Jewish families making a total of 140 people. Tools and large quantities of clothing were also despatched for colonies of Jewish refugees. Mr Laurence Oliphant acted as agent for some these activities which took place some time before the Zionist movement began.
“In1939, the Birmingham and Coventry Christadelphian Ecclesias (UK) offered to provide a home for Jewish refugee boys to be run on strictly orthodox lines. This was Elpis Lodge and it was placed under the leadership of Dr and Mrs Albert Hirsch. This Christadelphian hostel named was provided at 117 Gough Road, Birmingham UK, to house Jewish refugee children from Europe rent free and was done in cooperation with the “Representative Council of Birmingham Jewry”. The money to purchase the premises and provide for its upkeep and maintenance came from those two Christadelphian Ecclesias
The Israel Christadelphian Ecclesia
Christadelphians have been visitors for many years and some live there. The numbers have grown and so, in 2007 and under God's good hand, an ecclesia was established - The Israel Christadelphian Ecclesia was born
What do we believe and teach?
We believe that the Bible is God's only revealed message to mankind, given to bring responsive individuals to the obedience of faith. The Bible is our only authority, and we teach that it should be read prayerfully and with care at every opportunity.
What kind of life do we live?
God's Way of salvation gives effective direction to our lives. We try to rely fully upon God and develop a faith that is active in prayer and good works. At the same time, however, we recognize that salvation is by grace.
(1 Corinthians 1:3-11; 1 Peter 2:1-5; 2 Peter 1:5-11; James 2:17,5:16; Ephesians 2:5-10)
With God's help, we seek to please and obey Him every day, striving to imitate Christ who faithfully obeyed his Father and unselfishly gave himself for mankind.
(Philippians 2:13, 4:13; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 2:1-5; Rom 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-2)
We therefore endeavor to be enthusiastic in work, loyal in marriage, generous in giving, dedicated in preaching, cheerful in living, and happy in our God.
(Ephesians 6:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 2 Corinthians 9; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; John 16:33; Matthew 5:1-16; Philippians 4:4-7)