ABOUT US

We are a group of Bible believers with a real hope to share of God's love for us and how we can be part of his plan for the earth.

 

We believe that Jesus will return soon to setup God's kingdom on earth. He will bring about worldwide peace, safety, plenty, joy and everlasting life - the only solution for the world's problems. 

We base this hope on our understanding of the Bible - and we encourage everyone to search and consider the Bible for themselves. We are passionate about the Bible because God calls us to search out his truth and to let his word live in our hearts and impact how we live. 

We come together from all over Dunedin, and from differing backgrounds every Sunday to remember our shared hope in Jesus through the bread and wine.

As well as the Sunday memorial meeting we also have a mid-week Bible class, Sunday school, a Sunday morning study discussion group, women's group, youth group and social activities for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

The Christadelphian organisation was formed in the mid-1800s. A British doctor, John Thomas, was caught in a storm out at sea and decided that if he made it to land he would look for God's truth. He was saved from the storm, and spent the rest of his life studying God's word. This is what each Christadelphian tries to do today.

 

The understanding that John Thomas gained though his study of the Bible included some teachings that were quite different from what the churches around him taught. However, he was not the first to believe these things. Tyndale, Wickliffe and Isaac Newton as well as small groups of Christians since the time of Christ shared many of these beliefs.

 

John Thomas’ clear logic convinced many who chose to meet together with this new understanding of what the Bible taught. Some years later there came a need for this group of people to have a name. This was when the name Christadelphian was coined. The name Christadelphian is a derivative of Greek words meaning Brethren (relatives) in Christ.

Christadelphians in Dunedin

Christadelphians have a long tradition here in Dunedin. The first Christadelphian to arrive here from England was a surgeon by the name of S. G. Hayes in 1854. Since that time, the Christadelphians have maintained a presence, and today our ecclesia has approximately 40 baptised members, plus children and young people.  

An International Community

There are around 50,000 Christadelphians worldwide. We meet in Canada, the USA, South America, the UK, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, India, Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. In the Pacific there are members in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

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Points of Difference

We consider ourselves as one family in Christ so we often use the term Ecclesia, which refers to the group of people (rather than a church building). We are a fairly close-knit community who care about each other’s welfare and spend time with each other during the week. Many of our activities involve everyone of all ages coming together.  

 

​We are a lay community with no paid clergy. Different people take turns to lead and exhort the Sunday morning memorial meeting. All our members volunteer their time to help our group run. There is something for everyone to do!​

We are conscientious objectors. We aim to follow Jesus' example of forgiveness and reliance on God, and choose not to get involved in military service or similar roles. We await Christ as our king, and believe that it is God who is control of who is in power and so choose not to get involved in politics  - knowing that no human government will be fully in line with God. 

We do our best to understand what the Bible teaches and some of our beliefs differ from other churches. For example:

  • We believe that there is only one God, who is all powerful and fully in control.

  • We believe that Jesus is the son of God (not God Himself).

  • Salvation is a free gift from God to those who repent (Isaiah 55:1-3, Romans 5:15). We are saved by grace through Christ who brought about salvation through love and forgiveness, rather than payment, or punishment (Romans 3:22, Ephesians 2:8). 

  • We believe that Jesus will return to setup God's kingdom on earth, and at that time will raise the dead to life.

You can read more about our beliefs by clicking the button below.

 

We encourage everyone to search out the Bible for themselves, to ask questions and be open to hearing and considering new perspectives.

If you want to find out more about the Bible and this amazing gift, check out the following link:

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