We are a group of Bible believers who meet together weekly to worship our Heavenly Father and remember the Lord Jesus Christ. 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 want to share this real, tangible hope with everyone.
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.
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.
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.
Points of Difference
We consider ourselves as one family in Christ so we are a fairly close-knit community who care about each other’s welfare. We spend time catching up with each other during the week as well as on Sundays. We also have camps, family and youth activities. Check out some of these events here:
We are a lay community with no paid clergy. All our members volunteer their time to help our group run. Baptised men take turns to lead and exhort the Sunday morning memorial meeting. There is something for everyone to do!
The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through the life and work of Jesus (Romans 3:22, Ephesians 2:8). The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift from God (Isaiah 55:1-3, Romans 5:15).
If you want to find out more about this amazing gift and learn more about the Bible, check out the following link: