Our Ecclesia = Christadelphian Church

In the Christian world people may find many denominations having different churches.

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All over the world you may find Christadelphians. They all may are independent communities, not linked to a ‘Main Church’ like in the other Christian denominations. This means that in the comparatively small religious body who have attempted to get back to the faith and character of the early Christian church, you may find different groups with different customs and attitudes. Even in one community or parish you might have differences in services between one day and an other.

Christadelphia - Wereldwijde Vereniging van Broeders en Zusters in Christus

Christadelphia – Wereldwijde Vereniging van Broeders en Zusters in Christus

The Christadelphians are located in many countries throughout the world
with large groups of Christadelphians in the United Kingdom and Europe, Australia and New Zealand, North America, South East Asia and Africa.Some of them may have committed them selves to bigger groups or certain organizations like the Christadelphian Bible Mission (CBM), the W
illiamsburg Christadelphian Foundation (WCF) or Carelinks, just to call the most important ones.

Each congregation is called an ‘ecclesia’. (the New Testament word for church). We are therefore known among Christadelphians as – “The Belgian Christadelphian Ecclesia”.

Being not chained to one or the other organisation, but only to each other out of brotherly love, the Belgian ecclesia or church meets in homes, like the early Christians, rented rooms, public places and meet in some cases at other ventures like some Christadelphians own buildings, as in Newbury, Den Haag, Eden.  We also sometimes use fraternity homes like the one of the Quakers in Paris.

Marcus Ampe at the ecclesia in Paris, September 2012

Marcus Ampe at the ecclesia in Paris, September 2012

In this world we can find many sorts of Christians who are living in a spiritual wilderness. They feel alone, spiritually isolated, and they don’t have too many Christian friends that they are experiencing a rich and full fellowship in Christ with. Some of them attend a church on Sunday morning, yet still, they are living in the desert or in the darkness and they know it.

Some have given up on the traditional form of church altogether. And they are in serious pursuit of an expression of church that provides authentic community centred on Jesus Christ and taking the Word of God seriously as the guide fro their way of life. But they cannot find such an expression in their city.

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Met de Bijbel, het Woord van God in de Hand- With the Bible, the Word of God, in the Hand

We would like to come up to those people and show to them how they themselves also can start a group of people willing to follow the Word of God. We also would love to unite all those people who love that Word of God and who want to become a part of the Body of Christ, but they feel quite alone. We would love to bring them in an environment where they can experience spiritually and should not be feeling dry and empty again.

We would like those people to come and see how a strong common belief in God as our Father, the God of gods, and in Jesus as our Saviour, the Messiah, binds our community together. Together, how different we may be, from which country we may originate, which mother tongue we may have, we feel like brothers and sisters as part of one great family, united in the Body of Christ.

Accepting the Bible as our guide, and believing it to be the infallible and inspired Word of God, we want to spend a lot of time reading and studying that word, and helping each other to understand the many passages of the different books of what we call Holy Scriptures.

We welcome all who want to study the Word of God with us and who want to keep fellowship with us, gathering or meeting at regular times. Membership is extended to those, who like us, believe what we understand to be the Bible’s teaching, and as a result, have been baptised by full immersion in water.

We believe that the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth is certain and that he will rule the earth from Jerusalem.

As a lay community organised on the pattern adopted by the first century Christians we do not have paid clergy or a church hierarchy. Everybody helps building up the community with the possibilities he or she has. Members of each congregation are addressed as ‘brother’ or ‘sister’, and all may be involved in organising our activities, contributing their time and energy voluntarily in service to God.

As Christadelphians our aim is, quite simply, to follow as closely as possible the teachings and example of Jesus as recorded in the Bible.

In a world full of uncertainties we enjoy a simple, direct and logical faith, offering peace of mind and contentment now; and the promise of everlasting joy to come.

 

We should like to share this hope with you.

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  2. Power in the life of certain
  3. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  4. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  5. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  6. Digging in words, theories and artefacts
  7. Bible in the first place #1/3
  8. A Voice to be heard
  9. Greatest single cause of atheism
  10. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  11. Religions and Mainliners
  12. Many churches
  13. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  14. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  15. People Seeking for God 6 Strategy
  16. Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro
  17. Religion and spirituality
  18. Being Religious and Spiritual 2 Religiosity and spiritual life
  19. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  20. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  21. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
  22. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  23. Atonement And Fellowship 1/8
  24. Faith
  25. Living in faith
  26. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
  27. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
  28. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude
  29. Belonging to or being judged by
  30. Breathing to teach
  31. Body of Christ
  32. Church sent into the world
  33. A Society pleading poverty
  34. Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news
  35. Preaching to an unbelieving world
  36. Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
  37. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  38. Bringing Good News into the world
  39. Testify of the things heard
  40. How should we preach?
  41. Obstacles to effective evangelism
  42. Determine the drive
  43. Reasons to come together
  44. Missionary action paradigm for all endeavours of the church
  45. First Century of Christianity
  46. Christianity without the Trinity
  47. Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
  48. Brotherly love
  49. Not all Christians are followers of a Greco-Roman culture
  50. Not many coming out with their community name
  51. Church enemy of faith
  52. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
  53. Casual Christians
  54. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
  55. Funeral service only belongs in church building according to Catholic Church
  56. Priority to form a loving brotherhood
  57. Compromise and accomodation
  58. Being religious has benefits even in this life
  59. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
  60. American Founding Fathers Sayings
  61. Parish, local church community – Parochie, plaatselijke kerkgemeenschap
  62. Antwerp Ecclesia
  63. Faith related boycotts
  64. No reconciliation possible between CBM and Duncan Heaster from Carelinks
  65. A man from the North wanting to have control in Belgium
  66. Quibbling siblings united or allied children of an organisation or a church
  67. Members of the ecclesia uniting and seeking God’s help in tribulation
  68. A small company of Jesus’ footstep follower
  69. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  70. Small churches of the few Christadelphians
  71. Are Christadelphians so Old Fashioned?
  72. Those who call the Christadelphians a cult
  73. Christadelphians or Messianic Christians or Messianic Jews
  74. 19° Century London Christadelphians
  75. The Ecclesia in the churchsystem
  76. Breaking up with a cult
  77. Uncovering the Foundations of Faith
  78. Feeling-good, search for happiness and the church
  79. God loving people justified
  80. God receives us on the basis of our faith

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  3. Church/Denominations
  4. Is There Still a Place for Religion?
  5. Sunday Worship- Understanding and Teaching
  6. Picking fights over religion and the separation of church and state
  7. Christianity vs. Catholicism
  8. Something Most False Christians Have In Common
  9. The Church at the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism
  10. Nineteenth Century Protestant Doctrines of the Trinity
  11. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

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