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The London Paralympic Opening Ceremony was billed as “a celebration of the inspirational spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility.”   The celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking spoke of a journey of discovery:   “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet.   Try to make sense of what you see and wonder what makes the universe exist.   Be curious.”

Certainly we have cause to wonder at the marvels of the universe, but there is no reason at all to wonder what makes it exist:  the truth is simply that this world and the universe of which it is a part were created by Almighty God.   Consider the words of the Psalmist David:

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him...?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

The Apostle Paul reminds us that evidence for the existence of God is plain to see in the wonders of the natural world around us:

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead...” (Romans 1:20)

 

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A religion that makes sense

So how do we, in Stephen Hawking’s words, “make sense” of the world in which we live – a world full of beauty and harmony in so many ways, and yet troubled by famine, warfare and senseless violence? We Christadelphians (the word means ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’) base our beliefs and practices as closely as we can on those of the disciples of Jesus in the first century.   In Ipswich we meet in the Highfield Road Community Centre, off Norwich Road.

We’d like to present you with a three-point plan which simply and concisely expresses the beliefs of the first century disciples, which still hold good today.

 

Bible

 

The Bible is the inspired Word of God

First, we believe and are sure that the Bible is God’s inspired message to mankind, His creation.   The apostle Paul says:

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)   

So, the Bible is our handbook or guide book for life.   It sets out the Gospel (or Good News) of the coming Kingdom of God, it contains marvellous prophecies, and lots of practical advice and examples about how we should live our lives in order to please God.

The second coming of Jesus

Jesus is coming back to the earth to establish a world-wide kingdom, the Kingdom of God.   This is the essence of the Gospel message and is repeated again in the New Testament.   Consider again the words of the apostle:

“God... now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained.   He has given assurance of this to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

Exactly when this will be rests in God’s hands, but the Bible contains many prophecies which make us sure we’re living in the last days before the second coming.   Jesus himself stressed the importance of watching the ‘signs of the times’ so that we won’t be caught out when the time comes.

Conditional salvation

Many people today cling to a vague idea of an ‘after-life’ – at funerals, for example, you hear it said that ‘he’s with the angels now.’   Sadly, this is not the case: the Bible teaches that when you’re dead, you’re dead, full-stop.   But the Good News is that eternal life is there for the taking if we repent and are baptised into the saving name of Jesus.   Possibly the best known verse in the Bible says:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

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Come and get to know us!

From Sunday, 28 October the time of our Bible Talks will change from 6pm to 2.15pm.   We hope this will be more convenient, particularly during the winter months.   Come and meet us – you can be sure of a warm welcome!