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Sydney Christadelphian Ecclesia

Incorporated (ABN 56 528 075 429) is a non-profit organisation registered under the NSW Association Incorporation Act 1984. Christadelphians refer to it as the Shaftesbury Road ecclesia.

You may wonder who we are. Who are the Christadelphians?

We are a group of believers in the Bible who meet together in Burwood - a suburb in the inner west area of Sydney, Australia (if you wish to contact us please click here). We form part of the worldwide Christadelphian community.

What is an "ecclesia"?

What does the word "ecclesia" mean? The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. The word comes from this original Greek text, and means "an assembly of called out ones", in other words, a group of believers.

This Greek word, ecclesia, is usually translated "church" in the English Bible. Often the English word "church" is used for a physical religious building. To avoid misunderstanding with the building, Christadelphians often refer to their congregations as "ecclesias".

Purpose of the ecclesia

Our purpose is expressed in “Our Ecclesial Aspiration” which expresses our ideals and motivation, and is intended to drive all we do as an Ecclesia before God.

We aspire to live up to the name "Christadelphian" which means brothers and sisters in Christ. By grace we strive to be the House of God and the body of Christ in our area. We are a Bible based group who share a common belief in God. We seek to support and encourage each other in our faith, and be a light to those in the community around us.

Worship We acknowledge our love of God and His son, and offer God praise and worship.
Growth We seek the spiritual development and nourishment of all members, and encourage and guide our children and visitors towards conviction and baptism.
Witness We share the hope of the return of Jesus Christ, and the coming Kingdom, with our local community and testify to those with whom we come in contact.
Community We provide a Godly social environment involving every member, visitor, young person and child to build a people for God's name.
Compassion We reflect the love of God by showing care and compassion to one another and to those in the community around us.

We support the wider Christadelphian community in these objectives both locally and overseas including direction of the Christadelphian Indian Children's Homes.

The ecclesia has two areas of responsibility in fulfilling its function: to the members and to those in the community around. The New Testament speaks of how we should bring others to God and promote the development of mature believers in Christ Jesus.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:11-16

This, then, is an important role today: the edification, that is, the building up, of the members in spiritual things; the development and maturing of their faith. The ecclesia provides a community where witness, fellowship, support and joint worship are available. The writer to the Hebrews encouraged the believers with these words:

let us draw near to God.....Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.....And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25

The ecclesia is to be a source of encouragement to faithful living and to a deeper understanding of the message of the Bible.

Our meetings and activities

We are an active Ecclesia with a range of activities designed to serve the needs of members of varied age and interests. These include memorial meeting to remember Jesus, Sunday evening English class, Bible class, Sunday school, young people, Family camp, social get-togethers, walking club, etc. Go to the main menu for more information about these activities.

What are our beliefs?

If you wish to see a summary of our beliefs please click here.

Care and welfare

Care and welfare of the members of the ecclesia is important for the overall wellbeing of the ecclesia.

Click here to find out more about care and welfare within the ecclesia.

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Last Updated: Sunday, 08 March 2015