Welcome to Christadelphians of Tanzania

The Christadelphians (a word created from the Greek for "Brethren in Christ"; cp. Colossians 1:2 — "brethren in Christ") are a Christian group that developed in the United Kingdom and North America in the 19th century. The name was coined by John Thomas, who was the group's founder. Christadelphians hold a view of Biblical Unitarianism. The group has often been described as a form of Messianic Judaism, as they share many of their beliefs and hopes with Judaism; notably the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Israel whilst they also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah.

Although no official membership figures are published, the Columbia Encyclopedia gives an estimated figure of 50,000 Christadelphians, who are spread across approximately 120 countries; there are established churches (or ecclesias, as they are often called) in many of those countries, along with isolated members. Census statistics are available for some countries. Estimates for the main centres of Christadelphian population are as follows: United Kingdom (18,000), Australia (9,987), Malawi (7,000), United States (6,500), Mozambique (7,500), Canada (3,375), New Zealand (1,785), Kenya (1,700), India (1,500) and Tanzania (100). This puts the figure at around 57,000.

Today's Exhortation

MAY 25
Reading: 2 Timothy ch. 1

During Paul's first missionary journey, he was accompanied by Barnabas. Having visited Cyprus, they went to Perga in Pamphylia. It was a hot, low-lying part, and tradition says that Paul caught fever; but be that as it may, they next went up over the Taurus ridge to Antioch in Pisidia. From there Barnabas and Paul went to Iconium, and later journeyed to Lystra. It was at Lystra that Paul healed a man who was impotent in his feet, with the result that the peple imagined that he and Barnabas were gods; but there came Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit Paul rose up and went into the city, and the next day left for Derbe.

There was at that time a young man at Lystra who was destined to play a great part in the work of Paul, and it is possible that he may have witnessed the stoning of the apostle. The young man was Timothy, who dwelt with his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois; and either at that time, or on Paul's return journey from Derbe, they embraced the faith. Thus it came about that when Paul set out on his second missionary journey, accompanied by Silas, they made for Lystra, and arriving there they sought out the young man Timothy— and him would Paul have to go forth with them.

The inspired record speaks of the incident in that terse way, but it does not require a gre