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 (1,000). This puts the figure at around 60,000.

Today's Exhortation

DECEMBER 4

FAITH

Reading: Hebrews ch. 11

Before partaking of the emblems we have to examine ourselves. Paul commands us: "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves." It is a matter of personal self-examination to see how we are doing. We have to measure ourselves against Christ, and also those faithful ones—our fellow-servants—listed in Hebrews 11. Let us turn to that chapter.

John emphasised the necessity of faith when he said: "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith," and in this 11th chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews, verse 6 we read: "Without faith it is impossible to please him," that is, God. We show the degree of our faith by our lives, for "faith without works is dead." The word "faith" is the same word sometimes translated "belief." This, of course, is not the loose, sloppy belief of orthodoxy, but the deep-rooted, solid trust in God that moves us in our lives to do things contrary to the natural inclinations of the flesh.

Verse 1 tells us that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen;" rendered by Bro. Thomas as: "Faith is a confident anticipation of things hoped for, a full persuasion of things not seen." As we shall see, the promises made to the faithful were abstract promises in the sense that

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