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.
Reading: Luke ch. 18
At this time of the year it is customary for Jews to greet each other with the words: “A happy New Year and we wish you well over the fast.” They are then celebrating their New Year throughout the world, and especially in Israel where the Jewish nation keep the fast of Yom Kippur, their national Day of Atonement. Many Jews spend the whole of the day in the synagogues in order not to expose themselves to the temptation of eating? Yet the spirit of true, humble repentance would be hard to find. That same attitude of self- righteous satisfaction which characterised the Pharisee in the parable in Luke 18 is seen often in the nation today.
As we pass this condemnation (we think legitimately) upon that nation, let us look at ourselves this morning. Let us look within ourselves in the light of the very positive words of condemnation spoken by Jesus in that parable. Please read again from verse 9: “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican, The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.” Now let us stop and think for a moment. The words were true; no doubt he was not as other men, he was not an