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.
HUMILITY AND COURAGE
Readings: 2 Chronicles ch. 25; Daniel ch. 6; Acts ch. 5
We know that it was Paul who stated, and it is a fact, that "not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called." God has chosen the foolish, the weak, the base, the despised of this world, with the sole object that "no flesh should glory in his presence." Glory is to God and God alone. Paul himself learnt that lesson the hard way, through suffering. The proud, the arrogant Pharisee, confident of his own learning, his own high standing, with the authority of the Sanhedrin at his back, had to become the persecuted, the rejected renegade; he had to be shown that God's strength can only be appreciated by a heart that is humbled, contrite and broken.
Humility is an all-essential characteristic to every child of God. There is no exception. Pride of any sort is fatal. It will bar, in every generation, a man or a woman from being acceptable to God. How often we read of one who, when in the place of honour, his heart was lifted up and then God caused circumstances to bring him down, and if not repentant to destroy him. It was when Nebuchadnezzar was full of pride, full of self-importance as he saw the proud empire over which he ruled, that he declaimed how wonderful a man he was, full of strength, powerful. Look at chapter 4 again. You know the words. See them in the context of our exhortation. Verse