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.
Reading: Acts ch. 2
Our value of the Word of God enables us to look upon the Acts of the Apostles as a most fascinating book in every way. It is a book full of many interesting events that daily took place among the apostles of our Lord, incidents of all kinds to teach us about the way of the Lord regarding those who were commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel. But it is also a book full of teaching to do with some unusual events of the times, which were taking place in that age immediately following the resurrection of our Lord. Luke, the probable writer of this book, seems to continue the narrative of the gospel that bean his name. The beloved physician and companion of the apostle Paul was the first historian of the early Christians, and his wide experience and association with Jesus gives his writings a special interest for every one of us.
Sometimes the Acts of the Apostles is referred to as the Actsof the Holy Spirit, because the words “Holy Spirit” or “the Spirit” occur some fifty times in this book. Many such incidents come especially to mind in this book and one particularly so in our reading from the 2nd chapter this morning. We have just read that many received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. On other occasions some were said to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and on several other occasions, being led by the Spirit. So the book is of the highest importance because it is the