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.

Todays Exhortation

MAY 21
Readings: Joshua ch. 7; Isaiah ch. 11; 2 Thessalonians ch. 3

Our readings from the Scriptures today powerfully remind us of two of life's experiences which form an essential part of God's purpose with those He has called to His Kingdom and glory. The one operates now, on and off, here and there, and we do not welcome it. The other is largely in prospect and therefore difficult to appreciate now, but will be accepted unreservedly when it comes to be enjoyed in all its fulness. We refer, on the one hand, to "trouble," and on the other, to "rest."

Firstly, as to trouble, "Man that is born of a woman", observed Job, "is of few days, and full of trouble." How true that is! However pleasant things may be, however comfortable, however happy, sooner or later trouble comes knocking at the door and enters into our lives. But there are two kinds of trouble. There is the trouble that is generally unavoidable, such as illness, or declining physical and mental powers, or bereavement, or loneliness; housing or money or employment problems, the burden of ecclesial or family responsi¬bilities, to name but some of the problems that can and do beset us from time to time. And then there are the troubles which come upon us as the result of our own foolishness. There are the stresses which arise because of the weaknesses and failures of ourselves and others; the situations which come about as the result of the non-observa