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 20

Reading: 2 Thessalonians chs. 1 and 2

We have just sung: "Be careful for nothing, the Lord is at hand; Remember the glory, Remember the land. Be fervent in spirit, be instant in prayer, work out your salvation, With trembling and fear." We are heirs of a promise which is so great that it almost defies imagination. We have to pinch ourselves sometimes to believe it is true that we shall be, by the grace of God, transformed from this mortality, from this weakness, to ever-living beings, able to praise God and to see our Lord Jesus Christ in the beauty of eternal life. This is set before everyone of us by the grace of God. We remember these things with such a simple ceremony, just by partaking of bread and wine. This is so unlike what the world wants when they think of religion. They want pomp, they want ceremony. We do not. Yet we are the recipients of awesome, great benevolence which is centred upon you and me. We are known, we are carefully selected by God. That is a wonderful thing to contemplate.

When we endeavour to rise to this knowledge and hope that is set before us, when we think of the sacrifice and the courage of our Lord Jesus Christ, and what he endured, and what he achieved, only then can we in some measure appreciate what our heavenly Father has done for us. We think that it is by Divine grace that we are being led from a prison. It is not a prison that man would make with stones and iron bars.