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

JULY 18

WAITING FOR GOD

Readings: 2 Samuel ch. 2; Jeremiah ch. 8; Matthew ch. 19

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him, it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord” Those words were written by the prophet Jeremiah, whose Divine messages are currently before us in the daily readings They are words that have found their application and fulfilment amongst the servants of God in all ages, not the least in those three characters who are at present before us in the readings, David, Jeremiah himself, and above all. Jesus, whom we have met to remember,

We read yesterday of David’s reaction to the news of the death of Saul. This morning we have his words of approbation for those men of Jabesh-Gilead who at peril to themselves had retrieved the body of Saul and given him an honourable burial. Twice David had refused the opportunity to avenge himself of Saul by killing him, and even now, following the death of Saul, when David knew that he was to be the successor to the throne, he made no forceful attempt to push the matter in his own favour, rather quietly waiting for that which God had promised.

It was not that David was naturally inactive and of a placid disposition, or stoically unconcerned at the incidence of adversity in his circumstances. These words and actions were those of a man of faith. In the letter

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