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.
Readings: 2 Chronicles ch.23; Daniel ch.4; Acts ch.2
These emblems around which we have gathered once again this morning speak to us of the steadfastness of our Lord right to the end. You will remember that the apostle John, introducing the account of the last supper, wrote: "... having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." He unflinchingly followed the path marked out for him by his Father. Throughout his ministry he continued without respite the exhausting task of bearing witness to the purpose of God. He gave all that he had, all his time, all his energy, all his thoughts to the work which God had given him to do, and when he was faced with the supreme test, when he was called upon to suffer the bitterest agony and degradation at the hands of wicked men, he still went forward and fulfilled that mission which he had come to perform.
It was because of that, because he saw the work through, that he was raised again from the dead and ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of his Father, glorified in power and immortality; and it is because of this that we are here this morning, related to his work of redemption and having hope of sharing his glory and power in the age to come. The fulfilment of that hope depends upon our following his example in this respect, upon our maintaining the same steadfastness right until the end of our probation.