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.
WOMEN IN THE ECCLESIA
Reading: I Corinthians cli. 11
The epistle to the Corinthians which we have been reading in the past few days is of especial value to us in these last days of the Gentiles. So many of the problems which that ecclesia had to face were so similar to our own that they can help us in our day to know how we ought to act in relation to the commands of Christ. One wonders how much of our ecclesial life would be organised, and the Truth preserved among us as it is, were it not for these two letters which the apostle wrote to the ecclesia in Corinth. He deals with so many practical matters which touch us all. We notice that he does not merely give his opinions but he commands, and whilst he supports his arguments by Old Testament quotations and logical reasoning, unless we are prepared to acknowledge that the things he wrote are the commandments of the Lord we shall never be able to accept in its fulness the beauty of the lessons he brings to us.
Difficulties had arisen, evidently, in this ecclesia in Corinth and they had written to him for guidance. Nearly all those difficulties, as the apostle shows very clearly, were due to fleshly reasoning on one matter or another. We notice that in tackling their queries he continually emphasises the need for two things: unity and purity. The change of the Jew from obedience to the Law of Moses, whilst calling for an adjustment in outlook