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.
Reading: John ch. 17
John chapter 17 commences by referring to how Jesus glorified God and how God glorified Christ. The word "glory" at times conveys to us the idea of the brilliance of Divine manifestation: for example, when the glory of the Lord was revealed at the transfiguration. Frequently the word conveys the idea of God's purpose; for example, we read:"... lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Cor. 4.4). The "glorious gospel" is the good news of the Kingdom, of God's purpose to fill the earth with His glory as the waters cover the sea; so the glory of God is His purpose.
It was God's purpose, centred in Christ (John 17.5), which was the "glory" Jesus had with God before the foundation of the world: it was the certainty, in God's foreknowledge, of His purpose being fulfilled as a result of the obedience and voluntary sacrifice of His beloved Son, and thereby the whole purpose of the Creation—to give God glory—would ultimately be realised. This glory also involved the ecstatic rejoicing of the angels of God, the excitement of this purpose being accomplished; without it, all the world's generations would be doomed.
This great joy, before the foundation of the world, included God's foreknowledge of everyone who will be constituent parts of his Glory— His purpose: and that, in God's grea