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.

Today's Exhortation

SEPTEMBER 29

DIVINE FORETHOUGHT

Reading: Luke ch. 22

Our meeting here each week to break bread is the central point of our collective worship, and consequently of our fellowship with one another. Once we are baptized into Christ, it is this meeting which is the most important of all. Failure to attend it when we can is therefore quite clearly disobedience to the command of Christ. but it is more than disobedience to a command. It shows a lack of appreciation for what Jesus has done for us by his sacrifice. It is not only a command but it is a way in which we can increase our love of him and of one another.

The origin of this meeting is recorded for us in the chapter from Luke for today (Luke 22). Our minds naturally go back to the circumstances under which it was instituted. That particular passover week was the most important week in the history of man thus far. Figuratively speaking, all the world from the days of Adam looked forward to that time when the great sacrifice should be made, a period of four thousand years; and ever since—and that includes us today—we look back to that same passover week and all that then occurred—two thousand years. All thoughts relating to human redemption are as it were concentrated in that one week. But for it, the world today would have no plan, no purpose and no hope.

Probably we ourselves fail to realize the privilege which we all have in knowing

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