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.
THE DISOBEDIENT PROPHET
Reading: 1 Kings ch. 13
We often remind ourselves that the servants of God are made up of all types of men and women; and we remember that the Scriptures which we hold in our hands were communicated to us through the instrumentality of kings and princes down to herdsmen: people living in all sorts of different and difficult times and circumstances. And just as there has been, and is today, a variation in type and disposition in the servants of God, so there is in the quality of the character possessed by each. Some in times past have been given by God special missions to perform, and even in those missions there has been a variety of results in the commission. Some have performed them with zeal and implicit obedience, as for example Elijah and Jeremiah; others with reluctance, as the prophet Jonah.
Now in our reading from the Old Testament during the past few days, both in the book of Kings and in the prophecy of Jeremiah, we have arrived at tragic periods in Israel’s history. In the book of Kings we have reached that time when the influence of David’s rule and the unity and peace of the earlier days of Solomon have gone, and we see disintegration has already germinated and is growing in the nation. We have seen Jeroboam set himself up as the champion of the tax- weary and discontented element in the nation of Israel; and because of Rehoboam’s unwise handling o