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 SUFFERING SERVANT
Readings: Isaiah ch. 54; Revelation ch. 18
“Who hath believed our report?” We have. We read those beautiful words yesterday in Isa. 53, and we read them with the understanding, and we gave full and affectionate consent to all that that chapter contained. In that tender plant that grew out of a dry ground we recognise our dear Lord, “Our Saviour and our Friend, on Thee our hopes depend”. As Isaiah found the Spirit moving him and guiding his pen as he wrote on the scroll, his godly mind would be deeply exercised. He was one of those righteous men who searched what time and what manner of time the Spirit of Christ that was in him did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. These godly men wrote many things the significance of which they could not fully understand at the moment, and we picture them poring over what they had written, thinking about it and reflecting upon it. We can imagine some very deep thoughts as Isaiah read the words he had penned concerning the sufferings of Christ. This searching was not confinedto men only, for we are told that these are things that the angels themselves desired to look into, so intense was the interest.
This tender plant promised all those years ago was to be the only begotten Son of God, the great Creator of this vast universe. Ours is a planet that is marred and