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.

Today's Exhortation

DECEMBER 12

STIR UP YOUR MINDS

Reading: 1 Peter ch. 2

The careful reading and re-reading of Peter's first letter would in itself suffice to provide all that is needful for profitable exhortation on this another occasion of the remembrance of Christ. The writer of the letter confesses freely that it is not his object to convey any new teaching, but rather to drive home and to bring to remembrance that which already has been learnt. In the second of his letters Peter writes: "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance." And again, having spoken of the fact that although the promises of God are certain of fulfilment, yet something more than the casual approach is essential if the individual is to inherit those promises, the writer says: "Give diligence to make your calling and election sure . . . Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance."

This phrase "to stir up" is elsewhere rendered "to wake" or "to raise" as from sleep. The Word of God when fully received always does have that effect. It is true of these letters of Peter, the first of which is currently in our daily

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