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.
OUR BLESSED HOPE
Reading: Luke ch. 13
Most of us doubtless have neighbours whose curiosity is aroused as they see us go out Sunday by Sunday at about the same time; they are curious to know where we go, why, and what we do. One case of this, at least, occurs to the speaker; one in which curiosity went so far as to follow the person concerned, a sister, to see where she did go, and as a result the curious one came into the Truth. Of course, that is not likely always to happen, we know; but none the less, doubtless there are people who wonder where we go Sunday by Sunday. But if a neighbour thus interested in our goings should actually enquire of us, what would be the answer? Surely it should be something of this sort:
“I attend a religious meeting; we meet together with others who hold precisely the same religious views, and we meet in order to remember the sacrifice and the death of Jesus Christ, his resurrection from the dead, and his promise to come again”; and also we might add:
“Actually, he commanded his friends that they must do this in his memory until he should return, which he promised to do.”
Then, if our curious friend should still be interested and ask, Where do you get all these strange notions from7—for we must remember that in the world at large there is very little knowledge of the Bible notwithstanding the fact that this is ostensibly a reli