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 PRICE of OUR REDEMPTION
Reading: Mark ch. 15
When the apostle Peter wrote his first letter he tried to get his readers to do something almost impossible. He tried to get them to appreciate the almost unfathomable depth of Jesus’ love for them. But he wanted to do more than that; he wanted to evoke from his readers a deep response to that love. “You know”, wrote Peter, “that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ.”
A number of different original words are translated as redemption, but the sense in which Peter uses the word here is that of restoration, or recovery. He uses a word which describes the process that a man would have gone through if, for example, he had pawned one of his possessions and now wished to bring it back into his own ownership again. As one writer has remarked, “The word has this idea of getting something back into the possession of its rightful owner, rescuing something from the power and possession of an alien possessor.” The point that Peter is making, of course, is that the whole of the human race has, in effect, passed into the possession of an alien owner. From birth every person has been acquired by an evil and oppressive and cruel master. To use some of Paul’s words, we are prisoners of the law of