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.
THINKING OF JESUS
Reading: Hebrews chs. 1 and 2
God has spoken—to us. That is the message of the opening words of the letter to the Hebrews—and our meeting together this morning is based on that fact. For if God had not spoken we would all be wandering in the wilderness with only death to look forward to. God has not spoken to you or to me personally, but He has spoken in such a way that the effect is as great.
The apostle Paul writing to his own countrymen said, "God spoke to our forefathers ... in varied fashion through the prophets." Here Paul was confirming what he wrote to Timothy and also what Peter wrote in his second epistle, "the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
When Paul wrote that God had "spoken at sundry times and in divers manners" he may have had in mind an event with which he would be familiar through his study of the Scriptures. Many hundreds of years beforehand Miriam and Aaron had questioned Moses' authority. The Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud and stood at the tabernacle door and said, "If there be a prophet among you, I will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream—but with Moses I will speak mouth to mouth." But in Paul's day the era of revelation through the mouths and pens of the prophets was over. "In the last days