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 SETHNG OF LUKE 21
Reading: Luke ch. 21
The chapter that we havejust read from Luke’s gospel record (21st) is, I suppose, one of the chapters in all Scripture best known to most of us, and is one of those most often quoted in relation to the times in which we live; and for that reason it is unlikely that we can say anything about it that has not already been said, and said more effectively, many times before. But we have not come together around these emblems to hear something new, or to examine coins fresh from the mint of human conceit. We are here to remember things we already know, to remember, to call to mind, things which fade from the memory unless regularly revived; and so we feel no apology is ever necessary for following paths that have been well trodden before, especially when those paths have their locality in the land of promise during the loving ministrations of our Lord.
Just prior to the incidents with which this 21st chapter opens, Christ had routed his adversaries in two of their devilish attempts to entangle him with questions disguised in terms of sweet reason; the question concerning paying tribute to Caesar, and the marriage state in the resurrection. He answered in words of matchless wisdom, leaving them speechless. “After that they thirst not ask him any question at all”. It is proverbial that silence is golden, but they were not allowed to escape in silence; Christ now put to them a ques