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 (1,000). This puts the figure at around 60,000.
THE MOMENT OF CHRIST’S COMING
Reading: Luke cli 21
God’s full purpose with this earth and with man has been long before ordained. The script was written long ages ago and scene by scene it has been played out now for six thousand years. We hold the programme in our hands. The last act—and it will be a short one—is now about to begin. Then, very shortly, the final curtain will come down upon the kingdoms of men.
Christ’s coming cannot be a minute late, a minute overdue; but that it is now due is the assurance and the warning that the words of Jesus give to us in our New Testament reading for today (Luke 21). It is written: “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son.” On that day, long before decided, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Because time is only relevant to mortal life, we are apt to think that God is unconcerned with the passing of days or months. This is not so. The three days and three nights of Christ’s death had been appointed before to the minute, and at that moment the angels came and rolled away the stone for Christ to come forth. At the end of forty days Christ took farewell of his disciples and the angels were there to reassure them that he would appear, would return on the day appointed. It was Paul who declared that God has set apart a day when He will rule the world in righteousness, and to this end was Christ born and for that c