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.
ENCOURAGEMENTS ON THE WAY
Readings: Deuteronomy ch. 17; Ecciesiastes ch. 9; Acts eb. 8
We suppose that all of our brethren whose duty it is to speak to us Sunday by Sunday would beforehand have read and carefully considered the chapters for the day, in order that they might bring before us some of those good things which are revealed therein, and so lead us up to the central object of our meeting, the partaking of the emblems. We think it is quite advantageous so to do. In the first place we know that two of the chapters are going to be read at the meeting, and therefore that the minds of the brethren and sisters would be somewhat attuned to that which has already been read. There is therefore a sort of foundation upon which one could build.
Take our first reading, Deuteronomy 17. Here is Moses giving the people the words of God prior to their entry into the land. God in His foreknowledge sees that there will be a time when they would desire a king over them. He does not in these verses give any apparent condemnation of that, unless it be in the 14th verse where it says:
‘Thou shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me”; but knowing what was to come to pass we get the exhortation which is left on record that the king should follow, verse 16: “But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses.&rdqu