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 GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE”
Readings: I Corinthians chs. 12 and 13
In the chapter which we were reading yesterday from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he recounts the institution of the memorial feast which we have met together to keep this morning; and in doing so he gives one of the many reasons why we keep this feast, and for the word of exhortation with which we precede the partaking of the bread and the wine: “Let a man examine himself,” he says, “and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”“Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” Those words bring home to us that this partaking of the emblems must in no wise be a mere mechanical observance of Christ’s command. It is not something which we can dojust as a matter of form,just as a matter of habit. It is something which calls for the exercise of our minds and our hearts, a searching of our thoughts, a searching of our feelings, of our actions, so that we may be purged and purified preparatory to assimilating to ourselves the emblems of the broken body and poured-out blood of our Saviour.
We need to examine ourselves so that we may partake of these emblems worthily. Yes, we meet in this way to remember Christ’s sacrifice. We meet to r