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 60,000.
WRITTEN FOR OUR LEARNING
Readings: Exodus chs. 39 and 40; Psalm 102; 1 Corinthians ch. 10
We always look for our exhortation from the readings and the two portions which we have just read together are very quick to point out what the exhortation shall be for us today. Specifically both those readings, the one from Psalms and the chapter from Corinthians, point to things written for ourselves, for a people long distant from the days in which they were first uttered, and then committed to writing to be preserved. No doubt the same thought occurred to all of you as we read through those chapters.
In that first epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 10, Paul says—these are very well-known words—"Now all these things"—and he had been talking about Israel and their career from the time they came out of Egypt and through the desert into the wilderness—"all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are met." It is possible that many brethren and sisters, reading those things, would have come to that conclusion anyway, even if Paul had not said this. It is quite likely that reading them with a spiritual mind it would have occurred to many that there are lessons here for us. But the Lord moved Paul to say that specifically. It underlines an idea. He does not want us to miss it. There is something here that our Lord and Master is ve