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.
CHRIST'S TRIAL AND DEATH
Reading: John ch. 19
If we want memories of someone whom we have never known personally, then we usually try to find someone who knew them at first hand, someone who was close to them and had some special reason for noting everything they did and said. We can do that today for Dr. Thomas through Bro. Roberts' work on his life, and for Bro. Roberts we have the personal recollections of Bro. Islip Collyer. In both April and now in October we go through the gospel record of John, the apostle whom Jesus loved. That phrase comes four times in John's gospel record and evidently refers to John himself; but he never names himself in the gospel, a sign of modesty, even though he had this treasured possession of being especially compatible with Christ.
We all know that this gospel has a quality different from the other three. One such quality is that it was written by one who had known Jesus from boyhood and may well have shared much activity and conversation with him during that impressionable time. John was the son of Salome, the wife of Zebedee and sister in the flesh to Mary the mother of Jesus, so John and Jesus were first cousins; and John is always mentioned after James his brother, so that he was probably the younger.
Since, then, we are here with the special intent of remembering Christ, his words and his works, we could have no better mentor t