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.

Today's Exhortation

NOVEMBER 23

MAN OF GOD Reading: 1 Timothy ch. 6

Much of the first letter which Paul wrote to Timothy is devoted to giving Timothy guidance in the work which Paul had entrusted to this young man. That work, as we learn from the opening words of the letter, was to put the ecclesia at Ephesus on a sound footing. As the letter makes clear, there were grave dangers besetting that ecclesia as a result of the environment in which it found itself. Timothy's task was to strengthen the ecclesia by his own preaching and example, and to ensure its continuing strength by appointing faithful men to guide and to manage ecclesial affairs after his departure.

But there was also personal exhortation in that letter. We have an excellent example in some of those words which we read, and it is on these words that we wish to reflect. That 6th chapter opens with strong warnings against wrong attitudes and false teaching, with clear instructions what to do when false teaching was persisted in: "From such withdraw thyself, were the uncompromising words of the apostle. It is quite clear that he was particularly warning Timothy of the dangers which would arise from a materialistic outlook in the ecclesia. How well we know those words in verse 7 onwards: "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,

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