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.
THE PRIVILEGE AND POWER OF PRAYER
Reading: 1 Samuel ch. 2
As you are well aware, our first reading for to-day is taken from the 1st book of Samuel chap. 2, and the 1st verse begins thus: “And Hannah prayed.” That then is the subject matter for exhortation— prayer. You all know what it is; it is the privilege of being in communion with the Creator through Jesus Christ. It is the lips trying to express the emotions and the desires of the heart in thankfulness and praise to God; or perhaps to supplicate the throne of grace for forgiveness and for further mercies and blessings. That is prayer, and the need for prayer is also well known to us all.
Now God is the “Source and giver of all good, Nightly sleep and daily food, Quickener of our wearied powers, Guard of our unconscious hours.” He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. He is the Universal Provider, the world’s great Benefactor, who supplies all our wants. There is comfort in that knowledge, and there are times when we are in dire need of comfort. Let us realise that God is a great Comforter. Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards—and they never fly downwards; and you will remember it is said that it is through much tribulation that we must enter into the Kingdom of God. As we have said, God is a great Comforter, and we read in Isaiah 40: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your G