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.
Readings: Joshua ch. 14; Titus chs. 1-3
In our first reading for today, Joshua 14, we certainly have an example of faith which we do well to take to heart in our own days of probation. We refer, of course, to the example of Caleb. Here we have a man who suffered a great disappointment which arose from his faith and service to God. When that disappointment came about he knew that it would last for a period of at least 40 years; but despite this fact he still kept alive in his heart the hope to sustain him through that long wait; and he did so, we believe, because his faith was based upon his confidence in the faithfulness of God towards His people.
In Joshua 14.6 we read: "Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh-bamea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart." Caleb brought Moses word again as it was in his heart. What was it that was in his heart? Surely, the earnest expectation of an inheritance of the land promised to the fathers. And why was it that that expectation was so strong in his heart? Because, for example, he had witnessed the ten plagues sent upon Egypt; he had come out of Egypt following the passing over of God