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.
OUR MERCY SEAT
Readings: Exodus ch. 37; Psalms 96-98
At first sight there might seem to be no link between our readings from the Old Testament, but there is in fact a very clear one, a very beautiful one, and one of very great significance to us as we are assembled here this morning around the Table of the Lord. Thatlink is provided by the description of the mercy seat found in that chapter which we read from the book of Exodus, chapter 37, and I am reading from verse 6: "And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat; one cherub on the end of this side, and another cherub on the otherend on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims." Now perhaps we will recall the words of the 99th Psalm: "The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved."
Our chapter from Exodus records the actual construction of the Tabernacle and its furniture. Now when God gave Moses details of these items, as recorded in an earlier chapter, He said to Moses: "Thou shalt put t