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.
NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL ISRAEL
Readings: 2 Chronicles ch. 14; Ezekiel ch. 47; John ch. 15
As so often happens, our three readings for today appear to be totally unconnected, and yet after a little reflection there is seen to be a wonderful harmony. They are three parts of a whole. The first reading concerns Israel nationally; the last reading, Israel spiritually; and the middle reading a blend of both these aspects of the hope of Israel, the future glory of the nation and the blessings of the Israel of God; and the connecting link between them all is the Lord Jesus Christ whom we now meet to remember.
So, then, let us give our minds for a few moments to a reflection upon all these three readings in an effort to observe this harmony and learn the lessons that spring therefrom.
Turn again then to your Bibles and read with me verse 1 of 2 Chronicles 14: "So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years." Here is a picture of one of those few bright and happy periods in the history of the kingdom of Israel. Asa started as a good king. He had ten years of peace, and he needed it. Ever since the division of the kingdom in the days of Solomon there had been nothing but war—war with Egypt, war with the northern kingdom of Israel— and now, ten years of peace; and Asa spen