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

MAY 23
THE LORD HATH FOUNDED ZION

Reading: Isaiah chs. 13 and 14

When we read in the Scriptures of exhortation we think at once of an address which includes entreaty, rebuke, encouragement and so on. But in many cases the Word is speaking of comfort and consolation, and it is as much the duty of the exhorting brother to comfort as it is to chide; and the only true source of exhortation, whether it be of rebuke or of consolation, is the Word of God. That Word of God has a quality and an appeal all its own, so that in many cases the mere quotation of a scriptural passage is all-sufficient for the purpose of exhortation. We may at times find it necessary to add a comment in order to assist a faulty or an inadequate translation, but there are very many instances where any attempt at elucidation by the speaking brother serves only to obscure the real power and beauty of that Word. We cannot 'gild the lily'; we had best leave it in all its natural glory.

In the book of Isaiah which we are now reading there are many 'lilies'. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful of the books of the Bible. Its language has an authority which cannot be mistaken. It has a grandeur which is unmatched. There are many verses in this book which flow from the page most poetically and yet which are rich in meaning and can be very deeply moving. Those passages have a power unique in themselves. They cannot be improved, they cannot be embellished, and as we read

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