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.

Todays Exhortation



Reading: Matthew ch. 16

We read in Matthew ch. 16 these words: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” That is discipleship. There is for us in this century a very real danger of the unreality of such a discipleship. The cares of this life, with their distractions and attractions, make this present life real and the truth of the gospel comparatively unreal, whereas in fact the reverse is the truth. It cannot be said that all our waking hours are filled with thoughts of the Kingdom and of our entrance into it. That would be a travesty of the truth. It ought not to be. That is the blessing of these memorial meetings. Not a week goes past but we are compelled (or should be) to come here in front of the emblems to remember the life and death and resurrection of Christ and our relationship to the hope of the gospel.

In fact, the only reality is the gospel and the truth of its message. The words of Jesus therefore: “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” The reality—”For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father