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

JULY 16

SAUL, DAVID AND JONATHAN      

Readings: 1 Samuel 31; Matthew cli. 17

We have been reading of a period of Israel’s history which, from the natural point of view, was extremely sad. Those who then lived in Israel and were trying to maintain their trust in the God of Israel must have wondered just what was going to happen next. We have read of a national calamity. Death, when it occurs in the family circle, is a period of sadness and there is a sense of loss of those we love. But the circumstances in which Saul and his three sons ended their lives were particularly sad, to their families, to their friends, and to Israel as a nation. What a contrast we have in this chapter to the circumstances by which we were introduced to the life of Saul. His period of probation appeared to start very well. He had the honour of kingship conferred upon him at a time when he least expected it, and it seems from the incident recorded of him, as he went to seek those asses, that at that time at least he had a respect for God and for His promises. He went to the prophet Samuel, and accepted in faith what Samuel told him about the asses; and it would seem that he accepted the information regarding the coming kingship also in the spirit of faith. Although we are told that he was well built physically, it would seem he was reticent, if not very shy. You will recall how he had to be sought am

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