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: Psalms 83 and 84

If there is one theme in the Psalms, which now form part of our daily readings, which is emphasised more than another, it is the insistence that righteousness will ultimately triumph in the earth over the work and workers of iniquity; that contrary to all present experience, as Isaiah was commanded to say to the righteous: "It shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings." This of course is the message of all the Scriptures, but nowhere, we think, is it more forcefully expressed or more closely interwoven with the battle of life's experiences than in the Psalms. Several examples will readily come to mind: "For the needy shall not alway be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever." Or again: "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Or those well known words which must have strengthened the hopes of generations of believers: "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity." "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him." "For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be."

Now this same theme is expressed in different forms in the Psalms which have been read this morning. In Psalm 83 the Psalmist pleads for the help of God against the crafty counsel of the enemies