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

DECEMBER 18

PROBATION and REWARD

Reading: 1 John ch. 5

We come together this morning, each one of us with a different burden, a different weight of burden bearing, as we strive to stay worthy of our calling. We come together needing to be reassured that our obtaining of eternal life is not an impossible dream. It is a probability within the reach of everyone of us through the forgiveness of sins. Equally do we need reminding that we have a responsibility to live as the expectant heirs of salvation.

Now the words of John that we have read together in his 1 st epistle provide an exhortation that meets both these needs. In the verses we have read it is made quite clear that salvation is consequent upon belief in God and in His redemptive purpose in Christ, and this belief we all have and we all share. Look again at chapter 5.1: "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him." Verse 20: "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." Verse 10: "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record t

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