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



Readings: Nehemiah ch. 3; 1 Thessalonians chs. 1 and 2

In our readings for today we have brought before us some of the faithful of God's people—Nehemiah, Paul, and the faithful brethren at Thessalonica; and in comparing these readings we find certain principles and certain experiences which were common to them all and which are common to all God's faithful people, because all God's people are being formed to one image, the image of His dear Son. We thought it might be helpful to consider some of these characteristics and experiences common to us all so that we may be helped to fight the good fight and to lay hold on eternal life.

The first thing we notice was the constant enquiry and constant concern of these faithful ones for the work of God and for the people of God. Nehemiah, in the beginning of the 1st chapter, made enquiry concerning the welfare of the Jews which were at Jerusalem and concerning the city of God. That was his main concern, and it was also the concern of the apostle Paul. Turning to 1 Thess. 3.5 we read: "For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain". Then in chap. 4 we find that the Thessalonian brethren were concerned about their brethren, v. 9: "But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you; for ye yourselves are taught of God to love on