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

NOVEMBER 17

"THAT YE SORROW NOT"

Readings: 1 Thessalonians chs. 3 and 4

In the past we have suffered the loss of very many fellow pilgrims by the hand of death; those we have known and loved, brethren and sisters of faith and good works, who held on to the end. And now we have read again words of comfort and assurance concerning those who have died in the Lord—words which have consoled and strengthened many a pilgrim in the hour of grief and bereavement: "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."

Those words were penned by the beloved apostle Paul to the brethren and sisters at Thessalonica after Timothy had returned from that city bringing news to Paul at Corinth; and they were in particular need of the comfort which is contained in chap. 4. The ecclesia at Thessalonica had only been established by Paul a few months before. The members were all babes in Christ, enthusiastic for the Truth, profoundly moved by the doctrine of the return of Christ; and they were already experiencing persecution because of their acceptance of the Truth.

Paul's preaching in Thessalonica had met with much success among the Gentiles, and we read in the Acts that of the devout Gentiles a great multitude and of the chief women not a few, believed. Some Jews, too, were obedient to the faith. But the unbelieving Jews were bitterly envious, and getting a rabble together set

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