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.

Today's Exhortation

AUGUST 21

HE IS RISEN

Readings: 1 Kings cIt 16; Mark ch. 16

As usual we look to the portions we have been reading to find our exhortation, for this is what God’s Word is designed to do, and indeed we do not have far to look as we read through the wonderful story of the resurrection of Jesus. Here we have the very heart and core of the Truth. How beautiful this story is! How simple! It is the world’s most wonderful story. In this we have the very truth of the Truth. This is the point at which we become assured that human life is not vanity and vexation of spirit for ever, that there is something, that God’s promises and the hope have become real. Here is the fact which transmutes for us a life of wasted and missed worldly opportunities, as the world would judge it, into service which is not in vain in the Lord. Jesus died and “rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” and he was seen of all those witnesses. Paul writes and reassures us of this fact and tells us that by this we are saved, if we keep in memory what was delivered unto us.

So we let Mark tell us again this wonderful story in that 16th chapter: “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.”

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