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 (1,000). This puts the figure at around 60,000.

Today's Exhortation

DECEMBER 8

"WHAT DOTH THE LORD REQUIRE OF THEE?"

Readings: Micah ch. 6; James ch. 2

There was no problem in deciding what should be our theme for this morning's exhortation. No sooner had the eye lighted upon those glorious words of the prophet Micah than the line of our approach towards the memorial feast seemed clear. His words in that chapter which we have read together are indeed an answer to prayer in every sense. It is the prayer of every true son and daughter of God. "Wherewith shall I come before the Lord . . .?" And the answer to that question which the prophet renders: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" We might say that in those words we have the Divine specification for the Lord Jesus Christ. In the one whom we have met together to remember this morning we can look and we can say: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee?" In every respect the Lord's requirements were met in the life and death of the Son of His love.

Here then in these few words we have ample to occupy our thoughts this morning, and with which to search our hearts. There is no need to stray very far from this one verse, although we shall find as we proceed that James provides us with the ideal New Testament complement to the words of t

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