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.
Reading: 2 Thessalonians ch. 3
In the 2nd epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians, the last chapter of which we have read, there is much food for thought by way of exhortation. Thessalonica had once been the capital city of Macedonia. In the days of Alexander the Great, Cassander, one of his four generals, who helped him in his great wars and conquests, enlarged what was then the city of Therme, and bestowed upon it a new name in honour of his wife, Thessalonica, the sister of Alexander. In later years when Rome overthrew Greece and took over her dominions, this city of Thessalonica became the seat of the Roman Pro-Consul, and was made a free city. It was the largest and most populous in Macedonia; it was the centre of commerce and industry, and, as so often happens, of indolence, pleasure-seeking and wickedness. It is true there was a considerable Jewish population there and a great synagogue, but its lack of the true spirit of the God of Israel was shown in their treatment of his servant Paul, for in Thessalonica Paul received more unkindness than in many other places, and you will remember that when they stirred up the mob, the brethren had to send him and Silas away by night. But, with that true greatness which we see in all Paul's example, his love remained with the brethren and sisters there, and his earnest care for their welfare comes out in these two epistles.
The Truth had found them in this great but evil city w