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.
THE RICH YOUNG RULER
Readings: Proverbs ch. 4; Luke ch. 18
In our chapter from Luke we have read of that incident concerning a certain ruler who came to Jesus to ask him; “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” It is a question which all earnest- minded people would like to ask. In the background of the inindof all thoughtful men and women is the fear that sooner or later life must give way to death. They would like an assurance of the future, but they do not know how to ask. Very often it is because they have neither the humility nor the courage to admit their fear. Yet it is because of the answer to that question that we are here together this morning. Jesus came to deliver us from that situation in which through fear of death we would all our lifetime be subject to bondage.
From the other records concerning this incident we know that this ruler was a young man. He was therefore a rich young ruler. He was earnest, and his approach to the Master was made in such an earnest way that we are told that Jesus, as he looked upon him, loved him. There must surely have been a genuineness and a sincerity in that question which moved the Master very much. After all, Jesus had had that question put to him before, and in words which were almost identical. It was contained in our reading last Sunday morning. “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” On that occasion, however, it came from the lip