A group of people linked by a common interest. This was evidenced by the early converts who fellowshipped together in the common bond of their newfound faith in Christ (Act 2:42-47). As fellow believers, this kinship should be a loyal friendship where we watch out for and protect each other’s backs, supporting in every way those of like mind because of our joint faith in Christ.

There should be a loving acceptance of other believers because of the joint relationship in Christ even though there will be differences of customs and non-essential beliefs and views (Act 9:17; Rom 15:7). We should be united as fellow redeemed sinners of our loving

Am I bonded in or am I aloof?

heavenly Father and 'supporting His team' and fighting the devil rather than attacking other believers (Gal 3:28; Tit 3:7; Jas 2:5; 1 Pet 3:7).

The Bible’s message is, “Love the brotherhood of believers…” (1 Pet 2:17). Although the tone of the Bible was written in the masculine, the same principles apply to the female sisterhood. The advice Paul gave was, “Treat older men as if they were your father, the younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, with absolute purity” (1 Tim 5:1,2).

See also: accountability, body of Christ, bond/bonding, brother/sister, brother’s keeper, Church, congregation, integrity, unity.