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Brotherhood

A deep bond of love and closeness exists among Apostolic Christians, and this esteem for the brethren extends from congregation to congregation within the denomination. There is frequent visiting among the various congregations across the land. When visiting members are present, they are given the opportunity to extend the greetings of their home church following the morning service. The bond of love and fellowship in Christ experienced by Apostolic Christians is unique and striking. Christ taught that genuine love among his people would confirm that they are His true followers. [John 13:34-35] It is hoped that this atmosphere of love and mutual respect will be welcoming and assuring to all newcomers of this church.

This brotherly love exists because of the common spiritual bond made possible by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The church believes in the biblical teaching of unity in spirit, mind and faith. [Philippians 1:27] Apostolic Christians believe that the church is Christ's body, and that Christ is the head. [Ephesians 5:23; Ephesians 2:20] The two are inseparable. Individualism, so prominent in society, is in conflict with the truths of unified brotherhood taught by the Word. Thus, much like a physical body (which has many parts or members), the church is a spiritual body with many members. This spiritual body is united, not divided. [1 Corinthians 1:10]

Brothers and sisters in the church are to love one another as Christ loved us. They are to submit one to another in the fear of God. [Ephesians 5:21] They are to respect each other's conscience. [Acts 24:16; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13] Further, they are asked via Scriptures to encourage (exhort) [1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:25] one another and, if ever necessary, to correct (admonish) each other. [Romans 15:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:14] This is all done in love and gentleness with the intent of strengthening the individual member and the entire body.

 
     
 

Likewise, believers are to be "perfectly joined together" in a tightly knit church family." They are to keep the same spiritual judgments, and walk according to the same understanding and application of biblical principles. [1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 2:21; Ephesians 4:16; Philippians 3:16]

Following this biblical pattern of godly order nurtures a great measure of love and unity. In Christ and His body, the church, the believer finds comfort, contentment, inspiration, and unity of the Spirit.