The church family is one of the most important aspects of church life. We gather together in a worship environment to learn and grow.
We need to support one another and help each other succeed. This should also apply to our family members as well.
Bible Verses about Church Family
The Bible is full of great teachings and words to live by, but sometimes it’s easier to read one verse at a time.
That’s why we created these 21 Bible verses about church family and church relationships.
These Bible verses will help you understand what a family is and how churches should operate and share a personal story that has impacted my life.
Hebrews 10:24-25 – Embrace a confident faith and seek to encourage other believers.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
How do we maintain harmony and strengthen our church family?
The life of an obedient Christian revolves around both encouraging others and receiving encouragement from others. We should hold fast to the truth in the face of pressure from persecution and terror. Nevertheless, the impact of others is crucial to our spiritual development (Hebrews 3:13).
We should embrace a confident faith and seek to encourage other believers to do the same rather than responding to tough circumstances with dread or doubt. This entails challenging other Christians to do more than merely “believe” and demonstrate their faith via acts of kindness and goodness.
Romans 12:10-13 – We are expected to act sacrificially and be committed to other Christians.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Romans 12:10-13 (ESV)
Jesus’ death on the cross served as a testimony to God’s love, the basis for how we should treat others. We are expected to act sacrificially and be committed to other Christians. We are all beloved children of God, our Father, and we are to respect one another (regardless of position, rank, or any other aspect).
When we put the needs of others ahead of our own, we are not acting from a place of weakness but from the strength that comes from realizing that we are valuable members of God’s family who are unique and wanted.
Matthew 12:49-50 – We all have a typical heavenly Father.
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 12:49-50 (ESV)
Christians are family in Christ because we all have a typical heavenly Father. Our faith in Christ has played a role in the Father adopting us as His children (Romans 8:15).
The belief that family and community tie the followers of Christ together and give them a sense of belonging is essential to being a Christian. We’re always not on our own because we are heirs of God the Father.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – The Church can be a pillar of support.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
A vital component of loving your neighbors as yourself is inspiring and motivating them. Giving support and inspiration is crucial because almost everyone you meet struggles. Most individuals struggle on the inside, even if they don’t show it on the surface.
Your neighbors need to feel uplifted, supported, cheered, and reassured for you to encourage them. Remind your hurting neighbors that God loves them and won’t ever leave them, no no matter how difficult things appear to be right now.
Remind them that Jesus Christ will walk with them through their ordeal if they leave their concerns, doubts, sadness, disappointment, and uncertainties at his feet in prayer.
John 1:12-13 – We are His offspring.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 (ESV)
God made provision for us through our adoption into the Father’s household to include us as his heirs. We couldn’t adopt ourselves into God’s family any more than kids can adopt themselves through birth.
Because of God’s love, grace, and Jesus’ death, we are his offspring. Jesus came as the Father’s Word of grace, enabling us to become heavenly children.
Ephesians 3:14-15 – We are called to put prayer first in everything.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
Ephesians 3:14-15 (ESV)
The practice of prayer, fasting, and believing has to be revived in the Church today. We are called to put prayer first in everything we do on God’s behalf as pastors, leaders, parents, and siblings in Christ.
People can be welcomed into the Church, but it is essential to introduce them to a life of prayer so they can learn to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit and to kneel in worship to emphasize the need to reverence God.
Galatians 6:10 – Do what is right.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:10 (ESV)
We should utilize every chance we get to act morally and devote our lives to doing what is right with the help of the Holy Spirit. This includes being kind to everyone, with a focus on being kind to and supporting fellow believers.
As a result, the “household of faith” is referred to as encompassing all of us who are in Christ. God is our Father, and we are siblings in Christ. In our family, helping others is an investment that will pay off for them and us in the here and now and all of eternity.
Acts 4:34-37 – Encouragement.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Acts 4:34-37 (ESV)
The believers are characterized by their kindness and concern for the less fortunate members of their church family.
You can inspire others by giving them something you can be generous with. Hebrews teaches us that the key is to encourage others, whether it is financially or in other ways.
What if you have no money to donate? You can inspire people and be generous with your wealth, whether friendship, hospitality, property, time or skills. You can encourage people by using anything you can give generously.
1 Timothy 5:8 – Provision is not just financial.
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8 (ESV)
Provision is not just financial; it denotes any help, including financial, emotional, and physical support. If necessary, this might also include letting a family member live with you or assisting you in paying their costs.
A person is worse than an unbeliever if they have something needy in their family and do not support them financially or in other ways.
Psalm 133:1-3 – They ought to share the same fundamental beliefs.
A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
Psalm 133:1-3 (ESV)
Christians should be kind to one another, bond with one another in Christ, and work together to give the world a remarkable witness.
Churches don’t have to merge into one significant unification where everyone has the same values; instead, they should share the same fundamental beliefs.
Being together as God’s people is beneficial and pleasant in and of itself, but it also opens up a world of opportunities for other beautiful things.
There are so many other excellent things that God’s people could be doing and enjoying instead of fighting among themselves.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV)
God builds his family and lays the foundation based on the instructions he gave his disciples. God’s house is constructed from God’s Word, God’s hands, and God’s people. Therefore, God now resides within people due to Christ’s atoning work, and they have free access to Him just as children have with their fathers.
Believers are in Christ, and those in Christ make up the body of Christ. Christ is evident as believers unite and show one another love, service, and encouragement. Christ is made known in this world through the Church, which is his body.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 (ESV)
Avoiding undue favoritism or unjust treatment is necessary because Godly fathers should not encourage Anger in children. Occasionally, being angry is a good thing, but it frequently results in sin (Ephesians 4:26).
To ensure that a child knows that there is a tremendous heart of love behind all the instruction and punishment, a father should ensure that it is evident in all he does to help his children grow up.
Everything is being done for this child’s benefit by this earthly parent. The attributes of God are thus revealed.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
This is not a promise to parents who raise their kids well; instead, it warns those who let their children grow up unsupervised and encourages them to choose their paths.””
If children are left to their own choices, it is unlikely that they will change; instead, they will grow up to be adults who take the wrong path.
It is about parents assisting their children in finding their life’s purpose and direction. Children’s parents have the unique responsibility of guiding them in understanding how God has gifted them and how they might make good use of their talents as adults.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Genesis 2:24 (ESV)
God chose the exquisite example of a man and a woman getting married to illustrate the holy union between Christ and His bride, the Church.
And it was Christ, Who loved the Church so profoundly that He gave Himself for her, to sanctify her after cleansing her with the water and the Word and to present the Church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything else that she might be holy and without blemish.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Colossians 3:20 (ESV)
When a child disobeys their parents, they rebel against the Lord, who established a particular order in the family that reflects Christ and the Church, which is His Body and His Bride.
The Bible states that children should be raised in a structured family environment and that they should be taught to fear and serve the Lord. Children are taught to be obedient in all circumstances, not just those that fit their interests.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7 (ESV)
Love is definitely from God, but when we despise God’s beloved, how can we possibly love God? When we recognize our sisters and brothers as God’s beloved, we also see ourselves in them.
If we have come to know God’s love, we have personally experienced how unconditional, undeserving, and completely free it is. God asks us to love one another as He has loved us; therefore, even though his love is unconditional, it has requirements.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, …
Acts 2:42-47 ESV
As Christians, we should work toward building a community that is centered on God in Christ and possess a love so strong that members are prepared to give up their possessions to ensure that no one in the congregation is wanting.
It is rare and incredible when individuals genuinely watch out for each other in a society full of callousness and compassion exhaustion when everyone looks out for themselves.
Sharing a meal brings people together, facilitates reconciliation, and even makes us look forward to the heavenly feast when we will all eat and drink beside Jesus.
If there isn’t joy in the Church today, perhaps it’s because we’ve lost sight of the importance of sharing meals in small groups and during the Lord’s Supper.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Ephesians 2:19 (ESV)
The Church comprises a group of Christians who have been made heavenly citizens due to our eternal relationship with Christ, who is also our holy God.
But because every member of the Body of Christ placed their faith in Jesus as Savior, we are no longer aliens and strangers destined to spend eternity in hell for their crimes.
We now belong to the family of faith and, as fellow citizens of paradise with all the departed saints, we have been granted the privileges and status of God’s children through grace and trust.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
We are urged to let God’s Word live in us fully because they foster an abundance of life and the spirit of genuine insight, and our hearts are now where the Holy Spirit resides, teaching and guiding us in every truth.
We are also encouraged to worship God with all our hearts and with thankfulness through singing hymns, worship, praises, and spiritual songs.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7 (ESV)
The highest state for a sinner saved by grace is to experience a positive relationship with our Heavenly Lord and by this means all believers have the right and privilege of walking in the warmth and splendor of God’s flawless light and communing with Him since God is light and there is no darkness in Him.
We will continue to enjoy close company with the Lord if we walk in the light. But our relationship with our Father will be broken if we decide to leave the light. We are light-bearers because we are God’s offspring, and we are moved from the reign of darkness into the kingdom of God upon our redemption.
1 John 3:1-24
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. …
1 John 3:1-24 (ESV)
We are unique because God has called us and set us aside as his children, but to access this rare privilege, we must come to terms with the Father through salvation.
In addition to receiving the newly resurrected life of Christ at our new birth, which requires us to learn to cling to Him, rely on Him, increase in grace, and develop in the faith, Christians also receive the Holy Spirit of God, who abides within us forever and who cleanses us.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35 (ESV)
Jesus is a perfect example of love because he first loved us through his model on the cross. Therefore no one can love as Christ loved, but those who put their faith in His name have been transformed into new creations in Christ and have the life of Christ living in them and through them.
We can only carry out this lovely mandate if we walk in spirit and truth, yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit inside, thereby making us his disciples and heirs of God’s kingdom.