We believe that the Church is a spiritual entity comprising all who believe in Jesus Christ. The fellowship of Christians is not defined by physical buildings, denominations, or institutions, but rather it is a community of faith, joined together in spirit and in love. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
We believe that the New Testament’s account of the early Church’s close fellowship, cooperative efforts, and spiritual unity serves not only as a historical narrative, but as a model for succeeding generations of believers.
Members of the Family International are part of a worldwide community of faith, and consider themselves brothers and sisters in spirit, united in faith and purpose. We believe that as Jesus laid down His life for us, “we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16), serving one another in love and deference (Galatians 5:13). We believe that, as Christians, we should work in harmony with others to share God’s love with the world and to improve people’s quality of life.
- 1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 2:19–22; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Acts 2:46; 1 John 1:7; Psalm 133:1; 1 Peter 4:8; John 15:13
1 Peter 2:5 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house.
Ephesians 2:19–22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:12–14 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
Acts 2:46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
1 Peter 4:8 Above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.
John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.