I.       All brothers that are united to Jesus Christ their Head[1] by His Spirit and by faith have fellowship with Him in His self-denying, sacrificial love which is a quality brought forth of brotherly affection.[2] Being united to one another in love, they have fellowship in each other’s gifts, honor, rejoicings, sorrows, failings, battles, and sufferings,[3] and are obliged to lay down their lives for the brothers,[4] and do good to everyone, especially to those who are of the Household of Faith.[5]

II.      Brothers by profession are bound to maintain a holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification;[6] as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their various abilities and necessities. Which fellowship, as God offers opportunity, is to be extended unto all brothers who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.[7]

[1] 1 COR 11:3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ ROM 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

[2] 2 PET 1:7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 1 THES 4:9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another HEB 13:1 Let brotherly love continue. ROM 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 1 PET 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart PSA 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!  1JO 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. PHI 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death

[3] 1 TIM 2:3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. ROM 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. HEB 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

[4] 1JO 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

[5] GAL 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

[6] HEB 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ACT 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.

[7] ACT 2:44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 1JO 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? (2CO 8-9) ACT 11:29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.