Robert Banks The comparison of the Christian community with a 'family' must be regarded as the most significant metaphorical usage of all.
1 Timothy 5:1 - 2 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
“adelphoi” “brothers and sisters” 1 Corinthians 15:58 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.
Acts 16:1 - 3 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. 2 The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey…
2 Timothy 2:2 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
Philippians 2:19 - 22 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 4:17 17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. 1 Timothy 1:2 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith:
2 Timothy 1:5 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
1 Corinthians 4:17 17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.