A couple of years ago a story ran in the New York Times about how attending church is actually and factually good for you! That’s right, it stated that, “One of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance — at least, religiosity — boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life.” The article went on to report that, “A study conducted in North Carolina found that frequent churchgoers had larger social networks, with more contact with, more affection for, and more kinds of social support from those people than their unchurched counterparts. And we know that social support is directly tied to better health.”
Wow! So not only could you live longer if you regularly attended church, but your quality of life is improved as well. Who knew? Actually, God did! The Bible says, “And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other…” Hebrews 10:24-25a.
God has always desired that people of faith live in community with each other. He knows that when we do we receive love and encouragement from one another and we are stimulated toward living in such a way that we do good works that benefit others. In short, a community where people make church-life a priority are generally-speaking better places to live. We see this in our community as churches and church-related groups do everything from food drives, coat drives, school supplies projects, funds for needy families, and programs aimed at strengthening marriages, families, and hurting people. All this resulting from people who see the importance of being an active part of a church family.
Are you an active participant in a local church family? If not, our community has many great churches where you can be a part and who knows? Maybe as you make church-life a priority your own quality of life might increase and you might actually live longer!
Pastor Rob Jones is the senior pastor of Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk. The church was founded under his leadership in 1995.