Many people in America today have gotten away from the habit of attending weekly worship services. Whether it is due to shifting cultural standards, apathy among Christians, or a younger generation suspicious about joining large organizations, we at Colton Christian Church are working hard to adapt and attract new members, to overcome the Have you thought about the positive benefits of attending a church service?
1. Better Marriages & Families - Couples who attend church together report being more happily married and are less likely to divorce. Drawing upon three national surveys, University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox found that married church-going Americans across all racial and denominational classifications were more likely to describe themselves as very happy in their marriages than non-church-going respondents. Churchgoers are more likely to be married and express a higher satisfaction with life. Church involvement is the most important predictor of marital stability and happiness according to the Heritage Foundation. According to the Hartford Institute, church participation leads men to become more engaged husbands and fathers.
2. Improved Health - Church attendance and participation in worship boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as many as 2 to 3 years to your life according to the New York Times.
3. Happier Children - A 2010 Child Trends review indicates that kids who attend church are less likely to be involved in violence, theft, and vandalism or to struggle with substance abuse problems than their peers. A special report by the National Survey of Children’s Health indicates that church participation by an intact family is associated with a lower risk of developmental and behavioral problems in school-age children.
4. Better Relationships With Teens - Teens with church-going fathers are more likely to say that they enjoy spending time with Dad and that they admire him, according to a recent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.
5. Prosperity & Happiness - According to the Pew Research Center, frequent churchgoers are happier. Those who attend church services weekly or more are happier than those who attend less often. Those who seldom or never attend services are the least likely to say they are very happy. Church involvement moves people out of poverty. It is also correlated with less depression, more self-esteem, and greater family and marital happiness according to the Heritage Foundation.
In addition to worship, fellowship, and finding a higher purpose in life, the admonition in Hebrews 10: 23-25 includes with it an impressive list of amazing benefits.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:23–25, NLT
Don’t miss out on all these wonderful blessings. We hope to see you this Sunday.