A Recent Study On Health
I’ve had a few conversations this week about people missing our Sunday gatherings. More often than not people simply feel better after having participated in our community discussions. They also feel it when they’ve missed out a few weeks in a row. Other people seem to handle their stress and frustrations better when they regularly engage with the church.
There’s a physiological benefit to being with people who live love. And there should be. I couldn’t help but think of a recent study someone sent me regarding the health benefits of those who are consistently involved with spiritual/faith communities. I recommend everyone check out these health benefits.
I got to wondering, why would church be so good for your health? While it may not eliminate the stress of life, how does it help alleviate its effects? Why should we go to church, participate, and continue to do so?
Something Happens When People Get Together
In the letter to the Hebrew Christians found in the New Testament the author gives us a little insight as to the benefits of being together with the church. He uses several “let us” instructions. They aren’t commands or “have to dos” for the church. But they are clear motivations for consistently gathering with each other.
I’ll highlight a few things written in Hebrews chapter ten…
- “let us” go into the Presence of God – maybe there’s something holy about being with each other because “presence” with those made in the image of God translates to being in the presence of God, especially when we share God with each other in song, discussion, and prayer.
- “let us” hold tightly to Hope – maybe the trials of life are best handled with a little hope, and hope is shared in community.
- “let us” think of ways to motivate each other to acts of love – maybe people are motivated to love better when they are with others who believe in Jesus and his message to “love each other as I have loved you!”
- “let us” not neglect meeting together – maybe something good happens for the one when they interact with the many.
These encouragements aren’t just for people 2,000 years ago. They are good for us now, today!
Often times the church can come across as selfish in the way that they encourage people to be a part of everything they have programmed. It can often times be guilt-driven. I never want to do that. I want what’s good for people. And studies show that being a part of a faith community is good for you, your family, and your future.
I believe something happens when you get people together, in a room, discussing life and faith. There’s something about tables and chairs and the energy created through meaningful conversation. There’s something encouraging about music that tells your story or sings your prayer. Crying together, encouraging each other, and walking beside one another changes things. It’s why we started Downtown Faith for the DTLV community.
How has a church community been good for you or your family? Has Downtown Faith been healthy for you? Join the discussion by commenting below!