A report released this week has highlighted the importance of the Bible in the everyday lives of church-goers across the UK and Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than three in five of regular church attenders (at least once a month) said that the Bible has been vital in helping them cope in challenging situations during the pandemic. The report also concluded that around three quarters of church-goers say the Bible is important to them to have a personal relationship with God.
The research which was conducted by Savanta ComRes and commissioned by WordGo, a new digital offering by Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), explored the value placed on Scripture by practicing Christians across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The report surveyed 1,095 Christian adults across the countries.
Simon Lennox, Director of WordGo, said,
“It is so encouraging to hear of people being comforted by God through the Bible in these challenging times. This shows us the genuine impact of Bible engagement on our lives. In times of great uncertainty, we need the timeless wisdom and genuine peace that only the words of God can bring. The most radical thing we can do for our mental and spiritual health during this season is to be in conversation with God, in prayer and in Scripture. Ultimately, if we are going to face the uncertainties of life – death, disease or famine – we need to start the day with our certainties in Christ.”
In addition, the study concluded that just over 60 percent of regular church-goers felt the Bible encouraged and motivated them during the pandemic.
“With the pandemic removing most of the ways we experience church or community together, it is so easy to feel isolated, disconnected and far removed from God and one another. We launched the WordGo app at the start of lockdown to provide a new and accessible way for churches to help their communities stay connected through Bible Study. We hope that it will continue to help people look to the Bible for God’s wisdom and comfort during these difficult days.”
Savanta ComRes interviewed 1,095 Christian adults from the UK and ROI online from the 9th to 12th October 2020. Data was weighted by region to be demographically representative of UK and ROI adults. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables are available at https://comresglobal.com/our-work/poll-archive/.