Jan 26, 2015 / Life

Athens, I Love You

Athens, I Love You

Yesterday I got to attend an incredible service at Athens Church as they celebrated their 10-year anniversary in style by packing out Stegman Coliseum.

Athens Church is where I was first introduced to the teaching of Andy Stanley when I was in school in the Classic City. Andy has probably influenced my life more than anyone outside of my family. Yesterday was my first time seeing him live and in person (yes I’ve watched him on a screen for the past 5 years).

One of the things I love about Athens Church is their slogan:

“Athens, I love you”

It was inspiring and extremely challenging yesterday to hear Andy speak about the importance of this in the church. The main thing Jesus did better than anything else was He loved people. This is who we are called to be as Jesus followers above everything else. This is our biggest commandment we’re given.

So many people see church as a place where they’re judged or outcast but I’m grateful to know a church in this college town that is known for loving people. I’m thankful for this amazing church family to be a part of and I’m excited for the new opportunities Athens Church has to expand their reach as they continue to love the people of Athens, GA.