You’re life is already complicated enough, so we’ll keep this simple. Here are 5 truths about us.
- We love Jesus.
Our desire is for you to know Him and be known by Him. In John 14, Jesus says He is “the way, the truth, and the life”, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. Don’t think that because we’re a church we’re perfect. We’re not. We never will be. Because of that, God, who loves us so much, sent Jesus to pay for our sin. And Jesus came and chose our lives over His. So loving Jesus is our response to His first loving us. And He loves you too.
- We are one body.
We’re a United Methodist Church, which means we’re connected with the church around the world. But when we say “church”, we don’t mean buildings. We mean the people. In Romans 12, Paul writes “we, who are many, form one body in Christ”. What does that mean? It means God gave us each other. We weren’t meant to live in isolation, and neither are you. We want to help you become a part of the body, and experience the freedom and joy that comes from being connected with God’s family.
- We live out an active faith.
Serving is a huge part of our church life. We want to see the world the way God sees it. In Galations 5, Paul says we were called to freedom, but that freedom is not for us to serve our own selfish desires. Instead, through Christ’s example of love, we serve each other. At St. James, we are actively serving in Athens and around the world. We want you to experience that kind of freedom and love, and it happens through serving others in Jesus’ name.
- We’re diverse.
We’re regular people from eight counties around Athens. We’re doctors, teachers, secretaries, professors, farmers, fishermen, artists, Democrats and Republicans, red, yellow, green, black, and white. What ever you look like, how ever you dress, where ever you’re from, how ever you like to worship, we’ll welcome you.
- We are for you.
Athens probably won’t end up being your permanent home. So we want to be your home away from home. We won’t smother you, but we will love you. Whatever you need, at whatever time of the day or night, we want to be there for you. Want to know how we’ll be there for you?
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