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  • High Falls Water Park Youth Trip

    High Falls Water Park Youth Trip

    July 27th -Leaving right after church - 5pm

    Cost: $25 ($10 of that is admission)

    Families are welcome too! (2 & under are free)!

    The youth will grab a cheap lunch on the way to the park. Parents will need to pick up your kids from the Water Park.  Holly can bring some back to the church if needed BUT parents will need to notify Holly ahead of time. Parents will need to be at the church by 5:45pm

  • Blog Part Eight (6-30-14)

    Part Eight

         Why should a Christian, saved by grace, be concerned with obeying the law? I mean after all aren’t we just supposed to do the best we can with what we have? A lot of us have been dealt difficult lives, we have baggage that is no fault of our own, surely God does not expect us to follow all these laws! He loves us, he died for us, Jesus paid for our sins, I mean can I not just do what I want?

    Good question… lets pick the thought apart.

         In the Garden of Eden man’s relationship to God was what some theologians call a “Covenant of Works”. A covenant of works means if Adam did his part he could stay in eternal communion with God; if Adam did not do his part he was condemned to eternal separation from God. We must not get confused into thinking that Adam would receive special treatment because of his obedience.  God did not say, “Now Adam, if you will go two years without eating of the tree I will give you a special treat. And if you go 5 years, then Adam, you will get an even more special treat. And Adam, believe it or not, if you make it 10 years without eating of that one tree then I will let you in.” Not even close. See Adam already had everything. He had all of God. Nothing held back from Adam. He had it all. The only thing Adam had to do to stay was not eat of the one tree.

         The one tree in the middle of the Garden was not meant to be a punishment, it was meant to show one thing and one thing only. That single tree represented God’s sovereign reign over his people. That one tree said in essence, “I am God, I know what is best; you are not, obey me out of love.” But the temptation from satan was, “God is trying to hide something from you.” (Genesis 3:5) Satan won, (not completely, it backfired on him, but he won this battle) Eve & Adam lost, and here we are. Now we all view any law as, “Someone is trying to hold me down and hide something from me.” But what if the opposite is true?

          If you come to Open Range Church this is going to be a little redundant, but you need to hear it. What if the law was meant to set you free and not bind you down?

         The saying goes, “Father knows best.” And I have found that to be true. However, I did not find it to be true by trusting the saying, I found it to be true by experience. Somewhere in my late twenties, early thirties I found myself declaring the wisdom of my dad a lot. A whole lot. Especially when I had kids. (I think I just heard him say amen) It dawned on me was that he was not as big of a kill-joy as I thought he was, he just wanted to protect me from pain. He wanted to keep me from making mistakes. He wanted to set me free. He loved me. At the time I just thought he was making up weird things to keep me from knowing all that he knows. Trying to hold me back. I was a moron. Still am.

         So let us tie all this up. What if God, in his sovereignty wants to give us life, as Jesus said he does? And the way he chooses to give us life is laws to live by. Laws to protect us? And what if we stopped looking at the laws and what does or does not apply and just trusted that he is good and that he is right and that he is just and we can trust him? Now I know there are some weird laws in the bible, you guys have pointed some out, but I am going to show you that even those weird ones were laws of love. They may have been cultural, but they displayed the sovereign love of God.

         Now I am not suggesting that we are supposed to obey all of the laws in the bible. Many of those were for the Israelites in their day and age to protect them from harm and danger. But what I am saying is we cannot dismiss the function of the law. (More to come on that)

         One more thing, what if we believe that we have all of God? Every bit of him right here with us through Jesus. No longer in a Covenant of Works, but now a Covenant of Grace. Jesus paid the debt of the Covenant of Works, that’s done, now we get to live in grace. We have it all. Nothing held back. No more to get on this earth. All of him he gives to us. And in our obedience to the law we love him back. We live in his peace. Think about this. And I will be back shortly.  

  • NEW MEMBERS DINNER

    NEW MEMBERS DINNER

    Our New Members Dinner is June 27, 2014 at 7pm.  If you are interested in joining our church or just want more information about us, come have dinner and let's talk!

  • COME TOGETHER SERVICE

    COME TOGETHER SERVICE

    Open Range Church is taking a step led by the Holy Spirit in bringing all campuses together under one roof starting MAY 21, 2014! If you haven't heard already, we have been ONE CHURCH with THREE locations for years, and now are UNITING them all under one roof. If you are a part of the Open Range family, we strongly encourage you to be there to celebrate this new direction as a family. 

    The COME TOGETHER service will begin with a meal at 6pm with worship starting at 7pm. The church is located at 545 North Expressway Griffin, GA 30224. We hope to see you there!!!

  • Listen to Sermons on our FREE PODCAST through iTunes!!!!

    Listen to Sermons on our FREE PODCAST through iTunes!!!!

    NEVER MISS A SERMON AGAIN!!!! Check out the link below and SUBSCRIBE to our PODCAST through the iTunes platform. Each week you will be able to download and listen to each Sermon by Pastor Jason Lyle from you phone, computer, or tablet. Make sure you subscribe so each new sermon downloads automatically for your convenience. Did we mention they are FREE. More sermons coming soon. 

    FREE ITUNES PODCAST

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    ATTENTION:  Due to the  weather, The Open Range Church Egg Hunt has been moved to the Pike Campus located at 60 Madden Rd. In Concord, Ga.

    The time and events will remain the same.  April 19, 2014  10am to 2pm.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

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