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Life in Ozark Intro

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This is the intro sermon to the series Life in Ozark, which addresses the reactions and realites connected to the Netflix series Ozark.

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Paul is on mission… waiting on Silas and Timothy to join him in Athens. The Scripture reads this way:

Acts 17:16
Acts 17:16 ESV
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
Paul’s response to the provocation:
Reasoning with the Jews and devout Gentiles (Acts 17:17)
Conversed with the philosophers of the day (Acts 17:18)
Asked and addressed questions (Acts 17:19-21)
Offered the gospel to them in light of the cultural confessions and complexities.
Acts 17:22-
Acts 17:22–34 ESV
So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” So Paul went out from their midst. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

Summary of Ozark

Netflix, 2017… Jason Bateman… Laura Linney… Play Marty and Wendy Byrd. (Kids: Charloette and Jonah)
Initially, not much interest.
Linell’s call.
Roofer’s Comments
Maybe I oughta check this out. So, I did.

I didn’t have one thought about doing a sermon or series on the show given its composition. Not sure which scene I could even have shown here...

“That ain’t us.”

Guy on my roof.

As I walked around town having watched the show and listening to the rhetoric around it, I found myself increasingly “provoked” within me.

This series is a missiological, pastoral, prophetic, and Biblical contribution to the Life in Ozark… not so much about who we aren’t, but who we are.

There will be missions moments
Sermon 1 (put the house icon on the screen):
“There’s No Place Like Home.”
Life in Ozark includes a discernible loyalty, affection, and fidelity from those who were born and raised here.  In this message, Pastor Ken will talk about the kind of relationship with “home” the Bible clarifies and invites everyone to develop and maintain.
Sermon 2 (put the fishing pole icon on the screen):
“Hooks, Lines, and Sinkers.”
Life in Ozark includes undercurrents and traps which can be unexpected and, at times, devastating.  In what will be Pastor Ken’s most challenging message in this series, we will consider some of the shadow sides of Life in Ozark and the kind of healing and freedom Jesus offers to those who have been caught by such… hooks, lines, and sinkers.
Sermon 3 (put the bridge icon on the screen)
“Ozark Bridges All Around”
Life in Ozark is geographically marked by several key and strategically constructed bridges.  In this message, Pastor Ken will explore some of the noteworthy bridges at work in the community which both draw people together and keep people apart.
Sermon 4 (put the road icon on the screen)
“Taking a Walk Down Memory Lane”
Almost everyone who has spent any part of their Life in Ozark has a memory — or set of memories — that are profoundly meaningful and formative to them.  Pastor Ken will address in this message the Bible’s invitation and command to fully and properly remember the most important occurrences and moments in our lives.

These icons are contained in the Series Artwork.

Should be a fun, helpful, hard, and clarifying series.

Close with a caution about self-deception.

There will be missions moments...
There will be pastoral moments...
There will be prophetic moments...
2 Samuel
2 Samuel 12:1–7 ESV
1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.
2 Samuel 12
2 Samuel 12:1–6 ESV
1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
<For this last verse, only write on the board, “Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man.’”
2 Samuel 12:7 ESV
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.

Let’s make sure we don’t look at those in Athens critically and make the same mistake by saying “that ain’t us”… when… a prophetic word from the Lord may say, “Yes it is.”

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