Singles Urged to be Passionate about God
MOORE-Almost 300 single adults were told that “God wants to be sought and be found” during the “Passion 4Ever” Oklahoma Singles Conference Oct. 24-25 at Moore, First.
Featured speaker Moses Caesar, the “Vagabond Warrior,” who has traveled across the country in a 21-foot RV for the past 3.5 years, opened the conference Friday evening speaking on Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Referencing the children’s game, Hide and Go Seek, Caesar said, “When you seek God, He wants to be found. But, the operative word in this verse is first. First is where He wants us to place Him.”
Moses said Peter was one who thought he “got it,” when he immediately followed after Jesus when the Lord said in Matthew 4:19, “. . . follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
“But, Peter really didn’t get it,” Moses said. “He saw Jesus do all of the miracles and teach and preach, but he still didn’t get Who Jesus was. He was saying ‘I’m with Jesus’ all the time, but he really didn’t get it.”
Peter’s humanity even expressed itself when he rebuked Jesus in Matthew 16:22 when the Lord told the disciples that He was destined to be killed, an action that prompted Jesus to say to Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan . . . .”
But, Peter finally got it, Moses said.
“You get excited about Jesus, you’ll have more profound joy, more profound peace. Wherever you work, whatever you do, it’s about changing your passion. Peter later wrote in I Peter 1:7 about faith being more precious than gold. He goes on in the next verse to say that though we have not seen Him we greatly rejoice in Him. That’s what passion is; when we wake up we have joy in our hearts.”
“I believe this, as single adults, we do have a lot of things going on in our lives, but if we were to wake up in the morning and take all of our issues and put them into the hands of God and say, “God, I’m going to let You take care of all of this; here is what I’m going to focus on today, I’m going to seek You first, because I’d rather have Jesus.’ What would your day be like?”
While speaking three times during the two-day conference, Moses led participants in reciting sections of Psalm 119, the focal passage of the conference.
“The world promotes passion in movies, music and yes, even perfume,” said Randy Davis, single adult consultant for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and event organizer. “But those passions are temporary. Passion that is lasting and eternal is from God’s Word. This is the kind of passion great men and women of the Bible had and God used them to change the world. This is the kind of passion God is calling us to possess so we can change our world.”
The conference also featured a dozen breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including discovering ministry gifts, dealing with credit repair, rebuilding a broken life, relational evangelism, forgiveness and building faith, among others.
Chris Malone, minister of music and worship at Moore, First, led worship during the conference.