Oklahoma College Students Gather for Encouragement in the Gospel

Edmond, Henderson Hills’ entrance hall resembled a combination of a college campus and a family reunion on Sep 6 as nearly 1,000 college-age young adults teemed into the building. They poured into the church from all over the state for Momentum, a Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Collegiate Ministry event.

The event consisted of three segments, the first being a worship service. Oklahoma band Soul Society led worship, bringing many students to a place of surrender and praise. After a time of worship, Jonathan Pokluda, teaching pastor at Dallas, Texas, Watermark Community and author of “Welcome to Adulting,” delivered a message on Philippians 3.

Pokluda recalled in his message a time, before he knew the Lord, when he attempted to enter a bar with fake identification. He drew students into the connection between this fake ID he had assumed and the fake personas they might take on in their everyday lives. Students were challenged to internalize what traits of themselves in which they might be placing their identity. The audience laughed as Pokluda suggested traits such as “dog mom,” and then hushed as he further suggested identifying in past abuse or current addictions. He proceeded to present the Gospel and revealed the true identity God has offered them through salvation as a child of God.

As the first segment came to a close, the second began with a stampede to the outer hall for free Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme and All-American Pizza. Games were played, and conversations were shared as the young adults consumed all 800 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, 780 Krispy Kreme donuts and 90 pizzas.

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Source: Baptist Press