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Fasting for a Mate (Single)

Series Description: In the Christian church today, much emphasis is placed on the value of marriage and in getting married. This places a burden on the shoulders of single Christians, who might be left feeling like second-class citizens in God’s kingdom. But the Bible has a largely different message about the value of singlehood. In this seven-part series by Tony Evans, being a single person sold out for God affords you the opportunity to serve Him in a unique way, undistracted by the matters of family. As such, the question for singles shouldn’t be “How long do I have to wait until God finds me a mate,” but rather, “How can I be a successful single in the kingdom of God while I wait?”

The Freedom Found in Singlehood 
(Genesis 1–2): When God said in Genesis, “It is not good for man to be alone,” many people interpret those words as, “It is not good for man to be single.” But Tony Evans says that God actually wants you to be single—which really means embracing your uniqueness and wholeness whether you are married or not. In this lesson, discover the freedom you have to maximize your completeness under the rule of God.

Becoming a Kingdom Single 
(1 Corinthians 7:25-33) – Single Christians struggle today to identify their value in the kingdom of God. This happens in part because the church has placed a greater emphasis on the status of marriage over the status of singlehood. But according to Tony Evans, not only is being single of great worth in the eyes of God, in some ways, singlehood is even nobler than marriage. Listen as he describes the high calling of becoming a kingdom single.

Overcoming Struggles as a Single 
(Romans 7:14-25): Life is full of hardships. If you’re not currently facing a struggle, it’s usually because you either just got out of one or you’re about to go into one. But God has declared that you are more than a conqueror and has promised victory over battles you haven’t even fought yet. Learn to seize that victory in this lesson on the power God has given you over your obstacles as a kingdom single.

Fasting for a Mate 
(Genesis 24:32-49) – Like all believers, God calls single Christians to be content in whatever situation He has them in. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t pray for a spouse or even fast for one. According to Tony Evans, if your motives for wanting a spouse are holy and God-honoring, fasting and praying for God to bring you the right spouse can prove a worthwhile pursuit.

Working for the Lord 
(1 Corinthians 7:32-40) – One of the benefits of living out the great calling of singlehood for God is the freedom to focus the work of His kingdom undistracted with the burdens of family life. From the world’s perspective, a lack of marital companionship or romantic encounters is seen as something sad. But Tony Evans wants you to know that through good works, you have every reason to celebrate your higher calling.

Sanctified Sex 
(1 Corinthians 6:12-20): When it comes to moral issues, God doesn’t like to shy away from telling it like it is. It’s no different it comes to talking about sex in the Bible; He puts it front and center. If you find yourself struggling with this topic as a Christian single, join Dr. Evans in this lesson as he teaches how your issue isn’t having too much passion—it’s having too little God.

Throwing a Red Flag out on God 
(John 11:1-44): When a coach believes the referee has made a mistake in a game of football, he’ll throw out his challenge flag in an attempt to reverse the referee’s call. There are many of us who see God’s work in our lives and want to throw out the challenge flag because what He has ordained just can’t be the right call. Whether you are still waiting for a relationship or someone has walked away from you, Tony Evans wants to remind you in this lesson that, as questionable as it may seem, God’s call is the only call you can always depend on.

Contentment as a Single 
(Philippians 4:11-13): Far too many singles believe that finding the perfect mate will suddenly make them feel complete. While the Bible says you are already complete in Christ, many still view themselves as incomplete and live in bondage to what they think they don’t have. In this lesson, Tony Evans shares the secret of contentment that can maximize your completeness under the rule of God. Learn to be at ease where you are. It may help you get to where you want to go.