Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Respond in Love

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 6, verse 12, it says, “In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God.” Often times in Scripture, we hear of Jesus going off to pray to the Father during the pivotal moments in his ministry. You sense that when he did that, something big was going to happen.

When He returned, we see in the stories this week in Truth Be Told, that something big did happen. He chose His twelve apostles and then He gave a sermon that ushered in a radical, reversed, upside-down world. The kingdom of God.

In this kingdom, blessed are the poor, hungry, the weeping, the hated, excluded, and insulted. Cursed are the rich, the full, those laughing, and those highly regarded. Upside-down!

Then He goes on to top it all off with a command to love your enemy.

This radical revelation of the kingdom demands a response and that is just what Jesus desires. He doesn’t want us to just hear, He wants us to hear and respond. We are being called to a faith that responds. And what is the response Jesus is after?

Love.

Love that includes our enemies, love that keeps us from judging others, love that puts others ahead of ourselves, love that extends to our neighbors-whoever they may be.

Directives from Jesus after spending a night in prayer with the Father. We can’t take this lightly.

How will you respond?

Joan

Truth Be Told Video – Session 2, Week 5

Truth Be Told
Session 2, Week 5
Faith Moves Me to Action
Luke 6:17-49 Sermon on the Plain
Luke 8:4-21 The Sower and the Seed
Luke 10:25-37 Good Samaritan

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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