Speaking

Speaking topics are listed in two sections:
Retreats & Conferences (with multiple teaching sessions);
Single-session events;

Retreats and conferences:

Weekend in the Psalms (2 – 5 sessions)
We love the Psalms—it’s like no other book! The psalmist says things we want to say, and asks questions we want to ask, “Lord, why do you stand so far away?” Although we have our favorites, most of the psalms confuse us. We read them with a 21st century lens and we miss the beauty and the meaning. My goal for this weekend is to teach you about the Psalms so that you’ll get more out of reading them, to give you insight into Hebrew poetry that will open up the meaning, and to present four different psalms from four categories so you can see the richness and variety of the book. You will never read the Psalms the same way again.

Finding Hope in a World of Hurt (3 sessions)
Suffering, the universal common denominator, gives no exemption for believers. The hope that most people look for is the removal of pain and hurt, in the shortest amount of time. But that is not the hope we find in Scripture. Before we can find true biblical hope we must begin by addressing the false assumptions that distort our hope. From there we will look at the Scripture and see how God planned to give his people hope in this world of hurt.

An Invitation to Rest (2 or 3 sessions)
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus calls out the weary and the burdened and promises them rest for their souls. Then he spells out the conditions: come to me, take my yoke, learn from me. To modern readers nothing in that list sounds like rest. To be honest, we’d rather have a vacation in Myrtle Beach. And so we plod along, with restless hearts and worn out souls … while Jesus waits, invitation in hand. Going deeper into the passage we discover the timeless reality of Jesus’ promise.

Women of Significance (2 – 5 sessions)
There are many significant women who stand out in history, but of all the women who have ever lived, God chose certain ones to be included in his Book. Why were their stories preserved and what is God telling us through them? This retreat will cover individual stories about women in the Bible.
A story about faith (Mark 5:21-43)
A story about hope (Ruth)
A story about courage (Exodus 1:1 – 2:10)
A story about love (Mark 14:3-9)
A story about joy & sorrow (Luke 1:5 – 2:40)

Epic Prayers (2-5 sessions)
Stories from the Bible featuring specific prayers with relevant principles for today. We will relive the prayers of Jehoshaphat, Solomon, Jesus, Paul, Moses and Agur (who’s that?). The topic of prayer is not complete without acknowledging that sometimes God says “NO” to our most fervent prayers. We will cover that too. Prayer is so much more than getting what we want from God.

Catch The Wind – Harnessing the Power of God (2 sessions)
Designed as a leadership retreat for a women’s ministry council.
The key to sailboat racing is knowing how to harness the wind, and executing that knowledge in a set time frame. God created us to be like sailboats powered by the wind of His Spirit, but too often we function more like row boats, and are exhausted by self-effort. Our key text is Colossians 1:28-29, “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” Set aside a time for your women’s ministry team to be equipped and encouraged.

Single-session events:

Dust on my Heart – Janet’s Story
At age 35, Janet considered herself a sincere and dedicated Christian… but dust was accumulating on her heart. She shares her inspirational journey of going deep into God’s Word and the transformation that has come from memorizing over 17 books of the Bible. Janet advocates memorizing sequential verses in their context to achieve a more accurate and complete picture of who God is. The ultimate goal of her simple method is not to memorize the Bible, but to walk closely with God.

Scripture memory workshop
This workshop proposes something different than memorizing scattered verses. Rather, the focus will be on memorizing sequential verses in their context, achieving a more accurate and complete picture of who God is. You will be amazed at how simple this method is as you incorporate scripture memory into your daily routine. The ultimate goal is not to memorize the Bible, but to know God and to walk closely with him.

Psalms
Separate messages on any of these Psalms:
1, 13, 15, 19, 27, 33, 49, 51, 62, 79, 84, 90, 96, 121, 145.

Thinking Biblically
The Bible doesn’t cover all of life’s contingencies. It doesn’t answer every question or solve every dilemma. It was never meant to—that wasn’t God’s intention. His plan was that his people would so saturate their minds and hearts with Scripture that they would begin to think biblically. Even in this complex evolving world God calls us to live counter-culturally, and to represent him correctly. But we can’t do this with worldly thinking. If we think like the world, we will live like the world. If we think biblically, we will live biblically. What does it mean to think biblically and how do we get there?

Extravagant Love – Mark 14:3-9
Onlookers were appalled when a woman poured expensive perfume on Jesus. Even more shocking was Jesus response. He said that her beautiful deed would be told throughout the world wherever the gospel was preached. What was it about this woman’s lavish deed that made Jesus want everyone to know about it?

Under His Wings: The Story of Ruth
This ancient story of hope combines bitterness, redemption after loss, and finding security under the wings of a redeemer. Ruth, a foreigner with no claim to God’s mercy, secures her place in history through her bold choices. The mysterious genealogy at the end shows us why this story matters today.

The Treasure & The Sword – a Christmas message, Luke 1-2
The events surrounding the birth of Jesus caused Mary to “treasure up all these things and ponder them in her heart.” Mixed in was a prophecy that “a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Like Mary, our lives are a mixture of treasured events and piercing swords. We find hope in Mary’s story because we are told in God’s Word what she was never told. And… we see that her sword became our treasure.

Five Courageous Women – Exodus 1:1 – 2:10
Highlighted in this passage are five amazing women, each with a role to play in God’s grand narrative. Two Hebrew midwives stood up to a powerful bully. Miriam spoke up when the time was right. Jochebed let go of what she thought was hers. Pharaoh’s daughter took on a responsibility that wasn’t hers. Their courage speaks to us in the challenges we face.

Two Daughters – Mark 5:21-43
This story-within-a-story is about two daughters: a daughter of Jairus, and a daughter of Jesus. What Jairus was willing to do for his daughter, Jesus was willing to do for his. Each of these daughters has a story to tell, that will prepare us for when our faith is tested.

Janet has many other options for your women’s events. Contact her for fresh ideas at: janet@janetpope.org.