Speaking themes

Janet’s speaking themes are divided into three sections:
Themes for Retreats & Conferences (with multiple sessions);
Single session events;

Themes for retreats and conferences:

Weekend in the Psalms (3 or 4 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 or 4 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 (3 or 4 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 a 21st century audience 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.

Interrupted By God (3 sessions)
Luke 24 has 3 stories within a story: the women at the tomb, the two on the road to Emmaus, the believers gathered in Jerusalem. They each had 4 things in common: an agenda, a supernatural encounter, a rebuke and a root problem. They were filled with grief and plagued by doubt. Then God interrupted their plans—and changed everything. Their story begins with dashed hopes and troubled hearts. It ends with joy and praise, and power to go out and impact their world. So many parallels for believers today—we need God’s interruption in our lives.

Legacies of Faith, Hope, and Love (3 or 4 sessions)
Two Daughters—a story about faith (Mark 5:21-43)
Two Women—a story about hope (Ruth)
Too Extravagant—a story about love (Mark 14:3-9)

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.

Themes for 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.

Janet has separate messages on each of these Psalms:
1, 13, 15, 19, 27, 33, 49, 51, 62, 79, 84, 90, 96, 121, 145.

Think 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
An ancient story of hope despite 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, and we see why this story matters today.

You have never before heard all ten chapters of Esther recited from memory in storybook fashion. More than a royal beauty pageant, this story of risk and reward, humor and heroism, answers questions we didn’t ask, and shows us truth we might have missed.

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 a piercing sword that deflates our future dreams. 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.

Scripture memory
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.

Bible Interpretation: How can I know what it means?
In this workshop I will:
explain the main causes of misinterpreting the text
walk through ten guidelines for correct interpretation
present a good model for interpreting Scripture
With multiple examples you will see how the meaning of Scripture opens up when you know what to look for.

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