Throwing off the shackles of fear to live in freedom
Purpose: To help women break free from fear to live in freedom and embrace gloriously, divinely orchestrated risks for Christ.
Throughout Scripture, God issues the command: Do not fear. In Christ, we’ve been given everything we need to live with boldness and bravery, and to leave an eternal impact. We can move from fear to faith and from lives characterized by isolation and hiding to those that set the world on fire for Christ.
This event focuses on:
Fear Vs. Faith—Taking Steps Toward Freedom
God commands His children not to throughout Scripture, and He’s given us the power and tools to live this out. When we lean on Him, trust in His promises and love, and allow His truth to permeate our being, our fears grow smaller and our courage stronger.
Speaker Chaka Heinze is accustomed to fear. She knows victory over this debilitating emotion, and she knows what it feels like to be nearly defeated. As a mother of a ten-year-old with a life-threatening heart condition, she’s spent countless nights crying out to God in terror, begging Him to keep her son alive for one more day. She’s also stood in victory and courage as the immovable prayer warrior and ever-present mother, strengthened by God’s grace and grace alone. Through it all, she’s learned the secrets to living bold and brave in Christ.
Fear of Rejection—Learning to Rely on the One Whose Opinion Matters Most
If God hadn’t intervened, author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery would’ve spent her life hidden in her office behind her nice, safe computer. A recovering people pleaser, she allowed the sting of a past rejection to hold her in bondage and keep her in isolation. This overriding fear of rejection coupled with a shameful past caused her to fight against God and nearly kept her from living out her calling. It took God forcing her through a series of very uncomfortable experiences for her to learn to rest in her God-given identity. This and this alone freed her from her pervasive fear of rejection and enabled her to live in freedom God has granted.
In this thirty-minute presentation, Jennifer shares transparently from her own life and struggles and takes an in-depth look at two women from Scripture, Leah the wife of Jacob and Mary the mother of Jesus, who experienced rejection and how this influenced their actions and reactions. In this poignant presentation, Jennifer inspires and equips women to relinquish the control they’ve allowed others to have over their emotions, actions, and reactions so that they can live bold and brave.
Embracing Risk: Grabbing hold of the abundant life by saying yes to God
If we want to follow after Christ and embrace the abundant, full and fulfilling life He promised, we’ll need to learn to embrace risk. This faith-journey God has called us on is fueled by choosing to trust, even when the road ahead is shrouded in fog or it feels like God’s led us on a never-ending round-about. The bold and brave Christian life is marked by surrender and deep reliance on the One who calls us to keep walking as we press into God and deepen our trust in Him.
Trust is often grown most in times of chaos, when, after a terrifying free fall, we find we’ve landed securely in God’s hand. In this honest discussion on what it means to overcome fear in order to embrace risk, Chaka shares personal times of fear and faith and how God saw her through, along with a fresh look at the parable of the talents, how this story applies to us today, and how our actions reveal our level of trust in Christ. Her talk is a compelling reminder that life is ours in increasing abundance when, despite the risks, we choose to say yes to God, surrendering our life, fears, expectations, and plans into His loving, faithful hands. Our surrender to Christ empowers us to live bold and brave.
In each 30-45 minute discussion sessions, women are divided into small groups of eight or less to discuss each of the keynotes, what they felt God was saying to them through it, and ways in which they can overcome their fears, rest deeper in their Christ-given identity, and learn to embrace risks. The discussions are designed to help women process and apply the truths presented while building Christ-centered community.