Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study
John 13:31-14:31 Jacque Boldt

John 13:31-14:31 Jacque Boldt

February 27, 2019

John 13:31-14:31 "Jesus' Farewell Discourse: Comfort and Prepare"

13:31-38: Jesus means to gives the disciples a new commandment (Prepare)

14:1-7: Jesus is the way to “where” He’s going (Comfort)

14:8-14: Jesus addresses belief in his identity, promises the Holy Spirit (Prepare)

14:15-24: Jesus will come again for his loving, abiding, obedient disciples (Comfort)

14:25-31: Jesus leaves his disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit and his peace. (Comfort and Prepare)

John 13:1-30  Amy Katterson

John 13:1-30 Amy Katterson

February 20, 2019

The Christ Who Cleanses Calls Us To Wash Feet

1-The Backdrop: Jesus Knows and Loves (1-3)

  • Jesus knew his hour had come
  • Jesus had loved his own who were in the world and loved them to the end
  • Jesus knew his betrayer
  • Jesus knew all things were his, he came from God, he was going back to God

2-The Dramatic Scene: Jesus Serves (4-5)

  • Jesus’ actions
  • Cultural commentary

3-The Disciple Revolts: Jesus Cleanses (6-11)

  • Peter refuses and Jesus answers: His washing is required to belong
  • Peter exceeds and Jesus explains: The completely clean need only feet washed

4-The Drama Explained: Jesus Calls (12-17, 20)

  • Teacher and Lord washed your feet
  • You ought to wash one another’s feet
  • Sent is not greater than sender

5-The Unclean Exception: Jesus Sends Out (18-19, 21-30)

  • Scripture will be fulfilled
  • One of you will betray
  • Private identification
  • Public sending out
John 12 Pam Larson

John 12 Pam Larson

February 14, 2019

To tie John 11 to John 12, I read from Lauren Chandler’s new children’s book, Goodbye to Goodbyes, which is based on John 11-12.  Some of you may not be familiar with her husband Matt’s diagnosis of brain cancer, so I’ve included a few links that you may find helpful. The sweet book concludes, “Jesus knows it is sad to say goodbye. So Jesus came to end goodbyes. And one day, Jesus and all his friends will say goodbye to goodbyes - forever!” Lauren writes a note for parents, “We are very acquainted with illness and the possibility of saying goodbye for what may feel like forever. [John Piper’s prayer for Matt Chandler at T4G2010] We have asked Jesus “why” in the midst of our pain. We have questioned his methods but have been comforted by his heart. He weeps with those who weep. He rejoices with those who rejoice. He is the God who is with us in our sorrow and our joy. Although our family’s story [watch more] hasn’t ended in a goodbye, it will one day. But it won’t be forever. For those who have believed Jesus to be their only hope, physical death will mean immediate presence with him (Phil 1:21-23) For those who are left behind, there is still hope -- hope in the life to come, and hope that Jesus will be with us “always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)

For thousands of years, the people of Israel had been looking for a Messiah King. They were expecting a great military leader, one who would defeat all of their enemies and restore their land to its former greatness and glory.

  • But what they had not expected was that their Messiah, their King would come as a lowly son of a carpenter …. that He would have no weapons, no army and no political power.
  • They could never imagine that He would be crucified, lifted up, on the cruel cross that  the Romans designed for maximum torture.
  • However, over and over they were shown who Jesus was. Evidence upon evidence. Miracle upon miracle. Sign upon sign.

Yet, they refused to believe that He was in fact their Messiah. Over and over he showed who He was. And over and over, they rejected Him. John put it this way in 1:11, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”

My aim in teaching John 12 (audio here) was to convince you that Jesus is the King of the world, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man, the Lamb of God, rejected by His own and whose hour has come to lay down His life for those who believe.

Here is the outline for John 12

  1. Anointing King Jesus (1-11)
  2. Expecting King Jesus (12-19)
  3. Seeking King Jesus (the Greeks) (20-22)
  4. Timing of King Jesus’ Glorification (23-27)
  5. Lifting Up King Jesus  (27-36)
  6. Rejecting King Jesus (37-50)

On his way to die, as King Jesus heads to the cross, he invites us to come to him and receive some glorious promises his death has bought for us. He says, “whoever sees me sees him who sent me.” (12:45) and “whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (12:46)

He begs us to believe in the light, to become sons of the light. He invites us to come out of the darkness of sin and death and come to the light.  As the Light of the world, Jesus alone has the power to break the chains of sin! Jesus specializes in taking ruined, broken lives and renewing them by His power.

King Jesus offers us a home, an inheritance, a seat at God’s royal table, and entrance into His kingdom of love and grace. Eternal life with King Jesus!

Jesus is the King of the world, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man, the Lamb of God, rejected by His own and whose hour has come to lay down His life for those who believe.

Our right response is belief and worship.

John 11 Pam Larson

John 11 Pam Larson

February 6, 2019

Aim: Jesus is the resurrection and the life, the Christ, the son of God and we can trust Jesus, his love and purposes. 

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Concluding encouragements:

  • Trust Jesus, His love for you, and His purposes for you in whatever painful circumstances you are in right now.
  • Perhaps your circumstances tempt you to question God’s love for you.  Remember that He is accomplishing purposes beyond what we can even imagine.
  • He is good, He is God and we are not. He loves us and wants us trust him, the resurrection and the life.
  • The sisters expected Jesus to come and heal their brother, but he didn’t. Their hearts were broken, but they learned that when Jesus writes their story, He has a purpose much bigger and much better than theirs.
  • God’s glory is shown in His incredible love for us. Please don’t be tempted to put the love of God up against the glory of God. This passage tells us that Jesus stayed where He was for two reasons: the glory of God (v. 4), and his love for this family (v. 5).
  • Preach to yourself the truth of God’s love. There WILL be times in your life that your feelings [or other people]  will try to convince you that God doesn’t love you. Maybe answers to your prayers are delayed. You may be tempted to think that God has failed you, betrayed you, that He doesn’t  love you. Stand on His promises in the Word.


Jesus is the resurrection and the life, the Christ, the son of God and we can trust Jesus, his love and purposes. He loves you!