Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study
John 7 & 8  Pam Larson

John 7 & 8 Pam Larson

November 20, 2018

John 7 & 8    

Jesus is our Thirst-quencher and the Light of the World

who is shining in our darkness and is hated by the world.


  • “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (7:37-38)

2- Light of the world

  • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (8:12)

John 7

A. 7:1-13 Jesus’ brothers mock him privately

B. 7:14-52 Various speakers publicly challenge Jesus

  • v14-24 centers around Jesus’ authority (esp his teaching and miracles)
  • v25-36 center on his identity, (esp his origin and mission)
  • v37-39 “come to me and drink”

C. The Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles)

  • past
  • present
  • future

D. 7:40-52 Various responses to Jesus

  • v40-44a mixed response among the crowd
  • v45-52a mixed response among the leadership


John 8:12-59

The Light of the World at the Feast of Booths

Exegetical Outline (Klink III, Edward W. John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) (Kindle Locations 10972-10978). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.)

A.  “The Light of the World”: The Accusations of Jesus the Judge (8:12–59)

  1. First Accusation: The Charge against Inappropriate Belief (vv. 12–30)

               First Verbal Exchange: The Authority and Judgment of the Son (vv. 12–20)

                      (1) Charge: “I Am the Light of the World” (v. 12)

                      (2) Responses: The Witness of the Father and Son (vv. 13–18)

                      (3) Verdict: “You Know neither Me nor My Father” (vv. 19–20)

               Second Verbal Exchange: The Origin of the Son (vv. 21–30)

                      (1) Charge: “You Will Die in Your Sin” (v. 21)

                      (2) Responses: “You Are from the World; I Am Not from This World” (v. 22–27)

                      (3) Verdict: “You Will Know That I Am” (vv. 28–30)

  1. Second Accusation: The Charge against Illegitimate Origin (vv. 31–59)

                First Verbal Exchange: The Identity of the People of God (vv. 31–47)

                      (1) Charge: True Disciples Abide in my Word (vv. 31–32)

                      (2) Responses: Abraham and the Father (vv. 33–43)

                      (3) Verdict: “You Belong to Your Father, the Devil” (vv. 44–47)

                Second Verbal Exchange: The Counterclaim by the Jews: Heresy! (vv. 48–59)

                      (1) Charge: “You are a Samaritan and Have a Demon” (v. 48)

                      (2) Responses: “Before Abraham Was [Born], I Am” (vv. 49–58)

                      (3) Verdict: The Attempted Stoning of Jesus (v. 59)

John 6 Pam Larson

John 6 Pam Larson

November 8, 2018

Our Bread of Life & Sovereign Savior

John 6

  • V1-15 The Bread FEEDS the crowd-showing his identity, his person (the bread, our provider, true host, serving us)

    • Sovereign Satisfier and Sustainer!
  • V16-21 The Bread is in the boat- showing his presence

    • Sovereign over the Sea

  • 22-71 And then the remainder of the chapter, Jesus tells us WHO he is …. the first “I AM” statement of Jesus … “I AM the Bread of Life.”
    • Sovereign in Salvation

  • And then all the implications when he unpacks that … like increasing hostility and unbelief.

Jesus does not just give us bread, (presents) He IS the Bread of Life and has promised to be with us, (presence) to never leave us.

He is our sovereign sustainer, satisfier.

He is sovereign in salvation.

O taste and see Jesus for who he is, and find your satisfaction in Jesus above all things.

John 5 Jacque Boldt

John 5 Jacque Boldt

October 24, 2018

Last week, in Chapter 4 we saw two examples of believing Jesus’ WORD in the Samaritan woman and her town, and in the Roman official whose son was at the point of death, contrasted with the people of Galilee who would not believe “unless [they saw] signs and wonders.” (v.48)

In this week’s SETTING, Jesus is back in Jerusalem, for an unspecified feast.  In the RISING ACTION, we’re going to see a healing that takes place on the Sabbath, and CONFLICT with the Jewish leaders, CLIMAXing in the Jewish leaders desire to kill Jesus--because they don’t believe his WORD.  Then, in the FALLING ACTION*, we see Jesus explaining from where his authority originates which leads to the challenge: prove it! In the RESOLUTION, Jesus gives multiple witnesses to answer this challenge, confirming his identity as the Son of God/Son of Man to whom such authority is given.

*This section is structured as a chiasm, a literary tool where the parallel passages move inward to highlight the central point. Note:

  • Verses 19 and 30: Jesus affirms that he does nothing on his own, but only the will of the Father/what the Father is doing.
  • Verses 20 and 28-29: Jesus addresses “marveling” at great works, like healing, and even greater works like raising the dead to judgment.
  • Verses 21-23 and 26-27: Jesus, like the Father, has life in himself, and has been granted by the Father to execute judgment, that he might be honored as the Son of Man
  • The Center: Verses 24 and 25: Jesus affirms that the hour has come when those who hear his voice and believe him have passed from death to eternal life.

Jesus presses the issue of his identity that the Jewish leaders might be saved, and that we might be saved.  We serve a God who confronts us with our unbelieving, self-oriented hearts, so that we can repent and believe, and in believing in the truth of Jesus’ identity--have eternal life.  Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? It is only in believing that we have life.

John 4 Amy Katterson

John 4 Amy Katterson

October 17, 2018

John 4:1-6: Context: When and Where and Why

John 4:7-26: Conversation: Jesus Speaks to a Thirsty Woman

John 4:27-42: Conclusion: Jesus, the Woman, and the Disciples Sow and Reap a Huge Harvest 

John 4:43-45: Context: When and Where and Why

John 4:46-50: Conversation: Jesus Speaks to a Desperate Father

John 4:51-54: Conclusion: Jesus’ Sign and the Father’s Faith

John 3 Pam Larson

John 3 Pam Larson

October 10, 2018

John 3 New Life in Jesus

Unbelievers or new believers are often directed to read John. Certainly, John 3 is a "must read" chapter of the Bible. Look at the "must statements" in John 3 and see how they relate to John’s aim “that we may believe!”

  • First section, verses 1-13…..WE must be born again (7)…. We must BELIEVE
  • Second section, verses 14-21….JESUS must be lifted up (14)
    • … and we must look to him and believe!
  • Third section, verses 31-36…..JESUS must increase (30)
    • … John is a faithful witness who points to Jesus and wants us to believe… HE is above all!
  • and John (and I) must decrease (30)
  • Last verse (36) summarizes in this way: Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.



John 2 Jacque Boldt

John 2 Jacque Boldt

October 3, 2018

Jesus replaces the emptiness of Religious Rites as the Better Bridegroom

Jesus replaces the Sacrificial System as the Lamb of God
Jesus is the True Temple
Believing Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God gives eternal, abundant life
John 1:1-18 Pam Larson

John 1:1-18 Pam Larson

September 19, 2018

Here are the words we followed to see the layers John used to structure his “overture.”

1-with God…... (1:1–2 connection with 1:18)

2-through Him…..(1:3 connection with 1:17)

3-receive…..(1:4–5 connection with 1:16)

4-John/witness…..(1:6–8 connection with 1:15)

5-response…..(1:9–10 connection with 1:14)

6-his own…..(1:11 connection with 1:13)

7-receive… believe (1:12)

8-children of God/born of God (1:12)

Here is a beautiful Poem by D.A. Carson on the Incarnation of Christ 

John Introduction - Pam Larson

John Introduction - Pam Larson

September 13, 2018

Welcome to our study of the Gospel of John! What a joy to be gathering together and sharing what we are learning!

I am praying that the Gospel of John will speak to you wherever you are today. Ask God to open your eyes through His Spirit to give you understanding and life in his name. May you SEE Jesus, in all of his glory and may you trust in Him, believe Him with all your heart!

2 slides from the introduction to John: 




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