Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study
Welcome to Galatians! Week 1 Introduction and Panel Discussion with Teaching Team

Welcome to Galatians! Week 1 Introduction and Panel Discussion with Teaching Team

September 25, 2019

On Wednesday, Sept 25, Pam Larson introduced our Women’s Ministry theme for this year, “No Other Gospel,” which comes from Galatians 1: 6-7 followed by a panel discussion with our Wednesday morning Women's Bible Study teaching team: Pam Larson, Jacque Boldt and Julia Dembeck.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

This wonderful gospel of grace is sweet and precious and unique. One-of-a-kind good news. The wonderfully liberating news of the gospel is that Christ alone has performed perfectly for us! 

  • We are not saved by what we do, but by what Jesus has done for us. 
  • We are not saved by making promises to God (which we fail to keep) but by believing His promises. 

Adding any requirements to what Jesus has already done, on the Cross,  to save us, robs him of glory and robs us of the freedom his precious blood bought for us. Galatians reminds us to embrace and follow the true gospel message and not allow ourselves to be misled by the ‘false gospels,’ of our day. 

Our prayer for all of us this year is that we: 

  • will fall more deeply in love with Jesus, 
  • see more clearly the true wonders of grace, 
  • and more readily recognize false teaching when we hear it. 


No Other Gospel: North Women’s Fall Kickoff and Panel Discussion

No Other Gospel: North Women’s Fall Kickoff and Panel Discussion

September 19, 2019

Bethlehem North Women's Ministry Kickoff ... our theme for the coming year is, “No Other Gospel,” based on Galatians 1:6–7.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

In this media-heavy age, we face a barrage of messages every day. Some are wholly and obviously untrue, but many more contain a confusing mix of truth and error. We have a crafty adversary constantly luring us with deceptively appealing and persuasive ideas, and the need for careful, biblical discernment is crucial.

Pam Larson opened the evening, introducing Women's Ministry at the North Campus and also introduced our theme, "No Other Gospel."  A panel of North women from across the generations discussed this theme, with Abigail Dodds as moderator, and four women from four generations on the panel, each offering her unique perspective on the issue:

  • Adrien Segal

  • Liz Stein

  • Jenni Naselli

  • Addalai Nowlin

*Note: this was recorded from the audience, using a phone, so the quality is not great.

John 20 Pam Larson

John 20 Pam Larson

April 11, 2019

John 20

My aim: is for you to SEE (the truth) and BELIEVE Jesus and have radical new life in believing in Him, our risen Savior.

4 characters/groups have one thing in common: the emotion of grief


  • Mary
  • Peter/John
  • Disciples
  • Thomas


For each, ask:

  • How does the progression of sight and belief tie into the aim of the whole book? And how do the senses play a role--seeing, hearing, touching….
  • HOW were each of them transformed by Jesus’ resurrection?
John 15 & 16 Pam Larson

John 15 & 16 Pam Larson

March 7, 2019

Abiding is being connected to Jesus through faith. Are you abiding in Jesus?

1- Our relationship to Christ, a METAPHOR (15:1-11)

We saw that true faith abides in Jesus and produces fruit.

2- Our relationship with believers, a COMMAND (15:12-17)

We learned that faith produces fruit of love and obedience, too.

3- Our relationship with the world, a WARNING (15:18-16:4)

We discovered that faith in Jesus brings on hatred from the world and also handles the world’s

hatred … how? We are encouraged that it is only through the power of the Spirit, our HELPER.

4- Our relationship with the Spirit, a HELP(ER) (15:26-16:15)

  • Faith’s power comes from the Spirit.
  • Helping us SEE (16:16-19) and turning Sorrow to JOY! (16:20-24)

5- Jesus is our Overcomer and source of PEACE (16:25-33) when we have faith in our Overcomer...we find peace in Him

Do we imagine that we are abiding in Jesus because we are better or smarter? We have no grounds for pride or boasting. Jesus chose us and set us apart -- appointed us. To do what? Jesus commands us to love one another as He has loved us. That is sacrificial, laying-down-your-life kind of love. How can we possibly do that? Only by ASKING for His help! When the Father gives us this fruit, our love will be an evidence of our abiding and an example to the world….and the world will hate us-- guaranteed by Jesus who the world hated first.

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. 





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!

John 9 Pam Larson

John 9 Pam Larson

January 25, 2019

Jesus is the light of the world and is sovereign over sight ...both physical and spiritual. He is sovereign over suffering and salvation.



Cure (1-7)

  • The problem: Who sinned? (1-2)
  • The purpose: Works of God (3-5)
  • The plan: Healed! (6-7)

Conflict/ controversy (8-34)

  • Man and neighbors (8-12) 
  • Investigation by Pharisees
    • The Man (13-17) 
    • The Parents (18-23) 
    • The Man, part 2 (24-34) 

Confession (35-38) 

  • Jesus found the man!
  • “I believe!”

Conviction (39-41)

  • Jesus and the Jewish leaders
  • Judgment: Guilty
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 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.



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