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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 14 Sam Crabtree

John 14 Sam Crabtree

April 26, 2019

Pastor Sam Crabtree preached this memorial service message March 14, 2019 for Lyle Johnson, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, North Campus. Shared with permission from the family.

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 19 Jacque Boldt

John 19 Jacque Boldt

March 27, 2019

So we know, heading into Chapter 18 from last week, and Chapter 19 this week, that Jesus’ suffering and death are motivated by two things: the glory of the Father and the Son being made known, and the Father’s love for the Son being given to his own, who will be united to him by faith.

Last week, Amy led us through Chapter 18, which ended with Jesus in Pilate’s custody.  We saw Jesus betrayed by Judas, the contrast of Peter’s fear which resulted in his denial of Jesus, Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas, the high priest, and finally, Jesus’ trial before Pilate, who, seemingly out of the blue, asks Jesus if he is the King of the Jews.  

But of course, if we remember what the Jewish people had called Jesus just a few days earlier, it’s not so out of the blue.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem in Chapter 12, what did the people say? “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’”  

As a Roman governor, it makes sense that Pilate would be concerned about someone claiming to be a King.  But, Jesus tells Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world, and that he came to bear witness to the truth.  Pilate was satisfied that he was not guilty of a crime deserving death, not a threat to Rome, but to placate the Jewish leaders, he offers them a customary Passover release.  He offers these religious leaders a religious king, but they reject this king for a criminal instead.

So, at the end of Ch. 18, we are mid-trial, at Pilate’s headquarters, the praetorium.  Jesus’ hour of glorification has arrived. We are looking for glory and love.

So, let’s look at our outline for this week’s chapter, chapter 19:

The Glory of the King of Israel

  • 19:1-16a: Pilate and the Jewish leaders debate the fate of the King
  • 19:16b-37: The King becomes the Lamb, according to the Scriptures
  • 19:38-42: The burial of the King
John 18  Amy Katterson

John 18 Amy Katterson

March 20, 2019

Chapters 1-12 unfolded the public ministry of Jesus, as He revealed Himself in words and works from the Father, over 3 years’ time.  Then, in chapters 13-17, the lens focused in on one single evening, as Jesus comforts and prepares the hearts of His disciples for the great climax of His ministry and life. He serves them, teaches them, and prays for them. And now, as we turn to John 18, the action rolls forward as Jesus moves to the moment of glory and agony that He has prepared them for. As we walk through the sections of this chapter, I’m going to periodically insert a brief reading from the Old Testament, primarily from the psalms of lament. As Jesus, the Lamb of God, goes to His death, He is loving His own to the end. I hope that you will hear in the emotion and ache of these laments the deep, unstoppable love of God as Jesus is poured out so that He might take you in.

  1. Betrayed: Jesus meets His betrayer in the garden (1-3)
  2. Unprotected: Jesus delivers His followers and refuses deliverance (4-11)
  3. Tried: Trials 1 and 2: Jesus before the Jews (12-14, 19-24)
  4. Denied: Peter denies Jesus three times (15-18, 25-27)
  5. Tried: Trial 3: Jesus before the Romans (28-38a)
  6. Exchanged: Pilate offers release; the people choose Barabbas (38b-40)
John 17 Jacque Boldt

John 17 Jacque Boldt

March 14, 2019

Jesus has finished his Farewell Discourse, which took place from the last 8 verses of chapter 13 to the end of chapter 16.  Some commentators think that Jesus and his disciples left the Upper Room at the end of chapter 14, and that Jesus led his disciples through Jerusalem, while teaching them chapters 15 and 16, to the path along the city wall that leads to the brook Kidron, where they will cross to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in 18:1.

It’s along this path that Jesus will pray, and our outline will follow the petitions that he makes of the Father.

  • 17:1-5: Jesus Prays for Himself: Father, Glorify Me
  • 17:6-19: Jesus Prays for His Disciples: Father, Keep and Sanctify Them
  • 17:20-26: Jesus Prays for Those Who Will Believe: Father, Make Them One and Let Them See My Glory

Jesus has just told his disciples, “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.  Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33).  Now let’s pick up with them on the path to the garden where Jesus prays aloud.

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 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.

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