Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study
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 10 Amy Katterson

John 10 Amy Katterson

January 31, 2019

John 10: True Shepherd, True Gate, and Jesus’ True Sheep

  1. A Word Picture Introduced: A Sheepfold (1-6)
  2. The Picture Unpacked: Jesus Is the Door and the Good Shepherd (7-18)
    1. Jesus the Door (7-10)
    2. Jesus the Good Shepherd (11-18)
  3. Jesus’ Words Divide the People (19-21)
  4. Jesus the Christ, Heard by His Flock (22-30)
  5. Jesus the Son, With Works from the Father (31-39)
  6. Jesus Departs and Some Follow (40-42)

(This John 10 teaching audio was recorded by Amy even though we did not have class this week due to severe weather. The levels in the recording vary, and some technical challenges caused some static periodically.)

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 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

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