The Most Misinterpreted Verse in the Bible

Today was a great day to be a part of North Side.

The praise band led us in this amazing time of “unplugged” worship (have I told you people lately I am working myself out of a job?!) – thank you Eric, John, Peggy, and Leah.  Breathtaking and genuine:

I got the privilege to preach today.  Continuing in the New Testament 101 series, I was planning on preaching from the Epistles this week, and I had chosen Phil. 3:7-11 as my text way back, but something changed in my heart the last week.

I decided to give a hermeneutics lesson and preach on what I think is the most misinterpreted verse in the Bible.

The Apostle Paul wrote a majority of the New Testament in the form of letters to churches.  We often take one verse from those letters out of context and try to explain the meaning.  One of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13 because few know the context of that verse.  In this message, come learn the original, full meaning of this life-changing passage dealing with the issue of contentment.

The picture above is an illustration I used to explain the need to read the Bible in context.  Just depending upon who sent and who received the note above can drastically change the meaning.  If we don’t read the Bible the way it is written, we are in danger of creating our own meanings.

As we focused from the passage on the issue of contentment, I pray that today we can all evaluate ourselves to see if the “green-eyed monster” is taking away our joy in what we already have.  I pray that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength – ALL things (if you weren’t there, you can listen to the message online or simply read Philippians 4:10-13 for a better understanding).

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.

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10 Comments

  1. Travis Agnew

    What did God show you today? What did you

  2. John Michael Caruthers

    That sometimes god takes you through the hard things for his will and his glory and that has more with I can do all things through him who strengthens me…he doesnt use that verse for us to get what we want but it has to do with what he

  3. Pam Downey Young

    Dont try to beat up people behind the gym? KIDDING!! Awesome job! T

  4. What did God show you today? What did you learn?

  5. That sometimes god takes you through the hard things for his will and his glory and that has more with I can do all things through him who strengthens me…he doesnt use that verse for us to get what we want but it has to do with what he wants.

  6. Dont try to beat up people behind the gym? KIDDING!! Awesome job! Thanks!

  7. Eric Sexton

    Matthew 7:1 is another one. Good tho

  8. Matthew 7:1 is another one. Good thoughts!

  9. Jane H. Dean

    Travis thanks for the message yesterday! It was awesome! I am going to listen to it again. Afraid I missed something when I reviewed my notes last

  10. Travis thanks for the message yesterday! It was awesome! I am going to listen to it again. Afraid I missed something when I reviewed my notes last night.

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