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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).