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The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word Is Misunderstood Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."--Philippians 4:13
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"--Jeremiah 29:11
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good."--Romans 8:28
These and a surprising number of well-known Scripture passages are commonly misused or misunderstood. Even well-intentioned Christians take important verses out of context, and pastor Eric J. Bargerhuff has seen the effects: confusion, poor decisions, and a distorted view of God's Word.
In this concise yet thorough book, Bargerhuff helps all of us understand what these verses meant when they were written so we can apply them accurately today. Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, he shows how to read God's promises and instructions in context and appreciate even more the Bible's eternal message.
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But later those verses I had memorized got me into "trouble". I don't remember which verse first got me rebuked but I do remember the one that stung the most. I was in a college group on a different campus and we were at a prayer meeting. I was talking about how great prayer meetings are and I quoted Matthew 18:20:
"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (NASB - the popular translation in that group for memorizing Scripture)
One woman in the group said to me right away "That verse isn't even about prayer." She was a mature Christian and I was very young in the faith. I felt put down and stupid. After the prayer meeting I went to the leader to find out what I did wrong. I had quoted that verse out of context to make it mean something that it didn't mean in the Bible. By taking one verse out of a discussion of paragraphs I had twisted scripture. And yet I was frustrated - this verse was from a Bible memorization package. (This book covers this passage in Chapter 4)
I had other experiences like this one. I learned then that some people read the Bible not for what it says, but for nice quotes to cut out and apply as they wish.
This book does a fine job at looking at some key verses and helping us understand how we mis-use the Bible and how we can understand the passage better. I like his approach - it's easy reading and very clear.Read more ›
"God won't give us more than we can handle." Is that what the verse says? What about praying, "in Jesus' name"? Do we have to end all prayers in those three words in order for the prayer to work? Does God only meet with us if there are two or three gathered?
Eric Bargerhuff provides a short summary of eighteen verses that have been misused and helps us accurately apply them for today.
A few verses that can be found in this book are:
"Judging others" - Matthew 7:1
"Plans to prosper you, not to harm you" - Jeremiah 29:11-13
"Where two or more are gathered" - Matthew 18:20
"Ask for anything in my name" - John 14:13-14
"No more than you can handle" - 1 Corinthians 10:13
"Train up a child" - Proverbs 22:6
"I can do all things" - Philippians 4:13
"Prayer offered in faith" - James 5:15
Eric will explain the context of the verses, how they are typically taken out of context, and how we can accurately apply them in our situations today.
You will be surprised at how often we view Scripture through the lens of "American Christian" instead of why it was written in the first place. It's the basic principle of who, what, when, where, and why.
This would make an excellent discussion book. It's only missing the study guide questions at the end that every other Biblical studies genre now carries.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Bethany House Publishing.
The book is a fast read, easy to understand and comforting. I highly recommend it to any new or seasoned Christians.
I purchased an additional copy for my son in law for father's day.
I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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A good read in helping the Christ-follower to know and understand how to read and understand the glorious Word if God!Published 13 days ago by Mike Wagner
It's good. He makes a lot of important points, although I think his view is a little too narrow in some cases. It's important to consider context. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great Pastor made and awesome series from this..
You wouldn't believe the number of Bible verses that are taken out of context today just to get someone's personal view or... Read more
Very well written. I have always wondered about different verses in the Bible like these and their context. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kenneth McClusky
Very helpful book. So often Scripture is taken out of context. The author teaches to look at the context of the verse; the setting, who it was written for, etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debbie Petras