Episode 185 – Out of Context Pt 1: I Can Do All Things

Understanding the original context of a passage unleashes the power of Scripture to transform our lives. “Out of Context” is a new series designed to help us train our minds to ask better questions when we read the Bible by exploring famous passages that are frequently taken out of context. By the end of this episode, you’ll understand why Philippians 4:13 isn’t about God empowering us to do whatever we set our minds to, but rather unlocking the secret of contentment in any situation!

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Share with your group (or reflect with yourself) on a situation where your words were taken out of context. What happened? 
  • Name one or two ways evil undermines God’s work in your life by getting you to believe lies. What lies or untruthful thoughts regularly trip you up? 
  • What are some of the ways you get sucked into “when-then” thinking? 
  • What are two things you’re grateful for right now? 
  • What other habits or practices might help cultivate contentment besides eliminating “when-then” thinking and practicing gratitude? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week? 

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  1. Jeannie Veltz January 16, 2024 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Clear, concise, convincing. Excellent!!!

    • Brad Nelson January 16, 2024 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Thanks for watching Jeannie. This is going to be a fun series!

  2. Lynda Langston January 16, 2024 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    A deeper understanding Thanks Brad

    • Brad Nelson January 17, 2024 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Thanks for listening along with us Lynda.

  3. Kelsey Keating January 20, 2024 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Hallelujah! I love that this is going to be the next series. I’ve already sent the first episode to the group of high school girls I lead as a volunteer to get them started on understanding context when it comes to verses like this one.
    Thank you!

    • Brad Nelson January 22, 2024 at 8:21 am - Reply

      So very cool Kelsey! We hope your time with these young ladies will be transformative. Here’s to life-changing conversations!

  4. Jay Baker January 22, 2024 at 9:11 am - Reply

    We used this teaching in our small group on Thursday. We had a great discussion about what Paul was saying in this and the surrounding verses. Thank you so much for this teaching, it was very well done and our group loved it.

    • Brad Nelson January 24, 2024 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Jay, I’m so glad this was helpful. It sounds like you all had a really energizing conversation!

  5. Doug S January 26, 2024 at 5:56 am - Reply

    I’m excited about this series! This was a great kickoff, Brad, and one of your best teachings, I believe!
    My excitement extends to helping our church not only comprehend these verses that are so often taken out of context but how to recognize context so that we do not make the same mistake ourselves!


    • Brad Nelson January 31, 2024 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your encouragement Doug. It was certainly a lot of fun to put together.

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