When one mentions the concept of context they are referring to, as we stated before, the culture of the people, the historic back drop, the grammatical and literary style, the author, and the text’s place within the chapter, book, and Testament. Once these have been thoroughly considered, one can then begin to interpret how the passage might apply to us in our situation today. “In expository preaching the biblical text is…a master which dictates and controls what is said.” “First, and above all, the thought of the biblical writer determines the substance.” Without first identifying the meaning of the text in its context we cannot hope to identify its meaning for us today.
An example of a passage that I have heard used out of context (one that I have personally used out of context) is Psalm 125:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].” The way this passage is often presented is in regard to sowing the gospel. While it may be applied in that way, the gospel is not what the Psalmist had in mind. This passage is a part of song that deals with captivity and deliverance and must first be dealt with in that light before trying to apply it to anything else. It’s not that the application is inherently flawed because the proper time was not spent expositing the text, but the probability is much higher in that case. Authority is found in the Word of God. We must stand on what God said, and that is determined by studying a text within its context. There is no other way.
 McQuilkin, Robertson. Understanding and Applying the Bible. Chicago: Moody. 2009. p. 176
 Stott, John. Between Two Worlds. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 1982. pp. 125-26
 Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. 2003. p.21