I would say it would depend on the context of the message. For example, if we were putting together a message about the church as the Bible describes
it, the books of Ephesians and Colossians have a ton of information throughout. However, there are specific statements Christ said, some proverbs, as
well as information in Revelation that is also extremely significant, not to mention the other epistles. In Ephesians and Colossians, the church is
typically seen as the central theme, but that doesn't mean the other references aren't important.
So, in that example, I believe referencing scripture throughout the Bible would emphasize to those unfamiliar that the Bible needs to be taken as a
whole (especially when using other scriptures located elsewhere to qualify the primary scripture). It draws the Bible away from being a collection of
books and turns it into a single book.
On the other hand, a study into who Jesus was as a pastor could best be explored by going through the entire Gospel accounts to get a large
perspective of His full character. If someone were to just take the scriptures talking about Him messing up all the moneychangers' tables in the
Temple as His pastoral method, it would draw up a schism between the rest of scripture. If that teacher were well respected by the student, it is very
possible that the student would believe this to be an acceptable practice to drive home a point, and do so themselves, thereby separating scripture
into sentences whose function is to prove whatever point is on your mind at the time, regardless of the context or the message of the Bible as a
So, once again, I would say it is not the numbering system that would be responsible, but rather individuals. It's been my experience that if someone
is dedicated to the message God sent us through His Word, His whole message, they're going to strive to seek and explain the Bible as a whole, though
they must do so in pieces. If, on the other hand, someone is dedicated to one cause or another, they will use the Bible to further that cause,
regardless of context or the message as a whole.
One example of this comes out of the 20s, where the Teetotalers were seeking to ban alcohol from the US. They took on a verse from scripture as their
motto: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!" This came from Colossians 2:21. Many thought and still think to this day that that is a Biblical
mandate. Yet, let's look at the verse in context:
Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not
handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such
regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they
lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
In context, Paul was chastising the Colossian church for adopting such a legalistic behavior, not saying to practice it. The message was one of Grace,
talking about Christ's sacrifice being enough, and that by accepting Him and having the Holy Spirit dwell within, it is He we must turn to, because
the Word also says that it is Christ who is our strength, when we are weak, it is then that He is strong, and that it is Christ who is our perfecter,
not our ability to follow a bunch of rules.
And, with all that quoting in the last paragraph, not a single chapter/verse needed to be given