Bible Study on the Birth of Jesus Begins Today!

Christmas is coming, and we’re all excited to celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ’s coming to dwell among us. But how many of our ideas about Christ’s birth come from the Bible, and how many from Christmas carols, TV specials, nativity scenes, and the like?

The biggest holiday on the Western calendar recognizes the birth of Jesus—let’s do a Bible study to see how it really happened.

Now through Christmas, we’ll  be posting new ideas for studying the birth of Christ. Some of the Logos bloggers and I will walk through the Gospel accounts of the Nativity using the powerful Bible-study tools in Logos 5.

Let’s get started!

So, if we’re doing a Bible study on the birth of Jesus, where do we start? The new Topic Guide is the easiest way to get started, even if you’ve never read the biblical account of the Nativity. Let’s open the Topic Guide and see what’s in store.

I start typing in “Christmas,” and the guide suggests both Christmas and the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. That’s helpful, because I’m really interested in the second option in this Bible study. I select it, and the Topic Guide brings me places to start my study! I get a definition of the topic and links to my Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias. I also get a list of related verses and topics.

This gives me plenty of Scriptures to read and examine, and other topics to explore. So using the Topic Guide, I get:

  • A suggestion for the topic I really wanted (even though I typed something else)
  • The definition of the topic
  • A list of passages for future Bible study
  • Ideas for more topics to explore

It took me only nine seconds to get to all this information from the Home Page. It doesn’t matter if I’ve memorized the New Testament or if I’ve never opened the Bible before—either way, I’m ready to start learning more about the birth of my Savior. Logos 5 makes Bible study more approachable than ever, and I can’t wait to study the birth of Christ further.

You’ll find all the tools and books we used today in Logos 5. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and join us as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

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14 Responses to “Bible Study on the Birth of Jesus Begins Today!”

  1. Bill Rouse December 4, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you for this tip for doing Bible studies. I had no ideal how to use this tool.

  2. John Joseph December 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I only have the starter package (which is way over my head for now) so I can not do this search?

    • Jeffrey Kranz December 5, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      The Topic Guide is included in Starter, so you can still do this search.

    • Ben F. December 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      “…waters to swim in.”

  3. Philana Crouch December 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I think the Sermon Starter Guide would be useful as well. It includes thematic outlines that can be used to create Bible studies.

    • Jeffrey Kranz December 5, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Agreed, Philana—the Sermon Starter Guide will make a few appearances in future posts!

  4. Brent Reilly December 6, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    A great tool but I have one question. When I scroll down to “Biblical People” it shows “no results.” Why wouldn’t a topic search on the Virgin Birth pull up a reference to Mary?

    • Jeffrey Kranz December 7, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Good find, Brent. This is related to the datasets in Logos 5. When you find an issue like this, the best thing to do is send an email to d&erequests@logos.com. That gets it into our bug tracking and resolution system.

      • Brent Reilly December 10, 2012 at 10:16 am #

        Thanks. Will do.

  5. Bill Hardman December 6, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Another ‘Bill’ who had no idea how to use this tool! Is logos camp in my future? Really looking forward to participating in this study series. Thanks for doing this!

  6. tom potter December 9, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    This study is going to be great and teach me more about how to use logos

  7. Connie Williams December 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Don’t have Logos 5, can I still do the study?

    • Jeffrey Kranz December 12, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      The study will use a good amount of Logos 5 features, but we’ll also use some tools that are in both 4 and 5, like the reverse interlinear.

  8. Daniel Y December 12, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    The inter linear tool is really excellent. The sermon starter guide is neat too