Logos 5: Sermon Starter Guide

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

The Sermon Starter Guide, a new Logos 5 template located in the Guides menu, jumpstarts (not replaces) your message preparation. When you generate a report for a biblical theme or text, you’ll notice two important sections: Theme and Thematic Outlines. I wanted to make sure you know the mechanics of these two very helpful sections.

Undergirding all Sermon Starter Guide reports are approximately 230 popular preaching themes, identified by the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos.

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Theme section provides a brief description of that specific theme or one closely related to it.

When you generate a report for a passage, the Theme section displays descriptions of all the themes that use your biblical reference as a key supporting passage. For example, if you build a guide for Colossians 3:16, you’ll see both Education and Music presented under the Theme section.

SSG Theme

 

The Thematic Outlines section uses the Dictionary of Bible Themes (DBT) as a source.

SSG Title Page

 

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your topic or a similar one as a part of the title of the outline. For example, if you build a report for the theme God:Wrath, you’ll see these titles under Thematic Outlines: Anger of God; Anger of Jesus Christ; Anger, divine; and Provoking God.

SSG Thematic Outlines

 

When you generate a report for a passage, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your passage somewhere in the outline. For example, when you create a guide for Deuteronomy 1:42, you’ll see these outlines under Thematic Outlines: Alienation, Defeat, Nature of sin, and Nature of warfare.

SSG Thematic

 

I certainly hope these behind-the-scenes explanations are helpful. Also, as former news anchor Dan Rather would say, a tip of the Stetson to the CIT for its hard work in compiling all of this useful data!

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