Building a Sermon with Logos 5


It’s Saturday night, and your preaching pastor or Sunday school teacher is sick / has a family emergency / is on a plane to Hawaii. And now you’re suddenly teaching in the morning. What do you do?

I’m going to show you how to build a memorable, powerful sermon with Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide. Hopefully this will shave hours off your prep time—hours that you can spend with your family or give to other ministries in your church.

Let’s build a sermon on Philippians 2:1–4.

I’ll start by typing in Php 2:1–4 in the Sermon Starter Guide search bar:

Logos automatically recognizes that the core message of this passage is humility. What a terrific place to begin! As soon as I hit enter, Logos 5 populates my list with thematic outlines and topics that I can click on to explore things like humility, encouragement, or pride.

Logos 5′s thematic outlines are particularly time-saving in the sermon-building process. They provide lists of cross-references, set up in bullet-point outlines of particular themes you may want to treat in your sermon. If you’ve found one that you’d like to use as a foundation, export it to your word processor—Word, OpenOffice, etc.—or, if you want to show it off to your church or group, put it straight into a presentation program like Proclaim.

I want to focus on “Christlikeness” as my core message, so I’ll pick that outline. Once I’ve exported it to my word processor, I can delete points or add my own.

My sermon now looks like an outline of Bible verses summarized with headers. While it would be great to simply read the Bible to my audience, I think it might be helpful to look up other quotations, sermons, and stories that relate to becoming like Christ. Further down in the Sermon Starter Guide is a section called “Illustrations,” which has its own section on Christlikeness. I find some quotes I like in Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, namely from Charles Spurgeon, which leads me to Spurgeon’s sermon “Christ’s People—Imitators of Him.”

The Sermon Starter Guide has given me several threads to explore, with dozens of resources I can pull into my sermon to help me explain the passage to my group. Whether I want to make my sermon more conversational for a general audience or more exegetical for an informed audience, I can easily follow these threads deeper and deeper until my sermon has the substance and strong points I want, all guided by a single theme.

Every step of the sermon-building process in Logos 5 has been designed to give you substance and save you time. In less than 20 minutes, you can have an outline supported by a dozen or more Scripture passages and guided by a single theme. You can be well on your way into researching illustrations, stories, and visualizations to make your sermon come alive.

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Sermon Starter is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.

Get 12 Books—Free!

Jonathan EdwardsThe response to 2012’s Free Book of the Month campaign was overwhelmingly positive. So much so that we’re doing it again! In 2012, we gave away nearly $200 worth of Logos resources, with over 300,000 copies redeemed. If you do the math, that’s over $3 million worth of free books.

During January 2013, you can get Jonathan Edwards’ A Treatise concerning Religious Affections for free and enter to win The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.). Read your free book using the Logos mobile app, Biblia.com, and Logos 5.

Don’t miss a free book this year!

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Make Bible Study a Priority in 2013!

 

You might not write out a list of resolutions, but you probably spend time thinking about changes you’ll make in the new year. For most Christians, these include increased time in God’s Word. Don’t miss the opportunity to make an investment in this year’s Bible study!

For a limited time, you can still get a 15% discount on a Logos 5 base package. The benefits of making Logos 5 part of your Bible-reading regimen for 2013 are numerous. You’ll:

  1. Use incredible new features in your Bible study
  2. Study from a vast library of interconnected ebooks
  3. Incorporate encouraging community into your study with Faithlife
  4. Keep track of your commitments with prayer lists and reading plans
  5. Take your Bible study wherever you go

Logos.com has the perfect base package for you. This time next year, you’re going to be thankful you made Logos 5 part of your 2013 resolutions. Get your base package today!

Logos 5: Links to the Timeline

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.

Scattered throughout many Logos resources are dates of specific historical events. Logos is in the process of hyperlinking many of these dates to the new, searchable Timeline, found in most of the new base packages.

Here’s an example of how the links work:

  • Type 131 in the Command box.
  • In the drop down list, click Open 131 Christians Everyone Should Know to open this resource.
  • Type 35 in the resource’s reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to jump to that page.
  • Click the Visual Filters icon (B) on the resource’s toolbar.
  • Select Timeline events.
  • In the book scroll to page 35, subsection “Here I stand.” (C)
  • Notice, in the first sentence, a blue flag (D) next to the year 1517.
  • Rest the cursor on the flag to see a popup description of the event. (E)
  • Click the blue flag (D) to open the Timeline to that specific event.
  • Notice, back on page 35, a white flag next to the year 1519. (F)
  • Click the white flag to jump to the year 1519 on the Timeline.

Links to Timeline

The blue flags in resources represent specific events on the Timeline, whereas white flags just represent dates on the Timeline with no specific events assigned to them.

Timeline

Of course, you can open the Timeline anytime you want from the Tools menu.

Only 3 Days Left to Get 12 Days of Logos Deals: Act Now!

12 Days of Logos

This year’s 12 Days of Logos deals are almost gone. The 2012 lineup was one of the best we’ve ever had—remarkable discounts on The Essential IVP Reference Collection, the ESV Study Bible Notes, NIVAC, Anchor Yale Bible, and more. You can still get killer deals on items like:

The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3
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SALE: $109.95
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Learn more about The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3, or get it now.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (1979–1995) (4 vols.)
Retail: $129.95
SALE: $99.95
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Learn more about the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (1979–1995) (4 vols.), or get it now.

Tyndale CommentariesTyndale Commentaries (49 vols)—TNTC/TOTC 
Retail: $224.95
SALE: $185.95
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Learn more about Tyndale Commentaries (49 vols.)—TNTC/TOTC, or get it now.

Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (6 vols.)
Retail: $219.95
SALE: $169.95
Code: 12Days201210

Learn more about the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (6 vols.), or get it now.

NIV Application CommentaryNIV Application Commentary: NT (NIVAC)(20 vols.)
Retail: $382.99
SALE: $249.95
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Learn more about the NIV Application Commentary: NT (NIVAC)(20 vols.), or get it now.

Get multiple deals at an unbeatable price

Want more than one of these terrific offers? Having trouble affording them? Just use an easy-to-budget, interest-free payment plan. You have one chance to save the most amount of money: the first time you buy. Why let a one-time price keep you from getting the products you want? For a huge collection like the Anchor Yale Bible, for instance, you can cut the 12 Days price, $1,689.95, down to 12 monthly payments of just $146! But what if you want the Anchor Yale Bible and NIVACYour monthly payment could be as low as $112.77 with an 18-month payment plan. Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 to see if your purchase qualifies for an 18-month plan.

So don’t wait—all deals end at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 2. Take full advantage of these deals while they last!

Last Chance for Christmas Savings! Deals End January 2

Christmas has passed, but our Christmas sale hasn’t! Until January 2, you can still take advantage of seasonal discounts. Don’t miss out on great deals like:

15% off base packages

For a limited time, you can save at least 15% on Logos 5.  There’s no question that the best way to get tons of new content at the best price is with a base package. Our software is new, and our base packages are, too. Choose one that does what you need—and more than you imagined.

Up to 85% off bundles

Bundles are one of the simplest, most valuable ways to start studying what you love. But don’t wait—prices double after January 2, 2013, when all bundles revert to their regular prices. Through the end of our Christmas sale, you can save up to 75% off individual title prices—or, with a Master Bundle, up to 85%!

If you’re looking for a specific study topic, you have 19 different choices—or, if you would rather round out your library, get a Master Bundle, full of every resource from all 19 individual bundles. You don’t have much more time to get hundreds of new books at rock-bottom prices! Order now to get the best price.

12 Days of Logos

Another year of terrific 12 Days of Logos deals is over, but the coupon codes live on. Until 11:59 p.m. (PST) January 2, you can get any of the deals at their 12 Days sale prices. Take full advantage of these awesome deals before they’re gone!

Win Logos 5 & a Surface tablet

If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time! We’re giving away five base packages—Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and ­Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro!  If you win but already have Logos 5, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit. If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time—entry closes December 31, 2012.

Start the new year with great savings! Take advantage of these exciting offers on our Logos Christmas deals page. But don’t wait too long—seasonal discounts end after January 2.

Software Bíblico Logos: an Amazingly Successful Experiment / un experimento asombrosamente exitoso

It’s common to hear Hispanics refer to American society as “advanced” and express frustration at the difficulty of finding cutting-edge technologies south of the border. One notable exception, though, is in Bible-study technology. Logos has reimagined its software to suit the interests of Hispanics, offering a set of Bible-study tools as advanced as their English-language counterparts.

The intention was generous, and the move somewhat risky. By and large, Hispanics don’t enjoy the purchasing power of the American consumer. Their Bible-study habits generally stay at the devotional level, with little need for advanced technology.

But the experiment yielded an awesome response. From the get-go, Logos’ Spanish department has averaged over 30% yearly growth. Users have steadily proved their demand for better tools and content, some by paying a month’s wages. With 30 books, our very first package started timidly, but today the Biblioteca Premier offers 422 Spanish resources.

For Hispanics, this year closes with an stupendous gift opportunity. The recent released Biblioteca Premier features a bibliography covering every angle of Bible study: Bibles, commentaries, lexicons, theology, apologetics, evangelism, history, and more. What’s more, the new Logos 5 features will satisfy the homiletical yearnings of the many Hispanic pastors who prefer to study and preach topically rather than expositorily. To top it off, all Spanish libraries are discounted by 15% through the Christmas season.

How better to bless your Hispanic pastor friend or leader than by telling them about Logos? Or, better yet, by getting them this amazing blessing and seeing their awesome response?

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Seguido los hispanos describen la sociedad americana como “muy avanzada,” con aire de desánimo, al percatarse de que las tecnologías más avanzadas no están fácilmente disponibles para ellos fuera de los Estados Unidos. Hoy día, no obstante, existe una notable excepción a esta norma. Se trata de la tecnología de estudio bíblico. Software Bíblico Logos ha tomado herramientas originalmente diseñadas para el consumidor americano y las ha re-adaptado para el mercado hispano.

La intención ha sido generosa pero no sin riesgo, comenzando porque los hispanos, en términos generales, no gozan del poder adquisitivo del consumidor americano. Además, sus hábitos de estudio bíblico generalmente permanecen a un nivel devocional que no demanda de mucha tecnología.

La gran sorpresa ha sido que el experimento ha resultado en una increíble bendición con una reacción inédita. Desde su comienzo, el departamento hispano de Logos ha promediado más de 30% de crecimiento anual. Los usuarios han comprobado su deseo de herramientas avanzadas y buen contenido de estudio bíblico. Algunos han estado dispuestos a pagar tanto como el equivalente de un mes de sueldo. El primer paquete comenzó titubeante, ofreciendo 30 libros. Hoy día la Biblioteca Premier ofrece 422 recursos de estudio.

Para los hispanos, este año cierra estupendo con una gran oportunidad de regalos. La Biblioteca Premier, recientemente debutada, cubre una bibliografía de todo ángulo de estudio: Biblias, comentarios, léxicos, teología, apologética, evangelismo, historia, y más. Además, las funciones de las nuevas bibliotecas de Logos 5 saciarán la sed homilética de muchos pastores hispanos con estudio y predicación por tópico más que expositiva, máxime cuando todas las bibliotecas se encuentran descontadas un 15% durante las fechas navideñas.

¿Qué mejor manera de bendecir a un amigo pastor hispano o líder que hablándole de Logos? Aún mejor, ¿obteniendo para su amigo una biblioteca Logos 5 y siendo testigo de la gran bendición y la inédita respuesta?

Deals That Keep Giving: 12 Days of Logos Deals Still Available!

12 Days of Logos

Didn’t get what you wanted this Christmas? There’s still time to save up to 47% with the 12 Days of Logos sale!

The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3

The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3Get the comprehensive biblical reference collection—over a dozen of IVP’s award-winning resources for 42% off! The Essential IVP Reference Collection is a compilation of works from some of today’s best biblical and theological scholars. Dive into biblical words and terms with this collection’s incredible dictionaries and studies on New Testament Greek. Get the background commentaries and Bible-reference books that have set the standard in Bible study for over a generation. Wrap your mind around the Bible’s difficult passages with IVP’s Hard Sayings of the Bible, and give visual context to the words you’re reading with the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. You can do all of this, and tons more, with the Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3, now only $109.95!

The NIV Application Commentary: New Testament

NIV Application CommentaryHow do you apply what you’ve learned about Jerusalem, Ephesus, or Corinth to modern life? How do you translate a difficult Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic passage so that it’s clear in today’s terms? NIVAC is different than other application commentaries—it takes you back to the first century to look in depth at the stories, and then forward again to show you how to apply those biblical lessons in today’s world. Let this wonderful commentary do the legwork for you, and focus on building a better biblical understanding. Get NIVAC for only $249.95—that’s 35% off!

Anchor Yale Bible

These are the big guns in biblical scholarship. With over 80 volumes of prestigious scriptural exegesis and translation, drawing on the wisdom of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world, the Anchor Yale Bible has what you need for deeper Bible study. These commentaries, written to the most exacting standards, are a must-have for any serious student of the Bible. And with a payment plan,* now you can get AYB for only $146 per month. Get yours today!

 

These are just a few of the incredible resources still available through the 12 Days of Logos. With unbeatable deals on superb items like the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE), Tyndale Commentaries, John Piper Collection, and much more, the 12 Days of Logos is a one-stop shop for the best in Bible study.

See the whole lineup to get the deal best suited to your needs. But hurry—these deals last only until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 2!

*Want to see if you qualify for a payment plan? Call our sales team with any of your questions at 1-800-875-6467.

Get the Library You Really Want with an 18-Month Payment Plan

You’ve heard about Logos 5, the savings available with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, and the limited-time 15% discount we’re offering on all base package purchases and upgrades.

But you’re still daydreaming about getting Logos 5. Maybe you’d like to invest in a package like Diamond, but you’re not sure you can make the investment up front.

Stick to Your Budget with Logos Payment Plans

Logos payment plans are a helpful way of getting the base package you’ve had your eye on while spreading the payments out. You’ll never pay interest, either—just a $5 administrative fee per payment (to keep the accountants happy).

You have one chance to save the most cash on a base package: the first time you buy. So why let a one-time price keep you from saving on the library you’ll want later? The 15% introductory discount isn’t going to be around forever. There’s no better time than now to move to Logos 5.

What about an 18-Month Payment Plan?

For every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering an extended payment plan—take an extra six months to pay!

You’d have to make a $1,105 jump from Platinum to get Diamond in a one-time payment. But when you factor in an 18-month payment plan, Diamond costs just $10.62 more per month.* That’s 658 more books for just a few extra dollars per month—less than two cents more per book!**

Or maybe you want to purchase a copy of Gold and create a specialized library with three or four large topical book bundles or a Master bundle. As long as your purchase is over $1,900, you can spread the payments out over a year and a half.

It’s as easy as choosing the 18-month payment plan at checkout.

So get the Logos 5 base package you really want at the best price—use a budget-friendly,
interest-free payment plan today!

*This is an increase of $10.62 for an 18-month payment plan vs. the 12-month payment plan for Platinum.
**Your price may be different with Dynamic Pricing.

Last Chance: Win a Full Scholarship for Your MA or DMin!

Earn your degree—free

On December 31, at 11:59 p.m. (PST), entry closes for Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software’s $25,000 Billy Graham Scholarship and $18,000 John Piper Scholarship. The Billy Graham Scholarship covers your MA (Biblical & Theological Studies), and the John Piper Scholarship covers your DMin; no matter what, if you’re among the first 100 students accepted into the MABTS’ spring 2013 semester, you’ll win a partial scholarship of $2,520.

That means you have just six days left to get in on $295,000 in total scholarship funds!

Keep your job and church

Knox’s world-class degree programs let you study the Word without giving up your other commitments. If you pursue your master’s degree, you’ll complete 100 percent of your coursework online, choosing when and where you study. If you decide to earn your doctorate, you’ll learn from some of the world’s leading Bible scholars at up to four classes a year in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; the rest of your coursework you’ll complete from home, on your own time. Either way, you’ll use Logos’ largest, smartest library, Portfolio—a superb academic advantage, yours for the rest of your life.

Last chance to win

Again, entry for all scholarships closes at the end of the day on the 31st. Entering takes just seconds, but the deadline’s almost here. Enter to win your MABTS or DMin today!