When you’re studying Scripture—whether for sermon prep, research, or even just personal devotions—the distractions aren’t just out there. Often, it’s the stuff we’re doing as part of the study itself that threaten to distract us.
For instance, imagine the amount of time it would take to look up every time every single resource in your library mentions a passage you’re studying. You’d likely find some wonderful insights . . . but only after spending hours getting to the information. That’s why Logos Bible Software includes a Passage Guide, so we can get the info we need without the distractions that come up while laboriously searching for it.
Logos Bible Software isn’t there so you can cut corners in your Bible study; rather, it helps you cut out the time-wasting stuff, like turning pages, that isn’t really a part of Bible study anyway.
But if you haven’t yet upgraded to the new Logos 7, you may be missing out on some other key features that will help you find focus in your study. (And if you’re ready to pull the trigger on one of our Feature Sets or base packages, you should act fast: introductory discounts are ending soon.)
1. Focus on the message, not the formatting
Preparing a sermon is hard work and typically requires the use of multiple tools—including study resources, a word processor, and presentation software. That’s a lot of time switching between programs, and if you’re like me, a little too much time fiddling with the formatting in your manuscript until it’s just so.
With the brand new Sermon Editor in Logos 7, you can produce and deliver a biblical message without ever leaving your research platform. Just type, and Logos auto-generates an outline, slides, a handout and even gives you a head start on a digital bulletin. You focus on solid Bible study and a compelling message; Logos will diminish the distractions caused by everything else.
2. Find key themes, fast
Christians have relied on concordances to find biblical information since at least the thirteenth century. That’s some ancient tech, and it’s pretty limited. Print concordances can only give you a static, alphabetical list. That’s fine if you know exactly what you’re looking for. (And if you have the time to find it.)
But what if you’re studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and you’re curious about repeated themes? A regular print concordance won’t be much help. The Concordance Tool in Logos 7, however, lets you sort which words are most frequent in any book, group of books, works by a biblical author, and more. Just narrow the Concordance to a specific Bible passage to reveal the vocabulary of a biblical passage or author. You can answer questions like, “Who was the only High Priest mentioned in Matthew? How does that compare to Luke?” (And since the information is delivered in a faceted list, you can access it without memorizing search syntax.)
Plus, you can do this kind of analysis with any resource in your library—not just the Bible. Choose any resource and generate a custom concordance. Find which terms are most important to a given theologian, or create a “Works Cited” list to see what sources a writer refers to most often. (You can see the Concordance Tool in action here.)
A paper concordance is a fine tool, but it forces you to ask only the handful of questions it’s designed to answer. The Concordance Tool in Logos 7 is designed to fit the questions you want to ask the text—taking everything else out of the way.
3. Follow the perfect plan for your next study
When you’re just beginning to study a topic, it can be hard to know where to start. Which resources provide the best introduction to the issues? How do you know when to turn to original sources, like Early Church Fathers? With the Courses tool, we’ve hand-selected the most relevant readings from across your library on dozens of topics, so all you have to do is select a learning plan.
Choose from dozens of guided learning plans on topics like “Atonement,” “Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew,” “C.S. Lewis on Enjoyment & Contemplation,” and many more. Choose your plan, and Logos pulls together library resources, study tools, video content, and more to create the ultimate study plan—one that moves at your pace. Stay on track with the built-in accountability tools and a progress tracker. You can even set a weekly schedule to get reminders on the days you select. See your progress with markers along the way and check your stats when you complete the plan.
One of the biggest distractors out there is the sheer amount of information we all have access to. Let Logos filter it all for you, giving you only what truly serves your study needs.
Don’t wait: introductory discounts on Logos 7 are ending soon! Get all of these features and many more in Logos 7 Full Feature Set or a Logos 7 Bronze base package—they’re 10% off for a limited time. Or, get a personalized base package recommendation.