Deciphering the Book of Acts with DIY Bible Study

diy-bible-studyLearn how to study the Bible and immerse yourself in its wonder with DIY Bible Study.

This highly visual curriculum leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to help you take your Bible study to the next level. With application-focused content, beautifully designed images, and practical video tutorials, DIY Bible Study gives you everything you need to study the Bible to the fullest extent.

This incredible resource is now available as an individual add-on—and right now, it’s on sale for 20% off!

Better Bible study

We built DIY Bible Study to be fully integrated into Logos Bible Software. We’re leveraging all of Logos’ amazing tools to help you study the Bible. As you work through this resource, your learning is framed by sections that teach you Bible study principles that are demonstrated within Logos itself. You’ll learn how to study the Bible and use the most powerful Bible software to accomplish your goals.

There’s also a prebuilt, year-long reading plan included with DIY Bible Study. In just 10 minutes a day, you can go through the entire resource, digging deeper into the Bible with each lesson. It’s also easily used as a handbook during your regular study. We wanted it to be as flexible and as accessible as possible so anyone could benefit from it, no matter where you find yourself on your walk with Jesus.

Step into the Scriptures

Following the grand narrative of the Bible can be difficult if you haven’t spent years studying the Scriptures. Following the narrative of a single book of the Bible can be just as difficult. With DIY Bible Study, both of these endeavors become much easier.

The book of Acts is a labyrinthine story about establishment of the early church and the spread of the gospel. It bridges the gap between the life of Christ (the Gospels) and the teachings of the church (the New Testament letters). Acts is a witness to the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of people, the direct continuation of Jesus’ ministry.

Geography plays an important role in Acts, as Luke traces the progress of the Gospel away from Jerusalem out to the “end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). DIY Bible Study gives you the tools to help you understand the structure of the book, geographically and temporally.

This map depicts many of the locations in the Graeco-Roman Empire—the setting of the book of Acts:

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And there are so many events to keep track of in the book of Acts, it takes two slides to recount all of them:

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Once you’ve wrapped your head around the physical themes of the book, you can start to tackle the theological themes presented by Luke. Acts is an inspirational account of the early church, stirring us to move forward with the work of God, toward the “end of the earth.”

The Bible is your story

With DIY Bible Study, you’ll get an overview of the entire Bible, one study at a time. You’ll also discover methods to improve your study, and you’ll be introduced to helpful study tools.

DIY Bible Study is now available as an individual add-on and is in most Logos 6 base packages.

Learn to study the Bible and enjoy it more than ever before with DIY Bible Studyon sale for 20% off!

Tim Keller on Greatness in the Kingdom

tim-keller-sermon-archiveUnderstand Scripture in new, powerful ways with the expanded Tim Keller Sermon Archive!

Recently updated, this sermon library contains transcripts of over 1,300 sermons taught by Tim Keller—author, speaker, and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.

With the Logos digital edition, these transcripts spring to life, ready for you to search, study, and share. You can even search for sermons based on specific passages, helping you dig even further into Keller’s preaching.

Check out this animation showing Keller’s insights on understanding greatness in the Kingdom:


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Today Only: Get the Beth Moore Issue & Save 50%!

BSM_Blog_MarAprToday is the last day to get Bible Study Magazine’s Beth Moore issue! You won’t want to miss out on insights from this key author and ministry leader.

This issue delivers the best in Bible study from devotionals to word studies to advice on teaching and preaching, and more—there really is something for everyone.

Beth Moore: an uncommon love

In this issue, Beth Moore discusses how you can equip yourself for your calling with Scripture:

When I get a chance to speak specifically with young women, I tell them that with a minimum understanding of Scripture, you can come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. But you cannot be equipped in your calling unless you have an ongoing relationship with God and his Word. You cannot be a disciple of God and sidestep his Word. Every believer is called to study the Bible. And no matter what our ministry area is—whether we minister to single moms, the poor, students, senior adults—whatever we are called to, we are equipped through the Scriptures.

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The Importance of the Resurrection

mobile-ed-nt211-introducing-the-gospels-and-acts-their-background-nature-and-purposeEaster Sunday is coming up this week, and churches all over the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection is the central event of the New Testament—an event that is still transforming the world and calling for a response today. It’s the culmination of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and it forms the foundation for the church.

In this video, several of our Mobile Ed speakers discuss the importance of the Resurrection:

With Logos Mobile Education, you can learn more about the relevance of the Resurrection, as well as the early church and the life and teachings of Jesus.

In NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose, Dr. Darrell Bock surveys the messages of these important books. This course includes an entire unit on the Resurrection, through which you’ll see how the Resurrection is portrayed differently in each of the four Gospels, learn what various groups in the first century believed about resurrection, and understand how the Resurrection vindicated the claims of Jesus and provided a pathway for eternal life.

This course is on sale until April 4, so order it now and save 15%!

The Studies in the Gospels Bundle includes nine courses taught by leading scholars like Craig Evans and Mark Strauss. You’ll get book studies that look in depth at each of the four Gospels and show how each Gospel writer portrays the resurrection of Jesus; courses that highlight specific aspects of Jesus’ ministry, like the Sermon on the Mount and the parables and miracles of Jesus; and courses that examine the genre of the Gospels and the world of the New Testament.

This bundle is currently on Pre-Pub: order it now and get 41% off! You’ll get five of the courses now and the rest as they are released.

It’s crucial for believers to understand just how significant the resurrection of Jesus Christ is. Discover that and more with these Mobile Ed courses!

Get 75% Off Select Works by D.A. Carson!

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2 Ways to Save This Easter

logos-easter-sale-2015The Easter sale contains over 50 products at incredible discounts, and within this massive lineup are some best-selling gems of biblical scholarship.

Through April 4, save up to 40% and get a free book when you take advantage of our Easter special.

Answer New Testament questions with expert commentary

augsburg-commentary-on-the-new-testamentIf you haven’t already, pick up this month’s Free Book of the Month and Plus One. You’ll get these two volumes for only 99 cents, then you’ll be eligible for a Dynamic Pricing discount on the full 12-volume Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament.

During the Easter sale, you can get over 25% off this series plus your Dynamic Pricing discount when you upgrade to the whole collection.

Each volume in the ACNT contains an introduction and topical overview of each book of the New Testament, along with an account of that book’s influence in church history, such as the impact of Romans on Augustine, Wesley, and Barth, as well as Martin Luther’s appraisal of James. The authors also discuss textual issues, historical topics such as authorship and dating, as well as literary conventions and exegetical and interpretive challenges.

Each commentary concludes with a bibliography of other books, articles, and reference works to consult for further study.

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Find out why religious leaders wanted Jesus crucified

Examine the Gospels’ presentations of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection with New Testament scholar Darrell L. Bock. In NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts, Dr. Bock answers how the resurrection demonstrates God’s approval of Jesus as Messiah, how the early church remembered, shared, and recorded the events of Jesus’ life, and how those events became the catalyst for ministry in the book of Acts—all from the comfort of your home.

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Gain Cultural Insights into Corinthians for $0.99

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Before March slips away, pick up two volumes from the Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament set for only 99 cents.

Cultural concepts explained

Both books are designed to give you a better understanding of the setting in which Paul wrote. 2 Corinthians, written by noted Greek scholar Dr. William Frederick Danker, provides you with important insights into the early church, as well as the problems it faced.

For example, what does 2 Corinthians 9:7 mean when Paul writes, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”?

Dr. Danker explains that this sentiment is not out of place in the world of Paul’s original hearers:

This inscription reveals the importance attached to recognition by communities for benefits conferred within their midst. Indeed, the biblical principle expressed by Paul in 2 Cor. 9:7, ‘God has affection for a cheerful donor,’ would have been well understood in the Greco-Roman world, where the principle ‘It is better to give than to receive’ prevailed in many circles. And, as Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics 1120b) put it, ‘liberality is not judged in terms of the amount given but on the basis of the spirit with which it is given.’

However, the similarities should not create a problem for the reader. Danker goes on to explain:

Parallels are not to be viewed as sources for Paul’s thought, but they can illuminate the points at which people who were formerly outside Jewish-Christian traditions could find a foothold for grasping some of the things that were being independently expressed.

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Can a Commentary Be Technical and Accessible?

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testamentTime is running out to save on the recently reconfigured 17-volume Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Save over 30% when you get this series today!

Frequently, commentaries lean toward one of two extremes: technical exegesis or accessible exposition. The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament seeks to bridge that divide with this exciting commentary set on the New Testament.

The first volume on Philippians, published in 1992, was authored by Moises Silva and received critical acclaim. It was soon followed in 1994 by Dr. Darrell Bock’s commentary on Luke 1:1–9:50, which quickly became accepted as a seminal work for anyone wishing to study this Gospel.

In short, the BECNT series has proved that a commentary set can be both technical and accessible.

With each additional volume, it consistently maintains a high level of scholarship while still being one of the most favored reference works for the layperson, pastor, or scholar. Baker has succeeded in its mission to provide detailed, technical analysis in a manner that is both readily accessible to the layperson and immensely helpful for those looking to deepen their understanding of the biblical text.

BECNT now includes 1–2 Thessalonians

The most recent addition is to the BECNT is Jeffrey Weima’s treatment of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Stanley E. Porter—president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College—has this to say about this volume:

Weima has written a full and authoritative commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians that readers will want to consult regularly and frequently. . . . One of the most appealing features of the commentary is Weima’s interpretation within the context of ancient epistolary structure, rather than the all-too-frequently-used rhetorical analysis. Weima sets the stage for his exegesis and exposition of each section by laying out the literary character and shape of the unit to be discussed. He also provides a detailed and helpful introduction to the commentary that emphasizes the historical background of these letters. Weima shows awareness of the current debate on a wide range of issues in Thessalonians research, while also ably defending traditional positions regarding authorship, interpretation, and even text-critical matters.

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Game Time! Get 50% Off Select Works by Douglas Moo and Leon Morris

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Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Matthew

This superb commentary in the Pillar series explores the meaning and relevance of Matthew in an eminently straightforward fashion. Leon Morris writes for readers who use commentaries to further discover what the Bible means. A perceptive introduction precedes Morris’ warmhearted verse-by-verse exposition of Matthew, an exposition based on his own literal translation of the text.

The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel according to John

Hailed as perhaps “the best commentary on any book of the Bible by an evangelical in recent decades” by Christianity Today when it was first published in 1971, Leon Morris’ Gospel According to John has become one of the enduring standard commentaries on John’s Gospel.

Vote in the championship round!

Voting for the championship round has begun! Your vote will help decide if D.A. Carson or J.I. Packer will win this year’s Logos March Madness competition.

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Author quick stats:

D.A. Carson

  • Date of birth: December 21, 1946
  • PhD from University of Cambridge
  • Current position: Research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Fun fact: Carson has written or edited 57 books, many of which have been translated into Chinese.
  • Interests: Hiking and woodworking

J.I. Packer

  • Date of birth: July 22, 1926
  • PhD from University of Oxford
  • Current position: Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College
  • Fun Fact: While at Oxford, Packer heard lectures from C.S. Lewis that were a major influence in his life.
  • Interests: English cricket and early jazz

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