What If Your Sermon Prep Process Is Holding You Back?

If you preach or teach regularly, you’ve probably developed tried-and-true methods for studying the text, crafting an outline or manuscript, and preparing a presentation or handout.

But here’s the thing, preachers: whether we realize it or not, most of us are hacking together a bunch of different tools that weren’t designed for the task we’re doing.

Word processors were created to solve the problems faced by writers, not preachers. Presentation tools like PowerPoint work great for business presentations, but they just weren’t made for the unique needs of a worship or teaching setting.

The time we spend retrofitting these programs to fit our sermon-prep needs could be used to go deeper into the text. Or discovering more about how the passage applies to our listeners’ lives.

What would a word processor built from the ground up for preachers and Bible teachers look like?

We created the Sermon Editor to answer that question. It’s included with a one-month free trial to Logos Cloud Essentials, and here’s why you should give it a try right now.

Built by preachers, for preachers

With the Sermon Editor, you can move seamlessly from studying with Logos Cloud’s tools and libraries, to writing your sermon.

Type a Scripture reference, and the Sermon Editor automatically fills in the entire passage. Build your outline point by point, and the Sermon Editor creates a handout for you to add to your worship bulletin. Start typing, and your sermon slides are created automatically. No more tedious copy and pasting or handing off files to a volunteer to prep the presentation: you can send it off in a click.

There’s lots more you can do with the Sermon Editor. Give it a test run with a one-month free trial to Logos Cloud Essentials.

Take your sermon prep anywhere

Logos Cloud is an all-in-one, online Bible study platform that gives preachers unprecedented access to the tools they need to create life-changing sermons.

It all comes together right in your web browser: commentaries, cross-references, parallel passages, media, word studies, and so much more. Best of all, it lets you fit in-depth sermon prep into your packed schedule. You can access all your tools, notes, and books with our web app or mobile apps.

Plus, we’ve partnered with the leading names in Christian publishing to include a trustworthy sermon prep library with every level of Logos Cloud. You get everything from inspiring devotionals to rigorous biblical scholarship—all at a low monthly price.


Logos Cloud Essentials is just $19.99 a month, and you get so much more than the Sermon Editor. Prepare your sermon with a large library of contemporary Bible study resources and all of Logos interactive tools.  And best of all, you can try it for yourself with a free one-month trial. Give it a try right now, and be sure to tell us what you think.

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Tyler Smith
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  • I have Logos 7 Full Feature Set, and I must say that I have not yet been able to appreciate the Sermon Editor as much as Logos says that I can. I have tried to author my sermons using the editor feature and when I print it out it just looks like a jumbled mess with the fonts too big and no way to change the size. Then, I have too much of a difficult time toggling between the handouts and presentation modes. The exporting and arranging into PPT or Keynote is not to seamless as it is explained.

    I am sure all of this is simply user error and nothing to do with Logos. However, I sure do wish there was a video that showed me how these features actually work, first working and then step by step tutorial. I mean, I would like to see someone actually use the features without too much explanation from the beginning to the end. Then a step by step tutorial.

  • If you use slides for your preaching and you use logos’ slide program, sermon editor could work. If this is not the way you preach then sermon editor will just annoy you. When you type in a verse it puts in the whole verse instead of just the reference which adds sometimes pages to what you have to scroll through when you preach. A much better format is to use the “notes” documents. Create your sermon as a note. Notes has pretty good word processing functions including indenting. When you type in a Bible ref it hyperlinks to your Bible and doesn’t clutter up your outline with the full text. Also you can link quotes from your commentaries in your library. When you are ready to preach, open the note in logos on your iPad, and split your screen. Your outline is in the top screen and when you select a Bible reference or quote as you preach, the bottom screen will go to that verse or quote. Unlike sermon editor which drops the verse into your outline, by using the split screen on your iPad your actually in your Bible and you can scroll and read on further if you so desire. I have asked numerous times for Logos to incorporate these features into Sermon Editor but so far nothing. I think sermon editor is marketing hype to get you to buy their slide program. But, if you preach with slides and you want to buy their program then it could work. I tried to use Sermon Editor for teaching SS and still found it rather annoying. I’m guess I’m too old to adapt, but I love using the Notes part of Logos and preaching/teaching from my iPad.

    • Hi Gaius,

      We have a series of tutorial videos that may help you get more out of the Sermon Editor. Check them out here.

      One quick note about typing in a biblical reference: the Sermon Editor automatically adds the biblical text when you type the passage reference and hit enter. If you want to just include the reference in line, without the full passage popping up, just add a space after the reference. Even if you want the reference on its own line, which would require hitting enter after the reference, adding a space after the passage reference tells Logos not to add the full passage.

      Hope that helps!

  • I love the sermon editor. I just preach from my iPad though. Printing out seems counterintuitive. I haven’t used the slides yet …..

    • Hi, Mike. Glad you’re enjoying the Sermon Editor. If you haven’t used the slides yet, you might consider getting a free trial of Proclaim. It works with the Sermon Editor and you’d likely find it useful. (And if you download Proclaim before tonight at 11:59 pm (PT) you’ll be entered for a chance to win Logos 7 Collector’s Edition.)

      • I did use it at my last church. I used it right after it came up. Sermon editor was not around then…..

        The church I’m going at now does not use slides for preaching so this is the reason I haven’t used them with L7 yet.

  • I have Logos Now, but I only see Sermon Starter Guide. So is this feature somewhere else?

    • Hi,Fred. Click on “Documents” in the top left corner, then find the “New Sermon” button in the drop-down menu. :-)

Written by Tyler Smith