Sermon prep, what tools or guides do you use?

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James Amos | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jan 18 2022 9:51 AM

I've owned Logos for years and have used notes most of the time if I use Logos to write a lesson or sermon. I'm trying to be more streamlined or sophisticated and want to use the tools within Logos but I am not sure which is the best option. There are things like: sermon starter, builder, and guides. Just wondering which of these you find most beneficial.

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 18 2022 12:15 PM

I built a custom guide that walks through this process, write in WORD, copy paste into a Sermon doc, export to proclaim, edit slides, preach from proclaim remote app.

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James Amos | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 18 2022 3:39 PM

Nice thanks David.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 18 2022 3:41 PM

Thanks David! I saved the image for future reference 👍

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 20 2022 7:01 AM

James Amos:

I've owned Logos for years and have used notes most of the time if I use Logos to write a lesson or sermon. I'm trying to be more streamlined or sophisticated and want to use the tools within Logos but I am not sure which is the best option. There are things like: sermon starter, builder, and guides. Just wondering which of these you find most beneficial.

I really like David's diagram of his process. Here's a quick overview of some of the different tools and what I feel they do best:

  • Workflows are designed to walk you through a structured process of study. There are a couple for sermon preparation (Expository, Topical) and several for various kinds of biblical study to help with understanding the text. You can also make your own with the Workflow Editor Tool that reflects your own process.
  • Sermon Starter Guide organizes preaching-related content by Bible passage or broad topic (we call these Preaching Themes). For a Preaching Theme, you can see key passages, a comprehensive list of biblical pericopes that are related to that topic, Preaching Resources (quotations, illustrations, songs, and sermons), Thematic Outlines of a particular take on that topic (which you can copy to Sermon Builder or other destinations), outlines of others' sermons, interactives, media, and more. For a biblical passage, there's similar information along with links to commentaries and outlines of the passage, and pointers to Figurative Language in the passage.
  • The Passage Guide summarizes information for a passage. Explorer is easily overlooked but provides an key information in a sidebar as you read a passage. The Exegetical Guide is the best place to get a summary of detailed exegetical information on the words in a passage.  You can then use the Bible Word Study Guide to get more comprehensive information on individual words of interest. 
  • Sermon Builder is designed to help with actually crafting the sermon you'll deliver, including presentation helps. 

These are broad brush descriptions that don't do full justice to any of these features, and there's much, much more in Logos that's relevant to sermon preparation, especially for detailed study of the biblical text. But this should provide a good overview of which tools serve which purposes. 

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 20 2022 7:13 AM

to follow up on my flow through various tools. Here is the layout for my current sermon series and where I pick up the process today.

top left - guides and workflow

top left Center - primary sources and my created work

top right center - Logos tools

extreme top-right - cookie crumbs to get back to work I have done

left bottom - commentaries (listening to the Body of Christ) [as I begin a series I open my top commentaries on that book]

center bottom - original language tools

bottom right - open bible (not connected to a linkset) to chase down misc references.

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