discovering the big idea part one

Discover the Big Idea: Step 4 in Creative Digital Sermon Prep

We’re looking at 10 Steps of Creative Digital Sermon Preparation in Logos Bible Software and it’s now time to Discover the Big Idea of the text on our way to preparing an expository sermon. Many preachers will call this main idea, the thesis, the textual ideal or sermon idea of the text. Every passage of Scripture has a message for the original audience that we can also apply to a modern audience. We want to learn what the author wanted the original audience to take away from the text and then apply that to our audience today. We seek a […]


Logos Sermon Prep Part Four: Text Comparison Tool in Inductive Bible Study

The next step on Logos Bible Software Sermon Prep helps us actually learn what the passage we’ve selected means by reading it repeatedly using the Text Comparison Tool. We’re talking about Inductive Bible Study. What is Inductive Bible Study? The phrase Inductive Bible Study refers to studying the Bible hoping to discover the meaning of the text without any prejudices or preconceived notions brought to the task. Seminary students will remember studying the terms eisogesis and exegesis. We call Inductive Bible study exegesis in scholarly circles. It means studying the text and discovering the meaning based on the words, concepts, […]

Logos Bible Software Sermon Prep Part Three: Concordance Tool

We’ve already looked twice at the topic of choosing a text, but let me take a third swing at a tool that you should consider using for Logos Bible Software Sermon Prep. We’ll take a look at the Concordance Tool in this third part of the series. I began looking at picking topics and picking passages in parts one and two. Now, how can the Concordance Tool help us in choosing passages to preach or teach. Here’s the secret of this powerful tool… The Concordance Tool Video My video below shows the basics of the Concordance Tool in Logos 7.   […]

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Using Scrivener to Write Sermons

Preachers use different tools to write their sermons, from Microsoft Word, a simple text editor, word processors built into Bible software or something like Scrivener. Wes Allen, one of the Theotek Podcast contributors and American Baptist Church pastor, uses Scrivener to prepare his sermons. We talked about his workflow and why he uses the program in a recent Theotek Podcast that we recorded live on our Theotek Podcast Facebook page. Scrivener is a word processor. That’s the simple way to describe it, but there’s more to it than that. Some people think of the program as a tool for writing […]


Logos Bible Software Sermon Prep Part Two: Choosing a Text to Preach

Many preachers prefer to preach a topic found in multiple texts that the preacher expounds during a single sermon. I prefer to look for a single Bible text and that one text will dominate the sermon. In this second part of our series on Logos Bible Software Sermon Prep, we’ll look at how the program can help the preacher choose a text to preach an expository sermon. The first part focused on using Logos to find a good sermon subject, for Topical Preaching or Topical Textual Preaching.This method of preaching will dominate the rest of our sermon prep series. UPDATED: […]


Logos Bible Software Sermon Prep Part One: Choosing a Topic to Preach

How do you use Logos Bible Software to find a good topic to preach or teach? In this first of two parts, we’ll look at how to find a passage or topic to preach and we’ll use Logos Bible Software to make that happen. This is the first step in preparing a sermon or Bible study using Logos Bible Software. Over next few weeks we’ll cover the major steps to preparing and preaching using Logos. Now, Logos Bible Software has a bunch of built-in tools that will help you use a topic to find a passage or multiple passages to […]