Sermon Assistant

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Sermon Assistant provides context-aware outlines, illustrations, discussion questions, and applications as you create your sermon in Sermon Builder. Because this feature is enhanced by AI, generating responses in Sermon Assistant uses AI credits connected to your account.

Note: Sermon Assistant leverages artificial intelligence in a controlled setting for idea generation. The accuracy and usefulness of generated results should always be examined and adapted to your audience and personal experience.

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Show the Sermon Assistant pane.

While viewing any sermon in Sermon Builder, select the Sermon Assistant tab Sermon Assistant icon in the Info Panel.

Sermon Assistant Panel Enabled In Sermon Builder

Note: If you don’t see the info panel, click the info panel button Info icon first to reveal it.

Choose a Sermon Assistant mode.

Sermon Assistant has three modes:

  • Outlines: idea generation for sermon outlines for biblical passages or themes
  • Illustrations: idea generation for illustrating specific biblical truth in your prompt
  • Applications: idea generation for applying specific biblical truth in your prompt
  • Questions: idea generation for group discussion questions based on your actual sermon content

Sermon Assistant Modes Highlighted In The Sidebar

 

All generated responses are based on your prompt (illustrations) or the actual text of your sermon (questions) and provide customizable options to adjust the responses to fit your specific needs.

 

Outlines Mode

Outlines mode takes passages and/or themes and generates starter outline ideas.

  1. Select Outlines in the Sermon Assistant tab.
  2. Add a passage and/or theme and select outline points.

    You need to provide either a passage or a theme (or you can include both). You can multiple passages. By default, the tool returns an automated number of points. You can choose a specific number (1–7) with the Number of Outline Points dropdown.

    Sermon Assistant Outline Feature With A Passage And Theme

    Note: If your sermon metadata includes Bible passages, outlines will populate the Sermon Passage(s) input with those passages (although you can remove them if desired).

  3. Select audience options.

    Select at least one option for audience to adjust the generated results.

  4. Click Generate.
    Outline generation requires an extended time, so it may take several seconds to return an outline.
  5. Copy, insert, or generate an outline.
    The tool returns a full outline based on your selections in a popup. Click Copy to add the outline to your system clipboard or Insert to add the entire outline to your sermon document. You can generate multiple outlines with the Generate Another button.
    Sermon Assistant Generation With Copy Insert And Generate Another Buttons Highlighted
    Each outline will show in a tab across the top of the popup.
    Secondary Outline Showing As A Tab In The Outlines Popup

Illustration Mode

Illustration mode takes your custom prompt and selected settings to generate starter illustration ideas.

  1. Select Illustrations in the Sermon Assistant tab.
  2. Add an idea in the input field.

    For best results, describe the concept you want to illustrate in 150 characters or less.

    Idea Generation Prompt For Illustrations Highlighted
  3. Select tone, type, and audience options.

    Select at least one option for situation and audience to adjust the generated results.

    Tone Type And Audience Highlighted As Options In The Illustration sermon assistant sidebar
  4. Click Generate.

Application Mode

Application mode takes your custom prompt and selected settings to generate starter application ideas.

  1. Select Applications in the Sermon Assistant tab.
  2. Add an idea in the input field.

    For best results, describe the concept you want to application in 150 characters or less.

    Idea Prompt In Applications Sermon Assistant
  3. Select situation and audience options.

    Select at least one situation and audience to adjust the generated results.

    Situation And Audience Options For Application Sermon Assistant Highlighted
  4. Click Generate.

 

Question Mode

Question mode generates starter discussion question ideas from your sermon’s existing text.

Note: Because question mode requires existing sermon text, if you do not have yet have sufficient text in your sermon, Sermon Assistant will provide messaging asking you to first provide more context.

  1. Select Questions in the Sermon Assistant tab.
  2. Select type and audience options.

    Select at least one option for each setting to adjust the generated results.

    Sermon Questions Type And Audience Highlighted
  3. Click Generate.

Note: Because generating context-aware sermon questions requires sending your sermon text to an artificial intelligence model, if your sermon text is lengthy Logos may truncate your sermon text to minimize the amount of credits used for each request.

Add results to your sermon.

Each generated result can be added directly to your sermon at your current cursor location (click Insert), copied (click Copy), or dragged into your sermon. You can also remove a result by clicking the delete icon Close icon that appears on hover. At the bottom of the list, you can insert or copy all of the results.

Sermon Illustration Results With Insert Copy And Delete Buttons Highlighted

 

To generate additional results, click More results.

Sermon Illustration Sidebar With More Results Button Highlighted

 

If you’ve generated questions, consider styling the question as a prompt using the dropdown menu or add the question to a handout and/or questions document.

Styled Question As A Prompt And Showing The Handouts And Questions Document Enabled For Text

Note: Learn more about styling sermon text and creating handouts or questions when building your sermon.

Edit prompt or settings.

To edit an existing prompt or choose another mode after Logos returns results, scroll to the top and edit the prompt settings. Click Clear Results to remove all results from the sidebar.

Illustration With Edit Mode Highlighted

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