Imagine you're studying a passage of scripture like John 15:1-8 as you prepare your next sermon. You've consulted your commentaries, tracked down themes, and performed in-depth word studies on important terms, but now you want to see how other preachers and teachers have handled this text. With Logos, you can quickly explore the sermons of some of your favorite preachers (like Tony Evans, Tim Keller, and others - depending on what resources you have available in your library) to see how they discussed and applied this particular passage.
There are a number of ways in which you can find sermons relevant to the passage or topic you're working on:
- Using the Factbook
- Using the Passage Guide
- Using the Topic Guide
- Using a Sermons Guide Section
- Finding Sermons of Interest within a Specific Sermon Archive
Using the Factbook
Enter the Passage into the Factbook and select an appropriate entry from the dropdown menu.
Note that you will need to select a passage recognized by the Factbook which may not be exactly the one you are working on. Select the "best-fit" option from the dropdown menu and then scroll down to the Sermons section:
Expand the entry relating to the preacher you're interested in and click a sermon entry so you can read and reflect on it.
Accessing Sermon Archives from the Passage Guide
Another way to get access to tagged sermons is through the Passage Guide and there are two main ways to do this:
- Directly from the passage you have been studying
- From the Guides menu or Command Box
To open the Guide from the passage:
- Select the relevant portion of text
- Right-click to open the context menu
- Click Reference on the left
- Open the Passage Guide from the right of the menu
To open the Guide from the Guides menu or the Command Box:
- Either click Guides > Passage Guide or type open pass in the Command Box then select Open Passage Guide in the Guides section.
Enter John 15:1-8 in the passage box (you can also abbreviate the Bible book to speed up your passage entry).
Whichever method you used to access the Passage Guide, you can now scroll down and expand the Sermons section. Here, you can expand the entry you're interested in and open a sermon for study and reflection.
Note: This also has an entry called Sermon Documents that contains any sermons (prepared in Logos) you have preached on this passage. You can review these sermons in exactly the same way as described above.
Accessing Sermon Archives from the Topic Guide
The Topic Guide provides similar information about Sermons in your Sermon Archives but is linked to a specific topic. Again, you can open this Guide from either the Guides Menu or the Command Box. Once you have done so, enter a topic of interest and choose from the various options:
This populates the Guide with information relevant to the topic, including the Sermons Section.
They won't all relate to the particular passage you're focusing on but they can provide helpful insights and further ideas on the topic.
Using a Sermon Guides Section
Another option is to use a standalone Sermon Guides section. This can be a very useful approach if you want to link a quick-look sermon capability into your study layout.
Open the Guide section from the Guides Menu, ensuring you select the one from the Bible Reference Guides area:
Then add it to a Link Set with the Bible you are using for study:
Now, if you change the reference in your Bible to start focusing on another passage, the Sermons Guide section will be updated to track it, ensuring that relevant sermons are only a click away.
Save this as a Layout, along with other standard commentaries and reference material, so you can use it again when preparing for your next sermon.
Finding Sermons of Interest within a Specific Sermon Archive
As an alternative to using the Factbook Tool and Guides, you may want to explore a specific Sermon Archive (or set of them). To do this you can use a Basic Search on a Sermon Archive, or examine a specific Sermon Archive by either browsing its table of contents or using an Inline Search.
Start a new search by clicking the Search icon in the Command box:
Click the link to open the resources dropdown menu (this might currently show Everything, All resources, or something else):
- Enter the name of the preacher you're interested in and select the appropriate Sermon Archive
Note: If a particular Sermon Archive is comprised of more than one volume, the Basic Search will display each resource as a separate result, but it will also group them into one searchable unit.
Type your search term and press Enter.
- Click any of the search results to open the Sermon Archive to that place in a sermon
Exploring a Specific Sermon Archive
- Open your Library and type a preacher’s name in the search field.
- Click a resource to open it in a new panel.
Note: This approach will only allow you to search within the open resource.
To browse the table of contents:
Open the Contents menu by clicking the navigation menu icon .
Scroll down the Table of Contents until you reach the final items which organize all of the sermons using a number of different indices (different archives will have different indices but they may include sections such as Date, Reference, Topics)
Select the option you want to use and browse the available sermons for those that match what you’re looking for.
To conduct an Inline Search:
- Click the Inline Search icon and type a word or phrase in the search field. Logos displays every hit in context, letting you choose which sermons to examine in more detail.
- You can adjust the DIsplay Range to determine whether the Inline Search just shows the sentence that contains your search term or if you want to see more of the context - such as the surrounding paragraph or the entire article