How Logos Can Transform Your Study of God’s Word

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By Mark Dutton, contributing writer (and Leigh Ann’s husband)

When I first heard of Logos I wasn’t quite sure what it was. They say it’s the smartest way to study God’s word?

I was intrigued.

But how does Logos work? What makes Logos so special? Why do I need it? Is Logos just another flashy tool being pushed to the Christian community? Why is it as costly as it is? Is Logos just for pastors and seminary students? Do I really need all of the information it offers? Would I even use it?

My questions were answered during a conversation with a pastor that was discipling me at the time. I mentioned something about Logos to him one day to see if he was familiar. The passion that ensued was undeniable.

He was excited about how Logos had transformed his study of scripture and sermon preparation. His loved the access to enormous amounts of resources that he wouldn’t have (both physically and financially) unless he lived in an institutional library, and even then, it would take him hours upon hours to gather the resources and actually find what he was looking for. When he took the time to show me how to do a few things within the program, and what it was capable of, I was immediately hooked.

Why are we talking about Logos on Intentional By Grace?

My goal in providing this review of Logos Software to you, is to displace some of the false assumptions that I believe are out there (one of which is that it’s only for pastors and seminary students), and to create a better understanding about this resource.

I don’t want to persuade ANYONE to buy this resource as another THING to have. It costs quite a bit more than pocket change, but I believe it is a great value for what it actually is.

You see, Leigh Ann and I love books. They are some of our most valued earthly possessions. As writers, we realize first hand the labor that goes into pouring out your heart, mind, soul and passions to inspire, share knowledge and challenge others.

For us to have a tool that provides access to great deals on solid Christian Literature, and the ability to study it side by side with scripture, commentaries, word studies and many other tools, we get pretty excited about it.

I want to close the gap of what you may perceive Logos to be (if you have even heard of it), and what it really is.

I want you to be able to better understand and know if Logos is a tool that you would like to use to grow in your knowledge of God, and His word.

I want you to be better equipped to intentionally pursue His will for your life and impact His kingdom for His glory.

Essentially, we want you to live for Him and we think Logos can help you do that.

What is Logos?

Logos 6 is the smartest way to study the Word. With easy‐to‐use tools and a massive theological library, Logos 6 delivers insight for your study of God’s word. It can pinpoint answers in seconds, help you study the Word in its cultural context, uncover meaning in the original languages, and answer questions with confidence.

Imagine sitting in a room with the authors of all of the books in your library and having the ability to ask them a question. They wrote the book, so they already know the information and can recall it and explain it.

When you search something in Logos, it crawls through all of your resources and and pulls the relevant information up for you. Then you can reference it, study it or follow a rabbit trail to continue diving deeper and deeper into your question.

Searching is your launching pad for in-depth Bible study. Search any Bible verse, concept, person, event—anything—and this tool retrieves everything you need to get started: dictionary links, maps, Factbook results (not to be confused with Facebook), media, relevant books and commentaries, and more.

Let me try another example:

Imagine Google for your personal digital library. If you have a question, what do you do? Google it of course!

With Logos, you can find pretty much anything in your digital library by the occurrence of a word or phrase, or information surrounding a subject or theme!

On a side note, I personally find Google’s determination of what is most important on a topic to be a bit different than what I would have chosen. Also, with Google I often find myself sifting through the noise of my search results to find what I was looking for to start with.

With Logos, the search is limited to the resources in your library, which you have complete control of what is in there. It knows every nook and cranny of every resource in your library and knows when you search for “Jesus at the well”, which resources talk about that passage, those characters, and what else was happening in that timeline.

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With Logos 6, you’ll always have new ideas to explore and always know where to begin your study.

It is impressive how they have interconnected all of the resources the way they have, and THAT is what is so powerful and special about Logos.

Logos is easy to use

After I opened Logos 6 for the first time, with a Bronze base package, the only word to describe my experience was – intimidated! There were menu options with titles I didn’t even know the meaning of! I felt as though the whole thing was over my head.

After I spent a few minute stumbling around, and trying to remember what my pastor had shown me a few months back, I was a bit defeated.

Hang with me now, it gets better!

After moving past the initial discouragement and confusion, I opened the emails I received from Logos that came after my order of the base package was placed.

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This email was filled with links to great video tutorials to help me navigate this impressive tool. Sigh of relief…

The training videos are extremely well done, and the depth and power of the HELP interface is just as impressive as the program itself.

Just learning how the program worked introduced me to so many new scholarly terms, principles and techniques surrounding scripture study.

So not only have I been learning how to use Logos, I have been learning how study scripture in new and exciting ways that encourage depth and accuracy.

I will be honest – it takes some time and intentional effort to learn how to use the software through watching the tutorials and trying out what you learn. But I’ve learned most things that involve intentionality and purposeful pursuit, take effort.

What in this life deserves our time and effort more than devoted study to God’s word though?

Nothing really!

When it comes down to it, Logos is actually easy to learn how to use because of the thorough help tools and tutorials provided within the software. The initial time investment to learn a new way of doing things is worth it and pays off with a better understanding of God’s word.

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Logos is not just for pastors and seminary students

It is easy and even understandable to think a tool like Logos is only really applicable to pastors and seminary students, but the reality is we are all called to know Gods word, and be able to defend the faith (Jude 3), and to be prepared to give a defense for the hope that is in us (1Peter 3:15).

Whether it is with Logos 6, or any other tools out there, we are called to study God’s word with a devotion and passion that surpasses all else in this life.

I am not claiming to do this perfectly, or even well a lot of the time. However, I am pursuing it by the grace of God and will acknowledge my great need for God’s word.

As I have grown in my understanding of the importance of sound doctrine and theology, and the reality of how common false teachings have become (Matthew 7:15-20 & 1Timothy 6:3-5), I realize how important it is to study scripture correctly. Not to make me a better person, or so I can force my views on other people with more confidence, but so that I can seek God with all of my life, and take the time, effort and devotion to His word seriously.

I want to know Him more, and He reveals Himself to me in His word.

I want to know what He is telling me and teaching me throughout scripture so that I can understand my calling, and how I can glorify Him in all I do.

Without His word as my sincere guide, I find myself following the guidance of my own wisdom (or rather my feelings toward something) as I walk through life.

God warns us in Proverbs 3:7 & Romans 12:16 not to be wise in our own eyes, and I have learned more than once how true those verses are. My own wisdom has dragged me through some rough patches in the past, and more and more I see my need to know and seek scripture in all things.

I have come to a place in my personal walk with Christ, that I have a great conviction to know His word, and be devoted in my life to seeking Him through it. Logos 6 has become a valuable asset to help me achieve that.

I have so much at my fingertips with Logos 6 to help answer my questions and seek out knowledge in areas that I may never have pursued without it. I don’t want to miss this opportunity to grow in my knowledge of the One who deserves all of my life!

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I have covered some ground, and if you are still with me, I commend you! There is so much more to be said and talked about with the features and possibilities of Logos 6, but I will let you seek that out on their site and resources.

I hope this post has opened your eyes to a better understanding of what Logos is, and that you will take some time to read more and truly consider if it is something that would enhance your study of God’s word.

Exclusive offer for Intentional By Grace readers!

You can checkout all the Logos packages here. Plus, we have been given the opportunity to offer 15% off to our readers, so if you do decide to buy, don’t forget to use the code INTENTIONAL6 at checkout.

The packages offered, like the starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc. offer great value for a large volume of curated books applicable to different denominations and views, as well as the data sets that provide powerful features to tie together historical information in reference to the scriptures.

Click here to get started and learn more about this powerful tool for studying God’s Word!

By the way, if you’re going to Revive ’15, there will be an early track just for learning more about Logos and how to use it! You can learn more about Revive ’15 here.

Have you tried Logos 6? What is your favorite feature of the software?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Logos. All opinions are 100% mine. You can see my full disclosure policy here.

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