“How am I going to handle this one?”
If you lead any sort of church small group or Bible study, you ask yourself this question all the time:
- My pastor preached on gender roles—how am I going to handle this in group discussion?
- We’re supposed to discuss some tough passages Thursday—how am I going to handle them?
- A visitor just asked a really tough question—how am I going to handle this?
I often wonder how I’m going to handle a passage or question in my small group, but I don’t have to wonder for very long. I use Logos 5, and it really comes in handy for both preparation and small-group discussion.
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1. The Topic Guide is awesome.
When my pastor talks about the relationship between the Jews, the Gentiles, and salvation, I can easily look these topics up to get a more rounded understanding. I just type in “Gentiles,” and get a list of pertinent passages, topics, and more.
2. It’s easy to plan and save discussion material right from the Bible.
I can create a note in Logos 5 called “Jesus and the Gentiles,” and then save relevant passages to it, along with any notes I choose to make:
I can access this note in the Logos mobile app, too, so that I have all my prep notes ready by the time discussion starts. I can even share notes with my group on Faithlife.
3. Bible Facts gives plenty of background information.
If my group is discussing the dynamic between Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7, there’s a good chance we’ll want to look up what it means to be a Syrophoenician. With Logos 5, I can right-click that word and look it up in Bible Facts:
4. Referent data clarify things quickly.
Ever read a passage and ask, “Wait—to whom does ‘he’ refer this time?” With Logos, just right-click any pronoun and see the person to whom it refers.
5. RI senses shed more light on the given passage.
In Mark 7:27–28, Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman have a short exchange:
And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”
When I turn on the Reverse Interlinear feature, I can see the biblical words’ senses (courtesy of the new Bible Sense Lexicon). Jesus refers to children in the sense of descendants, but the woman refers to them in a more endearing sense.
So if you haven’t already invested in the world’s leading Bible-study software, now’s the time to get Logos 5.
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