I Just Bought Logos Bible Software: Now What?

Having just purchased Logos Bible Software, you may feel lost not knowing where to start.  You can become proficient in using Logos within 30 days if you make it a point to learn something new every day, practicing what you have learned, and then demonstrating what you have learned.

Learn Something New Every Day

After purchasing and installing Logos Bible Software, you may feel overwhelmed, wondering what to do or where to start.  But let me assure you, you can do this.  You just need to think of conquering Logos in bite-sized pieces.  It was Desmond Tutu who wisely said that “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.”

“What he meant by this is that everything in life that seems daunting, overwhelming, and even impossible can be accomplished gradually by taking on just a little at a time.” 1

If you make it a point to learn something new about Logos Bible Software every day, be it something big or small, you will find that you will become very proficient in using Logos within 4 weeks.  For example, wouldn’t it be great to know how to find the answers to any of the following types of questions within the next 30 days?

  • Can I see a visual representation of the family lineage of __________ so that I can print it out?
  • What is the history of a given village, town or city?
  • Other than the feeding of the 5,000 in the Gospels, where else in the bible did God multiply bread?
  • What words in a given passage are used 3 or more times?
  • How long would it take one to travel from __________ to __________?
  • Where else in the book of __________ is the original Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic term __________ used?
  • Where else does the author __________ use the word/phrase __________ in __________?
  • Show me all the references where __________ gave __________ a command.

These are just a few examples of the types of information you can glean when using Logos.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to answer these types of questions within seconds?  Logos Bible Software offers dozens of ways to find answers to the questions you will have, offering tools within the software to help provide the answer and in many cases, the detailed historical setting.

Check out Every Available Resource 

There is no one source that is the ‘be-all and end-all’ when it comes to learning everything there is to know about Logos Bible Software, and yes, even our site, logostutor.com.  Even though we endeavor to be a tremendous resource to you, we recognize that there are other great resources out there, and recommend that you check them out as well.Here are a couple of great resources that I would highly recommend.

Why would you recommend other resources?  Our objective is to help you become more proficient in using Logos.  We want you to succeed, accurately handling the Word of God regardless of where you get your training from. 

Start with the Basics

Everyone wants to run before they learn to walk. You too, will probably want to learn how to do some advanced things in Logos, and skip the basics. That is a terrible idea. For example, if you go to the logos on mobile software YouTube channel, chance are you will find videos on how to do some seriously advanced stuff.  However, if you are new to logos, you will probably stop 30 seconds into the video because you will be completely lost.

Everything that you learn in logos is predicated on what you have already learned. In other words, you need to learn to walk before you can run.  Don’t see it as a bother but rather as an investment. The more time you spend building the foundation, the taller and stronger the building you will have.  With logos, the more time you invest in gaining a solid foundation into the basics, the stronger case you will be able to make when developing an argument for your sermon, Bible study, devotional, or article  you write.

Practice What you Learn

Once you Learn how , with repeated use, it becomes ingrained.  It’s not enough to just read how to accomplish a given task just one time.  You have to actually open up Logos Bible Software and do it yourself.  You have to practice what you learn. 

Even a professional pianist who plays for a philharmonic will practice the music they play, regardless of how experienced they are.  Take baseball, for example.  You can’t learn how to hit a pitch that comes at you 97 mph by reading the technique in a book.  You have to actually pick up a bat, step up to the plate, and get used to a ball being thrown at you at nearly 100 miles per hour.  After 30 or more swings, you just might hit the ball, but only after you have invested the time practicing.

The more you practice what you learn, the more proficient you will become in using Logos

Let’s take a look at a real-world case for example.  If you wanted to know who is directly related to a given person, you would do the following:

  1. Click TOOLS
  2. Click FACTBOOK
  3. Enter the name of the person and hit the ENTER key.
  4. Scroll down and click SEE ALSO.
  5. There you will find any relatives to the person you had entered.

Close Factbook, and start all over again, this time, check to see if there are any known relatives to Barnabas.  When you find that answer, close Factbook and start again, this time finding any relatives to Paul the Apostle.  Follow this process one more time, this time finding out who the relatives of Timothy are.

Pretty simple exercise, right?  Sure it is.  Now, do this simple exercise three times from a blank screen, using a different name each time, and you will find that you know how to quickly find the relatives of any named person in the Bible.  Again, reading how to do something is not sufficient.  You have to actually do it yourself.  You have to practice what you have read because when you do, there is a far greater chance of you remembering how to find that information in the future.

The more you use Logos for personal study or for sermon preparation, the more comfortable and familiar you will become with it.  Over time, physical books will increasingly become less useful to you, as you will find that Logos becomes your “go-to” resource. 

Don’t wait.  Start today.  Even if you just simply start reading Biblical text.  The more you familiarize yourself with the software, the less intimidating it becomes, so look for opportunities to use Logos. 

I can’t emphasize enough just how important it is that you use what you have learned in the sermons, Bible studies, devotionals, or even the articles you may write.  There is no greater motivator than applying what you have learned.

Teach What You Learn

Literally show someone, (anyone), what you have learned.  By demonstrating what you have learned, your confidence will grow, and you will find that people will encourage you to keep moving forward, especially your spouse.  It may be something small like the example I provided above, or it might be the realization that Logos can walk you through step-by-step in how to prepare an expository sermon, or one of the many other tools and guides that Logos offers.

The point is that any time you come across something new, something you didn’t know how to do before, show somebody how to do it.  The old adage is true that says that you don’t really know something until you can teach it to someone else what you have learned.  In our case, that would mean demonstrating what you have learned to someone else.

Taking a few minutes to show your spouse not only what you learned, but how you learned it, will go a long way.  It will build your confidence, and it will reassure your spouse that the money you have invested in Logos Bible Software was well spent!

Closing Thoughts

Use every resource you can find to learn new things about Logos.  Make every effort to learn one new thing each day, and though it may be tempting to learn an awful lot in one sitting, I would highly advise against that. Remember, you need to practice what you learn and if you learn an awful lot at once, You probably are not going to take the time to practice what it is that you have learned. 

Once you have practiced whatever it is that you have learned, and now it cold, find somebody to show what you have learned, but more importantly, the steps you took to found out how you found the information.

1The Only Way to Eat an Elephant, by Denise Fournier Ph.D.