The best way to become fluent in Logos Bible a software is to purposefully saturate yourself in the software itself, using it exclusively, while at the same time purposing to absorb all you can about from a variety of sources.
Use Logos Bible Software Exclusively
It’s been said that the best way to learn a new language is to completely immerse yourself in the culture that speaks the native language. Doing so, will force you to learn the language quickly, otherwise you won’t be able to communicate effectively.
Similarly, the best way for you to learn Logos Bible Software is to immerse yourself in the software without help from any external source when conducting personal study or when preparing a message . . . any message, for any reason. If you follow this advice, you will quickly learn your way around Logos and become more efficient with each use.
As scary as this may sound, stop depending on resources outside of Logos when prepping . . . for anything. Make the decision now to commit yourself to use Logos exclusively for 30 days . . . for everything. Let me explain why.
When a caterpillar goes through the process of metamorphosis, it must fight its way out of the cocoon in order for its wings to fully develop. The struggle of fighting its way out of the cocoon forces the blood to flow into its new wings, which strengthens them for flight. If you try to ‘help’ that butterfly by cutting away the cocoon in order to prevent it from the struggle of fighting its way out, unknowingly, you are dooming it to death. It will never fly and will become easy prey.
In the same way, if you are to succeed in learning how to use Logos Bible Software, you must struggle and fight your way through it until you can fly with it. You accomplish this by using Logos exclusively to all other resources. That means you have to put aside your Bibles, books, and commentaries, while purposing to only use Logos for all of your Bible preparation needs.
Of course, this is not going to be easy and it will be awkward at first, just as awkward as it is for the caterpillar to metamorphosis into a butterfly when it struggles to find its way out of the cocoon. But you can do this.
In today’s world, there is no lack of information on any topic you can think of, including Logos Bible Software. This is great news for you, but it means that you will have to inundate yourself in Logos. That thought may be a little overwhelming, but let me share a few reading resources for you to get started. It’s really not as hard as you might think, it just requires a change in your thinking. Instead of being reactive, (I have to find an answer to my problem), you have to be pro-active, (what can I learn so that I am ready should the need arise).
What follows are some suggestions to help you inundate yourself in Logos Bible Software.
Read Everything you can Find on Logos Bible Software
I would highly recommend that you start with the Logos Help System. You can read the online version, or the resource available within Logos Bible Software itself.
The Logos Help Center is a Go-to Resource
To begin, I would highly recommend that you start with the online Logos Help Center. There you can find a ton of articles that will address nearly every question you might have. The more you read, the more you will learn. You can find this resource by visiting https://support.logos.com/.
Not only will this resource show you what features are available, but how to implement a given feature, complete with screenshots. Some articles even provide videos put out by FaithLife embedded within the article itself.
As already mentioned, the Logos Help Center is also available as a resource within the Logos library, but understand that it is not as robust as the online resource. You can access this resource by clicking the Help Menu item, (the 3 vertical dots at the trop right side of Logos), and then click “Logos Bible Software Help”. This will open up the resource for you within Logos as a book. From there, you can navigate (or search within the resource), to whatever topic you would like to inquire about.
Read Articles on the Homepage within the Logos Bible Software App
When you open up Logos, if the Homepage does not automatically display for you, simply click on the HOME icon at the top left in the menu bar.
There you will find a wealth of information from everything from articles from a variety of sources, to instruction videos for you to choose from. Spend time reading these articles. You will find one of two kinds of articles on the Homepage:
- Articles on how to do something in Logos
- Articles on a given Biblical topic
Make it a practice to read these articles, as you will discover new ways to find out different types of information.
Read Several Blogs on Logos Bible Software
There are numerous blogs available to you where you can gain a tremendous amount of information from. Think of each blog article as a guest lecturer, and glean as much as you can out of each article.
This blog is one that you definitely want to bookmark, and make part of your everyday routine. If you make it a practice to read the articles found on this blog, you will keep yourself sharp and inundated with everything Logos, (which is the objective here).
If you frequent Twitter, you will want to follow Logos on Twitter, as they are posting articles all the time. For example, this post was just posted an hour ago.
Simply click on the article within Twitter and you will be taken to the article in question. This makes for easy reading from your phone when you have the time.
Of course, it goes without saying that you can find articles here on this site where you will learn all about Logos Bible Software, so be sure to bookmark it along with the others provided above.
In order for you to learn Logos well, you need to purpose to use every means available to you so that you absorb everything you can.
Watch Everything you can on Logos Bible Software
We live in a video culture. You can watch TV, or a movie, and of course, YouTube. In fact, you can even video conference with anyone, anywhere on the planet, thanks to apps like FaceTime and others. The impressive part is that this can all be done from your cellphone.
Video is such a powerful means of communication, and I encourage you to take advantage of it by watching everything you can on Logos Bible Software.
Though there are numerous YouTube Channels out there that may incorporate Logos Bible Software into their Channel, FaithLife has their own YouTube Channel called, “Logos Bible Software”, and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/logosbiblesoftware. Be sure to follow this channel on YouTube, as they offer a lot of videos explaining how to accomplish certain tasks.
Another video resource you should take advantage of is found at support.logos.com (here is the direct link to the video resources available there). There, you will find the following to get yourself started.
- Logos 9 Basic Bible Study Series
- Logos 9 Sermon and Bible Study Prep Series
- Logos 9 Advanced Bible Study Series
- Logos Feature Training Videos
Finally, one of the great teachers of Logos Bible Software is Morris Proctor. He has been serving the Logos community for over 20 years, teaching people how to use Logos Bible Software. He’s an incredible teacher. If you have not done so already, I would highly recommend his site, which can be found at https://mpseminars.com.
Listen to everything you can on Logos Bible Software
Finally, I want to encourage you to listen to podcasts that deal with Logos Bible Software. Streaming Podcasts are huge these days, and should not be overlooked. You can learn a great deal of information, simply by listening to a podcast while driving the car. One great thing about podcasts is that you can pause and pick up where you left off at a later time.
Below are a couple of podcasts that you may want to consider. Simply search for the podcast within your preferred podcast app.
- Bible Study Magazine (produced by Faithlife)
- Logos Daily
There are, of course, numerous podcasts out there that do talk about Logos Bible Software, but they also incorporate other topics as well.
If you make it a point to inundate yourself with Logos Bible Software by reading, watching, and listening to everything you can about Logos Bible Software, not only will you learn how to use the tools, but over time, you will find your self using them to masterfully communicate the Gospel in a meaningful way that will change the lives of those you love on.