Sermon Starter Guide

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What is the Sermon Starter Guide?

Sermon Starter Guide can generate useful information for preparing a sermon on a theme or a passage.
So your input can be a theme or a passage and you choose from the suggested matches that are displayed.
Results will be generated for sections that relate your input e.g. the Parallel Passages section won’t be present if your input is a theme.


How do I open the Sermon Starter Guide?

Opening from the Home Page


Enter a theme into the Go Box on the Home Page and it will create a layout that also includes the Sermon Starter Guide, your preferred bible, and your top five bible dictionaries.
Note that suggestions are not identified as theme, topic, bible word etc. so you may not see an SSG.

Opening from the Guides menu


Opening from the right-click Context menu

Right click a word in your bible (or other resource) to open the Context menu e.g. came:

  • select Preaching Theme on the right hand side
    a theme is associated with a portion of text, so any word will suffice.
  • select Sermon Starter Guide on the left hand side.
  • select Reference (for the passage) and then Sermon Starter Guide.

Opening a saved Sermon Starter Guide

Open the Guides menu and click on one of the listed(saved) Sermon Starter Guides on the right:

(Logos 4) Saved guides are not displayed in the menu, so it is advised that you drag your guide into a Favorites folder before closing the guide. Then it can be opened from Favorites in the future.

Sections in the Sermon Starter Guide

Basic parts of the Sermon Starter Guide

When you make changes to sections in a Sermon Starter Guide Logos saves the guide (see Opening a saved Sermon Starter Guide). Don’t confuse a saved guide with a Custom Guide.

Shown here is an example with all sections collapsed.


  1. Sermon Starter Guide Menu
    Click on the Sermon Starter Guide icon to open the menu.

  2. Title section
    This is found in all guides. The header will show your topic, or if you previously entered a title, it also shows your title. The Title and Description boxes appear when you click on the header.

  3. Opening and Closing Sections
    Sections remember their last used state. If the section was collapsed on the last run, it will begin collapsed the next time.
    To open a section simply click anywhere on the section header.

    Remove a section from the report by clicking on the “X”

  4. Add Sections
    Add allows you to include other sections in your guide, but it is not permanent unless you create a Custom Guide (the method is the same for any guide).

Theme section

The Theme section lists themes and topics related to your preaching theme:

  • When run on a passage, this section lists preaching themes that have been tagged to that passage (at the pericope level). Click on a theme to open the Sermon Starter Guide to that theme.

Sermons section

This section lists sermons that have been tagged as relevant to your theme or passage. Note that results may be sparse apart from sermons within published sermon collections.

  • User-added Sermon labels from Personal Books and Sermon documents are also searched by this section.

Sermon Outlines section

This section lists resources with sermon outlines that have been tagged as relevant to your theme or passage. Outlines can be copied to a sermon document from the resource context menu.

  • Click on the link to open the resource to the location of the outline.

Thematic Outlines section

This section provides detailed outlines of various approaches to your theme or themes from your passage. They are suitable to get a sermon outline started.

  • You can Copy Outlines to a Sermon document, Word, PowerPoint, and other software.

Outlines section

This section links to resources that provide outlines on your passage, such as Bible dictionaries and commentaries

Passages section

This section shows two lists of Bible verses that are related to your theme:

  • Key Passages lists curated passages that are relevant to the preaching theme.
  • Pericopes lists pericopes tagged with this theme.

Adding sections to the Sermon Starter Guide

Logos allows you to Add various sections to your Sermon Starter Guide and some can be added multiple times e.g. Collections.
The guide is saved when you do this but the sections will only appear for that specific Guide.
Sections that can be added are shown above.


  • Click on Add in the toolbar to see them for youself.
  • See Logos Help for a description.
  • The ones that are grayed out are already in the guide. It also indicates that the section can only be shown once in the guide.
  • Sections which are black in color are available to be added to the guide.
  • If already in the guide it means that the section can be added more than once. Usually these can be customized via Settings after the section is added.
  • When selected the new section will appear at the bottom, but you can drag it to where you want it (or you can drag it from the menu).

If you want the sections to appear each time you open the Guide, you need to create a Custom Guide, and then you can choose that Guide from the Guides drop down menu. If you name it My Sermon Starter Guide it will be preferred over the standard guide.

Deleting Sermon Starter Guides

Deleting a saved Sermon Starter Guide

Go to the Guides menu, right click a saved Sermon Starter Guide and click Delete.

In Logos 4 it is necessary to locate and open a saved guide to delete it:

  1. Open your saved guide (see Opening a saved Sermon Starter Guide)
  2. Click on the guide’s icon to see the drop down menu.
  3. Click on Delete this guide.
  4. Click on the X in the guide’s panel to close the guide.

Deleting a Custom Sermon Starter Guide

Warning: if you delete a custom Sermon Starter Guide its saved guides will also be deleted.

  1. Click on the Guides menu.
  2. In the drop down menu locate the custom guide that you want to delete and right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.

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