Being a Pastor 17 – The Sermon 10

There’s three steps to Bible study, and writing a sermon is no different. Here’s how Logos gives the study sequences…

Step 1: Read the passage in its context several times

Step 2: Identify important themes in the passage and connect them to the broad themes of the Bible

Step 3: Compare English translations

Step 4: Explore the passage’s literary and intertextual context

Step 5: Explore the passage’s historical and cultural context

Step 6: Pay special attention to the words and actions of the characters

The second stage was interpretation and it included two steps:

Step 7: Look for and study important words and phrases and connect them to the rest of Scripture

Step 8: Outline and interpret the passage and check your interpretation with the interpretation of others

The third stage was application and it included two steps:

Step 9: Apply the passage

Step 10: Share insight

Logos Pro Team, LT271 Study the Bible with Logos: Jonah 1, Logos Mobile Education (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016).

For obvious reasons, we’ve skipped step 3.

To write the research section we’ve done, we’ve finished the Observation. Now it’s the interpretation section.

You should have a good grasp of the sermon at this point. Everything here points to a need for a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Pharisees are divided over Him, some suspecting and even believing He’s the Messiah. Others are opposed, and begin to try to set traps for Him, to expose Him.

And in every encounter, the Lord keeps pointing to the Heart.


“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5–9, KJV)

That goes in your text collection section of the sermon. You could at this point go into a study of pride (topic) – there you go, you have the LOgos search code for it. I’m going to mention it only briefly in my sermon, because I think I have enough there to go on to build the sermon. If it looks like I’m fat on time to preach, I can add it.

Remember, with only the points I’ve written, I’ve got only 2 minutes of preachable material. We’ve gathrered a lot in the research phase.

So, now, I begin playing with something Logos has that I’d never thought I’d find useful – the Sentence diagramming tool


Now, i’m probably not using the tools the way they’re supposed to be. Simply enough, if you put the text in, you can take the parts you feel are the points and drag them around, and you can see the elements of thought. That’s huge. But, I took the Conjunctive brackets, and used them on the left to show connections of conjunctives… and used them on the right to show the obvious, where the thoughts combine. Four brackets make it nearly unreadable, but it quickly shows me where everything connects.

This is huge. I never had thought of this before the Logos 7 upgrade in December. To be able to take a passage and drag it around to show the breakdown of thoughts and arguments helps you to see the flow better.

The important thing aboutn this is, honor thy father and mother is a commandment that is called, the first commandment of promise. You GET something by doing it. It means something to God! Yet, the exasperated son takes advantage of a loophole in Rabbinic law where one can set aside something as dedicated to the Temple – but until it’s given, it remains the property of the one dedicating it. You can’t inherit it, you can’t get benefit from it, becuase its set apart for God.

Yeahh, um… God wanted you to financially honor your father and mother in their old age, because life is harder as you get older. By dedicating it, you’re actually violating the INTENT of God’s command. And in doing so, you’re essentially cursing your father and mother.

How does that make dedicating your finances to the Temple but still keeping it – something that pleases God?

Answer. Um… not. not at all. And the passage from Isaiah that the Lord quotes actually goes on to say the Lord was tempted to destroy them many times for their hardness of heart, but in His mercy, He did not. If the Pharisees were conversant with Isaiah, they would have been aware of that. Most of them were not. Bad moment for them on Judgment Day.


Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???