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Memorial Day is this weekend. Part of my work with SermonCentral gets me thinking about holidays. So, when I started to work on preparing a sermon for Memorial Day, I immediately thought of using both SermonCentral and Logos Bible Software.

(Prefer to use Accordance? Check out this article by Rick Mansfield on using SermonCentral and Accordance together.)

Find Your Passage

First, I opened the Factbook and searched for Holidays: Memorial Day.

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Logos has already done the heavy lifting of suggesting passages.

These Key Verses would do, but aren’t quite what I want for this Sunday. So instead, I’m going to check out the “See Also” section. Notice that I can bring up the verse by mousing over the hyperlinked reference.

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The last verse reference, 2 Timothy 2:1-13 is perfect.

Research the Passage

I can search SermonCentral straight from the Passage Guide. Or, if you’ve taken my course and already built your Ultimate Passage Guide, this works there too.


I scroll down to the bottom and expand the SERMONCENTRAL.COM tab, I see the first five results. By clicking “more >>” I can expand these results.

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By clicking the title, I bring up SermonCentral in a new browser window.

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The Sermon, “A Good Soldier (Thoughts for Memorial Day)” has a solid outline for the passage, with four marks of a good soldier:

He is a Follower

He is a Fighter

He is Familiar

He is Faithful

The Sermon, “A Day to Remember” has an impressive opening, which really sets the tone for the day. I’ll combine these two into my Memorial Day Sermon.

Bring Your Sermon Together

Next, we want to create a notes file via the Documents menu. I’ve titled mine, Memorial Day Sermon and added the Introduction, as well as the outlined points.

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The great thing is that I can use the headings as an outline. Just select “Compact” view to see your sermon as a whole. This is especially helpful when I go to preach, using my iPad, I can have my bible side-by-side with this document.



Finish with a Bang

To finish up, I’m going to search SermonCentral’s database of Video Illustrations. I really like this one, Remember the Heroes (Memorial Day).

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And there you go! In a few short minutes, I’ve built my outline, complete with text introduction, and video illustration. Now, I can go back through the passage, and fill in the outline.

What’s your workflow for sermon prep? Did I miss a quick tip or simple step?

Jonathan J. Watson is the Editor at When not working, Jonathan enjoys traveling and exploring God's great creation. His background is in theological studies and ministry, and is the founder of Learn with Logos, courseware to help you read and understand the Bible better. 

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Jay Smelser

commented on May 28, 2016

Good info if you have the expensive "Logos" program.

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