Thursday, May 23, 2024

Is Logos Bible Software Worth the Cost?

Big Idea: The extensive Bible software, Logos, though expensive, is a valuable tool for pastors, scholars and serious students of the Bible.

I appreciate good value. I shop at thrift stores and garage sales. It’s not surprising that I have been reviewing Bible software that is free or almost free.

Logos Bible Software is not free.

Well, mostly not free.

They have a free base package. There is also a free book, a free audio book and a free book from their parent company Faithlife each month. So that’s three free books a month. That’s a sweet deal!

Logos 10 has 9 levels of Base packages starting at $ 49.95 Fundamentals Package going to $ 9,559.68 for the Collector’s Edition.

Who is Logos Bible Software useful for?

Logos Bible Software can be valuable if you are a:

  • Pastor
  • Bible Scholar
  • In preparation for ministry
  • Bible study leader
  • Worship leader
  • Counselor
There are modules and specific tools available for each of these categories. There are specific paths of tools available for various church backgrounds such as Baptist, Orthodox, Reformed, Charismatic, etc. This makes it extremely useful for Christian workers.

What Logos Bible Software offers

1. An integrated system

Logos Bible software includes Bible texts, dictionaries, commentaries, concordances, and other helps.

Most free programs we’ve looked at use older resources no longer under copyright. Logos has top of the line scholarly recent works.

2. Numerous Workflow Modules

Logos has created workflow modules for Sermon preparation (of various sermon models), basic Bible study, topical study, inductive study (coordinated with Precept Bible Study), Devotions, prayer and more.

As you learn to use it, it streamlines your preparation time.

3. Useful for various church traditions

Logos can be adapted for various church traditions such as Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal, Counseling and many other perspectives. The resources can be tailored to the need.

4. Logos can be an app for tablet or phone, or on a PC (see example below)

Logos Bible Software Pros

  • Excellent resources
  • Streamlined workflow
  • All your resources at your fingertips, even on your phone
  • Excellent tutorial videos and customer service

Logos Bible Software Cons

  • It is expensive
  • It has a huge learning curve. Learning to use it takes awhile. (But they have great tutorials!)
  • It may have way more than you need (especially if you get a more expensive package).
  • Ads. The home webpage is full of ads (though they are really helpful resources that are a good deal on sale or featured).

Computer View vs Tablet view

My Comuter view

My Tablet View

Scripture Spy’s recommendation

Logos Bible Software is an outstanding and time saving resource for pastors and those ministering to get people into the depths of the Bible. Taking time to explore its resources and learn how to use them is very useful.

Logos Bible Software can be very expensive.

If you are brand new to the Bible it may not be for you at this time. 

Even if you are newly preparing for ministry, check out free Bible resources first such as the BIue Letter Bible, Bible Hub or e-Sword. Or start with the free package or the $49.95 Fundamentals package. You can always upgrade later.

If you have become a regular preaching pastor, or you lead a Precept or BSF program, Logos Bible Software may be for you. 

 For pastors, consider asking your church to provide for the resource as it is a valuable resource for your ministry. Be sure to look for introductory discounts.

The Word of God always comes first!

There are many great Bible tools around on Logos Bible Software! Just be sure to study the Bible itself the most! Resources can be tantalizing and they are certainly useful, but they are not the very Word of God. They are man’s explanations.

The Word of God always comes first! Read it today!

This is the last post in a series about Bible study tools. There are many types of Bibles and helpful resources like a concordance or Bible dictionary. Information about their book and their electronic version are included. Cost and “how to use” is addressed.

Scripture Spy is taking the summer off from weekly posts. There may be a post time to time over the summer. She will be cleaning up some format and link problems with older posts, and also hopes to put the Inductive Bible Study series into an ebook format.  


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1. Logos means "word" in Greek. Reflect on why the Bible might be called "The WORD." 

The next Sabbath nearly all the city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. Acts 13:44 NIV


2. Consider that the Bible is communicating God's words to you. It is amazing to have the God of the universe communicating with YOU. Think of that!

"Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV, Matthew 4:4 NIV