Daily Archives: August 2, 2007


Review of Logos Lesson Builder

Rated: 4.5 out of 5

Logos Lesson Builder is a software package that was built on the Logos engine, but marketed separately from the Logos Library System. Its purpose is to allow small group leaders to create worksheets for lessons using the templates provided. In addition to providing all the tools needed to create, file, and publish, you are also given copies of many of the InterVarsity Press Lifeguide Bible Studies (covering most of the Old and New Testaments) that you can pick and choose your Illustrations and Questions from. If fact, there is no need to edit them at all if you don’t want to. If you do choose edit them, you are able to copy only what you want to copy, change the order, insert your own material, and even add leader notes that will only print on the leader’s copy when printed out. Or you can simply start from scratch if you prefer not to use existing material. If you do use the included material, you are allowed to produce up to 10 copies of any one lesson without having to pay a royalty. (My understanding this cost is only a few pennies per copy over 10 copies but I haven’t confirmed this…)

There are several “styles” to choose from for the look and feel of the lessons, and you can create your own if prefered. I found the choices somewhat dated but usable. When you choose a style and publish, instead of printing, you have the option of exporting to a file such as RTF or HTML…

There is also a small sample collection of clipart included. It would appear that one could purchase full collections of clip art, along with unlocking additional prebuild lessons in the same way the Logos Library System could. I do not know if the additional titles can still be unlocked. The additional collections are:


The Baptism of Jesus Christ: Explanation, Application and Conclusion

Explanation

The last time we saw Jesus he was in Galilee. We might have been wondering where he was and why sudden attention had been given to John the Baptist. But it was necessary that we meet John for two reasons, First so that we could see him calling the people of Israel to repentance and baptizing them as they responded (Matthew 3:1-2, 5-6). Secondly, we needed to hear John announce the coming of the Messiah (Matthew 3:11-12). It was, in a manner of speaking, immediately after his announcement that Jesus comes to John who was at the Jordan (Mat. 3:6) in order to be baptized by him. Like all the crowds before him, Jesus walked into the Jordan river where John was, expressing his desire to be baptized. Keener stands alone in noting the inherent humility displayed by Jesus at his baptism, "In a traditional Mediterranean culture where society stressed honor and shame, Jesus relinquishes his rightful honor to embrace other's shame. After Jesus' public act of humility, God publicly identified Jesus as his own son…"1
John was aware, to a certain extent, who Jesus was at least in his character. It is doubtful that his mother Elizabeth would have kept the nature of Jesus' birth a secret from John who himself was a miraculous baby. Those are the kinds of stories which are told repeatedly to children as they grow up. John grew up in the hill country of Judah (Luke 1:39) while Jesus was growing up in Galilee. Nevertheless they very likely had some exposure to each other growing up despite the distance even if only at the yearly feasts in Jerusalem. Even today it is common among extended families to know something of the character of other children. John surely would have at least heard stories about "what a good boy" Jesus was and coupled those stories with those of his birth.
Before John was even born the fullness of the Spirit of God led him to know Jesus for who he was (cf Luke 1:15). This does not mean that John knew for certain in adulthood that Jesus was the Messiah however. John 1:32-34 reveals that the Baptist did not recognize Jesus as the one who "baptizes in the Holy Spirit" until after he saw the Holy Spirit come on Jesus in the form of a dove. He may have suspected it prior to this moment but confirmation of his identity was needed – not only now, but also later in Matthew 11:3.
Against this backdrop of knowledge John the Baptist came preaching repentance and spent a good part of his days baptizing and preaching to the crowds that came out to him. He would