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Divine and Human Sides of Salvation

Divine and Human Sides of Salvation

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. On this particular sermon chart, the left column develops the initiative taken by God for human salvation. Drawing from several texts, the center of gravity in the preacher's thought appears to be 'grace.' The human side, in a word, is subsumed under 'faith.' Two ideas recur in both columns: one, a question: "Does grace forbid or demand obedience?" while the other states God "is dependent/depends" on humans. In his "grace" God offers a "plan" by which in "faith" persons acquire salvation. In the sermon's inner logic humans depends on God for grace, and God depends on persons for obedience to his plan. Together, grace, blood, faith and obedience secure salvation. The conclusion ties these concepts together.
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Do Christ and Apostles Contradict

Do Christ and Apostles Contradict

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, the preacher offers a way to understand sixteen (these sub-headings are in red) contradictions between Jesus and the apostles. These subheadings are either Bible verses (John 3:16, Matthew 18:3) or topics (Works, Obedience). The chart cites 92 Bible verses.
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Evolution and Bible

Evolution and Bible

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: unknown
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Though the first section of this particular sermon appears in two columns, it does not appear to be a contrast in substance. Rather the preacher applies selected Bible citations (eight, in red) to certain elements of "evolution." A clear contrast follows in a series of "chasms they cannot bridge" followed by two questions about "missing links" and "new species." Finally, the preacher assails additional aspects of evolutionary theory; a contemporary reference that evolutionary theory is "taught in schools, and Bible not?" may indicate a date for the sermon in the 1920s or after.
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General, Future, Final Judgment

General, Future, Final Judgment

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. A sermon in ten points, this particular sermon chart straightforwardly lists various aspects of judgment. There appears to be no unifying theme running through the ten categories that demands of them their particular sequence. The preacher cites seventy-two total Bible passages.
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God in the Affairs of Men

God in the Affairs of Men

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, using green textual references and red summaries, the preacher utilizes Biblical examples of divine-human interaction to motivate his hearers to place themselves where God can "use [them]." The theological bottom line is the chart's closing line: his sermon addresses that which "mold[s] destiny and reward." The question for the hearers is whether they will avail themselves of the preacher's message.
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The Gospel Paul Preached

The Gospel Paul Preached

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: unknown
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Using bold black letters with red Bible citations and gold highlighting, this particular sermon chart outlines the essential characteristics and contours and content of Paul's preaching. The sermon moves from the divine origin of Paul's message with its cross-centered focus to delineate its several aspects and implications. The right column transitions to a presentation of the 'plan of salvation.' Grounding it first in the "blood of Christ" and in the proclamation of the gospel (rather than any "direct work" of the Holy Spirit), the preacher "persuade[s] all to be Christians." Marked by gold flourishes, the preacher emphasizes the plan of salvation, especially so concerning baptism. He concludes by inviting introspection, asking "Is this what YOU did?"
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Heaven

Heaven

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: unknown
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart is one of the simpler charts in the collection, titled only "Heaven." It presents fifty-nine citations of Bible texts with short descriptions or phrases from each. In this sermon the preacher rarely moves outside of these citations. He brings two questions before the audience: "[Will we] Know each other There?" and "When [will] We Go There?" Recognition among humans in heaven is at least "different" from earthly knowledge. More specifically "no apostles ever talked about family reunions." The answer to his second question is "not until the "Resurrection [and] Judgment." The conclusion is evangelistic and hortatory: "Get ready before too late!"
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Hellfire--Eternal Torment

Hellfire--Eternal Torment

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: unknown
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Comprised of nearly 40 Bible references and short summations thereof, this particular sermon chart describes the subject by restating Biblical terminology. There appears to be little organizing motif inherent to the chart beyond this recitation of Biblical texts and little interpretation of those texts. After this array of evidence is a single exhortation with an emphatic conclusion: "Beware----Prepare!"
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High Cost of Discipleship

High Cost of Discipleship

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon.On this particular sermon chart, the large cross functions to focus the audience upon the preacher's central theme of discipleship, i.e. taking up one's cross. Such discipleship is costly, as the preacher emphasizes in both left and right columns. Citing Biblical examples (a total of 51) of sacrifice, cost and devotion, the preacher climaxes the sermon by inviting hearers to embrace a life of Christian discipleship through faith, repentance, confession and baptism. It closes with an exhortation about the costs of and an invitation to the rewards of committed discipleship.
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Little Red String

Little Red String

Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: unknown
Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart is very likely designed to attract attention and pique inters, and the "little red string" becomes a metaphor for the importance of precision obedience. The central motif "marks of identity" is especially important to the preacher; his wish is that his hearers "hang up blood line in our life, Eph. 1:7." Just as Rahab (see Joshua 6:18) obeyed using "not white [or] yellow [but] red string," so modern believers must likewise precisely obey God in the matters detailed on the chart's right column.
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