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Church-World

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart divides society into three groups: Infants (the innocent who are not responsible for their actions good or bad), those in the Church, and those of the world outside of the Church. The chart shows what happens to all after death--whether to Heaven or Hell--with multiple scripture references.
Date: [1940..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Gospel Meeting Daily

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This banner is a notice of daily Gospel meetings, printed on grey canvas duck material with grummets for hanging; large black lettering, blue arrows, smaller red print lettering; smaller canvas piece with lettering time (7:30) attached separately. This banner could be resued, changing the time as necessary.
Date: [1940..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Great Commission Executed

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart was a sermon on the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) and how it applies to the Church today. It argues that all are called to preach the gospel to the world, and that all who believe and are baptised will receive forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation. The chart outlines "The Great Commission" as it is presented in all four gospels, and outlines ten stories of conversion to Christianity found in Acts.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Tucker, Paul
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Bible Way into the Church

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular chart accompanied a sermon on what are commonly called in the Churches of Christ "The Five Steps of Salvation"--Hearing the Word, Belief, Repentance of Sins, Confession, and Baptism. The point of the sermon being that this is the only path to salvation.
Date: [1940..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

The Christian Race

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This unusually graphic sermon chart gets its inspiration from II Timothy 4:7, describing the Christian's walk as a race. The church is depicted as an arena, with Christians on the track--some persevering and some falling to various doubts and temptations. Individuals outside of the arena represent the "rest of the world" that is outside the church. On an interesting note, all individuals drawn are caucasian males. It is conceivable that this chart was made for a week-long meeting.
Date: [1940..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Gospel Plan of Salvation

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart demonstrates God's plan of salvation (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:21, 15:1-4) as a path that God has prepared and that mankind much choose to accept--detailing steps that must be taken.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Tucker, Paul
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What is in the Church

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart lists 12 things that can be found in the Lord's Church with scripture references for each: 1) Christ's Love is There 2) His Blood is There 3) His All is There 4) All Spiritual Blessings 5) Redemtion and Forgiveness 6) Reconciliation There 7) New Creatures There 8) Christians are There 9) The Saved are There 10) God's Household There 11) No Condemnation There 12) Eternal Salvation Promised
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Tucker, Paul
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Why Tarriest Thou?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart, based on Acts 22:16, is apparently a call to baptism--possibly used at the closing night of a gospel meeting. Black lettering on white muslin.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Tucker, Paul
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

God is Able... 2 Cor 9:8

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart prominently features 2 Corinthians 9:8,10-11 from the American Standard Version. "God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work...[and God] shall supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness: ye being enriched in everything unto all liberality, which worketh through us thanksgiving to God."
Date: [1940..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Essential and the Incidental

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart outlines and gives examples of commands given in the New Testament (The Essintial) and differentiates them from surrounding details (The Incidental) using three different events described in the New Testament: The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), The Conversion of Saul (Acts 9:1-18; 22:1-16) and The Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-29, 2 Chorinthians 11:17-34;10:17 and Acts 20:7). Reference is made to what is known as the "CENI Hermeneutic" (Command, Example, Necessary Inference) as the source of those things Essential. Those things Incidental, which many denominations or even individual congregations might disagree about, are said to be governed by Expediency, Decency and Order (1 Corinthians 10:23; 14:40).
Date: [1940..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Heaven

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!"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Resurrection of Christ

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart illustrates a sermon in four points. The main thrusts of each are: Jesus was "really dead", the tomb was empty, was the resurrection a "vision or hallucination?" and the many witnesses of the life and ministry of Jesus. The final point transitions into an appeal based on the evidence presented. Affirming from the four points that Jesus' "right to authority' is unquestionable, the preacher finally "declares our faith" urging hearers to "...obey him...live for Him and be Ready."
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Compromise--Types

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. An eight-point sermon with forty-seven citations of Bible texts, this particular sermon chart develops several aspects of "compromise." The root issue for the preacher is the distinctive identity of the Church of Christ: separate from the "world", "human machinery", "union meetings [with other religious groups, specifically "Jews, Catholics, Mormons"]" and "pleasures." The sermon is addressed to church members and therefore is hortatory: do not "compromise." Yet the sermon ends with an evangelistic thrust in points VII and VIII. The preacher appeals to men who say "let women & children go." He appeals to any hearer to "take your stand" before it is "too late."
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

The Gospel Paul Preached

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?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Can All Understand Bible Alike

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, affirming first that a "guide [is] needed" the preacher stresses the Bible is intended for "plain" or "common folk." Confident of humanity's capacity to "understand" and given the simple nature of the Bible, he stresses therefore that "God demands" humans to be "of one mind" as was the "early church." If his hearers will reject "prejudice", "creeds" and their "lack of study' they too can be "one."
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Think Ye of Christ?

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 marshals nine types of evidence to build a case for faith in and obedience to Christ. The evidence he uses is first the testimony of a series of Jesus' enemies, followed by that of his friends and himself. Following this are prophecy, miracles, additional friendly testimony and angelic testimony. Approaching the climax the preacher recites divine testimony and even nature itself. You have "all to gain; nothing to lose" as he exhorts his audience. You are either "for him or against him..."
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Little Red String

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.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Saved by Grace-Eph 2:8

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 understands grace to be the organizing principle undergirding the seven means of salvation cited in the upper left column. Each appears to emerge from grace. Next the preacher presents the plan of salvation ([H]ear, [B]elieve, [R]epent, [C]onfess, [B]aptism) as it was also practiced by the Ephesians. Further, Paul was also "saved by grace" in this manner. It appears the second set of abbreviations stand for faith, repentance, baptism and obedience in the grace and blood of Christ. The final appeal, "Why should his great love -- grace -- blood be in vain?" draws the hearers to the point of decision and closes the sermon on an evangelistic note.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Supreme, Universal, Final Authority of Christ

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 stylized hands flanking the cross, with fingers pointing to it, emphasize the sermon's main point. The colored lettering emphasizes, strikingly, the same point. Setting up a contrast against the three branches of the US Federal Government (Legislative-Judicial-Executive), the preacher declares Christ is "LORD of ALL" and "HEAD in ALL."
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Love For The Truth of God

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 story of Ahab (King of Israel) and the prophet Micaiah in 1 Kings 22 form the introduction to this sermon. In it Micaiah speaks truth to power, inciting the king's hatred. Citing numerous examples from the Bible wherein, like Ahab, truth was despised by some character in the story, the preacher affirms "truth is important." He relishes from the Psalms the beauty of truth, working ultimately to the conclusion that the Bible "all the truth" as given to the apostles. It remains then to "obey it to be saved." The chart's backdrop, presumably an open Bible, adds strength to the sermon's persuasive power further conveying that the Bible is truth and that the sermon is derived solely from the Bible.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Do Christ and Apostles Contradict

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.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Christian Warfare, Armor

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart uses the image of a Christian as a "good soldier" (citing 2 Timothy 2:3), with the preacher describing the armor, weaponry, enemies of the Christian soldier. He also clarifies the nature of such warfare, and finally elucidates enlistment procedures in a transition from sermon to invitation.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Spiritual Growth

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, it appears the preacher assumes the hearers are Christian, that they have, as in the introduction from Matthew 25:1-13, assumed the role of 'wise virgins' and from 2 Peter 1:4, partake of the "divine nature." The preacher's task, therefore, is to explore what constitutes Christian "Spiritual Growth." The several texts with direct explanations provide opportunity to develop this theme.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Evolution and Bible

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.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library