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Sin

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This very textual sermon chart examines the subject of sin using Biblical texts from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Change of Heart

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart divides the heath/soul of an individual into four categories or components: Intellect, Affections, Will, Conscience. The apparent argument is that all four components must be taught and changed before a person can truly become a christian. "All the heart needs teaching: intellect only--critic, emotions only--fanatic, will alone--prejudice." "Intellect changed by testimony...affections changed by evidence...will changed by thinking on these...these all lead to obedience...faith purifies the heart...repentance changes the life...confession changed the allegiance...baptism puts one into changed state."
Date: [1940..1970]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Crossing the Deadline of Life

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart addresses the issue of a Christian being cut off from God because one has strayed so far for so long (what Christians often refer to as falling from grace). The illustrator refers to that line as the Dead Line of Life. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Golden Text of the Bible

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart chart parses out the text of John 3:16, which the illustrator refers to as "the Golden Text of the Bible." Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Be Strong in the Lord

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart contains numerous scripture references from both the Old and New Testaments grouped into three themes: Be Strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10); Our Need of Strength (Jeremiah 10:23); and Elements of Strength (Hebrews 11:34).
Date: [1940..1970]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

The Two Covenants

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart describes the differences between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ. Much is taken from Galatians 5 to show that we no longer live under the Law of Moses. "Part of the Old Law is in the New Testament, why not more? Christ left it where he wanted it. Who has authority to bring over what he left back there? Name one thing he wants today not found in the New Testament."
Date: [1940..1970]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Salvation by Blood

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart accompanied a sermon on the Blood of Christ as the means of our salvation under the Gospel. Scripture references and comments compare and contrast the blood sacrifices of the Mosaic Law to the Blood of Christ spilled on the Cross. It is apparent that the sermon delivered centered around a connection between Zechariah 14:8 and Hebrews 9:15.
Date: [1940..1970]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Buying--Selling--Heavenly Merchandising

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 dealing with the Christian walk and the various things in life that get in the way with our personal relationship with God. Many examples are given from both the Old Testament and the New Testament of individuals who 'sold out' and those who remained faithful. "Men Sell out for job, office, money, pleasures, popularity, prejudice, pride, temper, passion, fashion, drink, envy, hate, flesh, world, sin of all kind." "Some never sold out as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Job, Daniel, Paul, Jesus. What is your price? Some things must not be sold. Some not to be bought." "Whatever your excuse---Anything you allow to stand between you and your duty to God is the price tag of your soul."
Date: [1940..1970]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

God's Special Blessings on the Faithful

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart traces throughout Scripture the blessings of God promised to faithful Christians. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

All Sufficiency of the Word of God

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This textual sermon chart examines, from Scripture, the importance and all-sufficiency of the Word of God to guide the life of the Christian. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Transforming Power of the Word of God

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart starts with the story of the prophet Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones--Ezekiel 37:1-12. The overall point seems to be that the power of God is found in the reading of scripture and obedience to the Gospel.
Date: [1940..1970]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Pleasures May We Have?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart attempts to provide Scriptural guidelines for determining acceptable and unacceptable types of enjoyment. Specific areas addressed are dance halls and shows. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

High Test of God's Silence

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart attempts to trace throughout Scripture the idea that God, through the Bible, has revealed to mankind an explicit pattern by which to live, and therfore, anything not specifically authorized in Scripture, is forbidden. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

High Cost, Sin, Tragedy of Neglect

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart illustrates textually the results of sin and the results of neglecting one's Christian duties. Provenance uncertain. Probably part of the G. Dallas Smith Collection.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Part of Gospels Apply Today

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart gives scripture references to accompany a sermon describing exactly what portions of the four Gospels (i.e. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John--teachings of Jesus) were meant only for the immediate audience and no longer apply to us.
Date: [1940..1970]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
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

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 Essential) 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 Corinthians 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

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

Five States Of Man

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart graphically describes five spiritual states of mankind with supporting scriptures: Innocence (Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 19:14), Condemnation (Galatians 3:22), Justification (Romans 3:24), Eternal Life (Matthew 25:46) and Eternal Death (Revelation 20:14). The five circles are connected with arrows indicating Sin, Obedience, and Physical Death. Many of these charts begin as ordinary bed sheets; this one still has the tag from J. C. Penney.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne
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

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

Can Folk Be Saved Out of Church?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Using this particular sermon chart, as the preacher reads down the pages, first the left, then the right page, he traces the meaning of identity in the people of God. He moves quickly to the church, citing Ephesians 1 and Colossians 1. This sermon explores, if only in a basic way, a common understanding of ecclesiology, or the doctrine of the church, among Churches of Christ. By employing imagery of the large book, presumably a Bible, as the backdrop for the chart contents, the preacher reinforces a notion that he speaks only from the Bible. In this way the chart reflects both a doctrinal commitments, but also a persuasive rhetorical strategy.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
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

The Bible to Man

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher’s sermon. This particular sermon chart demonstrates the idea that the text of the Bible originates with God and is passed down to mankind through certain other entities. The Old Testament path is traced "God-->H.S. (Holy Spirit)-->P. (Patriarchs?)-->O.T." The New Testament path is traced "God-->J.C. (Jesus Christ)-->H.S. (Holy Spirit)-->A.&P. (Apostles and Paul)-->N.T." Numerous supporting scriptures are listed.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library