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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

Salvation: Past, Present, Future

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 establishes in Point #1 what it means to "be saved" or acquire salvation. Thus acquired, salvation as presently enjoyed (Point #2) consists of an awareness, vigilance and determination (A) coupled with an understanding of its eternal nature (B). In his final point the preacher emphasizes and describes the nature and quality of future salvation.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Worldliness in the Church

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, which employs a compare/contrast model, the preacher places "Devil, World, Flesh" to one side of a large golden cross and "God, Church, Soul" to the other. Aimed at church members, the sermon reinforces Christian morality by grounding its exhortations in Biblical texts and examples. The questions at the bottom of each column express the sermon's leading thrust.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
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

What the Church must have to please God

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart lists characteristics of the membership of a church that pleases God: converted, informed, working, united, faithful, liberal, clean, praying, and loving. Each characteristic is supported with multiple scriptures.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Tucker, Paul
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

How to Obey the Gospel

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 demonstrates, in a parallel fashion (from Romans 6:1-18) that in baptism one obeys the gospel. Baptism in this way reflects back upon Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The results of baptism are "free[dom] from sin."
Date: [1970..1990]
Creator: Burtch, Kenneth
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

In Christ

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon depicting the state of being "in Christ." It is unknown what the abbreviations on the chart represent.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

The Right to the Tree of Life

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. The narrative flow of this sermon chart proceeds from the tree of life in the Biblical Garden of Eden (left) to the tree of life in heaven at the end of time (right). The tree has been "transplant[ed]." In the mean time, there is a play off of truth and falsehood, again drawing from the account of Eve's believing a lie in the Garden of Eden and applied to modern times by way of citation from 2 Thessalonians. The alternative to persisting in lies is to "purify [one's] soul by obeying the truth." Just as one can hear, believe and obey a lie (and be "lost in sin"), so can one hear, believe and obey the truth (and be saved from sin). Such constitutes the sermon's central exhortation.
Date: [1970..1990]
Creator: Burtch, Kenneth & Burtch, Kenneth
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

High Cost of Discipleship

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

Hellfire--Eternal Torment

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

The Holy Spirit's Work in Revelation

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. The thrust of this particular sermon engages the question of how the Holy Spirit operates and communicates to persons today. Citing examples of the Spirit's "direct operation" through prophets, Christ and the apostles, in the past the preacher ultimately moves to the Bible as the source of guidance and the location of the Holy Spirit's on-going work today.
Date: [1970..1990]
Creator: Burtch, Kenneth & Burtch, Kenneth
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Hinged on the Cross

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 metaphor of the cross as a hinge, and allows the preacher to move from the "dawn" of time to its "end." In this sweeping description of the essence of time and God's work in it, the preacher discuss what "lead[s] to Christ" and from the cross what "lead[s] to God" until the end. The cross therefore is a pivotal moment in the center of time; it functions as a center of gravity tying the narrative into coherence. It is not clearly apparent if there is a direct correlation between the pairs of planks to the left and right of the cross. "God's love," however, runs throughout the narrative. This chart derives from Dillard Thurman, "Hinged on a Cross" [chart with article] The Vindicator 30 (October 1963), 1-4.
Date: [1970..1990]
Creator: Burtch, Kenneth & Burtch, Kenneth
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

King--Head--Savior

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 parallels three relationships that are found and defined in scripture: Citizens->Kingdom->King; Members->Body->Head; Christians->Church->Savior. Multiple scripture references are given.
Date: [1940..1970]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Salvation of Noah-Type

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart employs typology, an interpretive strategy by which a single concept (in this case salvation) is explained by way of noting similarities between two persons (in this case Noah and the hearers of the sermon). Assuming unity and consistency of the Biblical message, typological interpretation one example serves as a pattern by which or lens through which another is interpreted. For this preacher, the key Biblical text is 1 Peter 3:19-20. It appears considerable time is spent in developing the plan of salvation, particularly baptism.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Our Duty to Young Folk

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart begins with God's instruction to Abraham to teach his children. The preacher then elaborates upon the Biblical imperative to instruct and indoctrinate children in the way of God. He spends considerable time in Deuteronomy and Proverbs and cites disastrous examples from the Bible when such instruction went unheeded. He concludes the sermon by citing similar passages from the epistles. He refers to [Robert G.] Ingersoll, noted 19th century agnostic as a counter-example of the influence parents have on children. His emphatic conclusion, lettered large and in red, asks, "Who will be Leaders of Tomorrow?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Old Testament-New Testament

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart divides Biblical history into three dispensations: Patriarchal (before Moses), Mosaic (between Moses and the crucifixion), and Christian (the crucifixion to present day). Each section of the chart also lists laws and practices relevant to that dispensation period.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Tucker, Paul
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

The Royal Priesthood

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart contrasts the Levitical priesthood (figure on the left) with "every Christian" on the right, citing ten Biblical passages. The major point of the sermon is to demonstrate that every Christian is a priest before God and that the elements of the Levitical priesthood (cited specifically is "animal sacrifice") are no longer in effect for "every Christian."
Date: [1970..1990]
Creator: Burtch, Kenneth & Burtch, Kenneth
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Time-Eternity

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart is a graphic representation of the various states of mankind: Time vs. Eternity, the Living vs. the Dead, Saints vs. Sinners, Abraham's Bosom vs. Torment (Sheol, Hades), Eternal life vs. Eternal Punishment (Hell, Gehenna, Tartarus).
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Truth Makes Free

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, upon asking the question, "What Is Truth?" the preacher employs 52 citations from the Bible to explore his answer. The sermon concludes with a sustained presentation of the 'Plan of Salvation' in response to the question 'What to do to be saved.'
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Kind of Hearers Are You?

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-lettered descriptors or phrases set off against purple Bible citations, the preacher organizes a series of examples from across the Biblical canon. Beginning with Adam, Cain and the Flood, he proceeds to Jesus' parables with additional examples from the Hebrew Bible (Balaam and Naaman). The right column is shaded in a hortatory tone, moving through numerous examples to an emphatic conclusion. The preacher having stated the facts clearly and citing James 4:17 (To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin), asks "Do You Know Your Duty?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Must I Do To Be Saved

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart presents the fullness of what among Churches of Christ has been called the "Plan of Salvation." He cites three texts from the gospels (prior to the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2) in the first portion; in the second and larger portion he quotes a series of examples of conversion all from the book of Acts. His methodology is to discover in these cases of conversion the presence or absence of certain elements, compile them into a chart, and from the aggregate reason to the "Plan of Salvation." The performance of this plan answers the question "What must I do to be saved?" The constituent parts of the plan as outlined in the chart are: (T)eaching or (H)earing; (B)elief; (R)epentance; (C)onfession and (B)aptism followed by (R)emission of sins or (S)alvation. It is unclear how the mathematical chart functions for the preacher.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Moses and Christ

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 linking Moses to Christ. Very few details are given; ideas are only initialized on the chart. Without hearing the sermon, the message of the chart is unclear. Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:22, Romans 15:4, and Hebrews 10:1 are listed as supporting verses.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library