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General, Future, Final Judgment

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.
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

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

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 interest, 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

It Is No Secret

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. The key text for this sermon chart appears at the foot of the cross, Romans 10;17. Two figures flank the cross, Noah to the left and Naaman to the right. Both are biblical figures and both are accompanied with appropriate textual citations. On the cross is a serpent, citing Number 21:6-9, representing the salvation of Israel in the time of Moses. The question put before the hearers of the sermon is, will you obey God like Noah, Naaman and Israel did?
Date: [1970..1990]
Creator: Burtch, Kenneth & Burtch, Kenneth
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

The New Birth

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Using John 3:3-8 as a key text the preacher uses this sermon chart to discuss physical and spiritual birth, noting that a "coming out of" water is as natural for spiritual birth as it is for physical birth. Accordingly, for any "new birth" to be valid, a person must experience baptism following faith, repentance and confession. Further, just as physical birth does not produce "full grown" persons, so spiritual "babes" are to grow by obedience to law.
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

The Mighty Hand 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, titled "The Mighty Hand of God," features a hand with each of the five fingers being labeled as a section of scripture: Revelation, Letters, Acts, Gospels, Old Testament. Four scripture references are made, with the focus being on I Peter 5:6.
Date: [1940..1970]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Power of Little Things

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Upon describing several 'little things' in the Bible and from nature, this sermon chart motivates using metaphors of size. Employing these metaphors, the preacher cites several Biblical examples of the great impact of small or seemingly insignificant actions. One contemporary reference is to the 1947 explosion at Texas City, Texas. The preacher closes the sermon with an invitation to embrace simplicity though the "world stumbles" over it.
Date: [1947..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, if the resurrection was 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

Precious Stone

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart identifies the precious stone mentioned in Isaiah 28:26 as Christ, the rock mentioned in Matthew 16:18, 1 Peter 2:4, Acts 4:11, and 1 Corinthians 10:4. The chart also illustrates the idea that people who listen to Christ and put his words into practice are like wise men who build their houses on a rock (Matthew 7:24) and are themselves are collectively being built into a spiritual house built on the only solid foundation. The chart further illustrates that Christ is also a rock over which some people stumble and fall.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
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

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

Three Types of Churches

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, Mickey compares and contrasts two streams within the Stone-Campbell Movement. He marshals Biblical data in the center column under rubrics of name, organization, doctrine and worship. Against this data to its left he contrasts in bullet points the practice of "First Christian," or the emerging Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); to its right he compares the acapella Churches of Christ. This chart portrays how division in a religious tradition was perceived and communicated in sermonic form in a congregational setting.
Date: [1943..1959]
Creator: Mickey, Wayne & Mickey, Wayne
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

All Blessings in 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 sermon presents (in purple) the blessings of being "in Christ" with accompanying Biblical references (in black). The emphatic red-letter invitation in the bottom right corner is designed to move the hearer to action.
Date: [1900..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

Baptism--its Action and Purpose

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 Acts 19:1-5 as a key text, the sermon begins with the matter of definitions; first transliterated Greek words, then Webster and finally an array of Bible citations to arrive at a definition of baptism as "burial, planting, washing" (as highlighted in red in the left column). This point is further stressed from Romans 6:17-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: that the "D.B.R." (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth) is foundational Christian doctrine expressed in the life of a believer in immersion in water. The right column explores the purposes of baptism. For this preacher apparently the fundamental purpose of baptism is to (in red letters) "obey God."
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Anything in a Name?

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's chief concern is the name by which a local group of Christians is known. A fundamental point underlying this sermon is the conviction that "Bible names unite -- human [names] divide." A name is not a small matter for the church, just as it was significant for Israel. The call, therefore, to hearers is to utilize only 'Bible' or 'Biblical' names for congregations.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Chain of Salvation

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Organized in four distinct sections, this particular sermon chart pursues a golden chain through thirty-nine Bible references. The red-lettered one-word themes progress from the Trinity (Father, Son, Sprit) through the grace and the death of Jesus to the proclamation of the gospel. The chain is complete upon the reception of the "Plan of Salvation" in the life of the believer. It is unclear what "D.B.," "D.M.," "H.B.," and "H.M." represent.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

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

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