Artie Collins began making short talks in a training class at the Lyle church of Christ in Hickman County, TN in the late 1950ís. When he preached his first sermon to the congregation on a Sunday night, he stenciled it on cloth. The brethren urged him to continue preaching. During the next several years, he preached one Sunday each month for four different congregations in the area. On the fifth Sundays, he preached at Lyle, his home congregation. After about three years, he began preaching for one church regularly.
In 1966, Collins left public works and began full time preaching. He made many charts during those first several years. Being greatly influenced by brother Harold Sain and his chart material, and after seeing and hearing a flannel-graph sermon,
Collins decided to pursue this method, feeling it would hold the attention of the audience better if they did not see the entire sermon before he covered each point. This method has been very effective for Artie Collins. He has made and preached from visual aides for nearly fifty years.
This book contains eighty-four of these charts photographed by Jerry Hildenbrandt
of the Springer church of Christ outside of Hohenwald, TN.