John Henry Hopkins

January 30, 1792 - January 9, 1868
First Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
From Dublin, Ireland
Served in Burlington, Vermont
Affiliation: Episcopal

"O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light."

(He also drew this impression of the Erie Canal.)

John Chrysostom

349 – September 14, 407
Archbishop of Constantinople
From Antioch
Served in Antioch
Affiliation: Christian

"Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you...."

J.R.R. Tolkien

January 3, 1892 - September 2, 1973
Professor and Writer
From Free State Province, South Africa
Served in Oxford and Cambridge
Affiliation: Catholic

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost."

William Carey

August 17, 1761 - June 9, 1834
Missionary, founder of first college in India and founding member of Baptist Missionary Society
From Northamptonshire, England
Served in Serampore, India
Affiliation: Particular Baptist

"You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey's Saviour."

Anne Bradstreet

March 20, 1612 - September 16, 1672
From Northampton, England
Served in North Andover, Massachusetts
Affiliation: Puritan

This City pure is not for thee,
For things unclean there shall not be.
If I of Heav'n may have my fill,
Take thou the world, and all that will.

C.S. Lewis

November 29, 1898 - November 22, 1963
Professor and Author
From Belfast, Ireland
Served in Oxford, England
Affiliation: Anglican

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

Thomas A. Dorsey

July 1, 1899 - January 23, 1993
Minister of Music and Composer
From Villa Rica, Georgia
Served in Chicago, Illinois
Affiliation: Baptist

"Precious Lord, take my hand/Lead me on, help me stand/I am tired, I am weak, I am worn/Through the storm, through the night/Lead me on to the light/Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home."

Flannery O'Connor

March 25, 1925 - August 3, 1964
Writer
From Savannah, Georgia
Served in Milledgeville, Georgia
Affiliation: Catholic

"What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you fell you can't believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God."

John Calvin

July 10, 1509 - May 27, 1564
Theologian and Pastor
From Noyon, France
Served in Geneva, Switzerland
Affiliation: Reformed

"A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers."

Thomas Cranmer

July 2, 1489 - March 21, 1556
Leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I, wrote/compiled the Book of Common Prayer
From Nottinghamshire, England
Served in England
Affiliation: Anglican
Death: After a trial for treason by Mary I, he was executed

"What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies."

Martin Luther

November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546
Friar, Reformer and Hymn Writer
From Eisleben, Saxony

Served in Wittenberg University
Affiliation: Lutheran

"And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us."

Alban

274 - June 22, 304
Early English Convert and Martyr
From Hertfordshire (Verulamium), England
Served in Hertfordshire, England
Affiliation: Catholic

Persecution broke out and Alban sheltered a cleric. He was moved by his example and received baptism. When the governor's emissaries came to search the house, Alban disguised himself in the cloak of his guest and gave himself up in his place. They dragged him before the judge, then scourged and beheaded him for his faith. He took the place of the cleric while the cleric escaped.

Mary Slessor

December 2, 1848 - January 13, 1915
Missionary
From Aberdeen, Scotland
Served in Use Ikot Oku, Calabar, Nigeria
Affiliation: United Presbyterian Church of Scotland

"Prayer is the greatest power God has put into our hands for service — praying is harder than doing, at least I find it so, but the dynamic lies that way to advance the Kingdom."

Welcome to Work Out Your Faith.

At the core, we share stories. The Christian faith is more than 2000 years old, but often we forget the lives of those who came before us–who modeled for us the way to live as Jesus taught us to live. No one is perfect, but life is about decisions. As a Christian the call is to "take up your cross" as the Gospels teach. Work Out Your Faith wants to better showcase the great cloud of witnesses who believed and provided their lives as a pointer to Jesus. Some are famous; some are not.

Timeline

Get a glimpse of the stories of those who have come before us. If you click "read more" on some of the stories, you'll see more information.

Outlines

See some of our outlines for further study. We designed these so you can download and use all or a portion of the slides.

Share

We want to hear from you about others to include. We're looking for a certain amount of "reach" but mostly a strong Christian witness.

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J.R.R Tolkien (1892-1973)

What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you fell you can't believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God.

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

The scheme we oppose evidently tends to destroy the purity and life of religion; for the inspired apostle assures us, that the church is espoused as a chaste virgin to Christ, and is obliged to be subject to him in every thing, as a true wife is to her husband.

Isaac Backus (1724-1806)

Whenever we enter the church and draw near to the heavenly mysteries, we ought to approach with all humility and fear, both because of the presence of the angelic powers and out of the reverence due to the sacred oblation; for as the Angels are said to have stood by the Lord’s body when it lay in the tomb, so we must believe that they are present in the celebration of the Mysteries of His most sacred Body at the time of consecration.

Venerable Bede (672-735)