FAITH KEEPER HALL

Those who came before us…
…that we might go beyond them.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
-Hebrews 12:1

HERO:

  1. a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character.
  2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal.
SOURCE: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/hero?s=t
While, technically, those found in this hall fit this definition.  We tend to “pedestalizes” people of the faith and elevate spiritual heroes in a manner of overshadowing the Father, the Lord, the Holy Spirit.  A Christian “hero’s” life should elevate God; and they have.  However, we tend to push them up to a standard that can have us seeing them as perfected.  God has a track record of taking the flawed and doing great things.  Read the devotion by Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest” November 16.
Jesus says, in Matthew 23:12 12, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  In my study of Church history, no one used by God that accomplished something advancing the kingdom desired notoriety.  Let’s not “proxy exalt” these servants that they eclipse the greatness of the Lord.
John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  We can learn much, and we should, from those who have gone before us.  That which we glean from our predecessors should be seen as a gift from the Father, to glorify Jesus, energized by the Holy Spirit.
The Hall contains a thumbnail sketch of the work done by each servant.  You are encouraged to go through the Hall and find someone who inspires you.  Perhaps you will come across someone’s account whom the Lord prompts you to carry on that work (wouldn’t that be exciting).  There is already much on the web by way of deeper information.  At a minimum, I hope your tour through the Hall will give you a sense of connection from the days of the disciples and the passing on of the gospel to present day and the cost that went with keeping the faith moving forward to the next lost soul.  Maybe, just maybe, you will be a…

FAITH KEEPER

These servants of the Lord, except for Martin Luther, are submitted chronologically.
WHY I’M DOING THIS
My mom married a man, named Joe, who had grown up in the Catholic church.  I was already a believer in Jesus Christ at the time.  Whenever my wife, our children, and I would visit them at some time during the visit Joe would share something about someone from Catholic church history.
After one of our visits, I found myself thinking about my “knowledge” of the people who made up the Protestant past.  I had the Disciples, a guy named Luther, Billy Graham, and someone’s mother named Teresa.  This challenged me to start researching.
As the Hall grows with inductees, it is my hope you will feel prompted to learn more.  That each person from the past is a “link” connecting you to the heritage that is Christianity.  Especially in this day of technology, knowledge is literally at our fingertips.  When you look into the lives of these people ask the Lord to open your eyes in a way that might reveal what God would have you to do.  What steps He would have you take to carry the torch of the gospel forward.

INDUCTEES