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As you come to him, the Living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.- 1 Peter 2:4-5
The story of Living Stones Church is one of rebirth and new vision. A church with a 50 year history, looking to move out of it's dated and deteriorating building, seeking to serve the families of the non-instrumental Church of Christ tradition, came to a screeching halt one fall day in 2001 when God very clearly asked, “what makes you think you'll be better stewards of a new building than of the one I gave you 50 years ago?” This question set Sam (our pastor) and eventually the entire church on a radical new journey seeking out what it means to be a church in the middle of a neighborhood of real people, with real needs, and real hunger.
God continued to refine the vision for the church over the next couple years. The focus became, as a laser, the South Side of South Bend. Our gaze clearly turned from inward to outward, our desire growing to be the place where South siders could seek a relationship with Jesus. We prayed for 24hours a day, for 40 days, in a small prayer room, for the South side. And God began to add to our numbers. And then in February of 2006, God gave us a new name: Living Stones Church.
The name Living Stones Church is one with meaning and is a key to understanding who we are, and what God has called us to do. The term "Living Stones" is a unique description given to both Jesus and to his Church. You see, Jesus is the Living Stone, and Peter says that we too, like him, are to be Living Stones- walking with the presence of God, each of us and as one body, a spiritual house in which God resides. The location of our church building then, is not an accident. We have been specifically and strategically placed here to serve as a refuge and a "beachhead" or a "staging point" for outreach into the South side.
God has continued to add to our numbers … we have tripled in size in the last three years, a majority joining us from the South side zip codes of 46613 and 46614. Over 100 have been baptized and countless others have re-prioritized their lives and begun living life with Christ at the center. Our body is made up of truly all kinds of people from all walks, backgrounds, and experiences. We are a laid back and real people who take our calling and vision very serious. Its an exciting journey. It is rewarding. We haven't a clue what God is gonna do next. And we wouldn't have it any other way!