by Roger Thomas

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Jesus Is the Same (3 of 5)
Series: Anniversary Celebration of Faith
Roger Thomas
1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 13:7-8

Introduction: Easter 2004! One hundred twenty-five years ago on Easter Sunday, this church was being born. Easter fell on April 13 in 1879. My guess is the forefathers of this congregation met on Easter some place, somehow and made the decision to take the final steps to form a church. First Christian Church of Vandalia formally came into existence two weeks later.

The world was different in 1879. Vandalia had a few hundred citizens. The streets were dirt. The few trees that had been planted were still small. People came to town by horse and buggy. Rutherford B. Hayes was president. Edison invented the light bulb. Woolworth opened his first dime store that year. A lot has happened since 1879. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!

In 1885 our ancestors bought these three lots at the corner of Park and Lindell for $600. They spent 1886 building their first church building with their own hands. The made and fired the brick on the site. They built that first church for $3000. The pews and stoves cost another $200. That next spring First Christian Church held the first Easter Service on this spot, April 10, 1887. Christians have been celebrating the resurrection of Jesus here for one hundred seventeen years. A lot has happened since 1887. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!

Easter services weren't held here in 1924. That year the church made the huge decision to tear down their old building and build a new one. That's a big step for any church. An old building holds memories of baptisms, weddings, funerals and loved one's sacrifice and commitment. They decided to keep the memories but tear down the building.

On Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924, the church worshipped at the Orpheum Theater. By Easter 1925, the church had moved into the completed basement for services. Ded ...

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