It was a hard-learned lesson in real life faith that has been more than 3 years in the making.

From watching a turn-of-the-20th century landmark in Lorain burn to the ground, to a brand new state-of-the-art church ready for worship this weekend for the people who never stopped being the lifeblood of First Lutheran Church.

In August 2014, First Lutheran Church was a complete loss to flames that someone intentionally set.

From the outset, even in the ashes, they were rooted in faith.

In May of 2016, their new home was just a vision.

But then came the groundbreaking for these Christians who stood on faith through it all. Now they are on the homestretch to the next chapter.

This Sunday, they will worship for the first time in a state-of-the-art new church that stands across the street from where the original used to be.

"We chose not to focus on the bad that came out of all this but to focus on the good and the way it drew our church together. I think it has made us a stronger church," said First Lutheran Pastor Rosalina Rivera.

The heart and soul of First Lutheran, the people, in helping the homeless, have always reached beyond the walls anyway.

These Christians taking the cue, still, from Christ.

"As a congregation we have prayed for that arsonist too," said Rivera.

On Sunday, no doubt gratitude will grace the prayers that rise up for the first time from Lorain First Luthern Church...TAKE 2.

"We wanted people to know that this is a staple within this community and it has been here since 1899. We are not going anywhere," said Rivera.