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July 20th 2015


Its not too late to REGISTER
for VBS that starts tonight.

Simply go to: - register

online and join us. Cant register online? Just come
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Its not too late to PRAY for

VBS that starts tonight.

Its also not too late to start praying for the kids that
God will call to VBS, the workers who will serve in
VBS, and the ways that the Gospel will be shared
during VBS.
Your prayers matter more than you even know.
They give strength and support to those who serve!

Each of the movements in Hebrews 11 is marked by the phrase by faith.

What we learn as we read each verse weekly, is that the people of God live
by faith at every turn. What we notice is the events dont always appear to
bless them, but they, by faith, serve as a blessing in Gods bigger plan.
Likewise, you are a blessing in His greater purposes.
Read Hebrews 11:32-35 - Now God says through His Word, What more
shall I say? Through faith in God men have conquered kingdoms, enforced
justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the
power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of
weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. There is
nothing God cannot do, and because of that, there is nothing less that
deserves your faith. It is certainly easier to put our faith in the lesser things
that surround us, but they can never deliver! Only God can deliver what He

Weekly Bible Reading


20th Hebrews 11
21st Hebrews 12
22nd Hebrews 13
23rd James 1



James 2
James 3
James 4

Whats Happening This

Week at Your Church?

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Coming in the fall of 2015, BSF's

newest study will explore the
revelation of Jesus Christ and the
glorious consummation of His

"Blessed is the one who reads the

words of this prophecy, and blessed
are those who hear it and take to heart
what is written in it, because the time
is near." Revelation 1:3 (NIV84)
Bible Study Fellowship offers a great
no cost way for the whole family to
study the Bible together weekly. Not
only that, but BSF creates long-lasting
friendships that are formed around
Gods Word in small safe groups!
Put this on your calendar!
Womens Group:
Starting September 15th, at 9:10am
First Christian Church
3601 South Staley Rd
Champaign IL 61822-8729
Meeting day/time: Tuesday 9:10AM
Childrens program available for birth
through kindergarten.
You can register at the September
15th Welcome day!
Mens Group:
Starting September 14th, at 6:45pm
First Baptist Church
1602 North Prospect Ave
Savoy IL 61874-9546
Meeting day/time: Monday 6:45PM
Childrens program available for
kindergarten through high school.
You can register at the September
14th Welcome night!
There is no cost to attend BSF, but there is a
weekly commitment to your discussion group.

What does the Bible say: Homosexuality

The Argument:
If you believe that homosexuality is a sin and take
Leviticus seriously then do you eat shellfish, mixing
fabrics, and stone people to death? Surely you cant
take Leviticus seriously anymore.

What the Bible Says:

First of all, not all of Leviticus is written to everyone.
There certainly were things that applied only to the
Jews such as eating shellfish, mixing fabric, and
stoning people which were things that typologically
represented impurity before the Lord.You have to
remember that Leviticus is not just a book of laws, it
is a book about holiness. The Lord declared:
Be holy, for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44)
So certain laws were just for Israel and we know this
because God says, "Speak to the sons of Israel
saying..."giving instructions to the Israelites
specifically, not to the rest of the nations generally.
"Speak to the Sons of Israel saying..."
Leviticus 4:2 atonement for unintentional sins
Leviticus 7:23 don't eat fat ox, sheep, or goat
Leviticus 7:29 procedures for peace offering
Leviticus 11:2 animals the Israelites may eat
Leviticus 12:2 uncleanness after giving birth
Leviticus 23:24 rest on 1st day of 7th month
Leviticus 23:34 Feasts
Leviticus 24:15 cursing God will bear his sin
So, we see a host of things that dealt only with Israel.
Contextually, Leviticus Chapter 17 is about blood
atonement procedures which is for Israel alone.In
chapter 18 God says to Israel, "You shall not do what
is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are
you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where
I am bringing you," (Leviticus 18:3).So now instead
of applying His Word only to Israel, God mentions
things that are done by Egypt, the land of Canaan,
What were the things those nations did?
Leviticus 18:6-18 don't uncover the nakedness of
various relatives (Incest)
Leviticus 18:19 don't have sexual relations with
woman on her period
Leviticus 18:20 don't have intercourse with your
neighbor's wife (Adultery)
Leviticus 18:21 don't offer children as sacrifice
Leviticus 18:22 don't lie with a male as with a female
Leviticus 18:23 don't have intercourse with animals

What the argument regarding shellfish, mixed fabric,

and stoning (to mention a few) fails to take into
consideration is the three divisions (civil, ceremonial,
and moral) of the Law in Leviticus:
Civil Law:
Expired with the demise of the Jewish civil
Justice practices (Lev. 24:17-23)
Law of property redemption (Lev. 25)
Be just with the poor (Lev. 19:15)
Do not hate in your heart (Lev. 19:17)
Retain just scales in commerce Lev. 19:35)
Robbery, extortion, false witness, and restitution
(Lev. 6:1-7)
Expired with the fulfillment of priestly work of
Christ (Hebrews 10:4-10)
Various sacrificial offerings for sin
(Lev. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Priestly duties (Lev. 7:1-37)
Laws on animals for food (Lev. 11:1-47)
Cleaning house of leper (Lev. 14:33-57)
Law of Atonement (Lev. 16:1-28;17:1-16)
Regulations for Priests (Lev. 21,22)
Festivals (Lev. 23:1-25)
No Expiration because it is based on Gods
character.(Hebrews 13:8)
You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am
holy, (Lev. 19:2)
Do not steal or lie (Lev. 19:12)
Do not oppress your neighbor (Lev. 19:13)
No idolatry (Lev. 26:1-13)
Dont sacrifice children to Molech (Lev. 20:1-5)
Dont commit adultery, incest, bestiality,
homosexuality, etc. (Lev. 20:9-21)
You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Lev. 19:18,
Matt. 22:37-40 - The Greatest Commandment)
Jesus alludes to and and affirms every single one of
the Levitical moral laws in the gospels. Why?
Because the call is always towards holiness.
Because the moral nature of God is the basis of who
He is. If you leave or lose Leviticus you not only give
up 1/4 of the Law, but the very character of God and
ultimately the Gospel.
Do you want a copy of Kevin DeYoungs new book
What the Bible says about Homosexuality and
comprehensive study guide for $7 - see Pastor Jason.
2015 Pastor Jason Schifo and Matt Slick from
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.

Update from AWANA Meeting July 15th:


Leaders and needs identified. Please pray for how God

might use you to serve kids in AWANA. The program is
still in need of a secretary. If you are interested please
see Bruce or Pastor Jason.

Pray for the AWANA committee planning

for the next years program.
Pray for how God might use you to help
make AWANA amazing!
Pray that God would prepare hearts to
answer the call to serve.
Pray for boldness in going out into the
community to share about AWANA.
Pray that God would open doors to reach
kids who have never heard the Gospel.
Pray for wisdom, clarity, and direction for the
AWANA committee.

August 2nd, Don Estep will share a message of the

AWANA vision at the 10:45am service, share lunch with
the church, and conduct AWANA volunteer training
from 1:00-4:00pm. Grace Church leaders are invited to
Journey Leaders are looking to have students volunteer
with other AWANA age groups and conduct their
handbook time after AWANA finishes at 7:30pm.
There will be a table at the Sangamon River Festival
offering early registration and handing out ice pops.
We are also looking at having kids and leaders in the
parade with a banner to bring awareness to AWANA at
AWANA start date is September 13th, at 6:00pm.

Are you interested in helping with AWANA?

Email Michelle Shafer:
or see Pastor Jason

Donna Smith
Kay Arthur
The Book of Numbers
Join the Ladies as they dig
deeper into this great
Bruce Henrikson
Gods Prophets
Demand Justice
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28

Amos 2:4-8
Amos 5:14-15, 18-27
Amos 6:4-8, 11-14
Amos 8:1-6, 9-10

Senior High

Jake Barrett

Junior High

Ronda Ekberg
Jim Sackett
God doesn't demand
hectic church programs
and frenetic schedules.
He only wants his people
to know him more
intimately, says top-selling
author D. A. Carson.
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Pastor Jason:
We are going to be looking
at some of the toughest
issues Christians are facing:
Marriage, Poverty, Racism,
Sex Slavery, Persecution,
Abortion, Pornography, and
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Join Tasha Schifo this Summer as she launches into an 8

week study on biblical womanhood through True
Woman 101: Divine Design Wednesdays: June 10th ,
17th, 24th and July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and
August 5th from 8:30am-10:00am.
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knock-offs - or if youre tired of clichd advice, shallow
caricatures - then this foundational teaching and insight
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