The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Romans 9:22-29 (How does Paul interpret this Old Testament Prophecy Regarding Israel?)
- In the context of Romans 9 Paul states that God will not only save some Jews but he will also save some Gentiles. Romans 9:23-24
- Paul then quotes Hosea 2:23 and Hosea 1:10 as fulfilled prophecy that proves that God is going to save Gentiles as well as Jews.
- In Romans 9:26-27 the verses of Hosea tell us that the people who are “not my people” will become “my people.” In the context of this passage it seems that Paul is clearly referring to the God’s plan to save some of the Gentiles.
- The problem exists when we look at the original context of the Hosea passages it becomes clear that the book of Hosea is all about God’s relationship with Israel. Israel was chosen to become the people of God and then they rebelled against their Lord and as a result they ceased to be “people of God.” Then at some time in the future they will once again become the people of God.
- Paul interprets this prophecy as being fulfilled not by literal physical Israel but by the church, which is mostly made up of Gentiles with a minority of Jews. The church is the spiritual Israel of which physical Israel functioned as an unbelieving picture. Galatians 6:16
- Paul, under the control of the Holy Spirit, understood that the prophecy of Israel being brought back into the land and believing was to be fulfilled by the church in the New Covenant era.
- God is interpreting his own Word.
- We interpret the Old through the lens of the New.
BOOK TO RECOMMEND
Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth, editors Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury, published by Master Books, 2008, 488 pages, paperback.
I am a young earth guy and I would highly recommend this book to you. It is a collection of articles done by various authors on the age of the earth.
Romania and Belarus (June 5 through July 7)
I will be traveling to Romania and Belarus this summer to give conferences.
- I will be in Bucharest and Comanesti from June 6 until June 24. I will be doing two conferences on the book of Galatians.
- I will be in Prague, Czech Republic from June 24 through June 27 visiting Pavel and Klara Steiger who are missionaries that are supported by my church.
- I will be in Minsk, Belarus from June 27 until July 7 and will be doing a conference on Paul’s Pastoral Letters as well as two Saturday conferences in different locations in Belarus.
- I return home on Monday, July 7.
MONEY NEEDED FOR OVERSEAS TRIP
I need to raise $2,500 to pay for my travel expenses for this summers trip to Eastern Europe. The overall cost of the trip this year has been reduced due to the need to have only one overseas flight instead of the usual two. I also need to raise $2,000 to pay the conference expenses in Comanesti, Romania. If you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.
PROMOTING ANOTHER ASPECT OF IDS
Seminar and Conference Ministry
Geoff is available for seminars and conferences. All that is required is to provide for my transportation to and from your location and my living situation while I am with you.
But I Say Unto You, by John Reisinger
(Published by New Covenant Media, 2006, 175 pages, paperback, Amazon Books $10.95)
This book looks at the Sermon on the Mount and asks the question, “What is Jesus doing?” Is he reaffirming the original intent of the Mosaic Law or is he taking law to a higher level than that of the Mosaic Law?
Saturday, March 1 (1-54)
Saturday, April 5 (55-124)
Saturday, May 3 (125-172)
Studies in Galatians, by John Reisinger
(Published by New Covenant Media, 2010, 469 pages, paperback, Amazon Books $23.51
This book examines the book of Galatians from the perspective of New Covenant Theology.
Saturday, October 4, (1-102)
Saturday, November 1 (103-198)
Saturday, December 6 (199-284)
Saturday, January 10 (285-384)
Saturday, February 7 (385-469)
The Reading Forum meets at the home of Geoff Volker from 8:00 to 10:00am on the designated Saturday morning. All are invited. The only qualification is that you must have read the assigned portion of the book to be discussed. Please let Geoff know if you are planning to attend a session.
Contact Geoff through email (email@example.com) or by cell phone (480.313.8558).
THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP
IDS Theological Discussion Group meets every other month on a Saturday morning at my place. The purpose of this group is two-fold.
#1 An opportunity for believers to be iron sharpening iron with one another so that we can make progress on our understanding of Scripture. Each meeting one individual leads an interactive discussion on a biblical topic that believers do not all agree on.
#2 To learn how to discuss biblical issues that we disagree on in a manner that honors the God of Scripture. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Saturday, February 15
Saturday, February 15 from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “The Role of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity.” Jim Cunningham is going to be leading this discussion. All are invited to be a part of this theological discussion. If you desire to attend please notify Geoff Volker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 480.313.8558).
PORTION OF NEW BOOK IS AVAILABLE
Picture and Fulfillment, A Study of New Covenant Theology
The Abrahamic Covenant
I am in the process of putting together a comprehensive book on New Covenant Theology. As I finish portions of the book I will be putting them out for your examination and comment. Please feel very free to comment on my writing and do not hesitate to criticize it. My desire is to have a book that is clear and comprehensive. I will begin sending out portions of the new book in June. Please send your comments to email@example.com.
The chapter on the Abrahamic Covenant is now available for your comment on the IDS website. Go to www.ids.org and check out the “new book” section. Everyone who receives the IDS newsletter will also receive the new book portions, as they are available.
We have just finished a series on “Sanctification.”
We are in the midst of a study on the work of John Bunyan entitled “Holy War.” We have taken a break during the summer months and will return to this study in October.
We have just finished a series on “Sanctification.”
You can also check out our teaching videos on youtube.com/indepthstudies.
Other Times of Teaching
Two other times of teaching in Greenville, NC can be viewed on youtube.com/indepthstudies.
“Finding God’s Will”
“The Work of the Holy Spirit in Decision-Making”
THEOLOGY 101 For Men Only, Scottsdale, Arizona (Dave Scholl’s home)
Book of Hebrews
The Home of Dave Scholl
(5246 E. Fantol Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, Dave’s cell is 602.525.3469)
The first two hours are give over to the study and the last hour and a half is an open forum. Please contact Geoff Volker (480.313.85558) for more information on this study. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 13. Our next future meeting is Thursday, March 13. The study meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
THEOLOGY 101 Scottsdale, Arizona (Phil & Marge Smith’s home)
Holy War by John Bunyan
The home of Phil and Marge Smith
(6510 E. Spring Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254)
Holy War is the 2nd most popular allegory of John Bunyan after Pilgrim’s Progress. It teaches us the way of salvation and how the Christian life works from a most unusual perspective. This is a creative and very enjoyable way to understand the Christian life.
This study meets every Wednesday from October through May. The study begins at 7:30am and ends at 8:30am. The first 15 minutes are an open forum where you can ask any biblical question. The last 45 minutes are devoted to our study of Bunyan’s Holy War. Geoff Volker will be the teacher. As always, questions and interaction are encouraged. Feel free to disagree, just do it in a manner that honors the Lord.
This study meets at the home of Phil and Marge Smith (6510 E. Spring Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254). If you have any questions please call either Geoff Volker (480.313.8558) or Phil Smith (480.951.2793). The audio of this study will be available on the In-Depth Studies website. www.ids.org
Book to be Used
John Bunyan’s Holy War: An Updated Edition by Teresa Suttles
Booklocker.com $14.95, Amazon.com $12.06
Ebook edition is available for $7.95 from Booklocker.com/books/4999.html
A free version of the original Holy War is available online at: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bunyan/holy_war.html
IN-DEPTH STUDIES OF THE CAROLINAS
In-Depth Studies is now in North and South Carolina. Our newest staff member Brad Woodlief makes his home is Greenville, NC. If you have interest in what we are doing in the Carolinas please contact Brad Woodlief, who would be more than happy to talk with you. Brad teaches bible studies in the Greenville area as well as equipping a students from East Carolina University. Brad would also love to meet with anyone who would want to be equipped with the tools to handle Scripture and is also available as a competent bible teacher for your church or group. Besides teaching You can contact Brad through email at Brad.Woodlief@gmail.com or through Skype at Brad.Woodlief. Please check out Brad’s blog (After Darkness, Light Shines, http://afterdarknesslightshines.blogspot.com)
CLASS ON “INTERMEDIATE GREEK”
I am offering a class on “Intermediate Greek.” The class will meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at my home. Please contact Geoff if you have any questions. At our next meeting we will be discussing the first chapter of the Graded Reader by Mounce. Our next meeting is Sunday, February 9 at 2:30pm at Geoff’s place.
A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek, by William D. Mounce
New Testament Syntax Workbook, by Daniel B. Wallace and Grant G. Edwards
Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics by Daniel B. Wallace (optional)
(A Greek New Testament)
MEETING ONE ON ONE WITH GEOFF
One of the most effective forms of ministry that I do is to meet with guys one on one. It is in this setting that I can tailor what we study to meet the needs of the one I am meeting with. If this appeals to you all you have to do is to let me know that you want to meet together. It can be a one-time meeting or an on-going commitment. In light of full disclosure you ought to know that I benefit more from these meetings than the person I am meeting with. Please contact me at
480-313-8558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AN INVITATION FOR AN EVENING OF THEOLOGY
I would be more than happy to come to your home to conduct an Evening of Theology on the topic of your choice. You choose the topic and who you want to invite, provide a little finger food and I will lead the evening discussion. If this appeals to you then just let me know by phone or by email. There is no cost involved to bring me to your place to conduct the Evening of Theology. This is a tool to affect your family and friends for the Kingdom of God. Consider having one of these gatherings. Please contact Geoff Volker (480-313-8558, email@example.com) to schedule an Evening of Theology.
The begging portion of this Newsletter
As always, financial support will not be refused if you should decide to give some to me. All you need to do is to make out a check to “IDS” and send it to the address of the ministry, IDS, 3324 E. Enid Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204-4836. You can also send a check through the online banking of your bank. Personally I have found this method to be the most convenient way to support other ministries. Finally, you can give money by going to the IDS website (www.ids.org) and use the pay pal giving button. Please be aware that a small portion of your gift through pay pal goes to pay pal. If you ever have questions regarding how we handle financial matters you only need to call or email me and I will answer all your questions.
Director of In-Depth Studies
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ids.org, www.ncbf.net
3324 East Enid Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85204-4836
480.313.8558, Skype: “geoffvolker”
In-Depth Studies is a Theological Outreach of New Covenant Bible Fellowship, Mesa, Arizona, which seeks to equip the believer with a theological foundation from the point of view of the Doctrines of Grace and New Covenant Theology.