IDS Newsletter, February 2015

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker
February 2015


The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy

(Published by Crossway Books, 1990, 368 pages, clothbound.)

The book contains the three essential works of Francis Schaffer, The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and …

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IDS Newsletter, January 2015

 The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker
January 2015

Happy New Year to those of you who support Geoff’s ministry and to those who are simply curious about New Covenant Theology. How good our God is to have taken us through another year. We are constantly in awe that the…

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IDS Newsletter, December 2014

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

December 2014


As of a week ago Priscilla is now pain free. The problem, which began on September 29 with the removal of her appendix, has now resolved itself and all is well. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for her reco…

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Excerpt 6 -- New Portion Available


What is New Covenant Theology (NCT)? It is a system of theology that addresses how the old relates to the new in Scripture. In particular, it addresses the issue of the cross and its place as the centerpiece of the entire Bible. Our point of view is that everything in the Old Testame…

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IDS Newsletter, November 2014

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

November 2014


Priscilla went into the hospital to have her appendix removed on September 29. After the operation she experienced bleeding in her abdomen. As a result of this she is experiencing a very slow recovery that could take…

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Welcome to In-Depth Studies!

IDS is a teaching ministry of Geoff Volker. Our purpose is to stimulate your thinking on significant Biblical issues. Our theological point of view is that of the Reformation in that we hold to the Doctrines of Grace (TULIP). We differ from Reformation theology in areas such as infant baptism and the Sabbath. We also teach from the perspective of New Covenant Theology. Take your time and browse our site – we hope we can be a useful resource for you!

The pages of our site are loaded with theological articles on a wide range of topics explaining our views. Be sure to visit the Reading Room while you’re here and feel free to download anything of interest to you. Don’t forget to visit Theological Inquiry as well. Theological Inquiry is the section of our site that provides you the opportunity to interact with us in asking any theological question that you’re facing.

What’s Happening at In-Depth Studies?

Want to see the current schedule of events at IDS? Visit IDS At-a-Glance to get all the latest information of study locations and topics.

New Book

I am currently writing a book entitled “Picture-Fulfillment: A Study in New Covenant Theology.” I will be giving you the opportunity to review and comment on portions of the book as I write them. Go my new book page to see portions I have previously released. Please feel free to help me make the book better. I value your input, and look forward to showing you finished product. Please send your comments to my email address (geoff.volker@ids.org).

Learn About New Covenant Theology

Want to systematically learn about New Covenant Theology? Listen to our 26-session audio course to get started!

IDS of the Carolinas

Introducing Brad Woodlief as the Newest Member to the IDS Family

My name is Brad Woodlief.  I am married to my best friend, Michelle.  Together we have three children, Connor 8, Mallory Kate 7, and one in the womb.  Michelle and I both met Geoff Volker while we were on a mission trip in Minsk, Belarus, when we were students at East Carolina University.  We have benefited tremendously from his ministry and are excited to be partnering with him through IDS.


My passions are and continue to be evangelism and discipleship.  Even though I have read the Great Commission hundreds of times, every time I read Matthew 28:18-20 it motivates me to continue in ministry.  I do believe a part of the Great Commission is often over looked.  That is the part found in verse 28:20 that reads, “..teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  It seems this aspect of the Great Commission is often left out after someone comes to Christ.  That is one of the reasons why I love the teaching and equipping ministry of IDS.  How we handle the Bible is important.  What we believe about Scripture is a direct correlation with how we live our lives.

My prayer is God will use me to help train and equip believers Biblically, so they can love and serve our God better.  This includes meeting someone one on one and teaching in group settings.  My scope of ministry includes college students, professors and young professionals.  It is my goal that after someone is grounded Biblically; they will then apply that knowledge and equip others with Biblical truth, thus multiplying themselves.  I have a unique advantage because I live in a college town.  Literally, over 30,000 students and professors come from all over the world.  Thus, God can use me to have a global impact for His Name and Glory.

To contact me, email me at Brad.Woodlief@gmail.com or find me on Skype at Brad.Woodlief. Visit Brad’s blog, after darkness, light shines.

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IDS Hour – Book Review

The book “Total Church” is becoming the book of choice among calvinistic church planters. In light of this we at IDS have chosen to do a series of IDS Hours on it. “Total Church” is a British book that is authored by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. The subtitle of the book is A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. We hope that you enjoy the discussion between Geoff Volker and Paul Honeycutt on this significant book. Listen to IDS Hour

The IDS Reading Room

The IDS Reading Room is where we’ve placed the theological essays and papers of all the IDS authors. It’s a great place to learn more about the theological views of In-Depth Studies and to see how New Covenant Theology applies in a variety of topics.

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IDS Newsletter, February 2015

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

February 2015


The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy

(Published by Crossway Books, 1990, 368 pages, clothbound.)

The book contains the three essential works of Francis Schaffer, The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent.  You can also purchase each book separately as well as The Complete Works of Francis Schaefferi (5 Volumes). This new reading forum begins in April 2015. Please let Geoff know if you are going to take part in this Reading Forum.

Reading Schedule

Saturday, April 4        The God Who Is There

Saturday, May 2         Escape From Reason

Saturday, June 6         He Is There and He Is Not Silent


What does it look like to be a faithful believer in the world?

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

Next Meeting

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “How is a believer supposed to handle the subject of Homosexuality?” 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 (geoff.volker@ids.org, 480.313.8558).


To North and South Carolina (March 13-23)

I will be doing some teaching in Raleigh, NC, Greenville, NC (working with Integrity Church), as well as making a visit to Clemson, SC.

To Minsk, Belarus (June 10-25)

I will be giving a conference in Gatava, Belarus as well as two Saturday conferences in different locations in Belarus. The content of the conference will be an examination of New Covenant Theology. I have been traveling to Belarus since 1996. I will also be stopping in Prague on my way home to visit Pavel and Klara Steiger, long-time missionaries and very dear friends.

Needed: $1,800

To Bucharest, Romania (September 7-22)

I will be doing two conferences in Romania. I will spend about a week in Bucharest (southeast Romania) and then a week in Comanesti (northeast Romania). The subject matter of the conference in Comanesti will be “How to biblically resolve conflict.” The subject matter of the conference in Bucharest has yet to be decided.

Needed: $1,200 for travel expenses and $2,000 for conference expenses


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 geoff.volker@ids.org.


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 portion of your gift through pay pal (2.5%) 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.



The “New Covenant Confession of Faith” has been revised. Please check out this thorough confession of faith from the perspective of New Covenant Theology. We think that it is better than the original one. Look at it and give us your feedback. It would be greatly appreciated.


Picture/Fulfillment: A Study in New Covenant Theology

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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

I am currently in the midst of the chapter on the New Covenant. The next installment will address the New Covenant and after that the Davidic Covenant. What I have written is now available for your comment on the IDS website. Please do not hesitate to give criticisms or suggestions. I am in need of your thoughts so that I can do a better job on this book. 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.


If you are looking for more times of teaching from me you could check out our churches website where the Sunday messages are available to you. http://ncbf.net

THEOLOGY 101 For Men Only, Scottsdale, Arizona (Dave Scholl’s home)

Paul’s Letter to Titus

The Home of Dave Scholl

(5246 E. Fantol Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, Dave’s cell is 602.525.3469)

Please contact Geoff Volker (480.313.85558) for more information on this study. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 11 at the man cave of Dave Scholl. The study normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Future Meetings

Thursday, February 12 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, March 12 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, April 9 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, May 14 (Dave Scholl’s)

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.

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



IDS Hour

We are in the midst of a series on Hermeneutics.

Theology 101

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.



IDS Hour

We are in the midst of a series on Hermeneutics

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”


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)


I am offering a class on “Intermediate Greek.” The class usually meets once a month on Sunday afternoons at my home. Please contact Geoff if you have any questions.

Books Required

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)


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, geoff.volker@ids.org)  to schedule an Evening of Theology.


Geoff Volker

Director of In-Depth Studies

geoff.volker@ids.org, www.ids.org, www.ncbf.net

3324 East Enid Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85204-4836

480.313.8558, Skype: “geoffvolker”

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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.

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