• IDS Newsletter, July 2014
  • IDS Newsletter, June 2014
  • IDS Newsletter, May 2014
  • IDS Newsletter, April 2014
  • IDS Newsletter, March 2014


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

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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, July 2014

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

(June 5 through July 7)
Bucharest, Romania
(June 6 through June 13)
Bucharest is a very large old city. It is fascinating to explore. I stayed at the flat of Cristi and Simone Chivu. Crisit overseas the operations of the Romanian-American Mission (RAM) in Romania. He also served as my interpreter, while Simone was a very gracious hostess. I taught a 2-track conference for 4 days. Each day I taught 4 hours on the book of Revelation and 4 hours on the book of Galatians. It was a time of much interaction and the conference was very profitable. The only adjustment was that the final session each day of the conference was over at 8:00pm. This meant that the evening meal was around 9:00pm. I am normally an early diner but this was an opportunity to be flexible and all went very well. On my Sunday in Bucharest I spoke at two churches in the morning and in the evening I held an open forum at a small group of one of the churches. This was my 2nd year of holding a conference in Bucharest and I am planning on doing another one next summer.

CristiCristi and Simone Chivu in Bucharest

Comanesti, Romania
(June 13 through June 24)
I traveled to Comanesti by train and the trip took about 5 hours. I arrived to Bacau and then Adrian Barzu picked me up and we drove the hour to Comanesti. Comanesti sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. It is a gorgeous setting and the town’s population is around 25,000. The church has a large number of bedrooms and shower facilities for conferences and I stayed in one of the rooms. On Sunday I spoke at the host church and then traveled south to speak at a Gypsy church. I know the leadership and it was a privilege to teach them on that Sunday. I then did a 3-day conference on the book of Galatians. Once again it was a time of remarkable interaction. On Friday and Saturday we took a trek up into the mountains to a cabin with a group of families from the church and had open forums each day on marriage, family and the church. The final Sunday I was in Bacau teaching at another Gypsy church. Adrian Barzu, the pastor of the Baptist church in Comanesti has a remarkable ministry among the gypsies. The leaders of the churches are being grounded in the Doctrines of Grace and New Covenant Theology. I was also able to have extended times of fellowship with Adrian which both of us thoroughly enjoyed. On Monday I took another train south to return to Bucharest. While on the train I had a very special time of sharing my faith with a university student.
groupa Conference session at the church in Comanesti

Prague, Czech Republic
(June 24 through June 27)
From the airport in Bucharest I flew, by way of Munich, Germany, to Prague, Czech Republic. Here I was reunited with Pavel and Klara Steiger. Pavel and Klara have a remarkable ministry in publishing a theological magazine, radio programs as well as writing books. They are a theological outpost that holds to the Doctrines of Grace and New Covenant Theology. My time with Pavel and Klara was one of relaxing fellowship while viewing a few of the World Cup matches. Prague is a beautiful city.


Pavel and Klara Steiger in Prague

Mixanavichi, Belarus
(June 27 through July 7)
Early on a Friday morning I flew to Minsk, Belarus by way of Frankfurt, Germany. In Minsk I was once again reunited with Vladimir Bukanov and Anatoly Chukhalyonak. They are the pastors of the New Covenant church in Gatava, which is located about 30 minutes south of Minsk. They have a remarkable ministry of reaching out to other churches in Belarus to help them become more theologically grounded. While in Belarus I stayed at the home of Vladimir in the village of Mixanavichi, which is about ten minutes from Gatava. My times of teaching included a 3-day conference on the books of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. I began this study the year before and this conference concluded the study of these books. As always there was an abundance of interaction. This is what makes the conferences so worthwhile and vital. We had folks from 8 different churches at the conference. I also did a Saturday conference at the Baptist Church in the town of Beroza, which is located about 2 ½ to 3 hours west of Minsk, on the way to the Polish border. The content of that conference was the new heart. I am seeing a broadening of involvement in what we are doing in Belarus and this is very encouraging. As usual I spoke on both Sundays at the church in Gatava as well as a Wednesday evening study. My time of fellowship was very rich and so very rewarding. I first came to Minsk, Belarus in 1996. My desire is to continue my involvement until I drool.
groupII a session at the conference in Gatava

Thank you for all those who have prayed for me during this recent trip.
I experienced not even a cold during my entire trip.
I had some wonderful opportunities to share my faith.
The Lord was teaching me to be more of a servant wherever I happened to be staying.
I did have a trip complication, right at the end, but had a much better attitude regarding it.

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/?page_id=681

I am well aware that all of us a quite busy with life, but I want to encourage you to check out the rest of this newsletter to see if there is something in which you could participate. You will never know if you do not check it out.

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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

The chapter on the Abrahamic Covenant is now finished and 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.

I need to raise an additional $1,500 a month since I have experienced a reduction in support this year. It is amazing how the Lord has kept me in the support raising business since 1984. Thank you for contributing to this ministry.

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 (geoff.volker@ids.org) or by cell phone (480.313.8558).

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, July 19
The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “An Examination of Hebrews 6.” Peter Muth 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).

IDS Hour
We are working on a series on the church.
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 working on a series on the Church.
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 James
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 Tuesday, August 12 at the Paradise Bakery at Raintree and the 101. The study normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Future Meetings
Tuesday, August 12 (Paradise Bakery)
Tuesday, September 2 (Dave Scholl’s)
Thursday, October 9 (Dave Scholl’s)
Thursday, November 13 (Dave Scholl’s)
Thursday, December 11 (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.
The study is now in its summer break. We will begin our study in the fall on Wednesday, October 1.
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 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)

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.

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.

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.

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”

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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