The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker
REPORT ON THE BELARUS-CZECH REPUBLIC TRIP
I arrived in Minsk, Belarus on Wednesday, May 17. I was staying at the home of Vladimir Bukanov in Mixanavichi, one of the pastors of New Covenant Church in the village of Gatava. My time in Belarus was taken up with 2 conferences, individual meetings and bible studies. Anatoly Chukhalyonak, the other pastor in Gatava served as my translator. Anatoly is in the process of getting his seminary degree online and is also in the midst of having a home built in the village of Mixanavichi. The conference in Gatava was on the book of Romans while the other conference was in the west of Belarus at the Baptist Church in the city of Beroza. The subject of the conference was the Doctrines of Grace.
A look at the conference on the book of Romans at the church in Gatava
A photo op of some of the folks who took part in the conference on the Doctrines of Grace at the Baptist Church in Beroza.
On the way to Beroza we stopped at the city of Slonim to see two old friends, Maxim and Constantine. It was a wonderful time of renewing old friendships in the Lord. All of our times of fellowship on this trip to western Belarus were very special.
Constantine and Maxim, two brothers in the Lord who are seeking to establish a family of believers in Slonim, Belarus.
On a sad note, Luda, the wife of Vladimir, was diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer as well as cancer in other parts of her body. She has received some chemotherapy but is in much pain. This has been a tremendous trial for Vladimir as he seeks to care for Luda and fulfill his duties in the church. Please pray for he and Luda.
Here I am at the hospital with Vladimir and Luda and two ladies from their church.
After my time in Belarus I flew to Prague, Czech Republic by way of Warsaw, Poland. The trip was easy but my bag decided to spend some extra time in Warsaw before it saw fit to join me in Prague. In Prague I met up with Pavel and Klara Steiger, long time missionaries who are very dear friends of mine. While in the Czech Republic we took a little trip to the village of Javornic on the far east of the country, just a few miles from the border of Slovakia. This village is over 650 years old. We came to the village to see Petr Kulik, the pastor of the Czech Brethren church that has existed in the village since the 1700’s. I met Petr at the NCT conference in London in March and gave a 2-hour interactive time of teaching on Israel. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed my time with Petr and his folks. It was indeed a special time and only the beginning of a long-term relationship.
Petr, the pastor of the Czech Brethren Church in Javornic, Czech Republic. A faithful man of God who holds to the Doctrines of Grace and New Covenant Theology.
The inside of the Czech Brethren church in Javornic. Please note the pulpit.
I have been coming to Belarus since 1996. Thank you to all of you who have contributed your funds to make this trip possible. Lord willing, I shall return next year.
Prayer Requests for Belarus
- Luda’s recovery from her cancer.
- Strength for Vladimir to carry out his responsibilities during this very trying period.
- Anatoly’s new home would be finished quickly so that he and his family can move in.
- Please pray for Oleg, the former husband of Julia, Vladimir’s daughter, who has wandered from the faith.
- Please pray for Julia and her husband Victor, Vladimir’s daughter and son-in-law, to become believers.
- Please pray for Vova, Marina’s husband, Vladimir’s other son-in-law, to become a believer. He is showing signs of real interest in the Lord.
NEW READING FORUM!
American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton, published by Harvard University Press, 2017, 374 pages, paperback. This is available from Amazon for $20.23.
The Reading Forum meets on a Saturday morning from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff & Priscilla Volker (3324 E. Enid Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204-4836). You must read the assigned reading in order to attend the discussion group.
Saturday, August 12 chapters 1-3
Saturday, September 9 chapters 4-6
Saturday, November 4 chapters 7-9
Saturday, December 2 chapters 10-epilogue
THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP
The Concept of Hell in the Old Testament
The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. Rick Soltes is going to be leading this discussion. All are invited to be a part on this theological discussion. If you desire to attend please notify Geoff Volker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 480.313.8558).
IDS Theological Discussion Group meets most every 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
IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO AND AUDIO
The Colloquy with Geoff and Brian Arnold on the subject, Is the Cross All Sufficient for our Salvation? Is now available on video on the IDS website (IDS.org) and on Youtube (youtube.com). On youtube look under “IDS Colloquy.”
We will also, on the IDS Hour, be giving a two-part evaluation of the response to the Colloquy, Observations on a Colloquy, by David Gay. David disagrees with the position taken by Geoff, and in his response he sets forth his reasons for doing so.
IMPLICATIONS OF NEW COVENANT THEOLOGY
Gifts of the Spirit
- In the Old Covenant era the picture of the gifts of the Spirit can be seen in the equipping of the special men to build the intricate parts of the tabernacle. Exodus 35:30-36:1
- In the Old Covenant era special men were equipped by the Holy Spirit to build the intricate parts of a physical tabernacle which functions as a picture of what the Holy Spirit is going to in equipping believers, in the New Covenant era, to build a spiritual building, the people of God.
- The Holy Spirit used unbelieving Israelites to build parts of the tabernacle since Israel is only a temporary, unbelieving picture of the people of God. Romans 2:28-29, Galatians 4:21-31
- In the New Covenant era the Holy Spirit gifts all believers so that they can help build up the body and meet its needs. 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Romans 12:3-8
The In-Depth Studies account is in need of a bit of replenishing. If you are so inclined I would greatly appreciate anything that you might be able to do.
NCT CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
PorchCon, “A Better Covenant”
I will be one of the speakers along with David Gay, Blake White, Louis Lyons and Jon Hawkins. For more information and to register please go to porchcon.com. Christopher Fales is putting together this conference.
State College, PA (June 23-25)
Grace Fellowship of Boalsburg, PA will be having their 2nd annual NCT conference. Once again I will be teaching at it along with David Gay the Brit. For more information contact Keith Doster at email@example.com, 814-667-2171.
Comanesti & Bucharest, Romania (October 2-16)
I will be returning to Comanesti and Bucharest, Romania to give a conference. I have been going there since 2003.
Cape Town and George, South Africa (November 6-20)
The plan at this point is to do conferences on NCT in George and Capetown. David Gay from the UK will be joining me in the teaching. Errol Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org) is sorting out the arrangements.
A NEW NCT CHURCH IN GREENVILLE, NC
Tar River Fellowship (a name that was suggested)
Brad Woodlief and Scott Webster are now in the process of gathering a group of believers to start a new church in Greenville, NC. There desire is to have a New Covenant Family of Believers that is modeled after New Covenant Bible Fellowship in Gilbert, Arizona. A study is now in progress and meets on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Please contact Brad for more information at email@example.com or 252-412-2775.
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).
AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM
An easy way to support IDS without emptying your wallet
- Go to smile.amazon.com and select a charity that you want to support. To support In-Depth Studies “IDS” you would look up “New Covenant Bible Fellowship.” IDS is under NCBF. Select “New Covenant Bible Fellowship.”
- As a result of your selection .05% of your purchase of qualified items will go to IDS.
- Instead of logging on to Amazon using their standard address (amazon.com) use smile.amazon.com.
- Once you have selected “New Covenant Bible Fellowship” it will always be your charity of choice when you purchase something that qualifies under the Amazon Smile program.
- Not all items on Amazon will qualify for the Amazon Smile program.
THEOLOGY 101 For Men Only, Scottsdale, Arizona (Dave Scholl’s home)
Book of Exodus
The Home of Dave Scholl
(5246 E. Fantol Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, Dave’s cell is 602.525.3469)
Please contact Geoff Volker (480.313.8558) for more information on this study. We meet at the man cave of Dave Scholl. The study normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:30am to 10:00am. This is an invitation for any man to come and join us.
Thursday, June 8 (Dave Scholl’s)
Thursday, July 13 (Dave Scholl’s)
Thursday, August 10 (Dave Scholl’s)
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, and provide a little finger food. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an Evening of Theology.
MORE OF THE NEW UPCOMING BOOK
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 email@example.com.
I am currently working on one of the major sections that discusses the role of Israel in the plan of God. 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.
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.
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, PO Box 3482, Gilbert, AZ 85299. 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.
NEW COVENANT CONFESSION OF FAITH
The “New Covenant Confession of Faith” is available for your use. Please feel free to use this confession as you see fit. It is for the church at large.
MORE MESSAGES 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. You can also check me out on sermonaudio.com. Look under Geoff Volker for messages delivered at New Covenant Bible Fellowship.
In-Depth Studies, PO Box 3482, Gilbert, AZ 85299. Geoff’s home address is 3324 East Enid Avenue, Mesa, Arizona, 85204-4836. Cell: 480.313.8558, Skype: “geoffvolker”
In-Depth Studies is a Theological Outreach of New Covenant Bible Fellowship, Gilbert, 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.