IDS Newsletter, January 2017

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

January 2016

CHRISTMAS FAMILY PICTURES

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Volker Family Photo, Christmas 2016

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Geoff and Priscilla with the grandkids, Christmas 2016

PRISCILLA’S YEAR IN REVIEW

What a year it has been! Each one of our children had a baby this year. You can see from the pictures that there are now more grandchildren than adults. Each and every one of them are such a joy to Papa and me. It is fun to see how different each personality is. We were all together for a week, which was a blast, and I was very thankful for beautiful weather so the cousins could be outside playing! We were wall-to-wall babies and mommies tending to their needs in the living room which lead to great conversations while all that was going on. I was truly amazed at Gods goodness and faithfulness to us.

All four of our Sons remain with their current jobs. Thankfully they still enjoy and are challenged by their work. Geoff gets together with the guys once a month to study scripture and to encourage each other in their walk with the Lord which he loves. Zachary joins in via Skype. I am so encouraged to hear each of them desiring to love and lead their families in a way that would please their Lord.

Our daughters are all very busy taking care of babies but I hear them sharing with each other what they are learning in scripture or a recent blog or podcast that they’ve read or listened to. I am thankful that there is so much available to encourage them. These are very challenging times to be raising a family and Geoff and I pray often for the parents and for the salvation of each grandchild.

I look forward to see what God has in store for us this year. I know Geoff has new ministry opportunities coming up. He will be traveling more so I’d appreciate your prayers for him. He is also trying to get that book written which is no easy task for him. Talking comes much more easily than writing.

Again, I want to thank each one of you for your faithful prayers for us and for those of you who financially support us, thank you. God is so good and we want to continue to be faithful to use those funds in a responsible way.

As I look to the future, no matter what my Lord brings in to my life I want to be thankful and I don’t want to be fearful. This is a little song we sing in our fellowship that I go to when I’m tempted to worry.

Cheer up ye saints of God

There’s nothing to worry about;

Nothing to make you feel afraid

Nothing to make you doubt.

Remember, Jesus never fails

So why not trust Him and Shout!

You’ll be sorry you worried at all

Tomorrow morning!

BOOK TO RECOMMEND (NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT!)

Star Wars Redeemed: Your Life-Transforming Journey with Jesus and the Jedi by Bradley Hagan (son-in-law), published by Big Mercury Press, LLC, 2015, 302 pages, available in Kindle ($9.99) and NOW is available in print from Amazon (15.95).

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This is a remarkable book that overwhelms you with Star Wars trivia and a comprehensive biblical analysis from the perspective of New Covenant Theology. This is a very well written book that is hard to put down. I recommend it to you.

IMPLICATIONS OF NEW COVENANT THEOLOGY

Holy Building

  • Under the Old Covenant God revealed himself uniquely to Israel through the physical structure of the tent of meeting, then the tabernacle and finally the temple.

Exodus 33:1-11, 25:1-9, 40:34-38, 2 Samuel 7:1-3, 1 Kings 8:1-13

  • Scripture seems to be quite clear that God does not “live” in a building. Within Israel God does uniquely make himself known through the holy place. Acts 7:48
  • In the New Covenant era God uniquely reveals himself through the individual believer who is called a temple of the Holy Spirit. He also reveals himself through the local church, which is also called the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 3:16
  • The tradition of calling the “meeting place” of believers the “sanctuary” is false and misleading since in the New Covenant era there is no such place. “Holy” buildings only belonged in the Old Covenant era.

SUPPORT FOR OVERSEAS TRIPS NEXT YEAR

I am now in the mode of trying to raise the necessary funds for the upcoming trips to Belarus and Romania. As always, do not feel compelled to give. I am convinced that this is a worthwhile opportunity and am asking my Father in heaven to fulfill my request. But whatever happens his Sovereign Will is unfolding and it is motivated by his love for me and is for my good.  Romans 8:28

Trip to Belarus in May

I need to raise about $2,000 for this trip.

Trip to Romania in August

I need to raise about $2,000 for this trip.

NEW” READING FORUM

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY FOR CHRISTIAN PROCLAMATION: COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS, by Thomas R. Schreiner, published by B&H Publishing Group, 2015, 499 pages, clothbound. Amazon $29.59, Kindle $9.99

Reading Schedule

Saturday, January 7 pages 1-111

Saturday, February 4 pages 111-205

Saturday, March 4 pages 205-307

Saturday, April 1 pages 307-402

Saturday, May 6 pages 403-499

THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP

Saturday, January 28

How do we handle Doctrinal differences?

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. Paul Honeycutt 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 (geoff.volker@ids.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

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.

New Ministry Address!

Since In-Depth Studies is under New Covenant Bible Fellowship our address is tied to the church’s address. The church’s address has now been changed. The new address for IDS is now In-Depth Studies, PO Box 3482, Gilbert, AZ 85299. Please send your support and any other correspondence to the new address. Since the old address is my home address (3324 E. Enid Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204-4836) I will be still be accepting mail at that address. If you have any questions please contact me.

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.

Future Meetings

Thursday, January 12 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, February 9 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, March 9 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, April 13 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, May 11 (Dave Scholl’s)

TRAVEL SCHEDULE.

Greenville, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC (February 28-March 6)

Priscilla and I will first be in Greenville, NC to spend time with Brad Woodlief, our IDS guy in the Carolinas. Brad is in the process of seeking to gather folks to establish a new family of believers. After Greenville, NC we will be traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC to do an NCT Conference on the “Implications of New Covenant Theology.” For more information on this conference contact Brad Woodlief (brad.woodlief@gmail.com) or Jacob Knight (comeandseeoutreach@gmail.com).

London (March 20-27)

This will be the 2nd annual NCT conference in the UK. The main topic of the conference will be “Liberty not License.” David Gay and Frederick Serjeant will also be teaching at this conference. The conference will be held at the All Nations Christian College, which is located just north of London. Conference attendees will be able to stay at the college.

State College, PA (June 22-27)

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.

Gatava, Belarus (June)

I will be returning to Gatava, Belarus to do another conference. I have been going there since 1996.

Comanesti & Bucharest Romania (August-September)

I will be returning to Comanesti and Bucharest, Romania to give a conference. I have been going there since 2003.

George and Johannesburg, South Africa (November)

The plan at this point is to do 2 conferences on NCT in George and Johannesburg. David Gay from the UK will be joining me in the teaching. Errol Wagner (errolbeth@gmail.com) is sorting out the arrangements.

IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO AND AUDIO

Ids.org/video, ids.org/audio

IDS Hour

We just finished a 2 part series on “Mystery in the Bible.” You can also find the audio version on sermonaudio.com. Just look under “Geoff Volker.” You can also find the video version on youtube.com. Just look under “IDS Hour” or “Geoff Volker.”

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, volker.geoff@gmail.com)  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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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

http://ids.org/featured/updated-ncbf-confession-of-faith/

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.

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 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).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Geoff Volker

Director of In-Depth Studies, volker.geoff@gmail.com, www.ids.org, www.ncbf.net

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, 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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