IDS Newsletter, April 2015

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

April 2015

THOUGHTS ON MY TRIP TO THE CAROLINAS

A Sweet Tea Adventure

I spent 11 days in North and South Carolina. The trip provided a variety of teaching opportunities. My first stop was Raleigh where I spent the night with some very special friends, Craig and Kim Morrisette. The evening of my visit was given over to an “Evening of Theology” on the subject of New Covenant Theology. This was a time of fellowship and fielding some very well thought out questions. The next morning was spent giving a seminar on the “New Heart” to folks from Craig’s church who were small group leaders as well as though involved with biblical counseling. The next day, which was Sunday, was spent attending the church service of a friend of mine. The church, Servant’s Heart Fellowship, is located in Rocky Mount and the pastor is Dan Rolfe. We spent the afternoon together in order to deepen our friendship.

After this I went to Greenville and did a 3 part series on Galatians for the small group leaders of Integrity Church. While I was in Greenville I met with a variety of folks both individually and in small groups. This included the staff of Integrity church as well as a group of their small groups to discuss how to find the will of God. I should add that while in Greenville I stayed at the home of Kirk and Linda Burtch, which provided a very special time of fellowship. I also had a very enjoyable afternoon working with the staff of Campus Outreach as we walked through New Covenant Theology.

My time in Greenville would not be complete without spending a bunch of time with Brad Woodlief, the IDS Director of “In-Depth Studies of the Carolinas.” When we are together it is a time of ministry planning and the deepening of our love for each other. Brad’s wife Michelle is just about to have their 4th child. Brad’s quiver will be full.

The final stop of my trip was in Clemson, South Carolina, and the home of Hart and Shannon Coker. I traveled to Clemson with Scott Webster who is very dear friend and who was also instrumental in having me teach at Integrity Church. I first met Hart during my first trip to Minsk in 1996 and it was through the efforts of Hart that I began coming to Greenville, NC to teach beginning in 1998. My time with Hart and Shannon was a time of remarkable fellowship and encouragement. As I get older relationships mean more to me than most anything else.

My last night was spent in Raleigh at with Stephen Whitley, a special friend who has put together seminars for me to present my theological thoughts. Once again our time of fellowship was exceptional. The trip was very full but very satisfying. I want to say thank you to all those who prayed for me. It was a privilege to be able to take part in this opportunity for ministry.

SUMMER TRAVEL EXPENSE HAS BEEN RAISED!

All the travel and conference expenses for this summer’s trips to Belarus and Romania have been raised. Thank you for helping me out with this.

THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP

How are we to understand Lordship Salvation?

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, April 18

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “How are we to understand Lordship Salvation? Brady Root, the pastor of Maricopa Springs Family Church, 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).

READING FORUM

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 Schaeffer (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, May 9 Escape From Reason

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

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 have just finished the section on the New Covenant and am currently working on the chapter on 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.

TRAVEL SCHEDULE

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.

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.

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, 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.

NEW COVENANT CONFESSION OF FAITH “REVISED”

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

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. 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.

Future Meetings

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

IN-DEPTH STUDIES AUDIO

ids.org/audio

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.”

IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO

ids.org/video

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 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 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)

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

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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