IDS Newsletter, April 2016

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

Passage to Ponder

Matthew 5:17-18

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (NIV 1984)

  • This passage is saying that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law “or the Prophets” but to fulfill them.
  • In saying “or the Prophets” this passage is not describing the perfect keeping of the Mosaic Law that Jesus certainly did. Hebrews 4:15
  • This passage is saying that Jesus fulfilled the historical purpose of the “Law and the Prophets,” which is the coming of the redeemer and his saving death on the cross.
  • Heaven and earth will not pass away and the smallest part of the Mosaic Law will not cease to apply until everything is accomplished. There are two options as to when this took place.
  • One option is that this refers to the 2nd This cannot be since the Mosaic Law does not apply this side of Pentecost, the New Covenant era.

Ephesians 2:14-16, 1 Corinthians 9:21, Colossians 2:16-17, Hebrews 7:12.

  • The other option is that this refers to the cross that did fulfill the purpose of the Old Testament (Law and Prophets). The Mosaic Law was in full effect until the cross and the end of the Old Covenant era. Hebrews 8:13
  • In conclusion, this passage refers to the historical purpose of the Old Testament and its fulfillment by the death of Jesus on the cross to save a people for himself. Romans 10:4

Travel expenses needing to raise for the trip to Romania

Romania (August 29-September 13)

I need $1,500 for this trip.

The cost for the other trips out of the country has been covered. I only need to raise the funds to cover the trip to Romania. If you wish to help out with this trip then you could give by credit card (using www.ids.org and pay pal button), check (made out to IDS), or an electronic check from your bank to IDS (using the ministry address). Cash is also accepted.

TRAVEL SCHEDULE.

To the Southwest of England (May 11-16)

This is a conference on New Covenant Theology in the south of England. I will be teaching along with David Gay and Frederick Serjeant.

To Belarus (May 17-30)

Once again I will be in Belarus. I have been coming to Belarus since 1996. The topic of the conference is “How to Resolve Conflict Biblically.”

To Boalsburg, PA (June 23-27)

I will be giving a weekend conference on “New Covenant Theology” at Grace Fellowship of Boalsburg, PA. The pastor is Keith Doster and he heads up Grace Deaf Missions in Mexico. Keith and I were together at the NCT conference in Mexico City in March.

To the Carolinas (July 15-25)

I will be in both North and South Carolina at a variety of venues. I will be giving a seminar on the “Doctrines of Grace” at Integrity Church in Greenville, NC. I will also be getting caught up with Brad Woodlief, the IDS guy in Greenville.

To Romania (August 29-September 15)

I will be doing conferences in both Bucharest and Comanesti. At this time the topic of the conference in Bucharest is “The Practical Implications of New Covenant Theology.”

THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP

Saturday, June 18

Sabbath, Lord’s Day, and Worship in the New Covenant Era

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. Geoff Volker 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 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

IN-DEPTH STUDIES AUDIO

ids.org/audio

IDS Hour

We just finished a two part series on “An Interview with David Gay, parts 1 and 2.” You can also find me on sermonaudio.com. Just look under Geoff Volker.

IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO

ids.org/video

IDS Hour

We just finished a two part series on “An Interview with David Gay, parts 1 and 2.”

You can watch this interview on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MynPt4kRi0

Other Times of Teaching

Saturday Nite Theology

When is Grace not Biblical

What does it mean when the Bible says that the believer is no longer under law?

READING FORUM

Openness Unhindered, Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Sexual Identity and Union with Christ by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, published by Crown & Covenant Publications, 2015, 206 pages, paperback. Amazon: paperback $13.00, Kindle $9.99.

The Reading Forum takes place from 8:00am to 10:00am on a Saturday at the home of Geoff Volker. Please contact Geoff if you have any questions (480-313-8558, volker.geoff@gmail.com).

Reading Schedule

Saturday, April 9                    (pages 113-146)

Saturday, May 7                     (pages 147-190)

BOOK TO RECOMMEND

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 and soon to be available in print from Amazon.

stars

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.

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 2-6or 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,

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, 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. You can also check me out on sermonaudio.com. Look under Geoff Volker for messages delivered at New Covenant Bible Fellowship.

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 (480.313.85558) 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 14 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, May 5 (Dave Scholl’s)

THEOLOGY 101 Scottsdale, Arizona (Phil & Marge Smith’s home)

The Book of James

The home of Phil and Marge Smith

(6510 E. Spring Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254)

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 the book of James. 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.

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

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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