IDS Newsletter, August 2014

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

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.

The Weather
Since I live in the desert and currently the weather is quite hot it is easy to fall into the trap to complain about the weather. I need to remember that the weather that I am experiencing is exactly the weather that my Father in heaven wants me to have. No other weather would accomplish what he wants to accomplish in my life at this time. To refuse to acknowledge and embrace this truth is to fall into the trap of the sin of unbelief.
Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

When you read Scripture you need to keep in mind how you are supposed to handle it.
Old Testament
Genesis through Malachi
The Old Testament is to be read through the lens of the Scripture of the New Covenant era. The Scripture this side of Pentecost provides us with the answer key to unlocking what is going on in the Old Testament. Beginning with Genesis in your bible reading handicaps the reader since the reader is without the explanation of what God is doing in the Old Testament.
example: The purpose of Israel in the plan of God. Is Israel the real people of God?
Deuteronomy 7:6, Romans 9:6-8
Matthew through John
The Gospels introduce us to Jesus, the Messiah, but do not give us much theological understanding of the death of Jesus on the cross. They also need the teaching passages of the New Covenant era to be fully understood.
example: The parable of the rich ruler looks like a discussion of salvation by works if you do not view through the lens of the teaching passages of the New Covenant era. Luke 18:18-30
New Covenant Era Scripture
Acts through Revelation
All of Scripture this side of Pentecost gives us God’s full explanation of what he is doing in his plan of salvation. We need to interpret everything before Pentecost through the lens of the teaching passages after Pentecost. These Scriptures function as the answer key to the rest of the Bible.
example: The Abrahamic covenant is really all about the work of Jesus on the cross. 
Galatians 3:15-16

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.

I am well aware that all of us a quite busy with life, but I want to encourage you to check out te 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.

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 ( 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, August 23
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 11.” Geoff Volker 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 (, 480.313.8558).

IDS Hour
We have just finished 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 have just finished a 6-part series on the Church.
You can also check out our teaching videos on
Other Times of Teaching
Two other times of teaching in Greenville, NC can be viewed on
“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, September 2 at the mancave of Dave Scholl. The study normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Future Meetings
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 $14.95, $12.06
Ebook edition is available for $7.95 from
A free version of the original Holy War is available online at:

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 or through Skype at Brad.Woodlief. Please check out Brad’s blog (After Darkness, Light Shines,

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

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,  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 ( 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,,
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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