IDS Newsletter, August 2017

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

August 2017


As of the end of July the amount of money that is in the IDS account is $3,493. It has never been this low since I started raising support in 1984. One-time gifts are welcome as always, but an increase in monthly gifts would be greatly appreciated. For those of you who are supporting monthly you might consider raising your monthly amount. I need to raise an additional $1,500 a month. I know that seems to be a large amount, but the Lord is quite able to meet the need. Our Lord is in control and his plan is right on schedule. Thank you for all your past support.


  • Luda (Vladimir’s wife) is very weak and death is close at hand.
  • We would love to raise $10,000 to enable Vladimir to purchase a reliable used vehicle. If you would like to participate in this then make your donation to IDS and note that it is for “Vladimir’s Vehicle.” We have already raised about $3,000.


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, September 14 (David Scholl’s)


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. Please let Geoff know if you are planning on taking part in this reading group.

Reading Schedule

Saturday, August 4          chapters 1-3 (Please note the change of date for this meeting)

Saturday, September 9    chapters 4-6

Saturday, November 4     chapters 7-9

Saturday, December 2     chapters 10-epilogue


Saturday, August 19

Issues Relating to Biblical Counseling

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


IDS Hour

We are currently in the midst of a series on “Covenants.” We are examining all that the Scripture has to say about covenants.

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 ( and on Youtube ( On youtube look under “IDS Colloquy.”



  • Under the Abrahamic Covenant the male descendants of Abraham are to be circumcised on the 8th day. Genesis 17:9-14
  • Under the Mosaic Law every male infant is to be circumcised on the 8th day and this is the mark that they belong to Israel, the picture of the people of God. Leviticus 12:3
  • In the New Covenant era believers experience a spiritual circumcision, a circumcision done by Christ. This is referring to the new heart that causes them to believe the gospel message and be a God-lover. Colossians 2:11-12
  • Old Covenant circumcision was an external picture of New Covenant fulfillment.


October 19-21

PorchCon, “A Better Covenant”

I will be one of the speakers along with Blake White, Louis Lyons and Jon Hawkins. For more information and to register please go to Christopher Fales is putting together this conference.


Milan, Italy (September 28-October 2)

I will be teaching at the Chiesa Baptista Evangelica Di Cesena on the weekend before I head off to Bucharest, Romania. Fabiano Nicodemo is the pastor and I am looking forward to being with him and the church.

Comanesti & Bucharest, Romania (October 2-16)

I will be returning to Comanesti and Bucharest, Romania to give a conference. The topic for the conference is “Understanding the Covenants in Scripture.” I have been going there since 2003.

Cape Town and George, South Africa (November 7-20)

I will be doing a conference, along with Errol Wagner, on New Covenant Theology in George as well as speaking in Cape Town. Errol Wagner ( is sorting out the arrangements.


Tar River Fellowship

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 or 252-412-2775.


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 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,


An easy way to support IDS without emptying your wallet

  • Go to 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 ( use
  • 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.


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,  to schedule an Evening of Theology.


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


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 ( 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.


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.


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


Geoff Volker

Director of In-Depth Studies,,,

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.

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