IDS Newsletter, February 2016

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

February 2016

Thought to Ponder

Just Believe!

  • There is a common myth that exists among believers that when we have a desire or request of the Lord that all we need to do is to believe Him for it.
  • It is true that if God promises something in Scripture we can take him at his word and believe him to do it. An example of this would be our perseverance in the faith. This is promised to the believer in Philippians 1:6 as well as Romans 8:30. We can believe our Father in heaven to do what he has promised to do.
  • But what about requests or desires that do not violate Scripture but are not promised in Scripture? Let me quote Matthew 9:28-30a.

When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.

  • Their “belief” was that they believed that Jesus was able to heal them. Whether he would or would not was another matter.
  • We cannot believe our God for something that he has not promised to give us. We can ask, but we must always submit in advance to the unfolding of his Sovereign Will.

 Travel Expenses Needed for trip to Romania

Romania (August 29-September 13)

I need $1,5000 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.


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.


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.


Could you vote for a believing wife for President?

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, February 20

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “Could you vote for a believing wife for President? (Biblical role of women)” Bob Von Fleckinger 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).


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,  to schedule an Evening of Theology.


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,

Reading Schedule

Saturday, February 6   (pages 1-58)

Saturday, March 19   (pages 59-112)

Saturday, April 9   (pages 113-146)

Saturday, May 7   (pages 147-190)


To Raleigh, North Carolina (February 12-14)

I will be helping with the wedding of Steven Whitley and Jamison Tull. These are two very special believers that I have known for quite a while.

To Mexico City, Mexico (March 2-7)

A Conference on New Covenant Theology in Mexico City. I will be teaching along with David Gay from the UK and Jose Antonio Septien from Mexico.

To the Southwest of England (May 11-16)

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 has yet to be decided.

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 “Learning How to Handle Scripture to the Glory of God.”


March 2-7, 2016

Theology of the New Covenant”

This conference will be held in Mexico City. I will be teaching along with David Gay and Jose Antonio Septien. For more information contact Omar Vasquez who is coordinating this conference. His email address and phone number are and



May 13-15, 2016

“Exploring New Covenant Theology”

Rora Christian Conference Centre, Halford, Liverton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6HZ

(On the Darmoor National Park)

For more information go to

Geoff will be teaching along with David Gay and Frederick Serjeant


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

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 and check out the “new book” section. Everyone who receives the IDS newsletter will also receive the new book portions, as they are available.


The audio of the Saturday Nite Theology is now available on All you need to do is to search under my name (Geoff Volker) and you can find these times of teaching.

Topics of Discussion

#1 When is Grace not biblical Grace?

#2 What does it mean when the bible says that the believer is no longer under law?


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, 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 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” 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.


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.

THEOLOGY 101 For Men Only, Scottsdale, Arizona (Dave Scholl’s home)

Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

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, February 11 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, March 10 (Dave Scholl’s)

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.


IDS Hour

We just finished a two part series on FAITH and WORKS. You can also find me on


IDS Hour

We just finished a two part series on FAITH and WORKS.

You can also check out our teaching videos on

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?


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,


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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