IDS Newsletter, February 2017

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

 February 2017



Sword of the State

  • Under the Old Covenant the sword of the state, Israel, enforced the Mosaic Law.  Leviticus 20:10-16
  • In the Old Covenant era there was no such thing as a division of church and state since there was no such thing as the church. Israel as a nation was the unbelieving picture of the people of God. Deuteronomy 7:6-8, Hebrews 8:7-13
  • Under the Law of Christ in the New Covenant era the church has the responsibility to enforce discipline among believers. Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
  • In the New Covenant era the civil government has a role to play but does not oversee the affairs of the local church. Romans 13:1-7


The funds for the trips to Belarus and Romania have been raised. Thank you for your prayre and your giving.


  • That I would make much progress in finishing the book on “Picture-Fulfillment: a study in New Covenant Theology.”
  • I need to raise more funds for my normal living expenses.
  • I need more discipline in getting regular exercise.
  • I have a habit of saying “you know” and using it as filler in my conversation. I would like to eliminate that from my speech.


October 19-21

PorchCon, “A Better Covenant”

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


Greenville, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC (February 28-March 6)

Priscilla and I will first be in Greenville, NC to spend time with Brad Woodlief, our IDS guy in the Carolinas. Brad is in the process of seeking to gather folks to establish a new family of believers. After Greenville, NC we will be traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC to do an NCT Conference on the “Implications of New Covenant Theology.” For more information on this conference contact Brad Woodlief ( or Jacob Knight (

London, UK, (March 23-26)

This will be the 2nd annual NCT conference in the UK. The main topic of the conference will be “Liberty not License.” David Gay and Frederick Serjeant will also be teaching at this conference. The conference will be held at the All Nations Christian College, which is located just north of London. Conference attendees will be able to stay at the college. For more information and to register please check out the website,

State College, PA (June 23-24)

Grace Fellowship of Boalsburg, PA will be having their 2nd annual NCT conference. Once again I will be teaching at it along with David Gay the Brit. For more information contact Keith Doster at, 814-667-2171.

Gatava, Belarus (May 17-June 1)

I will be returning to Gatava, Belarus to do another conference. I have been going there since 1996. After my time in Belarus I will be spending a few nights in Prague, Czech Republic, visiting with Pavel and Klara Steiger.

Comanesti & Bucharest, Romania (August-September or the 1st half of October)

I will be returning to Comanesti and Bucharest, Romania to give a conference. I have been going there since 2003.

George and Johannesburg, South Africa ( 1st half of November)

The plan at this point is to do 2 conferences on NCT in George and Johannesburg. David Gay from the UK will be joining me in the teaching. Errol Wagner ( is sorting out the arrangements.


BIBLICAL THEOLOGY FOR CHRISTIAN PROCLAMATION: COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS, by Thomas R. Schreiner, published by B&H Publishing Group, 2015, 499 pages, clothbound.  Amazon $29.59, Kindle $9.99

Reading Schedule

Saturday, February 4                          pages 111-205

Saturday, March 4                              pages 205-307

Saturday, April 1                                 pages 307-402

Saturday, May 6                                  pages 403-499


Saturday, February 18

How do we know if we are being DISCIPLINED by the Lord?

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


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.


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 ($9.99) and NOW is available in print from Amazon (15.95).

1 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.

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 (480.313.8558) 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, February 9 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, March 9 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, April 13 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, May 11 (Dave Scholl’s)


IDS Hour

We just finished a 4 part series on “Mystery in the Bible.” You can also find the audio version on Just look under “Geoff Volker.” You can also find the video version on Just look under “IDS Hour” or “Geoff Volker.”


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.


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.


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” 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 church’s 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, 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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