IDS Newsletter, July 2017

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

July 2017


Going back to State College is returning to my university roots. I attended Penn State from 1968-72. This is the 2nd NCT Conference put on by Grace Fellowship of Boalsburg. Keith Doster is the pastor. Keith also heads up “Grace Deaf Missions.” The questions during the teaching times were excellent, the fellowship was special, and the singing of hymns written by David Gay was enjoyed by all.

A side benefit of this trip was the ability to spend time with some very old friends of mine, Chris and Wendy Devlin. I first met Chris at Penn State and we were a part of Campus Crusade for Christ. Chris was a football player who then played for the NFL with the Bengals and then the Bears. Chris is now a dentist in State College. Friendships in Jesus are very, very special. I am very thankful that the Lord allowed Priscilla and I to spend time with some very special friends.


  • Luda Bukanov is now back in the hospital in Minsk with both cancer and heart issues and is not expected to return home.
  • Vladimir Bukanov is now also in the same hospital as Luda with high blood pressure problems.
  • 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.”


As the summer months slowly slide by the finances of IDS are a bit low. Thank you for whatever you might be able to do.


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 12         chapters 1-3

Saturday, September 9     chapters 4-6

Saturday, November 4      chapters 7-9

Saturday, December 2      chapters 10-epilogue


Saturday, July 15

Galatians 4:21-31 (Two Covenants)

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

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.”

We have recently recorded two parts of a discussion entitled “Reflections on the Colloquy.” Paul and I are responding to various comments given about the Colloquy.


Gathering of Believers

  • In the Old Covenant era the nation of Israel was viewed as the people of God. There was no such thing as the church.
  • In the Old Covenant era the nation of Israel met together on various occasions but never functioned as the church. Exodus 23:14-19, Numbers 28:16-25
  • In the New Covenant believers are saved to be part of a local family of believers or church and they are commanded to meet together to encourage and build up each other. Hebrews 10:24-25
  • In the New Covenant era when believers meet together they are to bring something for the strengthening of the church. 1 Corinthians 14:26-28


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.


Comanesti & Bucharest, Romania (October 2-16)

I will be returning to Comanesti and Bucharest, Romania to give a conference. 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 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,


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.

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, July 13 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, August 10 (Dave Scholl’s)


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” 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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