IDS Newsletter, March 2015

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

March 2015


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 have just finished the section on the New Covenant and am currently working on the chapter on the Davidic Covenant. 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 Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy

(Published by Crossway Books, 1990, 368 pages, clothbound.)

The book contains the three essential works of Francis Schaffer, The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent. You can also purchase each book separately as well as The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer (5 Volumes). This new reading forum begins in April 2015. Please let Geoff know if you are going to take part in this Reading Forum.

Reading Schedule

Saturday, April 4 The God Who Is There

Saturday, May 2 Escape From Reason

Saturday, June 6 He Is There and He Is Not Silent


How are we to understand Lordship Salvation?

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, April 18

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “How are we to understand Lordship Salvation? Brady Root 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).


To North and South Carolina (March 13-23)

I will be doing some teaching in Raleigh, NC, Greenville, NC (working with Integrity Church), as well as making a visit to Clemson, SC.

To Minsk, Belarus (June 10-25)

I will be giving a conference in Gatava, Belarus as well as two Saturday conferences in different locations in Belarus. The content of the conference will be an examination of New Covenant Theology. I have been traveling to Belarus since 1996. I will also be stopping in Prague on my way home to visit Pavel and Klara Steiger, long-time missionaries and very dear friends.

To Bucharest, Romania (September 7-22)

I will be doing two conferences in Romania. I will spend about a week in Bucharest (southeast Romania) and then a week in Comanesti (northeast Romania). The subject matter of the conference in Comanesti will be “How to biblically resolve conflict.” The subject matter of the conference in Bucharest has yet to be decided.


Trip to Belarus (June 10-25) $2,000

Trip to Romania (September 7-22) $1,400 for travel, $2,000 for conference expenses


I could break up my ministry into four quadrants; International college students, young adults, the local church, and overseas opportunities. Currently, I have met and befriended East Carolina Students from China, Oman, India, and South Korea. It has been a joy getting to know and share the gospel with the students God continues to put into my life. By God’s grace a few of the international students are believers who are growing in their faith while at ECU. I also lead various small group Bible studies throughout the week. In one study we are going through each book of the Bible and studying picture/fulfillment through a New Covenant lens. For example, recently we studied 2 Samuel, specifically the Davidic covenant found in 2 Samuel 7. The fulfillment is found Christ, Hebrews 1:5. Why is that important? The Scripture’s pointed to someone greater than David. Jesus rules the world, not a city. He rules His kingdom, now. Nothing is outside of His control. So when “life” throws you curveball or when Christians are getting beheaded; Jesus reigns as King. From a human perspective it may seem chaotic. Yet, Jesus has won the battle. He is King.

I also am privileged to meet with individuals one on one throughout the week; walking folks through Scripture and life. I find these times fruitful and real life discipleship. I want you to ask in joining me in prayer. My wife, Michelle, is due with our 4th child in two months! And pray for our overseas opportunities. Along with Geoff I am going this summer to Minsk. I will be going in October and Geoff will be there in June. There will also be an additional team traveling to Minsk in July. This team will travel to Belarus the first two weeks in July to lead the Belarus student movement’s summer project. Attending this summer project will be Belarusian students who are unbelievers and believers, about a 50/50 mix. The leader of this movement holds to the Doctrines of Grace and New Covenant Theology. In October I plan to travel to Minsk to work with the student leaders and various church leaders.


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.

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

Paul’s Letter to Titus

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, April 9 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, May 14 (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.

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:


IDS Hour

We are in the midst of a series on Hermeneutics.

Theology 101

We are in the midst of a study on the work of John Bunyan entitled “Holy War.”


IDS Hour

We are in the midst of a series on Hermeneutics

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”


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)


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.


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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