IDS Newsletter, May 2014

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

MOST RECENT PICTURE OF OUR TRIBE
Below is the picture of our family taken at our most recent family gathering on Sunday, April 20. Please note the addition of the new baby Keira Jane to Geoff Jr. and Heather Volker as well as the inclusion of Arianna (17) and Czarina (11) to the household of Matt and Debby Erickson. These are Matt’s nieces and they now live with Matt and Debby.

IDS may pic PLEASE TAKE THE TIME
I am well aware that all of us a quite busy with life, but I want to encourage you to check out the rest of this newsletter to see if there is something in which you could participate. You will never know if you do not check it out.

PORTION OF NEW BOOK IS AVAILABLE
Picture and Fulfillment: A Study of New Covenant Theology
The Abrahamic Covenant
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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

The chapter on the Abrahamic Covenant is now finished and available for your comment on the IDS website. Go to www.ids.org and check out the “new book” section. Everyone who receives the IDS newsletter will also receive the new book portions, as they are available.

UPCOMING TRIPS
Romania and Belarus (June 5 through July 7)
I will be traveling to Romania and Belarus this summer to give conferences.

  • I will be in Bucharest and Comanesti from June 6 until June 24. I will be doing two conferences on the book of Galatians.
  • I will be in Prague, Czech Republic from June 24 through June 27 visiting Pavel and Klara Steiger who are missionaries that are supported by my church.
  • I will be in Minsk, Belarus from June 27 until July 7 and will be doing a conference on Paul’s Pastoral Letters as well as two Saturday conferences in different locations in Belarus.
  • I return home on Monday, July 7.

MONEY NEEDED FOR OVERSEAS TRIP
First let me give thanks for the provision of the travel expenses for the overseas trip.
I still need to raise the remaining sum of $800 to pay the conference expenses in Comanesti, Romania. If you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.

MONEY NEEDED FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT
I need to raise an additional $1,500 a month since I have experienced a reduction in support this year. It is amazing how the Lord has kept me in the support raising business since 1984. Thank you for contributing to this ministry.

READING FORUM
Studies in Galatians, by John Reisinger
(Published by New Covenant Media, 2010, 469 pages, paperback, Amazon Books $23.51
This book examines the book of Galatians from the perspective of New Covenant Theology.
Saturday, October 4, (1-102)
Saturday, November 1 (103-198)
Saturday, December 6 (199-284)
Saturday, January 10 (285-384)
Saturday, February 7 (385-469)

The Reading Forum meets at the home of Geoff Volker from 8:00 to 10:00am on the designated Saturday morning. All are invited. The only qualification is that you must have read the assigned portion of the book to be discussed. Please let Geoff know if you are planning to attend a session.
Contact Geoff through email (geoff.volker@ids.org) or by cell phone (480.313.8558).

THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP
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, July 19
The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “An Examination of Hebrews 6.” Peter Muth 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 (geoff.volker@ids.org, 480.313.8558).

IN-DEPTH STUDIES AUDIO
ids.org/audio
IDS Hour
We are working on a series on the church.
Theology 101
We are in the midst of a study on the work of John Bunyan entitled “Holy War.” We have taken a break during the summer months and will return to this study in October.

IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO
ids.org/video
IDS Hour
We are working on a series on the Church.
You can also check out our teaching videos on youtube.com/indepthstudies.
Other Times of Teaching
Two other times of teaching in Greenville, NC can be viewed on youtube.com/indepthstudies.
“Finding God’s Will”
“The Work of the Holy Spirit in Decision-Making”

THEOLOGY 101 For Men Only, Scottsdale, Arizona (Dave Scholl’s home)
Book of James
The Home of Dave Scholl
(5246 E. Fantol Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, Dave’s cell is 602.525.3469)
The first two hours are give over to the study and the last hour and a half is an open forum. Please contact Geoff Volker (480.313.85558) for more information on this study. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 13. Our next future meeting is Thursday, July 10. The study meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Future Meetings
Thursday, August 14
Tuesday, September 2
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 13
Thursday, December 11

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.
The final study before the summer break is Wednesday, May 21. We will begin our study in the fall on Wednesday, October 1.

Book to be Used
John Bunyan’s Holy War: An Updated Edition by Teresa Suttles
Booklocker.com $14.95, Amazon.com $12.06
Ebook edition is available for $7.95 from Booklocker.com/books/4999.html
A free version of the original Holy War is available online at: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bunyan/holy_war.html

IN-DEPTH STUDIES OF THE CAROLINAS
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 Brad.Woodlief@gmail.com or through Skype at Brad.Woodlief. Please check out Brad’s blog (After Darkness, Light Shines, http://afterdarknesslightshines.blogspot.com)

CLASS ON “INTERMEDIATE GREEK”
I am offering a class on “Intermediate Greek.” The class will meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at my home. Please contact Geoff if you have any questions. At our next meeting we will be discussing the first chapter of the Graded Reader by Mounce.
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)

MEETING ONE ON ONE WITH GEOFF
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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

AN INVITATION FOR AN EVENING OF THEOLOGY
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, geoff.volker@ids.org)  to schedule an Evening of Theology.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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 (www.ids.org) and use the pay pal giving button. Please be aware that a small portion of your gift through pay pal 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Geoff Volker
Director of In-Depth Studies
geoff.volker@ids.org, www.ids.org, www.ncbf.net
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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