IDS Newsletter, May 2017

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

 May 2017


This past Saturday evening a Theological Colloquy was held to discuss the issue of Justification. The point of disagreement centered on the question of what was needed by the work of Jesus Christ to be justified. Was the forgiveness that Jesus purchased on the cross for all those whom the Father chose to save sufficient for acceptance by the Father? Or, does one also need to have Jesus keep the law perfectly for us in order for us to be justified or accepted by the Father?

Dr. Brian Arnold, the Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History at Phoenix Seminary, defended the view that forgiveness is not enough for justification. One also needs the perfect law keeping of Jesus in order to be saved. Geoff Volker, the Director of In-Depth Studies, took the view that forgiveness of sins by the death of Jesus was all that was needed to be for one to be accepted by the Father or justified.

There were about 64 in attendance and it was a remarkable evening. Both Brian and Geoff began the evening by presenting their views. Then each questioned each other. Finally, the rest of the evening was given over to questions from the audience. The spirit of the Colloquy truly was honoring to the Lord. I especially want to acknowledge the manner in which Brian presented his case and interacted with me. He obviously is a God-lover and the evening was well worth it. I believe that I can say that all who were there profited by the give and take of the Colloquy.

In the future we hope to have more Colloquy’s. So, stay tuned to this station.

The Colloquy was recorded on video and will be available to view on the website and through within the week. I will be sending a separate email to you to let you know when the video is ready for viewing.



  • Under the Mosaic Law of the Old Covenant the Israelites were required to give a tithe or tenth of their stuff to the Lord. Leviticus 27:30-33, Deuteronomy 14:22-29
  • In the nation of Israel the tithe was a holy tax.
  • Under the Law of Christ in the New Covenant era believers are not required to give a certain amount. In fact, believers are not forced to give at all. Each believer must decide for himself what he is to give. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
  • Under the Law of Christ believers are encouraged to be generous, but God determines no amount. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
  • In the New Covenant era believers are motivated by a new heart to be generous. Titus 2:11-12


The In-Depth Studies account is in need of a bit of replenishing. If you are so inclined I would greatly appreciate anything that you might be able to do.


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.


Gatava, Belarus (May 16-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.

State College, PA (June 23-25)

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.

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 6-20)

The plan at this point is to do conferences on NCT in George and Capetown. 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, May 13                  pages 403-499


June 17

The Concept of Hell in the Old Testament

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


Tar River Fellowship (a name that was suggested)

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, May 11 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, June 8 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, July 13 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, August 10 (Dave Scholl’s)


IDS Hour

We just finished a 2 part series on “How to handle doctrinal differences between believers.” 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.”

The Colloquy was recorded on video and will be available to view on the website and through within the week. I will be sending a separate email to you to let you know when the video is ready for viewing.


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 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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