IDS Newsletter, October 2015

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

October 2015



My trip to Romania began with a rather unusual beginning. On Labor Day I arrived at the airport to check in for my trip and was told that my I could not go because my passport, which expires on November 15, needed to be good for 90 days. So…. needless to say my stomach dropped when I heard the news. But… the ticket agent for United rebooked me for Wednesday at no cost and directed me to the Western Passport Center in Tucson, Arizona, which I traveled to on Tuesday and was able to get a new passport in about 3 hours. As result of this I arrived in Bucharest, Romania on Thursday late afternoon and went to the conference that began at 6:00pm that evening. I taught from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. The conference was on the subject of “How to Resolve Conflict Biblically.” The conference schedule was Thursday and Friday evening from 6:00pm to 9:30pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. I stayed at the home of Soterius and Julia Tataru. Their care for me was remarkable. I was a part of the family during my stay in Bucharest. The attendance at the conference was far more that we were expecting. 83 folks attending the conference and most of them were in their 20’s. On Sunday I spoke to three young churches that embrace the doctrines of grace and New Covenant theology on the issue of assurance. In the morning I spoke to the Word of Truth church pastored by my dear friend Corneliu and then spent the afternoon with his family. In the evening I spoke to two new churches that met together. Sunday was just a very special day.

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On Monday I traveled up to Comanesti, which is located 5 hours north of Bucharest and is at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Adrian Barzu is the pastor and an old friend. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I duplicated the conference that I did in Bucharest. On Friday Adrian and I traveled just south of Comanesti to visit a gypsy church and to experience their cantina that serves a free lunch to other needy gypsies every Friday. The pastors, George and Costel, are also old friends that have been a part of our conferences for years. On Saturday the church in Comanesti held a BBQ for families and which included me doing a time of teaching. On Sunday I taught at both the church in Comanesti as well as the gypsy church in Bacau. I am amazed at how the Lord has continued to use me in this part of the world. I have been coming to Comanesti for about 11 years. The deepening of the relationships and the spiritual growth of the believers makes these trips more than worthwhile. Thank you for all those who have contributed finances and prayer to make these trips possible.

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Saturday, October 24 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

(Tempe Women’s Club, Tempe, AZ)

We will provide a bit of music, a bit of finger food, and interactive biblical teaching by Geoff Volker. At this point in our planning we are not providing childcare.

Topics of Discussion

#1 When is Grace not biblical Grace?

#2 What does it mean when the bible says that the believer is no longer under law?

The cost is free, though we will try to make you feel a bit guilty so that you might contribute “out of love” to help us cover the expenses.

More details will follow in the September newsletter. I would ask that if it is possible to let us know if you are coming so that we can plan accordingly.


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.


To the Carolinas (November 13-23)

In the next newsletter I will be giving the details of this ministry trip. I will be teaching in Wake Forest, Rocky Mount, and Greenville, NC as well as Clemson, SC.

To the Southwest of England (May 11-16)

Conference on New Covenant Theology in the south of England. I will be teaching along with

David Gay and Frederick Serjeant.

To Belarus (May 17-30)

Once again I will be in Belarus. I have been coming to Belarus since 1996. The topic of the conference has yet to be decided.

To Romania (August 29-September 13)

I will be doing conferences in both Bucharest and Comanesti. At this time the topic of the conference in Bucharest is “Learning How to Handle Scripture to the Glory of God.”


May 13-15, 2016

Week-end Conference in U.K. 2016
Friday May 13th Evening to Sunday May 15th Morning
Speakers this year:
David H.L.Gay  Fred Serjeant & Geoff Volker
Rora Christian Conference Centre, Halford, Liverton, Newton Abbot. Devon TQ12 6HZ
(on the Dartmoor National Park)
See details of Program on the Conference & Meetings Page.
Book the date in your diary.
Come for all or part of the Conference. A great time of fellowship and study!


The Biblical Understanding of Hell

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, October 17

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. The issue to be discussed is “The Biblical Understanding of Hell.” Grady 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).


Four Views on the Book of Revelation

(Published by Zondervan, 1998, 252 pages, paperback.)

4 different ways of handling the book of Revelation are presented (Preterist, Idealist (which is the Amil perspective), Progressive Dispensationalism, Classical Dispensationalism) and are then evaluated by the other perspectives. This is an excellent introduction to the book of Revelation.

The Reading Forum takes place from 8:00am to 10:00am on a Saturday at the home of Geoff Volker. Please contact Geoff if you have any questions (480-313-8558,

Reading Schedule

Saturday, November 7 (93-132)

Saturday, December 5 (133-176)

Saturday, January 9 (177-232)


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 a major section on “Covenants.” I am currently working on the next major section, which is “Israel.” 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, 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. You can also check me out on Look under Geoff Volker for messages delivered at New Covenant Bible Fellowship.

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

Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

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, October 8 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, November 12 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, December 10 (Dave Scholl’s)

THEOLOGY 101 Scottsdale, Arizona (Phil & Marge Smith’s home)

The Book of James

The home of Phil and Marge Smith

(6510 E. Spring Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254)

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 the book of James. 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 study will resume Wednesday, October 7.


IDS Hour

We are in the midst of a series on Biblical Law. You can also find me on Just type in “Geoff Volker” and you will be able to listen to my melodious voice.


IDS Hour

We are in the midst of a series on Biblical Law.

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,

IDS of the Carolinas goes to Minsk!

In the middle of October Brad Woodlief will be returning to Minsk to explore further ministry possibilities.


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)


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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