IDS Newsletter, September 2016

The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker

September 2016

A REQUEST FOR PRAYER

On Monday, August 29 I will be leaving for Romania and the Czech Republic.  I will be gone for 18 days and will return on Thursday, September 15. I would very much appreciate your prayers as I undertake this ministry. Please pray for the following requests.

  • That I would stay in good health throughout the trip.
  • That I would have opportunities to share the gospel as I travel to and from Europe.
  • That I would be sensitive to the needs of those around me and truly care for them.
  • That my attitude would honor the Lord when things do not seem to be going well.

 A FALSE GOSPEL

  • A definition of saving faith that says that all you need to do in order to be saved is to believe that Jesus died for your sins is a false gospel.
  • Belief is described as repentance and faith.

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:21, NIV 1984)

  • Saving faith always results in a life that desires obedience to God’s word.

Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. (Romans 1:5 NIV 1984)

  • A believer is described as someone who is a “slave to Christ.”

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:17-18, NIV 1984)

  • The concept that you can be a true believer and yet not desire to live for your Lord is a false and unbiblical concept.

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; not is anyone who does not love his brother.

(1 John 3:9-10 NIV 1984)

  • True saving faith will always consist of trusting in Jesus Christ to pay for your sins by his suffering and death on the cross and desiring to follow him as the Lord of your life.
  • If one only embraces Jesus as his personal Savior then he will not be saved for this version of the gospel is a false gospel that can never save anyone.

BOOKS TO RECOMMEND

Free Grace Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel, by Wayne Grudem, published by Crossway, 2016, paperback, 159 pages. Available from Amazon for $11.28.

This is an excellent book to understand the attempts by some teachers to redefine saving faith. Grudem very clearly explains from Scripture that true saving faith will always result in a changed life. You cannot become a believer by just embracing Christ as your Savior. You must also embrace him as the Lord of your life.

One Greater Than Moses, by Heather A. Kendall, published by Quoir, 2016, paperback, 192 pages. Available from Amazon for $19.99.

Here is an account of the recent history of New Covenant Theology. Heather Kendall gives you a good chronology of the development of NCT and the key players the God used. It is always good to know the history of your theological position.

Engaging with Keller, Edited by Iain D. Campbell and William M. Schweitzer, published by Evangelical Press Books, 2013, paperback, 240 pages. Available from Amazon for $15.99.

A group of conservative Presbyterians from the United Kingdom present some serious concerns regarding the teaching ministry of Tim Keller. The subject areas that are touched on are the definition of sin, the explanation of the trinity, the mission of the church and his handling of Scripture, particularly the parables.

AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM

An easy way to support IDS without emptying your wallet

  • Go to smile.amazon.com 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 (amazon.com) use smile.amazon.com.
  • 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.

New Ministry Address!

Since In-Depth Studies is under New Covenant Bible Fellowship our address is tied to the church’s address. The church’s address has now been changed. The new address for IDS is now

In-Depth Studies, PO Box 3482, Gilbert, AZ 85299. Please send your support and any other correspondence to the new address. Since the old address is my home address (3324 E. Enid Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204-4836) I will be still accepting mail at that address. If you have any questions please contact me.

THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION GROUP

Saturday, October 22

What is the Biblical Understanding of Preaching and Teaching?

The discussion group is from 8:00am to 10:00am at the home of Geoff Volker. Trevor Brents 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 (geoff.volker@ids.org, 480.313.8558).

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

 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

No meeting in September

Thursday, October 13 (Dave Scholl’s)

Thursday, November 10 (Dave Scholl’s)

 TRAVEL SCHEDULE.

To Romania and Prague (August 29-September 15)

I will be doing conferences in both Bucharest and Comanesti in Romania as well as doing a bit of teaching in Prague, Czech Republic. The topic of the conference in Bucharest and Comanesti is “The Practical Implications of New Covenant Theology.”

 To London (March 20-27)

This will be the 2nd annual NCT conference in the UK. The main topic of the conference will be “Liberty not License.” David Gay and Frederick Serjeant will also be teaching at this conference. The conference will be held at the All Nations Christian College, which is located just north of London. Conference attendees will be able to stay at the college.

To State College, PA (June 22-27)

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.

NEW READING FORUM!

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOU THE QUR’AN, by James R. White, published by Bethany House, 2013, 310 pages, paperback. Amazon

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, volker.geoff@gmail.com

Reading Schedule

Saturday, October 8                pages 9-104

Saturday, November 5            pages 105-192

Saturday, December 3            pages 193-287

IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO AND AUDIO

Ids.org/video, ids.org/audio

IDS Hour

We just finished a 4 part series on “Israel.” You can also find the audio version on sermonaudio.com. Just look under “Geoff Volker.” You can also find the video version on youtube.com. Just look under “IDS Hour” or “Geoff Volker.”

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, 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, volker.geoff@gmail.com)  to schedule an Evening of Theology.

 MORE OF THE NEW UPCOMING BOOK

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 geoff.volker@ids.org.

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 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.

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.

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, 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 (www.ids.org) 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.

NEW COVENANT CONFESSION OF FAITH “REVISED”

http://ids.org/featured/updated-ncbf-confession-of-faith/

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.

MORE MESSAGES AVAILABLE

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. http://ncbf.net. You can also check me out on sermonaudio.com. Look under Geoff Volker for messages delivered at New Covenant Bible Fellowship.

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).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Geoff Volker

Director of In-Depth Studies, volker.geoff@gmail.com, www.ids.org, www.ncbf.net

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, 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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