The Teaching Ministry of Geoff Volker
MINISTRY UPDATE ON TRIP TO ROMANIA AND PRAGUE
The trip to Romania came in two parts. First, I went to Comanesti. This is a town of about 15,000 folks that is located in northeast Romania just at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Adrian Barzu is the pastor of the Baptist church in town and is a very dear friend as well as being a remarkable teacher. I have been coming to Comanesti since 2003. The conference was on “The Implications of New Covenant Theology.” The interaction was excellent and I thought that our time together was very profitable in the Lord.
Front and Center is Adrian Barzu, the pastor of the church.
On a Friday Adrian and I went south of Comanesti to the Gypsy Baptist Church in Targu Ocna. Every Friday the church feeds lunch to the poor. The pastors are well-grounded shepherds who hold to the Doctrines of Grace and New Covenant Theology. The lunch that was served was put together with great care and of course I sampled the cuisine. This was love in action.
On a Saturday I accompanied Adrian to a Northeast Romania Baptist Union Pastors Meeting. I taught at the meeting on Romans 8:28 and had a very positive response by the pastors. This was an opportunity to get to know some more pastors in the area.
The Baptist Union Pastors of Northeast Romania
On Sunday night I participated in an Open Forum with a number of couples from the church. It was a special time of fellowship with folks that I have known for a number of years.
An Evening of Fellowship and Discussion in Comanesti
When I finished my responsibilities in Comanesti I took the train south to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. I stayed at the home of Soterius and Julia Tataru and their family. They overwhelmed me with hospitality and even took me on an outing to the Black Sea. But the highlight of my stay with them was our late night discussions of biblical issues. In Bucharest I repeated the conference that was done in Comanesti. A source of encouragement was that those attending the conference were mostly young adults. Cristi Chivu and Corneliu Chiriluta did the interpreting.
The final stop on my trip was in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. I normally stop here on my way home to spend time with Pavel and Klara Steiger. But this trip they were out of town and so I was able to spend my time there with Jarda Kernal, the pastor of the new Prague Bible Church. Our days were spent in constant theological discussion. We also managed to fit in a quick trip to Dresden, Germany that I thoroughly enjoyed. The chocolate shop was something to die for.
Jarda Kernal in Dresden, Germany.
I am very thankful for privilege of going to these places and having the opportunities for ministry. It is a wonderful thing to be in God’s family.
SUPPORT FOR OVERSEAS TRIPS NEXT YEAR
I am trying to be a bit more responsible and save money on overseas trips. Therefore, I am seeking to raise the funds for the Belarus and Romania trips by appealing for the money this fall instead of waiting until sometime after January. As always, do not feel compelled to give. I am convinced that this is a worthwhile opportunity and am asking my Father in heaven to fulfill my request. But whatever happens his Sovereign Will is unfolding and it is motivated by his love for me and is for my good. Romans 8:28
Trip to Belarus in May
I need to raise about $2,000 for this trip.
Trip to Romania in August
I need to raise about $2,000 for this trip.
IMPLICATIONS OF NEW COVENANT THEOLOGY
People of God
- Israel, under the Old Covenant, was a temporary, unbelieving picture of the people of God.
Romans 9:30-10:4, Romans 2:28-29, Hebrews 8:7-13
- In the New Covenant era the people of God, the church, are those who profess to believe in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Romans 3:21-31, Romans 6:15-23
- Paul changes the definition of the people of God from being born into the nation of Israel to being born again into the real family of God. Romans 2:28-29
- In the New Covenant era we do not call someone a believer, a member of the New Covenant, unless they are giving evidence of a changed life. Romans 8:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 8 pages 9-104
Saturday, November 5 pages 105-192
Saturday, December 3 pages 193-287
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 (email@example.com, 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
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 be accepting mail at that address. If you have any questions please contact me.
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.
No meeting in September
Thursday, October 13 (Dave Scholl’s)
Thursday, November 10 (Dave Scholl’s)
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.
Gatava, Belarus (June)
I will be returning to Gatava, Belarus to do another conference. I have been going there since 1996.
Comanesti & Bucharest Romania (August-September)
I will be returning to Comanesti and Bucharest, Romania to give a conference. I have been going there since 2003.
IN-DEPTH STUDIES VIDEO AND AUDIO
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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”
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).
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.