The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 32) The Ten Commandments Part 1: The Preface

Why are the Ten Commandments important?  What does the preface to the Ten Commandments teach us about God and us?  What is it about God’s nature that binds us to keep his commands?  How is obedience the appropriate response to God’s grace?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys examine questions 43-44 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and talk about the preface of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2), why obedience to the Lord is actually an act of freedom, and how the Ten Commandments can spark deep theological reasoning about many areas of life.

Along the way, Brett, Allen, and Jim show why they never matured beyond the 8th grade.

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Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #43

Q: What is the preface of the Ten Commandments?

A:  The preface to the Ten Commandments is in these words, “I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:2

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #44

Q: What does the preface to the Ten Commandments teach us?

A:  The preface to the Ten Commandments teaches us that because God is the Lord, and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments.

Scripture Proof: Luke 1:74-75; 1 Peter 1:15-19

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context by Brevard Childs

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on Exodus 20:2

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

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The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 31) What is Required of Humanity: An Introduction to the Ten Commandments

What is the obligation of all believers?  How are Christians to know what that obligation is?  What is the moral law?  What are the Ten Commandments and do they still matter today?  

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys examine Questions 39-42 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and discuss Christian duty, the reason that obedience is key to faithful living, and why untethering from the Old Testament may not be the best idea.  

Along the way, Jim is rude, Allen is offended, and Brett just tries to keep the peace.

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Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #39

Q: What is the duty that God Requires of man?

A:  The duty that God requires of man is obedience to his revealed will.

Scripture Proof: Micah 6:8; 1 Samuel 15:22

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #40

Q: What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?

A:  The rule that God at first revealed to man for his obedience was the moral law.

Scripture Proof: Romans 2:14-15; Romans 10:5

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #41

Q: Where is the moral law summarily comprehended?

A:  The moral law is summarily comprehended in the Ten Commandments.

Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 10:4; Matthew 19:17

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #42

Q: What is the sum of the Ten Commandments?

A:  The sum of the Ten Commandments is: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.

Scripture Proof: Matthew 22:37-40

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

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The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 30) On the Benefits of Death and Resurrection for Believers

What happens to believers when they die?  What does it mean to “rest in their graves until the resurrection?  What is the resurrection of the dead?  Do we immediately meet Jesus upon our death or is there a “waiting” time?  Why does death and resurrection matter?

In this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss the benefits of death and resurrection for believers.  They will talk about what happens to believers when they pass away, what is meant by eternity, and even chat about Christian funerals. 

Along the way, Allen gets serious, Jim is surprised by Allen’s seriousness, and Brett tries out his chops in the hip-hop world.

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Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 37

Romans 5:1-2, 5; Romans 14:17; Proverbs 4:18; 1 John 5:13; 1 Peter 1:5Hebrews 12:23; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6, 8; Philippians 1:23; Luke 23:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Isaiah 57:2; Job 19:26-27

Scripture Proofs for Question 38

1 Corinthians 15:43; Matthew 25:23; Matthew 10:32; John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Interesting discussion on heaven, hell, and purgatory by Dr. Jerry Walls here.

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

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The Podechesis Podcast (Special Edition) Featuring Dr. Brian Russell

The Podechesis Podcast takes a break from our regularly scheduled catechetical dive into what Christians believe and why it matters to bring you a special episode featuring biblical studies professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, pastor, spiritual coach, author, and friend of the show Dr. Brian Russell.  

Dr. Russell talks about his new book, Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence can Change Your Life (Paraclete), the need for spiritual disciplines, and how God continues to redeem us.

Centering Prayer will be out on September 14th. You can pre-order your copy here.

Check out Dr. Russell’s YouTube Channel and Podcast

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The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 29) On the Benefits of Salvation in This Life

What benefits does salvation bring in this life? Why does justification and sanctification matter?  Can we be assured of God’s love for us and be confident in our salvation?  Can we truly live in joy and peace in this life?

In this episode of the Podechesis podcast, the guys discuss question 36 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q36-What are the benefits that in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?  They talk about the transformational power of God’s love, the ability to know that one is a child of God, and how God’s grace allows for us to persevere even in the midst of the hardest of trials.

Along the way, Allen resurrects his singing career, Jim steals from his children, and Brett finally makes it to the ‘90s.

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Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 36

Romans 5:1-2, 5; Romans 14:17; Proverbs 4:18; 1 John 5:13; 1 Peter 1:5

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Perfect Love by Kevin Watson

The Class Meeting by Kevin Watson

The Band Meeting by Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Reclamation Podcast Episode with Rob Ulmer

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The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 28) On The Benefits of Salvation: Sanctification

What is sanctification?  What is Christian perfection?  Is entire sanctification in this life possible?  How does the promise of salvation continue beyond the “altar?”

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Dr. Scott Kisker, professor of church history at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH to discuss Question 35 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q35-What is sanctification?  Dr. Kisker adds his voice to and important discussion about holiness, the Christian life, and recovering the “great depositum” of Methodism–Sanctification.

Along the way, Jim dreams of Olympic glory, Brett disappears unexpectedly, and Allen states that all he really wants is a cookie.

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Bio For Rev. Dr. Scott Kisker

Scott Kisker is an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served as Senior Pastor of Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg, IA. Prior to coming to United Theological Seminary as professor of Church History and Associate Dean for Masters Programs, he was Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary and Director of the Course of Study Program for the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Kisker also served as Director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, UK and as Associate Pastor for the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany.  His education includes a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. 

Scott’s publications include The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community, co-authored with Kevin M. Watson ( Franklin, TN: Seedbed, 2017), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community, co-authored with Elaine Heath (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010), Mainline or Methodist? Recovering Our Evangelistic Mission (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2008), and Foundation for Revival: Anthony Horneck, the Religious Societies, and the Rise of an Anglican Pietism (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007). Dr. Kisker is also one of the host of the podcast, Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast and he also is currently pastoring McKendree UMC in Troy, OH. His academic interests include Pietist and Wesleyan Methodist history and theology, Wesleyan discipleship and small group formation, and evangelism.  Scott is married to Roberta Willison Kisker. They have five children: Maria, Susanna, Isaac, Tabitha, and Naomi.

Dr. Kisker can be reached at stkisker@united.edu.

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 35

2 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 6:4, 6

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham

Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way by Phil Tallon and Justus Hunter

Sermon: Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley

Perfect Love by Kevin Watson

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 27): On the Benefits of Salvation: Justification

What is justification?  What about regeneration?  What sort of change does God work in us at the moment of our salvation?  What is salvation and why does it matter?

In this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys tackle questions 33 and 34 in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismQ33-What is justification & Q 34- What is adoption? They discuss the process and moment of salvation, the relative and real change that Jesus’ offers without a price, and why the moment of our salvation, while most important, is not all there is. They will also talk about being adopted as children of God and why Wesley throughly believed in adoption even though he struck out the question.

Along the way, Jim starts a barbershop quartet with just three people, Allen proposes that the Podechesis crew shoot a music video, and Brett preps his autotune skills.

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Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 33

Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21; Romans 5:17-19; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9

Scripture Proofs for Question 34: None

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham

Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way by Phil Tallon and Justus Hunter

Sermon: Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley

Reading Romans Backwards by Scot McKnight

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

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The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 26): On The Benefits of Salvation–An Introduction

What are the benefits of salvation?  What does it mean to be justified and sanctified?  Is salvation a moment or a process?  When does God’s grace begin to work in our lives?  What is effectual calling and why did John Wesley strike it out of the catechism all together?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss questions 31 and 32 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q31-What is effectual calling? & Q 32- What benefits do those who truly believe partake of in this life?  They will also discuss the benefits of justification and sanctification, John Wesley’s ordo salutis, and the need for accountability.

Along the way, Brett makes a case for the irresistibility of Double Stuff Oreos, Allen attempts to create a sanctified (perfect) Blizzard, and Jim proposes that we change the name of our group to The South Georgia Divines.  

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 32

Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:26, 30

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham

Perfect Love by Kevin Watson

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 25): On The Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?  What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our salvation and redemption?  How does the Holy Spirit apply the redemption purchased by Christ to us?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of an individual?  In the life of the community?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys tackle questions 29 and 30 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q29-How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ & How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?  They will discuss the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, why the Holy Spirit matters, and who and the Holy Spirit in light of the doctrine of the Trinity.

Along the way, Brett forgets how to speak publically, Jim rises from his vacation slumber, and Allen gives away Jim’s secret location.  

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 29

John 1:11-12; Titus 3:5-6

Scripture Proofs for Question 30

Ephesians 1:13-14; John 6:37, 39; Ephesians 2:8; Ephesians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 1:9

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 24): On Jesus Christ Part 7: The Exaltation of Christ

What is the exaltation of Christ?  How does Jesus’ “upward turn” complete the Gospel?  What is the meaning of the Harrowing of Hell, the Resurrection, The ascension, and the 2nd coming?  Why does the exaltation of Jesus even matter?

On this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss question 28 of  John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q28–In what consists of Christ’s exaltation?  They talk about what was happening between the crucifixion and resurrection, why Jesus’ ascension is important, and why maybe the second coming of Christ may not be as confusing as it seems.

Along the way, Jim embraces his inner Gollum, Allen dreams of a drone-Jesus for next year’s ascension day celebration, and Brett realizes his dream of being king is really a longshot.

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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Scripture Proofs: 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Ephesians 1:20; Acts 1:11; Acts 17:31

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine