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God: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–Introduction Part 1

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-irdp5-131c809

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys start a discussion on the doctrine of the Trinity as referenced in The Faith Once Delivered document published by the John Wesley Institute.

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Spirit & Truth

The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network.

Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission.

For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life

Spirit & Truth Conference 2023

MARCH 9-11, 2023 ■ DAYTON, OHIO

The Spirit & Truth Conference is an annual gathering for believers from around the country to get equipped, be encouraged, and experience the powerful presence of the Lord together. It’s a chance to learn from respected leaders about ways to spark a new movement of back-to-the-basics, power-infused, multiplying Christianity! Through Spirit-filled teaching, powerful worship and intentional times of prayer, we will seek to fan the flame of the Holy Spirit at work in us. Together we call out for a holy fire, that we might be fully alive in Jesus Christ, more bold and loving in our witness, and more serious about our calling to holy living.

Enter the code PODCAST when checking out for a discount on the cost of registering.

Important Links

St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies (On the Trinity)

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

An Interpretation of Religion by John Hick

Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion by Mark Heim

The Faith Once Delivered

The John Wesley Institute

John Wesley Institute Videos

Firebrand Magazine

The Daily Text

Plain Truth Podcast

Reclamation Podcast

Episode Credits:

Episode written, produced, and hosted by Brett Maddocks, Jim Morrow, and Allen cason.

Post Production by Stanton Creative, LLC.

About Stanton Creative

Stanton Creative seeks to serve by providing inspiration & support for fellow creatives through a variety of resources including podcast and video editing.

But it’s not just WHAT we do that excites us…it’s WHY.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we strive to honor God in everything that we do. This includes using our creativity to ascribe glory to our Creator. But our mission doesn’t stop there! Our goal is to empower other creatives to utilize their gifts, talents, and imaginations to glorify God through their creations.

Need help on your next project? Then book your consultation now!

The Faith Once Delivered: Attributes of God: God’s Holiness & God is Spirit

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-54q36-1312c11

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys continue their discussion on the attributes of God referenced in The Faith Once Delivered document published by the John Wesley Institute.

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Spirit & Truth

The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network.

Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission.

For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life

Important Links

The Faith Once Delivered

The John Wesley Institute

John Wesley Institute Videos

Firebrand Magazine

The Daily Text

Plain Truth Podcast

Reclamation Podcast

Episode Credits:

Episode written, produced, and hosted by Brett Maddocks, Jim Morrow, and Allen cason.

Post Production by Stanton Creative, LLC.

About Stanton Creative

Stanton Creative seeks to serve by providing inspiration & support for fellow creatives through a variety of resources including podcast and video editing.

But it’s not just WHAT we do that excites us…it’s WHY.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we strive to honor God in everything that we do. This includes using our creativity to ascribe glory to our Creator. But our mission doesn’t stop there! Our goal is to empower other creatives to utilize their gifts, talents, and imaginations to glorify God through their creations.

Need help on your next project? Then book your consultation now!

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 33) The Ten Commandments Part 2: No Other Gods

What is the first commandment and why does it matter?  What does it mean to not have other gods before God?  Why does God demand our complete loyalty?  How do we worship God alone?  How do we keep from worshipping other Gods?

On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Tony Miltenberger of The Reclamation Podcast and Spirit & Truth to discuss the set of questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism dealing with the first commandment (questions 45-48).  They discuss the jealousy of God, what things can be like gods for us today, and why what has our allegiance matters.

Along the way, Jim tries to get Allen to sing 90s pop, Allen is concerned with Jim’s gambling, and Brett reveals that he does believe in the Great Pumpkin.

ALSO, our guest, Tony, makes a very important announcement about The Podechesis Podcast.

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Tony Miltenberger and The Reclamation Podcast

Tony is the director of leadership and discipleship for Spirit & Truth.

In addition to serving with Spirit & Truth, Tony Miltenberger is the Lead Pastor at Restoration Church in Centerville, Ohio. Restoration has experienced a revival by working to create a disciple-making culture that focuses on being a church without walls. He is a husband, father, coach, 16 year Army Reserve Veteran and sports fanatic. In 2014 he and his mentor Charles Causey wrote the book Unbreakable (Abingdon Press) to help articulate what they had learned in helping marriages throughout their military careers. A self-professed relationship junkie, he engages conversation through the Reclamation Podcast and his blog that can be found at www.twmilt.com.

Spirit & Truth

The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network.

Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission.

For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life

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Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #45

Q: Which is the first commandment?

A:  The first commandment is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:3

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #46

Q: What is required in the first commandment?

A:  The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly.

Scripture Proof: 1 Chronicles 28:9; Deuteronomy 26:17; Matthew 6:10; Psalm 29:2

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #47

Q: What is forbidden in the first commandment?

A:  The first commandment forbids the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying, the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due him alone.

Scripture Proof: Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:21; Psalm 81:10-11; Romans 1:25-26

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #48

Q: What are we specially taught by these words [before me] in the first commandment?

A:  These words [before me] in the first commandment teach us that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with the sin of having any other God.

Scripture Proof: Ezekiel 8:5-18; Psalm 44:20-21

Show Notes/Links

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

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

Martin Luther’s Larger Catechism: 1st Commandment

John Wesley’s Explanatory Note: Exodus 20:3

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

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

Firebrand Magazine

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

Firebrand Magazine

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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Important Links For This Episode

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

Firebrand Magazine

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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Important Links For This Episode

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

Firebrand Magazine

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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Important Links For This Episode

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

Firebrand Magazine