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The Ten Commandments Part 3: No Graven Images

The Ten Commandments Part 3: No Graven Images

October 17, 2021

What is the big deal with “graven images?”  Are images that depict Jesus bad?  What are images that we worship today?  What does it mean that God is a jealous God?

 

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss the questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that deal with the second commandment.  They talk about what “graven images” are, idolatry and the Image of God, and why the second commandment matters today.

 

Along the way, Brett admits that Allen may actually be right, Allen states that he may or may not have a golden Uga in his office, and Jim shares his favorite Halloween costume.

 

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Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #49

Q: Which is the second commandment?

A: The second commandment is, “You shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto the thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:4-6

 

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #50

Q: What is required in the second commandment?

A: The second commandment requires the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his word.

Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 32:46; Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:42

 

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #51

Q: What is forbidden in the second commandment?

A: The second commandment forbids the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in his Word.

Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 4:15-19; Exodus 32:5, 8; Deuteronomy 12:31-32

 

Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #52

Q: What are the reasons annexed to the Second Commandment?

A: The reasons annexed to the second commandment are God’s sovereignty over us, his propriety in us, and the zeal he has to his own worship.

Scripture Proof:Psalm 95:2-3; Psalm 45:11; Exodus 34:13-14

 

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

 

A Theology of Love by Wynkoop

 

Dynamics of Faith by Tillich

 

Knowing God by Packer

 

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

 

Firebrand Magazine

 

The Ten Commandments Part 2: No Other Gods

The Ten Commandments Part 2: No Other Gods

October 4, 2021

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 Ten Commandments Part 1: The Preface

The Ten Commandments Part 1: The Preface

September 19, 2021

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

What is Required of Humanity: An Introduction of the Ten Commandments

What is Required of Humanity: An Introduction of the Ten Commandments

September 15, 2021

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

 

On the Benefits of Death and Resurrection for Believers

On the Benefits of Death and Resurrection for Believers

August 29, 2021

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

Special Edition featuring Dr. Brian Russell: On Centering Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Special Edition featuring Dr. Brian Russell: On Centering Prayer and Spiritual Practices

August 22, 2021

On this very special edition, 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 even in the darkest times of our lives.

 

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

 

Check out Dr. Russell’s YouTube Channel and Podcast

 

Dr. Russell’s Bio

 

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The Benefits of Justification and Sanctification in This Life

The Benefits of Justification and Sanctification in This Life

August 8, 2021

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

On the Benefits of Salvation: Sanctification

On the Benefits of Salvation: Sanctification

July 25, 2021

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

 

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

 

On the Benefits of Salvation: Justification

On the Benefits of Salvation: Justification

July 11, 2021

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

 

Firebrand Magazine

 

On the Benefits of Salvation: An Introduction

On the Benefits of Salvation: An Introduction

June 27, 2021

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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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

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