I am about to start a Bible study with my very devout evangelical Protestant neighbor. What book of the Bible would be best to start with to demonstrate that the priesthood from the old conventent was fulfilled in Christ and carried on through apostolic succession in the Catholic Church?
He’s big on sola scriptura … interestingly we have few (if any) moral differences - they’re all doctrinal. The “hard stuff” he accepts (no artificial birth control, masturbation, gay marriage, etc.)
We’ve discussed Matthew 18 with Peter as the rock but he says it was Peter’s confession. We’ve discussed how sola scriptura doesn’t make sense and should really be “sola holy-spiritua” because you should interpret through the Holy Spirit anyways - but he keeps coming back to it. We’ve discussed the Eucharist in John 6 but he says it was just the Jews not accepting the teaching and that if it was so important why would He bring it up 3 years before he died (as if everyone would have forgotten about it).
Anyways, open to some ideas on what book to start with. I love the guy - his passion for the Word is inspiring - but I’ve never been big on scripture back-and-forth type argumentation because I find it exhausting and open to so many interpretations that it’s not even a productive framework to start from. But I know I need to do it to show him the claims are true.