Digital Disciples video

Neil Cox from IndyChristianGeeks.com asked me to put the short video below together, introducing the small groups we are forming across the country for DigitalDisciples.net. I’ll probably place another intro video up here soon (definitely when I am over the cough), but wanted to post it here just in case some of you might enjoy seeing it. Thanks Neil – and thanks for watching!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ph7xr6GMM[/youtube]

  1. Catholic Christians also believe in the common/universal priesthood (1 Pt. 2:9, Rev. 1:6, Rev. 5:9–10, and CCC 1546). In your video, you mention that God has called certain members of the royal priesthood to speak in a unique way, which Catholic Christians call theministerial priesthood I hope I’m not coming off as being condescending, it is just that you made it sound like Catholics do not believe in the the royal priesthood, but we do indeed. It also sounds like you are implying that we believe that members of the ministerial priesthood can’t sin?! We all know this isn’t true—there are tons of examples where not just Catholic priests, but pastors of other faith traditions have dome some really horrible things.

    So, we pretty much agree that God calls each and every one of us to proclaim the Gospel. We agree that all members of the common priesthood, including the members of the ministerial priesthood are sinners and are in need of Christ, our savior.

    Love what you are doing with DigitalDisciples.

    God Bless,

    Joshua

    P.s. I don’t mean for this post to spark a debate about what Catholics believe vs. what Protestants believe. I just wanted to share with you what we do believe. And like you, I too enjoy learning about other faith traditions, but I like to learn it from someone who knows, understands, and lives their faith. Ex-Catholics tend to not know much about the faith, they will admit to not having a relationship with Christ, which is why Mass “didn’t work” for these Catholics that you talk about. It is because of our relationship with Christ that makes the Liturgy so amazing and the Sacrament of Reconciliation so powerful. Without a relationship with Christ, it becomes merely, empty ritual. To me, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is kind of like an alter-call for those who are already Christians. To those who have a relationship with Christ, the Mass means something to them, but to a Catholic who does not have a relationship with Christ, might view it as a waste of time. The Mass is centered around Christ. It is made up of two main parts: The Liturgy of God’s Word and The Liturgy of the Eucharist To a Catholic who loves the Lord, these are very meaningful gifts. So, I do not believe, as you do, that the Mass and Confession are the problems, it is that they sadly do not know Christ. Which is where we, members of the common priesthood, need to be doing a better job of reaching out to these folks. It isn’t that they haven’t heard about Jesus—It’s that their hearts have become hardened. And this is not just a Catholic thing—It’s a people thing. Things happen in people’s lives and they sometimes misplace their anger or bitterness towards God. But God does not stop loving us. And God can soften any heart and he can do this in many ways. He may touch their hearts through us, the church, or He might touch their hearts before the Blessed Sacrament, or in a song, or at an Alter-Call or in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the reading of Sacred Scripture, or in Prayer, or in circumstance, or at a DigitalDisciples gathering.

    I apologize for going on and on, but I am a little passionate about this stuff. God Bless.

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