Encountering and responding to christI don't have synopsis or summery to break down the topic yet but when they talk of encountering, and responding to Christ from your experiences is this about...

Encountering and responding to christ

I don't have synopsis or summery to break down the topic yet but when they talk of encountering, and responding to Christ from your experiences is this about my personal journey with Christ or the subject is broader than that?

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Personal experience with Christ is certainly more important than worrying about other people's views on religion. I pray every night before I go to bed, and I hope that He hears my prayers and acts upon them. Other people have stronger beliefs and practice their religion more fervently, but one's own comfort level with their God is most important.

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I once took a course that sounds similar to this when I studied Theology that actually looked at testimonies of how people from different cultures and from different religions encountered and responded to Christ. It basically examined a number of different conversion stories and analysed them, trying to find points of similarity and differences. It was a really fascinating course. So my advice to you would be to think about this issue much more widely than just considering it to be about your own personal encounter and relationship with Christ.

This is probably the best understanding of this course. It becomes an important issue for pastoral care in multi-ethnic countries and for missionary preparation that requires accommodation to countries and cultures foreign to your own.

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It seems that it is possible the instructor to this course could have both of the perspectives posted above in mind.  First, you may be looking at how other individuals and groups in other cultures experienced Christ and how they reacted to the event.  In some cases, they may even reflect and respond differently than they had upon first encountering Christ.

Then, and perhaps during this study, you will focus more on your own relationship with Christ.  How do recognize His workings in your life, how to live more as He instructed in the New Testament, and how to improve you ability to recognize His voice when He speaks and instructs you.

Sounds like a fascinating course!  Enjoy, and Good Luck!

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I would interpret this as being a class that will focus primarily on the development and nurturing of your personal relationship to Christ. In the setting of classwork leading to a ministerial position, I could see it including consideration of approaches and techniques that might facilitate your efforts to help others grow in their faith, but I think it would need to start with and grow from your knowledge and beliefs.

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I think all of the other posters are on the right track. I think when a relationship is discussed, it is focused upon a personal relationship with the idea. No one knows better than ones self about encounters and responses to the encounters with anything. That being said, this offers others a perspective which they may not have thought of based upon their own personal history with the subject.

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I once took a course that sounds similar to this when I studied Theology that actually looked at testimonies of how people from different cultures and from different religions encountered and responded to Christ. It basically examined a number of different conversion stories and analysed them, trying to find points of similarity and differences. It was a really fascinating course. So my advice to you would be to think about this issue much more widely than just considering it to be about your own personal encounter and relationship with Christ.

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My guess is that this would be more about the way in which all people can encounter Christ. Think about the methods by which people can engage with Christ. They can pray, worship, serve, fast, or sacrifice time, talent, and treasure. How would you lead people to do these things? How would you encourage people to experience these practices on a more meaningful level? These may be some questions worth considering.

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Not having the syllabus, I can't answer this. I would guess that it includes your personal experiences, and how you interact with Christ. However, you are also responsible for guiding others in thier experiences if you are going to be a member of the clergy.

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