Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Restoration: Restoring repentant believers back into the life and ministry of the church
by Bongiorno, Kenn L., D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2013, 267; 3558875
Abstract (Summary)

The church provides a loving community dedicated to leading people to Jesus, educates them to Christ-like maturity, encourages believers to use their God-given gifts in the world, and provides a safe atmosphere where God's people can exalt Almighty God. However, the Church must learn to assimilate fallen brothers and sisters who repent of their sins back into the life and ministry of the church. This study provides solid theological and conceptual principles for church discipline, the necessity of confronting sin, and the redemptive process of restoring people into the family of God. It teaches church communities the elements of restoration and the positive effects forgiveness makes on individuals and the Church community. This project aims to give the church a practical guide to assimilate believers back into the life and ministry of the church.

The project reviews secular scholarly literature to discover the elements of forgiveness from a psychological perspective and examines the effects of forgiveness upon a person's brain, body, and behaviors and focuses on the elements of conflict resolution, apologies, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Furthermore, the research presents five motives for forgiveness, defines the five social institutions, and relates forgiveness to occasions when people break folkways and morays.

Through two seminars, participants learned the elements of restoration. Survey results from the pretest and post-test revealed that people believe in a biblical restoration process, but do not practice the principles of restoration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Best, Berl, Cotton, Roger
School: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Department: Doctor of Ministry Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Theology, Religious education
Keywords: Apology, Church discipline, Forgiveness, Hate, Mental health, Restoration, Unforgiveness
Publication Number: 3558875
ISBN: 978-1-303-03495-4
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