"Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart": The Centrality of Faith in Christ to the Restoration of Human Functioning

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"Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart": The Centrality of Faith in Christ to the Restoration of Human Functioning

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Title: "Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart": The Centrality of Faith in Christ to the Restoration of Human Functioning
Author: Pierre, Jeremy Paul
Advisor: Johnson, Eric L.
Abstract: This dissertation first examines how Scripture describes the internal workings

of the human person, which can be referred to as the heart. The heart is shown to

function cognitively, affectively, and volitionally, all of which are relational in nature.

Second, the dissertation establishes that faith in Christ is the means by which all of these

functions are restored. Specifically, the heart's cognitive, affective, and volitional

functions are changed as a person relates rightly to his or her Designer and Redeemer

through faith. In sum, this dissertation describes the biblical understanding of the heart

and the necessity of faith in Christ for its proper operation.

Chapter 1 examines the major anthropological terms used in the New

Testament, considering how each functions in context and concluding that the biblical

perspective of internal human functioning is holistic and unified.

Chapter 2 establishes that a gospel-centered hermeneutic of Scripture implies

that faith is central to the illocutionary intent of Scripture as a whole. The Gospel of John

and the Epistle to the Romans are examined to establish further the centrality of faith.

Chapter 3 describes the transformative effect of faith on the cognitive,

affective, and volitional functions attributed to the heart as it relates rightly to God.

Chapter 4 describes implications for an evangelical model of counseling, also

considering the thought of Jonathan Edwards as a historical precedent to the present

study.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3822
Date: 2010-12

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