This page is a resource for the Honest to God series and the relationship between Christianity and The Enneagram. Sermon Podcasts will be posted as they are available.

As a Christian church we are committed to the authority of the scriptures. We also believe the Enneagram is a useful tool for helping us understand how to apply the scriptures given our particular personalities, strengths and temptations. There are 9 Enneagram personality types. While you will not need to know your Enneagram type to fully participate in the sermon series, you may be interested in to determining it. You can find a free Enneagram test on-line, or pay $12 to take the formal test here.


& Podcast
& Bible
CHARACTERISTICS………………….. Intro Video Life Group
Feb 9 The Challenger (Leader, Protector)
Judges 14:1-15:10
Romans 12:18-21
The need to be against
“You’ve got to be tough”
Core Desire: To protect themselves from others, be in control
Core Fear: Being Controlled by others/ out of control
Primary Temptation: Justice->Revenge 
Root sin : shamelessness, lust for intensity
Feb 16 The Peacemaker
1:1 15,  4:5-8
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Proverbs 12:24-28  
The need to avoid
“I don’t know, where do you want to go?”
Core Desire: To be loved, to be at peace
Core Fear: loss and separation
Primary Temptation: belittling themselves
Root Sin: laziness
Watch   Guide
Feb 23  The Perfectionist
ACT 7:51- 8:3
Matthew 23 2-7,23-38,34,37 Romans 8:1-4
The need to be perfect
“Hey, do I have to do everything myself?”
Core Desire: To be good, balanced, integrity
Core Fear: Being Corrupt/Defective/Deeply Flawed Primary Temptation: never ending search for perfection
Root sin : anger
Feb 26
ASH WEDNESDAY Soup & Service
Mar 1 The Helper
Luke 10:38-42
Luke 18:10-14 Psalm 62:5-7, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 127:2
The need to be needed
“I want you to be happy, but I want to be the reason”
Core Desire: To be loved, to receive love for their service
Core Fear: being unwanted, unworthy of love
Primary Temptation: continually help others and in this way evade yourself
Root Sin : Pride
Watch   Guide
Mar 8 The Performer
Genesis 25: Genesis 27:1-35 Genesis 28:10-17 Joshua 1:8-9 1 Corinthians 15:58
The need to succeed
“Would you really love and admire the real me ?”
Core Desire: To feel valued and worthwhile by others
Core Fear: Being worthless, negated
Primary Temptation: Efficiency
Root Sin: Deceit
Watch   Guide
Mar 15  The Romantic (Individualist)
Genesis 37:2-18
Genesis 45:1-9
John 1:11-12 1 Peter 2:1-6, Psalm 139:1-7,13-14
The need to be special
“I have an irredeemable deficiency”
Core Desire: To find/create their identity/significance
Core Fear: That they are without personal identity or significance/value
Primary Temptation: frantic striving for authenticity
Root Sin: Envy
Mar 22 The

John 20:24-29
John 14:5-6 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
Amos 3:10, Proverbs 11:24-27, Luke 6:38
The need to perceive
“Given books or people, I choose books”
Core Desire: To be capable, knowledgeable, and competent
Core Fear: Being incapable, stupid, overwhelmed by others
Primary Temptation: Knowledge
Root Sin: Avarice/Hoarding
Mar 29

(Guest Preacher)
The Loyalist
Matthew 16:21-23 John 18:3-27
Matthew 6:25-34
Naham 1:7  
The need for security
“Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst”
Core Desire: To be secure and have support
Core Fear: Being left without support and/or guidance
Primary Temptation: Striving for security
Root Sin: Fear/Anxiety
Apr 5 The Enthusiast
The David
Mark 10:17-22
1 Peter 4:1-5 Luke 9:22-25 Hebrews 12:7-11
The need to avoid pain
“I suffer from FOMO – fear of missing out”
Core Desire: To be energized, entertained, desires fulfilled
Core Fear: To be trapped, deprived, in pain
Primary Temptation: Idealism
Root Sin: Intemperance/Gluttony
Apr 9
Soup and Service
Apr 12 An
Enneagram EASTER
 Matthew 28 The conclusion of our series shows how the good news of the first Easter morning and the physical resurrection of Jesus reveals the full implications of the Enneagram    

Copyright 2020, Langdon Palmer

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