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Enneagram Types 9 + 8 + 1

Check out the second sermon in our Enneagram series, “Finding You!” Pastor John teaches us the core sin of Enneagram types 9, 8, and 1, and then shows us how we can best love and lead each of these unique personalities!

January 12, 2020 | Pastor John Hill

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Finding You

“Type 9, Type 8, Type 1”

Key Scriptures

  • “So the LORD sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4 One day aguest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”David was furious. “As surely as the LORD lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The LORD, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house …” 2 Samuel 12:1-8 
  • “Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! 9 The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.’” Genesis 13:8-9 
  • “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’“The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gaveeven one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”​ Luke 15:25-32
  • “Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect​.” Matthew 5:48
  • Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.​” Colossians 3:13
  • “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”​ John 13:34-35 

Reflect on What You’ve Heard


  • Others can love Eights by:
    • Assuring them you will not leave them or betray them
  • Eights can love themselves by:
    • Remembering Jesus loves us and only he defines us


  • Others can love nines by:
    • Bringing their real opinions into the conversation
  • Nines can love themselves by:
    • Embrace that conflict is good
    • Faith with action


  • Others can love ones by:
    • Helping them see that you value them for more than their performance
  • Ones can love themselves by:
    • Remembering that we are saved by grace through Christ alone

Pray it out

Jesus, thank you so much for Your grace in my weakness! Thank You for the strengths You have blessed me with, help me to grow in You and overcome my weakness! Amen.