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Acts of Random Kindness (1) – The Kindness of a King

Sunday, March 13, 2022 Speaker: Ian Campbell Mephibosheth One of the most vivid illustrations of the kindness and love of God is in the story of Mephibosheth and David’s kindness to him. In the setting of the king’s table we see so many aspects of the covenant relationship God has established with humankind.

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Out of My Box (9) – The Need to Avoid: Peacemaker

Sunday, March 6, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellJonahOur final Enneagram Biblical example is the infamous Jonah who sought to “avoid” as the characteristic that shows up in various ways through the drama of his life and faith. He didn’t want to upset the applecart and yet this brought him to desperate means to save his own life and that of everyone around …

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Out of my Box (8) – The Need to be Against

Sunday, February 27, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellMatthew 3.1-12John the Baptist was a good example of the type 8 in the enneagram. His actual calling was to be “against” as a prophet. These types of personality are often characterized by speaking out against what they perceive to be wrong. As they understand themselves they can tune and tone their presence and input …

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Out of My Box (7) – The Need To Avoid Pain

February 20, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellEcclesiastes 2King Solomon was an example of the 7th enneagram type – the need to avoid pain. The book of Ecclesiastes is generally assigned to Solomon although he is not named. Kohelet is the self named author and reports his exploits and adventures in trying to find a life that avoids pain. This realist account seems …

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Out of My Box (6) – The Need To Be Secure

February 13, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellRuth 1.16-22Do you enjoy a great love story? Tucked away in the Old Testament is the love story of Ruth. Both Ruth and her mother in law are examples of this enneagram type. Their loyalty in relationships exposes one of the areas in which this characteristic is found. Let’s enjoy their story.

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Out of My Box (5) – The Need To Perceive

Sunday, February 6, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellLuke 1.1-4Do you need to “see for yourself” before you believe what someone else tells you? The enneagram type 5 is exemplified by a few Bible characters, notably Thomas and Luke. Thomas said almost exactly the very thing: “unless I can touch and see” I won’t believe. But Luke (a doctor?) has the diligence to …

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Out Of My Box (4) – The Need To Be Special

Sunday, January 30, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellGenesis 37One of my favourite musicals is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat” where the dramatic life of a special person is featured. What makes you “you?” is a healthy question to try to answer and the way each of us accepts, resists or avoids our special characteristics can become the narrative of our life. …

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Out of My Box (3)- The Need to Succeed

Sunday, January 23, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellGenesis 25.23-28Type three of the enneagram is the need to succeed. In the bible Jacob is an example of this type. In his book The Enneagram – A Christian Perspective Richard Rohr says “Scarcely any biblical figure can be so unequivocally assigned to an Enneagram type as Jacob can.” He struggles with God and with …

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Out Of My Box (2)

January 16, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellJohn 21.20This week we will consider the Apostle John as an example of the 2nd enneagram type – someone who needs to be needed. Could the lovely instinct to be a helper possibly have a shadow side?

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Out Of My Box (1)

Sunday January 9, 2022Speaker: Ian CampbellAre you “in a box”? This teaching series is designed to explore that question and to discover the positive and negative answers that have to do with our Christian growth. We are going to look at several well known Bible characters and learn about the contributions their strengths make to their unique stories as well …