Send Me Your Stories: Christianity and MBTI Types

I have a blog post (or more likely series) that I’d really like to write and I need your help.

When I started this blog, I worried it would seem like an awkwardly smooshed together amalgam of INFJ blog and Christian blog. You’re supposed to find a niche or theme of some kind and focus your blogging there. Not start two blogs on the same site and post one on Mondays and one on Saturdays. But I felt this what what I should do and so I did. And it’s been wonderful.

I’ve heard from so many INFJs who find my blog through the Myers-Briggs posts and then comment because they discovered I’m Christian. I’ve also heard from other types. Most surprisingly, quite a large number of NTs want to talk about their faith. It’s been fascinating to hear from the types stereotyped as the least religious. Many talk about the challenges they face, especially in connecting with other Christians or in feeling like their faith walk doesn’t follow the “normal” pattern.Send Me Your Stories: Christianity and MBTI Types | marissabaker.wordpress.com

That has me wondering: if Christianity is a faith meant for all people then why aren’t we doing a better job of connecting with all personality types? It’s a very broad generalization, but most Christians in the United States seem to be Sensing types and/or Feeling types. And that’s who many churches cater toward. They’re focusing on the sort of traditions that make SJ types comfortable, or trying to engage SP types in sensory worship experiences, or appealing to the spiritual interests of a few NF types.

I firmly believe God created personality variations for a reason and that He longs for a relationship with all people. There are already Christians of every personality type who have strong walks with God. But they’re not all equally valued and understood in the churches. And I’d very much like to start changing that.

My Questions For You

Here’s where you guys come in. I want to hear from Christians of as many different personality types as possible. If you want to contribute and don’t know your personality type yet, please check out my post Finding Your Real Myers-Briggs Type (if you can’t narrow it down to a single type or just want to take one online test instead of researching typeology in-depth, that’s okay. I’d still love to hear from you).

I’m asking you to please share your personality type and answer some (or all, if you like) of these questions:

  • Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?
  • Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
  • Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
  • Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?
  • Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
  • In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?
  • What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?
  • Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?

You can either leave a comment here or send me a private message through my Contact Me form. Unless you tell me otherwise, I’ll assume that by getting in touch you agree that I can quote you directly and credit you by first name (or screen name) and Myers-Briggs type.

Please spread this around! The more people sending in their ideas and perspectives the better. Hopefully we’ll get enough feedback for several posts. Maybe it will even grow into an ebook. I can’t wait to read what you all have to say!

Updates — I’ll post links to the posts here as I finish them:

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27 thoughts on “Send Me Your Stories: Christianity and MBTI Types

  1. To begin, I am an INFJ and someone who is Highly Sensitive (also a Canadian from the west coast), the answers to these questions will be coming from that standpoint.

    1) Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?
    I would say I identify with David the most. His emotion portrayed through the Psalms and some OT stories resonate in my heart, especially that of love for God, the Scriptures, and pains of stress under sin and oppression. The way in which he responds to certain situations are very similar to how I’ve responded to mine relate as well. His desire to maintain loyalty with people who hurt (to the extent of killing) him, and the way he repents to God for his horrendous sins.

    2) Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
    No. If anything it is that I am afraid of what some people my think in what gifts and talents I do possess and unsure with how to correctly use them depending on what I am involved with ministry wise. For example: I am capable of perceiving the emotions of others, and sometimes to the extent that I can feel them as if they were my own. In the cases of ministry, if I am doing Youth/Teen ministry in the church and I get emotional and express it through crying, I fear people will think I am incapable to lead or teach because of my expressed emotions or they will less them in saying, “Oh she’s a girl, of course she’s going to cry.” Has anyone actually done or said these things? No. Yet, it is a fear I possess.

    3) Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
    Singing has been a gift that has been utilized at the church I currently attend (Fellowship Baptist). People have told me that they are “happy” or “delighted” to see me singing with the worship team, I think due to the fact they’ve seen me grow up in that particular church and enjoy seeing me get involved.

    4) Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?
    Not from specific people, but there is a general tension with the mentality that ministry is an extraverted endeavour. Over the time spent at a Briercrest (a Bible College in Canada), I found out how introverted I was, being an INFJ, and discovered that once a week I require a “no people day.” This was hard to come to terms with because I love youth ministry, working with and helping people, encouraging those who are downhearted, and discovering that to be my best functioning person requires me to withdraw deeply upset me. Sometimes explaining to people that I need to leave because “I’m done peopling,” can be a funny and cut the conversation short defence that saves explaining further my need to recharge… but I do fear in saying even that much because ministry involves being involved with people… how can I do that if I need to take almost more than 24 hours to recharge and recover if I’m drawn to ministry? I’ve come to terms with it more but it still can be a struggle.

    5) Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
    The best example I can think of is how John Piper does some of his sermons online. He explains the Bible passage, has the camera show the various highlighting of words, phrases, sentences, and how they connect – so visual aspect Is how I connect. Also his passion expressed in talking about Scripture, God, an various topics in his sermons has always been a draw for me.
    I love when preachers, not just John Piper, are able to exegete a passage of Scripture well, reveal the character of God through it, and FIND APPLICATION for our daily lives.

    6) In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?
    Always, ALWAYS, talk about the mercy and grace of God. There are two types of people in the world that my Hebrew Professor at Briercrest mentioned, people who need to know the wrath of God, and people who need to know the grace of God. I am the type that needs to know of God’s grace every single day.

    7) What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?
    Evangelism. I struggle with this time and time again. I often look back on conversations (sometimes that just happened moments ago) and kick myself for saying one thing and not saying something else.
    In a ministry setting, my mind works fast, and able to think of the right thing to say, or how to conduct myself depending on the situation. Outside the church I am like a fish out of water, and unsure how to be fully honest about my beliefs while at the same time aware of where the other person is coming from.

    8) Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?
    I tend to take a Calvinistic approach to this and say I am a christian because God chose me and I responded to his promptings.
    There is no other god that I am aware of that has the willingness to be patient in this process of sanctification, is willing to be inmate in this relationship, and was willing to be the one to initiate the relationship through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.
    Scripture, the Bible, which is used to reveal the character of God to us, is true that it is “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12). I will reread various books in it and find things that I did not see before or becomes affirmed by again, which often draws me to repentance or praise… because God, by His Holy Spirit, has revealed those things to me.

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  2. I am a Christian INFJ

    Q: Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?
    A: The Older Brother in the story of the Prodigal Son. I want things to be as I perceive as fair–to a fault. I also identify somewhat with the Israelites in the wilderness who were critical and ungrateful, continually forgetting God’s blessings. However, Joseph (Jacob’s son) and King David inspire me most.

    Q: Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
    A: I’m not sure if this answers this question in the way you intended, but I would say that my calling as a mother who homeschools seems to be undervalued. It appears that the ministries that take place within the church walls or even in the community (volunteer work at a pregnancy center, for example) are seen as more important than ministry that takes place within the home. Pressure is sometimes put on stay-at-home mothers to do more “church” work even when it could interfere with their work at home.

    Q: Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
    A: I play piano, and sometimes fill in for the primary pianist. At this time in my church if there is no pianist, the congregation would have to sing a cappella; so this skill is encouraged to prevent a cappella singing.

    Q: Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?
    A: The expectation to be extroverted is present, and I am fairly introverted. Also, I like to discuss in-depth, sometimes controversial topics and have been met with opposition because people often assume talking about anything “controversial” is akin to fighting or criticizing; or they aren’t interested in seeing things from a different perspective and don’t want to challenge themselves intellectually. Really, I just want to refine my ideas and understand the other side of things in a friendly manner.

    Q: Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
    A: I love anything that gets to the heart of the issue. I don’t tend to enjoy emotional or charismatic styles of preaching. I do appreciate metaphors and other illustrations.

    Q: In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?
    A: By focusing on the heart of issues–getting beneath the surface of sins to expose their motives really engages my mind and motivates me to grow.

    Q: What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?
    A: Getting out of my comfort zone by intentionally engaging others during a worship service. Something about a room full of people makes me shut down a little. In addition, Evangelicalism has, I think, falsely claimed that everyone ought to be out in the world vocally evangelizing even though evangelism is a *gift* and most people are not gifted with it! Doing what I am called to do (mothering) instead of evangelizing sometimes brings criticism upon myself from other evangelicals.

    Q: Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?
    A: I grew up attending an evangelical church, but by middle school rejected what I was taught. My journey to belief was somewhat like the humbling of Nebuchadnezzar’s. Everything I valued most–my talents and relationships with friends and family–was taken away from me over the course of 3 years until I was in deep depression waiting to die. Then, one afternoon while I was sitting on my bed God quickened me. I can’t explain it, but immediately I loved God and knew He loved me and my desires started to be conformed to His. It really was the Holy Spirit, of course. As another commenter mentioned, I don’t believe I chose Christianity–in fact I nearly hated it and despised the external shows put on by many I saw in the Church. Having been dead, and then made alive–blind, but now seeing, I cannot help but believe Christianity is the true faith, and because of the way in which God drew me to Himself–where it was 100% His doing–I cannot doubt His Word which says that Jesus is the only way to the Father, meaning all other faiths must be false.

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    • Hi JayLee 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
      I’ve struggled with what you mentioned about conversations, too. Sometimes I just want to talk about why we do/believe something in one way and not another, and people assume I’m attacking them. I really just wanted to understand more deeply, honest!

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    • Hi, JayLee. I like more intellectual teaching, too, but metaphors really cement the teaching. For example, Frank Peretti’s “Chair Sermon”–you’d probably get a lot out that one.

      You are much better at directly expressing very difficult concepts. “Quickening.” I love that. 🙂

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  3. Infj here. I think I identify the most with the book of ecclesiasties. Because it deals so realistically with meaning and the search for fulfillment and purpose in life by the wisest man, Solomon. And of course because it concludes so straightforwardly what it means to be human, fear God and keep his commandments. In true infj fashion I am a bit different. Not growing up in any particular church I was taught the word of God at home, and I feel that I have been able to explore my spirituality freely. Intuition and God being my guide. I began receiving the good news magazine from the united church of God as a new mother and have found myself in the last ten years or so on a journey to the Jewish roots of Christianity. As an infj I am indeed a very private person and maybe even have a few personal obstacles that keep me from attending any organized religion. Though I struggle without the benefits of a like minded community. For me authenticity is I believe the most important thing especially in regards to all things spiritual. And so a return to the original idea, original practice and thought means everything to me. Any preaching or communication of Gods truth and gospel must be relaxed and natural and verifiable biblically and secularly and by faith. I’d say apart from fellowship, a big challenge for me as a Christian is identifying as one. Since it tends to be such an umbrella term and I find myself identifying more with the beliefs of the messianic community. Still it has indeed become a real central part of me to follow Jesus the messiah, because he is my hope for a better world where the truth of God covers the world like water! Thank you for allowing me to share 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for sharing your story, Sarah! I really sympathize with what you said about identifying at Christian. I’m never sure what to tell people when they ask. I definitely consider myself a Christian, but always feel the need to explain what kind. Lately I’ve been telling people I’m Messianic and then going into more detail if they seem interested.

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  4. I came out as Memory/Effectiveness:
    Strengths:
    Endlessly responsible
    Maintain systems and keep things going
    Levelheaded

    Weaknesses:
    Suspicious of new concepts and solutions
    Can be prideful and unbending
    May get stuck in a rut

    I’m not sure what INFJ or NT stand for so I’ll not say which I am. I was in a church that kept the Sabbath and Holy Days and have stayed with that belief system even tho that church organization no longer exists.

    Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with? Esther.

    Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church? Even tho I’m quite intelligent and would love the opportunity to discuss rather deep biblical things, many church groups that I’ve met with still tend to think that women should keep their mouths shut.

    Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church? My musical abilities.

    Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works? I have a difficult time expressing myself without being forceful so I tend to avoid expressing myself. Which means I don’t say much when I probably should say something.

    Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word? I enjoy someone who is prepared but can break the mold and interact with how the audience is reacting to what he/she is saying.

    In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel? Not be so rigid in how it presents things.

    What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian? Displaying my faith. I don’t shy away from saying I’m a Christian but I don’t proclaim it out loud from the rooftops either. I try to live as a Christian and make sure that my actions reflect my faith — I “let my light shine”.

    Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one? I was born into a Christian family, did my best to prove it when I got older and believe that the Bible is the Word of God.

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    • Thank you for commenting Yvonne 🙂 Memory/Effectiveness corresponds to ISTJ type (if you’re wondering)
      Ah, yes. The “women should keep their mouths shut” argument. So frustrating. That’s one reason I started blogging.There are plenty of women in the Bible who were praised for not staying silent, like Ester and the prophetesses. Why don’t people think we can (even should) be like those women?

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  5. My name is Patricia, and I am an INFP female, Asian-American Christian. Thanks so much for your interesting and helpful blog posts!!

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    1. Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?

    I identify most with Jesus’ disciples Paul and John in the New Testament because they show both the values-driven determination and authenticity of my INFP personality respectively.

    Paul was passionate and courageous in the way he communicated in his letters, venturing out of his country in order to build up the foundations of the early Christian Church. John, on the other hand, comes across as naturally intuitive in the way he portrayed Christ in the Gospel of John and in Revelation (my guess is that Mark was more of a sensor in the way he focused on Christ’s miracles in his letter), and I think that this may be one of the reasons why he was described as the “disciple who Christ loved” (not because he was better than the other disciples, but because his introverted intuition allowed him to understand and respond to God’s Word with unique emotional depth).

    2. Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?

    I used to love teaching Sunday School to elementary school children when I was a teenager, but now as a young adult I am reluctant to get involved in the planning or carrying out of church activities because of past negative experiences with church politics.

    3. Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?

    I felt most at home during prayer times at church. I like the silence, and the quiet communion I feel simply being around other people who are also praying. I know that prayer is powerful – not because someone is “good at praying aloud” – but because it reminds us to be responsive and dependent on the all-powerful, loving God who created us.

    I also think that introverted intuition helps with evangelism. I feel like I can predict how a non-believer would respond to God, and how God would move in his or her life if given the chance.

    4. Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?

    Even when I know how important it is to get to know other Christians well by spending time with them, it can be very draining for me (I get social hangovers).

    5. Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?

    I learn about God’s Word best on my own, and then when I listen to lecture-like sermons or attend small-group seminars/discussions at church, taking in that information then simply reinforces, challenges and refines what I learned on my own (I am also in a better position to contribute to small-group discussion having studied on my own – especially when communicating with thinkers, who like to debate).

    When I first became a Christian in my pre-teens, I devoured lots of biblical material in my own time, which provided a foundation from which I now as a young adult spend moments reflecting on biblical concepts in response to what happens in my life.

    6. In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?

    I don’t think that the church needs to make an effort to connect with me, but that is my personal responsibility as a Christian to make an effort to connect with the church, imperfect and diverse as it is.

    As for the church connecting with non-believers of different personalities, I think that this is the strength of having diverse church members who can, in their own way, share God’s love with others.

    7. What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?

    When I go through bouts of depression in response to stress in my life, I lose sight of who God is (God’s continual provision for me, and the hope that He gives me simply from being present). I do not become angry at Him, or unaware of His presence, but I become distracted and confused in my own negative feelings.

    8. Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?

    I think that there are many factors affecting my growth as a Christian (supportive parents, Christian friends, living in a country with freedom of religious expression), but as for why I am one in the first place – it is hard for me to say. I can relive the events almost a decade ago that lead to me praying for God to be a part of my life, and the resolve I felt afterwards to commit myself to him, but that circumstance then was not the reason why I am a Christian today (in a similar way in which simply being born into a culturally Christian family does not make an individual child a Christian).

    A Christian is someone who has the Holy Spirit living inside of them and working in their lives. I know that I am one (perhaps intuitively), and maybe a sensor or thinker could point how it plays out in my life tangibly, but I don’t pay attention to that. I just trust in God’s sovereignty, and carry on with my life, with hope that He knows best for me, and thankfulness that He is a part of my life.

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    Cheers!

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    • Hi Patricia 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your story!
      John’s probably the Bible person I most identify with, too. He seems like a strong intuitive to me and I really connect with his writings.

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    • Hi, Patricia. If I may, I would like to encourage you not to allow church politics to drive you away from what you enjoy doing. It’s tough to trust people, so trust God to put you where He wants you. He is faithful beyond your imaginings.

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  6. I nearly wept when I found your blog. You are an answer to prayer. I’m happy to (at least try) to help. So, here goes…

    I am an INFJ Christian law student from a small rural town in Washington State. I’m a wife, a mother and grandmother, and have six cats.

    • Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?

    I identify most with Rahab because she was an idolater who was saved when she trusted God. Not only that, but because of that decision, she was given a place in the line of Christ. I, too, was an idolater, but when I trusted Christ, God adopted me into His household. Now I’m a princess in the royal house of God.

    • Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?

    I am a watch(man) on the wall, and people don’t listen because I cannot explain my process. God rescued me from witchcraft, so my church is afraid of my testimony.

    • Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?

    I am an aspiring prayer warrior, which is to say I know the power of prayer. I just don’t pray as much as I should. I am also a consummate student of the Word. I love scripture! Because I love it, when I discover something new, I can’t help but…well…gush. Finally, and most blessedly, I have been given the spiritual gift of faith. I hold on because I trust God to be God. I’ve found out that others are inspired by my stand.

    • Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?

    This is an interesting question because I am not really in tune with the expectations of others. However, I would say if anything causes issues, it’s got to be my slow processing and lack of skill in extemporaneous speech. I think sometimes people think I’m not too bright. It makes them wonder whether they can depend on me.

    • Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?

    The more scripture, the better. I like exegesis, especially when the sermon ends with the Gospel. I get a lot out of Beth Moore studies with a small group of ladies. Right now, I am hand-copying the scriptures. I pray that God will write the words into my brain and knit them into my soul and spirit as I write them.

    • In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?

    The church should take into account that the congregation is made up of introverts, too. Personally, I like something to chew on. Too many churches now are enamored of programs. It’s frustrating to me because God’s word is sufficient for all.

    • What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?

    I cannot be silent when it comes to what I care about (and I care about a lot). Facebook is a trap for me. I am uncompromising in my beliefs where I have investigated the scriptures regarding a matter, and I will not say what is wrong is right. That’s less and less popular, even in the church. I may be seen as arrogant because of that. I feel deep compassion, but have difficulty conveying it, so my compassion is often seen as judgment. How dare I believe someone’s actions are going to hurt him or her?

    • Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?

    I’m a Christian because Jesus rescued me and gave me a new heart. I see the evidence everywhere of God—untamable; inestimable; holy, holy, holy (holiest of holy holies). How could I do anything but worship Him? I know Christianity is the right faith because I have seen the wrong religions and felt their emptiness and frustration. Christianity is the only faith that does not rely upon finite man, who clearly cannot get the job done.

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  7. I am Brian. INFP male. 24.

    1. Which Bible characters and or stories do you most identify with?
    My all time favorite books for sure are Proverbs and Revelations. Definitely the wisdom books and the books of prophecy. But those two are my favorite. Proverbs cause I can just find so much to apply to my life to grow inside as a person, mentally, spiritually, intellectually. I just feel like its a fountain of knowledge. The whole bible is but this ones my favorite. Revelations for its lively metaphorical (or real) descriptions of whats to come, celestial, and spiritual beings. It paints such wonderful pictures for me that really differ from reality (our reality) and it fascinates me. My friends are personally scared of this book in particular and I can see why but its such a mysterious frightning window that I love to peak through.
    Characters are a hard one. I love Enoch and Elijah because I am always baffled by the fact that they were taken up and allowing them to avoid death. I always ask myself. What did they do that God just wanted them. I know we an read more on Elijah than Enoch but these two are very interesting to me. I can’t say I really have a favorite. I find interest in a few that aren’t really talked about. Lazarus being one of them. How deep was his relationship with Jesus. Jeremiah. How did he endure all those years telling Israel to turn from their ways.
    I think though. From very little. The prophets have grabbed my attention the most.

    2. Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
    Physical talents? I feel like the arts and creativity isn’t very, not accepted but looked at as an essential gift in my church. I love doing dramas and doing skits but they usually want these things to be done within a short amount of time. Im an artist myself ( pen, pencil, paint) and I would love to use my gift for skits, dramas, theater but art isn’t something you can really just snap your fingers to and it’ll happen. People think (at least in my church) that any form of art, whether performing, Visual, or Musical can just happen and it doesn’t. it requires a lot of thought, set up, and practice.

    Spiritual Gift is also there. I tend not to speak too much of these for different denominations think differently of these. But likewise in this area, I feel like people are afraid of the spiritual gifts the holy spirit has to offer in my own church.

    3. Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
    My artistic abilities get used once in a while on some events. My skills are more supported. I like taking pictures, and so I am encouraged to do so, so people can see and be given mementos of when I take them and stuff like that. I am computer savvy and I am used in the sound room for anything computer related so I feel useful there. Its a constant ministry so It does make me feel useful and like I am giving in a way.

    4. Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
    I love to read myself. Read, read, read. I love a preacher that isn’t screaming the word into my ears. I love people who connect and speak directly into my life. I feel like, whether they be feeling types or not, if they can get in touch with the holy spirit they will preach a message that is beneficial to any receiving person. Also, Teacher Preachers. I love Preachers that are able to give different perspectives into a verse or story that I had never been able to look at that way before.

    5. In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel? I think as long as the preacher is anointed by the spirit, the spirit will call my spirit. the church coooould maybe set more strict rules on the respect the house of the Lord needs. No phones, and no talking. My personal pet peeve (no talking to me while im praying unless one absolutely needs me. If it can wait, It can wait. But again. Personal.)

    6. What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?

    I think being able to just out of the blue talk to someone about the gospel. I would love to tell everyone but don’t want to seem like Im forcing anything down. I respect people and their current beliefs, but I feel like the times we are in today don’t allow for much “growing” in “what” is correct. It’s more of a “live, and let live” sort of moto for the world now and no one really wants to be told they’re wrong.
    The same way if someone bashes my belief its hard for me to say something. Although I’m getting better at it as I grow and time goes by, Would love to be confident in my person to defend my belief. “I just don’t want trouble” is mostly what runs through my head.

    On a personal level. I battle with evil on a daily basis. What the world sees as okay today if I were to do and I do sometimes, kills me, and I beat myself up so much for it. Lately I have been very good about applying the knowledge that Jesus has my sins covered and I should not worry but theres always that regret.

    I think this scriptures explains my internal battle to a t.

    Romans 7:15-20

    15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

    And theres always a fear that I might cross the line one day. Not that God will not forgive me, because I know he will, but that I won’t forgive myself.

    7. Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?

    I was just listening to a teaching on this today actually. I agreed with all of it. I cannot NOT believe after what I have been taught and read myself. After questioning and doubting God and God revealing himself to me in many ways. I love him because he first chose me, and if he first chose me then what “choice” do I have against that.
    Simply, I believe, because he has called me to believe.

    I sorta felt like I came off as ranting, but I do love my church, I just wish some of the elders would be more “artsy” i guess so they would understand where Im coming from. I know with help form God he will lead me and them alike. I hope this helped.
    Also, Please forgive any misspelling, grammar or just bad writing. First off, I’m not very good at grammar, and My baby brother kept on talking to me while I was doing this so my mind was trying its hardest to focus. haha.

    God Bless you friend!

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    • Hi Brian 🙂 I love Romans 7. It’s so encouraging to know even the apostle Paul went through struggles like that with his faith and battling sin in his life. Always nice to know it’s not just us, right?

      Me too about preachers screaming. They could be sharing the most edifying, inspired message ever but raised voices make it impossible for me to relax and concentrate.

      I wish we did talk about spiritual gifts more. The churches I’ve been in generally believe most of them still exist (except speaking in tongues; that one freaks some people out). But we don’t often talk about how to discover and use them.

      Thank you so much for commenting! And don’t worry about the grammar (I thought your comment was well written, actually). I know how distracting little siblings can be 🙂

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  8. I’m asking you to please share your personality type and answer some (or all, if you like) of these questions:
    INFP

    Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with? As weird as it sounds, the character I totally relate to the most is Gomer in the book of Hosea. She never realized what she had, messed it up multiple times, and still received unconditional love.
    Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church? Not that I know of. Sometimes, due to my age (I’m 24) I feel like people don’t really listen to what I have to say, but I think that comes with the territory
    Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church? I sing, and I’m asked to perform special songs
    Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works? Not that I know of
    Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word? The method in which I learn best is actually through music. Hearing just the right hymn or worship song can completely shift my mood
    In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?
    What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian? Socializing with people in my age group. Most of my friends are at least ten years older than me
    Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one? Science. Everything points to creation, despite what the world says. Furthermore, I’ve met God, and he’s met me in my darkest moments.

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    • Thanks for commenting, Dara! Gomer’s not the first character I would have thought of people picking for that question, but it doesn’t really sound weird to me. I love the book of Hosea and God’s message of unfailing love for His people.

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    • Dara, have you read “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers? It’s a retelling of Gomer and Hosea’s story set during the California gold rush. I just finished it and thought about your comment. I very much enjoyed the book — it’s well-written, faithful, and encouraging with a gripping story.

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  9. INFJ, I’m from Prague, Czech Republic (central Europe). I’m used to say I’m a Christian but I haven’t been baptized yet (I will be in June) – all my relatives (same as 80% of people in my country) are atheists

    Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?
    Mary of Magdala. Women healed from her misery not because of acting well but through the mercy of Jesus. She was given much greater love and grace than she deserved. And Paul of Tarsus. Christ revealed to him in spite of his hating and anti-christian fanaticism. Then he felt strong need to spread his message.

    Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
    I probably have some “talents” I’m not very happy about because I think I can’t use them for God but it is probably not what this question is about.

    Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
    I love work with the Scripture as looking for new encouragement and arguments for my faith. I also feel more sure when I remember specifically where is something written. I also an debating type of Christian, I feel some “need” to ask all people for their life opinion and reasons for it and defending the Truth of Christianity. I’m always looking for more and more arguments and sources of faith.

    Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
    I like debating about something in a group of Christian after everyone studies something about it for a while.

    What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?
    When I become a Christian, it was difficult to tell people around me about it. The fist person who asked me was a Christian (INTJ) classmate, I had been a Christian for nearly a year this time. Half a year after that I told my parents and another year later a started going to the church. They had (and still have) a problem with it.

    Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?
    I was raised in very anti-christian and anti-religious context but since my childhood I have been mad into history. The sureness of Christians ready even to die for their faith is everywhere in history. I was both scared and fascinated. So I studied a lot about Christianity and red the Gospel. I found so many proves (mainly historical) that this faith is right. And I also felt that the teaching of Jesus is exactly what I was looking for. But today the historical and other proves are not my main assurance. Today I simply believe in Christ because I know him.

    I sorry for so many mistakes I must have done, my English is horrible

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    • Oooo, Prague! I’m always happy when I hear from readers outside the U.S. (not that other comments aren’t exciting, but it’s cool to know my blog is being read worldwide). No need to apologize for your English – it’s good 🙂

      I loved reading your story. I often marvel at the different tools God uses to call us into relationship with Him. History offers such a powerful testimony of God’s presence, as do the Christians who’ve died (and are dying today) for their faith.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

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  10. Hello Marissa! interesting subjects, thanks for giving us the opportunity to share. I am INFJ, I’ve known for 7yrs and went beyond the letters to really see how the functions work in my life, and I’m pretty convinced at this point.

    1. Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?

    Luke, Daniel, Paul, Judah, Joshua, Nehemiah, Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin), Nebuchadnezzar. I love everything that involves Jesus. It’s hard to choose what stories! In recent times I’ve studied Daniel, Nehemiah, Jonah, Joseph and I like them all!

    2. Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
    At church, I get the opportunity to serve teas and coffee, also to lead a study or cook dinner in small group. I don’t think my talents are not appreciated, it depends on what I’m willing to give at the time and whatever a person gives, it is appreciated.
    I would like to do more bible studies and discipleship. The main thoughts in my head now is hosting small studies at my home.

    3. Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
    Whatever a person does is appreciated

    4. Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?
    Not really, when it comes to doctrine, I try to not be very NT about it. I could come across sometimes as overly intellectual, argumentative and hard for people, I just want people to understand.

    5. Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
    I like studies on a particular area but like to see how it connects logically across the bible.

    6. In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?
    At the moment, I’m totally fine with how my church preaches the gospel, though I’d like if they had informal sessions after the service to talk about what was just preached.

    7. What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?
    Not enough people to discuss and do bible studies with

    8. Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?

    Music! lol. Ok, I believe God has drawn me over the years to Godself. Grew up in a mixed religion home, then went anglican, then pentecostal, but I only learned about God’s grace 7yrs ago (I am 30+), I learned about it, but since then I’ve come to understand it more and more. The Holy Spirit has turned my stony heart into a loving one and keeps giving me the strength to live out everyday. Also, I look into the world, and I can’t find a better story than God’s story, what more is there to live for than to Trust God and Love others. Every other story falls short of Christ laying down his life for us. Then there’s music! lol, being able to sing praises is one of the most beautiful gifts we’ve been given on this earth.

    Thanks!

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    • Hi Tonianni! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and share your story.

      I love music too 🙂 sometimes the right song on a Sabbath morning speaks to my heart at least as much as the rest of the service.

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  11. 1 Which Bible characters and/or stories do you most identify with?
    – David, Balaam’s Donkey :p

    2 Do you have gifts or talents that you feel are not appreciated or that you don’t have an opportunity to use in the church?
    – Worship music. Saying what needs to be said. Feather ruffling. Outreach. Reconciliation.

    3 Do you have gifts or talents that are particularly encouraged and supported in the church?
    – Music. Speaking. Leading. Organizing. App development.

    4 Are there expectations from other Christians that you have a hard time meeting because of how your mind naturally works?
    – I am told I feel to much / am too led by emotions. When I am feeling discouraged, I am told to “just pray more” and everything should be fine, vs feeling and expressing the highs and lows in a raw and real way. (Like David)

    5 Which teaching/preaching styles connect with you best? How do you like to hear and learn about God and His word?
    – personal/relatable/conversational! I get way more out of a small group conversation than a sermon. But sermons that tell stories and make it personal captivate me.

    6 In what ways could the church better connect with someone like you when preaching the gospel?
    – more outreach opportunities. Less condolences on being single. Less rigidly holding to church traditions (not commandments, just church culture) as though they were doctrine. An environment that allows for expression and being real vs pretending to be perfect happy plastic people.

    7 What’s one of the biggest challenges you face as a Christian?
    -hope/encouragment.

    8 Why are you a Christian? In other words, what makes you believe this faith is the right one?
    – Though I don’t always “feel” God, I know there is no other explanation for life and the universe, and no other system that can work well and offer an abundant life like the laws of God.

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