2.1. Study Material

Précis:    To display the unique nature of each individual; encourage people to enjoy who they are; recognize the individuality of others and accept their person.

Text: Colossians 1:12-13

Introduction:

The following evaluation was made by the Jordan Management. The identity of the consultant and how the report was leaked to the public is not altogether clear.

Jordan Management Consultants – Jerusalem Office

    MEMO TO:            Jesus, Son of Joseph, Woodcrafter Carpenter Shop, Nazareth

    FROM:             Jordan Management Consultants

    SUBJECT:  Evaluation of Management Candidates; Executive Summary

     Dear Sir:

         Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have selected for

    management positions in your new organization. All of them have now completed

    our battery of tests; we have processed the results through our computers and our 

    psychologists and vocational aptitude consultants have also conducted personal

    interviews with each candidate. Individual evaluations are enclosed.

         It is the opinion of our staff that most of your nominees are lacking in back- 

    ground, education and vocational aptitude for the sort of enterprise you are under-

    talking. They do not have the team concept. Individually and corporately they dis-

    play shortcomings that could significantly impair the venture you have described 

    to us. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of manage

    rial ability and proven capability.

         Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew demon-

    strates no potential for leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of

    Zebedee, place personal interest above corporate loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a

    questioning attitude that would undermine morale. We feel it is our duty to tell you

    that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business 

    Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus show definite radical tenden-

    cies, and both score high on the manic-depressive scale. One of the candidates, 

    however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets 

    people well, have a keen business mind and have contacts in high places. He is highly

    motivated, ambitious and responsible. We recommend Judas as your comptroller

    and the right hand man. All other profiles are self-explanatory. We wish you every

    success in your new venture. 

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Lesson:                It’s  Fun  To  Be  Me

2.1 Personality Types, Individual Characteristics

1.  The Blob – an amiable nonentity

2.  The Eager Beaver – busy taking advantage of every situation

3.  Madam Butterfly – up in the air fluttering about

4.  Hypocrites; Pavlov, I. (1849-1936); Lahay, T. – 4 personality types

5.  If two of you shall agree soom-fo-neh’-o  (Matt. 18:19) – Symphony

2.2 Biblical Characters And Personality Types

1. Moses: Self-reliant yet dependent; Assured – depressed  (Num. 20:7-11)

2. Elijah: Bold and taunting, yet weak and fearful  (1 Kings 18-19)

3. Paul: Polished and educated yet knowing nothing  (Acts 15:36-41

4. Peter:  Forward, bold, impulsive (Gal. 2:11-14)

5. Disciples – Would a battery of personality tests have helped Jesus?

–  Matthew – Detailed, compulsive

–  Thomas – Analytical, examining, doubting

–  Peter – Motivated, impetuous, energized

–  John – Gentle, tender, retiring

–  Andrew – Son of thunder

–  Judas – Self seeking

2.3  Case History Of Saul – 1 Samuel

1. God’s evaluation: Superior – No better person than he (1 Sam. 9:2)

  2. Poor self-image: Who am I; am I not the least? (1 Sam. 9:21)

3. Inferiority not humility: He hid himself among the stuff  (1 Sam. 10:22)

4. Transformation: Changed him into another man (1 Sam.10:6-9; 11:6)

5. Recognition, power, victory, success: (1 Sam. 11-12)

6. Pride, self-glory: all Israel shall say that Saul … (1 Sam.13:1-4)

7. Impudent defiance: Intrudes into the priest’s office (1 Sam.13:8-10)

8. Rationalization and projection: You were late (1 Sam. 13:11-14)

9. Irresponsible disobedience: Spared Agag; cattle (1 Sam. 15: 7-11)

10. Insincere repentance: I have sinned, yet honour me (1 Sam. 15:17-30)

11. Transference of blessing: Spirit of the Lord departed (1 Sam.16:13-14)

12. Without God’s protection: Evil spirits trouble him (1 Sam.16: 1416)

13. Becomes depressed: David played, Saul refreshed. (1 Sam. 16:21-23)

14. Psychotic behavior: Saul angry, murderous (1 Sam. 18:8-11)

15. Delusions and paranoia: Saul was yet the more afraid (1 Sam. 18:28)

16. Obsessed: Sent a watch to slay David (1 Sam. 19:9-11)

17. Jealousy, betrayal: Son of a perverse woman (1 Sam. 20:30)

18. Consuming vengefulness: Pursues David to kill him (1 Sam. 23-27)

19. Seek the occult, demons, witchcraft: Witch of Endor (1 Sam.28:5-19)

20. Takes his own life- suicide: (1 Sam.31; 1 Chron. 10:13-14)