A.D. Kingdom and Empire: Peter [ESFJ 2w1]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Peter is a charismatic, highly emotional man who, emboldened by the encouragement of his friends, finds the courage to become their unofficial leader. He is intensely feeling, taking on the burdens of others and empathizing them to an enormous degree, but also hiding his own feelings to some extent out of respect for cultural and social norms (Mary Magdalene has to tell him that it’s okay to weep and wail, and that being a man does not mean he cannot cry out in grief). Peter is devastated at the thought that Jesus was right about his denial, but willing to stay in Jerusalem to determine if he will rise again after three days. He is delighted at the show of support in building their new body of believers, but willing to take on the punishment for one and all, if he must. But his daughter’s endless barrage of questions frustrates him, and under stress he becomes more questioning before he deviates back to “we” (“You ask why did He call me his rock? Is this the foundation for a new church? I am not the foundation; He is! And a church is not built of stone; it is in all of you, in every one of us!” – inferior Ti).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

He is sensible, and aware of how things work in Jerusalem and among the Jews and Romans. Though he abandoned his former life as a fisherman to follow the Messiah, Peter is willing to return to that life after the crucifixion, until he is given a greater commission. He models his behavior after that of Jesus in how he interacts with others and preaches, often referencing previous events, the scriptures, and ancient prophecies. His idea is to use the old to inspire the new; to help others see Jesus as the fulfillment of their treasured traditions and beliefs. His ideas come from external sources … from traveling, talking to, and bonding with Jesus, as well as from greater events and schools of thought. Peter is quite interested in new ideas and interested in embracing them; he wants to learn and expand. He has an ever-growing greater worldview, and is able to impress these things upon the other disciples. He can speak in metaphors and allegories, as well as be frank and straightforward. Peter never has a specific sense of what is about to happen, but he has a strong and often melancholic prediction (he isn’t sure of their fate, but confesses to John that he believes they’re about to die).

Enneagram: 2w1 social

Peter has a generous and empathetic heart, and is disheartened after two deaths in the camp that the children no longer love him. He wants to generate an atmosphere of love and respect, not one of fear. He’s at his happiest when helping others generously, whether that is in lovingly correcting them or teaching them in the ways of Christ. He is so highly emotional and reactive, Paul tells him he has passion and wisdom but too much emotion whenever he argues. Peter can, on occasion, show an 8ish anger but more often than not, chooses the way of forgiveness through his 1 wing desire to be a better man, to do the right thing, and to abide by the rules of conduct Jesus set for him.