Style 5

The Investigator

How the Gospel Applies to You

 

Summary of Style Five

As Investigators, Fives seek wisdom and knowledge to better understand why and how the world works.  They want to understand how everything fits together. Through their observations, they are able to find ways to simplify life. They prefer to find truth for themselves rather than taking someone else’s word for it.

 

Fives are contemplative, innovative and insightful. They have a voracious interest in acquiring data. They are rational and are able to remain calm in the midst of chaos. They are objective and  help others to see things from a variety of perspectives.

 

Fives make great teachers because they enjoy sharing what they have learned. They are logical and stable. They are intensely focused and can spend a lot of time mastering a skill in their areas of interest. They easily lose track of time when they are in this mode. Fives are quite comfortable being alone and are typically private people.

 

These Investigators long to make sense of everything around them.

 

Motivation & False Belief

Fives are motivated by the desire to be capable and competent. They seek knowledge and find security in acquiring it. Since there is so much to learn and analyze in order to be competent, Fives feel the need to preserve their resources--including energy, time and knowledge. This motivation is driven by their fear of being overwhelmed and intruded upon. While they greatly desire to be capable and competent, they have developed a false belief that they must withdraw and keep their resources to themselves.

God is calling you to live not for your wisdom but

from Christ's wisdom.

The Gospel Applied to You

While all doctrine is essential for Fives, many find comfort in spending time daily meditating upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is built upon the fact that at conversion, believers are sealed and indwelt with God’s Spirit. Because we have God’s presence within us, we have access to His truth (to counsel us), His guidance and His power (so that we may obey Him and advance Christ’s mission).

 

Helpful scriptures to meditate on and memorize: John 14:25-26; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 1:13-14.

 

You might find it helpful to practice the following “self-talk” to remind yourself of the implications of the gospel in your life:

  • Only God grants me wisdom. I find truth in him alone.

  • I am sinful. I am greedy with my time, energy and resources every day because I’m human.

  • Jesus has taken the punishment for all my greed and offers me daily forgiveness.

  • Because of Jesus, I am fully forgiven every day.

  • I do not have to understand everything. Or expect others to understand everything.

  • I am free to live, love and forgive by the grace of God.

  • The world isn’t safe but God is on the throne. He provides for me and protects me and invites me to work alongside Him by living generously.

 
 

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