This post will look at the sermons of three EN personality types: the ENTP, ENFP and ENTJ. But first, some definitions for the uninitiated:
ENTJs have excellent verbal communication skills. When preaching they are a dynamic presence - confident, forceful, quick witted. They have a good theoretical understanding, but are even better at translating it into concrete applications.
They are convinced that they have the answers and in their sermons they will tell you all sorts of things that they think you ought to know. They believe in lives efficiently run. Families with strong leadership - perhaps even with vision statements! Order. Logic. They will argue persuasively for their point of view, and it would take a very quick witted person to see holes in the ENTJ’s argument while he/she is preaching.
An ENTJs primary function is Extroverted Thinking. What they like best is to make decisions. Their secondary function - Introverted Intuition - the process by which they gather information about the world (and the Word) - can take a very, very subordinate place. It may be that they only use their intuition to reinforce what they have already decided. For example, an ENTJ preacher may have decided that his congregation needs to learn about... say... household management. He sees all of these families that are just bumbling along. They need more order. Like his family has. He decides that it’s because the men aren’t stepping up and taking control. He wants to tell the men that they need to be the CEOs of their families. At this point, he goes to the bible (he uses his information gathering function - introverted intuition) to find arguments to support his already formed judgements.
Now, of course the ENTJ preacher wouldn’t describe his process that crudely. But because his Judging function is so strong, that is going to be the temptation that he faces each week during his sermon prep. Can he hold off making decisions so as to force his secondary function (introverted intuition) to do its work? Or does he so want to be in charge that he will allow himself to be more in charge than God and His Word?
The ENTJ, more than any other type, constantly faces the challenge of self agrandisement in his/her preaching. I’d urge the ENTJ to let the bible set the agenda every single week. ENTJs are most at risk with topical series. The topical sermon gives the ENTJ license to give the congregation all sorts of extra biblical advice. He (generally he!) will feel qualified to speak on parenting styles, education choices, diet, household furnishings, budgets... and his verbal giftedness will make people listen to what he says.