Is my spiritual growth determined by my decisions or by default?
A leading scholar and researcher with the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions, R. Miller, PhD., has clinically identified a phenomenon identified as “quantum change.”
“The word “quantum” comes from the world of physics. Scientists observe that when atoms receive greater amounts of energy their electrons jump into completely new orbits. With an increase in energy the previous structure cannot sustain itself. After a quantum change a new stability shows up at a higher level. A new reality has emerged.” http://quantumchange.net/
Quantum change, in Dr. Miller’s research, is a vivid, surprising, benevolent, and enduring personal transformation. Paul experienced “quantum change” in Acts 9:1-20.
Jesus requires (and provides) quantum change.
The condition of the human spirit without Jesus
- Heart darkened Romans 1:21
- Lost Luke 19:10
- Perishing John 3:16
- Positioned for God’s wrath John 3:36
- Condemned already John 3:18
- Without hope Ephesians 2:12
- Dead in trespasses and sin Ephesians 2:1
- Blinded by “god of this age” 2 Corinthians 4:4
Long before Dr. Miller began to understand quantum change, God revealed it in the Bible. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Consider the quantum change of Ephesians 2:1-5.
Jesus guarantees this quantum change to you today. John 6:37
Listen – My Story
- What holds excitement for you this upcoming winter?
- Is there a quantum change you wish would happen in the world today?
- Does anyone in your Life Group have a quantum change conversion story?
Lift – Prayer
- Please give thanks to God for specific things He has bountifully provided for you.
- Next Sunday we commission our 2018 Youth Ministry team. Please pray for teens and the ministry team.
- Please pray for the beginning of MCA Celebrate Recovery, a thoroughly Christian recovery ministry.
- Please pray for the members of your Life Group.
Learn – Digging Deeper
- Read Luke 19:1-8. Do you see quantum change in Zacchaeus? What all changed for him?
- Read John 11:38-44. Do you see quantum change in Lazarus? Does Jesus make similar changes in lives today? If so, in what ways?
- Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. What all is included in the “old?” What all is included in “the new?”
Life – Taking it Home
- What is God saying to you through this lesson?
- What could you do this week to present yourself to God for quantum change?
- What is your next step in response to this teaching?