StoneBridge Community Church
Facing Down the Fear of Change
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    sábado 5:30 PM, domingo 9:00 AM, domingo 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    domingo 12:00 PM

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Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, "Ecclesiastes 3" from the series Wisdom Literature: The Mysterious Books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

Heraclitus of Ephesus

Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535BC—c. 475 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, and a native of the city of Ephesus, then part of the Persian Empire. Famous for his insistence on ever-present change as the fundamental essence of the universe, he observed, "No person ever steps in the same river twice." Wikipedia article.
1. I can understand why…
1. I can understand why change is a challenge.

Why Are We Afraid of Change?

Change is hard, but we don’t always fully understand why that's so. In this four-part series, Libby Copeland investigates the science behind why we resist change. —Libby Copeland, "Why Are We Afraid of Change? The Science of Uncertainty" Unstuck.
It is not uncommon for us to fear change more than we fear crazy.
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves." —Anatole France

Sunk Cost

In economics and business decision-making, sunk cost refers to the cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered. Traditional economics proposes that we should not let sunk costs influence our decisions. Doing so would not be rationally assessing a decision exclusively on its own merits. Sunk costs do, in fact, influence our decisions because humans are prone to loss aversion and framing effects. In light of such cognitive quirks, it is unsurprising that people frequently fail to behave in ways that economists deem "rational". —Wikipedia article.

6 Reasons We Resist Change

Rebecca Barlow Jordan, "Six Reasons We Resist Change" CrossWalk website.

Ten Reasons People Resist Change

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, "Ten Reasons People Resist Change" Harvard Business Review, 9/25/2012.
For Reflection/Discussion: Think back on some of the major changes you've gone through. How did you feel before, in the midst of, and after those changes? Are you a person who tends to welcome change or are you a person who tends to resist change? Why is change a challenge for so many people?
2. I can recognize that…
2. I can recognize that life is change and change means life.

What is Life?

"Life is a characteristic that distinguishes physical entities that do have biological processes from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased, or because they never had such functions and are classified as inanimate… The current definition is that organisms maintain homeostasis, are composed of cells, undergo��metabolism, can grow, adapt to their environment, respond to stimuli, and reproduce." Wikipedia article.

"When you are finished changing, you are finished." —Benjamin Franklin

For reflection/discussion: What are your thoughts and feelings as you read Ecclesiastes 3.1-8? What do you think the point of the passage is? What season(s) of life do you find yourself in now? Why do we characterize some changes or seasons of life as good and others as bad?
3. I can focus on…
3. I can focus of the unchangeable in the midst of change.
For reflection/discussion: In a world where change is constant, what can we count on that is unchangeable? What happens when something we assumed was unchangeable changes? If God and God's Word are unchangeable, why do people experience disappointment with God? How has God been present with you as you have gone through major changes in your life?
4. I can choose to say…
4. I can choose to say, "Yes, but now…"

The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel by American author Peter S. Beagle, published in 1968. It follows the tale of a unicorn, who believes she is the last of her kind in the world and undertakes a quest to discover what has happened to the others. It has sold more than five million copies worldwide since its original publication and has been ranked among the 33 All-Time Best Fantasy Novels. Wikipedia article.
For reflection/ discussion: What practical steps can we take to overcome our fear of change? How does a relationship with God through Jesus Christ help us to negotiate change? How might a fear of change keep some people from becoming followers of Jesus? How does fear of change keep Christians from becoming all in, fully-devoted followers of Jesus? Are there any areas of your life that you haven't surrendered to God? What role does fear have to play in your resistance? What next steps do you need to take?

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