by Steve Jones

Good To Great
Steve Jones
Acts 6:1-7

INTRO: Excerpt from "Good to Great" by Jim Collins: "Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good -- and that is their main problem. This point became piercingly clear to me in 1996, when I was having dinner with a group of thought leaders gathered for a discussion about organizational performance. Bill Meehan, the managing director of the San Francisco branch of McKinsey and Company, leaned over and casually confided, "You know, Jim, we love Built to Last around here. You and your coauthor did a very fine job on the research and writing. Unfortunately, it's useless." Curious, I asked him to explain. "The companies you wrote about were, for the most part, always great" he said. "They never had to turn themselves from good companies into great companies. They had parents...who shaped the character of greatness early on. But what about the vast majority of companies that wake up partway through life and realize that they're good, but not great?"

What about the vast majority of Churches that wake up and realize that they're good but not great?

As we come to Acts chapter six, I picked up on the fact that, as far as numerical growth is concerned, the Jerusalem church made the leap from good to great.

Acts 6:1 "Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number..."
Acts 6:7 "The number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith."

What happened in the intervening verses helped them go from good t ...

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