by Jeff Lynn

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Series: Good to Great
Jeff Lynn
1 Thessalonians 1:1-3


In 2001, author Jim Collins wrote the best-selling book, ''Good to Great'' where he and his team spent five years researching the history of 28 companies.
His research revealed 11 companies that were considered great because of their great results that were sustained over a period of 15 years. In other words, they weren't ''flash in the pans.''

Some of the results were not only surprising to him and his team, but to the rest of the business world, as well.
Companies, and even churches, are using those results to try and move their institution or entity into a great one.

However, you can be excellent by the world's standards, but what does God think?

Joke about cowboy going to church.

Wouldn't it be terrible to try and do everything with ''excellence'' but finding out that the Holy Spirit was nowhere present?

What kind of church might Jesus be interested in?


That's why we measure ourselves against the Word of God.

Wouldn't it be great if there was such a resource for us as a church; to show how a church can go from good to great?
Well, there is. It's found in your bible. It's the Apostle Paul's letter that he wrote to the church at Thessalonica.
In two different instances, one concerning how they ought to live and please God, and another as how to love one another, that they were doing well, but to ''excel still more.''

Not only that, but early in this letter, Paul told them that they were an example to all the believers in Greece.

So, no doubt, the church at Thessalonica is a church from which we can learn to go from good to great.

TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3

Really want you to keep your bible open and make notations in your bible if you feel so led.


Have you ever started to pray for somebody, and then start thinking about characteristics of them? Good or bad? Positive or neg ...

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