Are there any disciples out there?

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: Matthew 28:19

As we think today on our fourth vision of discipleship, I want us to start off with just that question that you see there: Are there any disciples out there? In 2001, a man named James Collins wrote a book called “Good To Great”. Some of you who were in business at the time or maybe in other circles may be aware of it, heard it or read it. An interesting thing in our missions is we took that book, not really required reading, but for those of us in leadership in the mission field, our international director encouraged us to read it. And some of the things in these sorts of business world books can help and guide. You can find some truths that will help in your ministries as well. Some of them didn’t apply but some of it did. One of the concepts he came up with is “Is good the enemy of great?” James Collins goes on to say this is one of the key reasons why we have so little who becomes great. We don’t have great schools principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great governments principally because we have good governments. Few people attain great lives in large part because it’s so easy to settle for a good life. Perhaps we can extend that and say the same thing about us as a church. Are we settling for good when we should really be striving, and working, and putting our energy and our gifts to be great?

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