The Main Things Are The Plain Things

by | Nov 12, 2008 | Cell Church Ministry | 1 comment

Jeff Tunnellby Jeff Tunnell

www.bigbearchristiancenter.orgGesswein & Graham.jpg

One of the privileges in my life was meeting with Armin Gesswein.  He worked in the Norway revivals during 1937-38, founded Revival Prayer Fellowship in 1940, worked with Charles Fuller in 1945 and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from 1949-69. Armin used to say with simple clarity, “When you read the Bible remember, the main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things!”  This principle has guided me on many occasions.

In cell church we often get tripped up, confused and disoriented by “doing” too many things at once.  When distracted we lose sight of the “main things” which attracted us to cell structures: prayer as foundation, holistic church growth, evangelism, mulitiplication of ministers and ministry, to name a few.

What helps?  FOCUS!  Remember trying to walk on top of a wall, railroad track, balance beam or just a line on the ground?  When focus.jpgyou looked right down at your feet, balance was lost and you fell.  But if you look ahead about 10-20 feet (3-6 meters) and keep your FOCUS there, your ability to remain balanced is much improved.  Staying focused on the PLAIN THINGS will help you avoid the pitfalls of the urgent, endless, details of your day-today efforts while pursuing the MAIN THINGS for which you began the journey in cells.

What are your Main things?



Jeff Tunnell is a JCG board member, pastor emeritus, and cell church advocate.