Four31: The Parable of the Mustard Seed

“Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:31-32

In this age the Kingdom will grow in hiddenness, weakness and insignificance, without prestige, power or recognition. Small communities of light scattered throughout the nooks and crannies of our cities and communities. Living authentic distinctive lives that both demonstrate and proclaim the goodness of living under the reign of King Jesus.

Thus we take our name (Four31) from Mark 4:31 to remind us that our calling to be church is a calling that will be perceived as insignificant, weak and often unseen like the mustard seed. But that one-day when Jesus returns the church will be the most glorious and breathtakingly beautiful thing that God has fashioned in all of creation. And it will be glorious and beautiful because it is the work of our glorious and beautiful King and Saviour Jesus.

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