The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds. But when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof" (Mark 4:30-34; Luke 13:18-19).
All that is needed for the mustard seed to have a huge and widespreading historic legacy is
- its members's obedience to the whole of the Word of God
- devoted worship of, and sole focus on, Jesus Christ
- mutual love and service
The story of the house church at Antioch, which has had such a massive impact on the Western world, is retold here:
What we owe the church at Antioch