MUSTARD TREE MISSIONS – VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Who we are (vision statement): a Christian ministry serving churches and communities here in the U.S. and in other
Our mission: to advance the kingdom of God by serving and inspiring others, equipping leaders, building better communities
and sharing the message of Jesus Christ with the world.
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
1) There is one true and living God, the Almighty Creator of all things, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father,
God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who function as one entity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19).
2) The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God, a revelation from God to man (2 Timothy
3) Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father
and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and
atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to
this earth in power and glory (John 3:16; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-6).
4) Man in his natural state is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope, and without God. Man’s only hope of redemption is
through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and through faith in the finished work that Jesus accomplished on the cross. Faith in
our Lord Jesus Christ is essential for salvation which comes by grace alone. (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-
5) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and that all who receive Jesus Christ in the new birth are recipients of
the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit by whom the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit as a distinct and vital act of God’s power available to any redeemed person either
simultaneous with or subsequent to the new birth. With this Spirit baptism comes the endowment of power for life and
service, the privilege of speaking in tongues, and the bestowment of spiritual gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry
(John 1:33; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit recorded in I Corinthians 12:8-11 and elsewhere in the New Testament
shall operate in and through anyone who is yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ. These gifts are a vital part of the church’s
experience in worship, evangelism and congregational maturity.
We believe in divine healing. The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to
believing prayer (1 Peter 2:24, James 5:14-15).
6) The church universal consists of all regenerated followers of the Lord Jesus Christ whose trust is in Christ alone for
salvation. The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the
fulfillment of the Great Commission. We believe in the Priesthood of all Believers. (Matt. 18:20, Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22;
7) Two ordinances are given in Scripture as essential and typical of the holy and redemptive purpose of God in the New
Covenant: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Water baptism: Immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit should be observed as
commanded in the Scriptures by all who have repented and truly believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they
declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. It
is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47-
48; Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s Supper: A ceremonial remembrance of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the bread and the cup
symbolizing the vicarious sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus Christ on behalf of sinners. The words of institution given
by Jesus on the night of His betrayal and repeated in communion bear witness to the eternal relationship between Christ and
the church as the bride of Christ anticipates His Second Coming.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
8) We believe in the sacredness of marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians
5:31-33; Matthew 19:4-5; Leviticus 18:22).
“...the birds of the air will come
and nest in its branches.”
~ Matt. 13:32