Our VisionWe draw our vision statement from Mark 12:28-31:
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"At Johnson Street, we strive to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Each of these areas are important in the Christian life, both individually and as a community. (We also believe that by loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, we are better able to love our neighbor as ourselves.)
Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
These four areas also reflect the spiritual diversity in all of us. Just like everyone has his or her own personality, everyone also has a spiritual strength. By combining our strengths, and by growing in the other three areas, we can create a community that truly loves God with everything we have.
HeartOur hearts are drawn to relationships. God has told us that we love Him by loving one another. We grow in our personal relationship with God as grow closer to each other. “Heart people" emphasize relationships and spiritual renewal.
SoulOur souls seek to be one with God. We experience his presence with us as we lift up our souls to Him in worship and praise. “Soul people" emphasize simplicity and reverence.
MindWith our minds we seek to understand. We learn about God and His will for our lives through the study of His Word and His creation. “Mind people" emphasize Bible study and healthy doctrine.
StrengthWith our strength we serve God and His creation. We give our time and energy to benefit the Kingdom of God and those who are in need. “Strength people" emphasize service and action.
(If you would like to see what your primary spiritual type is, click here!)
Everything we do at Johnson Street, we do with our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Some activities may emphasize one area more than others, but by addressing all of these areas, we grow more like Christ. As we grow more like Christ, we become His hands and feet in our community.