am pleased to have you visit the Canaan Baptist Church web site where you can
learn a little about who we are and what we are about. Hopefully, your interest
will be intensified enough to visit us or seek more information Canaan Baptist
Church has been serving the Washington, D.C. religious community since 1947. It
is dedicated to the edification of glorifying our Lord and Saviour, Jesus
Christ. Canaan has made many contributions in the moral humane, and religious
growth of the community through the struggles of faithful members, both past
and present. Today's Canaan Baptist Church is a vibrant church family that has
gotten its second wind. We are an inclusive church family, meaning that we
recognize the importance of EVERYONE that is in our employ. We have an active
youth ministry and an energetic senior population. We are a church
striving to be more committed to God by MAKING MOVES IN MINISTRY. We encourage
our members to develop better spiritual growth habits and we provide enabling
infrastructure for that to take place. We are a people that stresses ministry
and not maintenance, so that our members can discover their spiritual gifts and
utilize them in the church and in the community. Our worship style is in the
context of celebration and praise. Canaan is a hopeful, expectant
congregation. We mandate a ministry that is reverent yet relevant. We are
contemporary without compromising our faith or belief. We are called and
committed to meaningful ministry. We invite you to come
worship with because we are reaching for a real relationship. We
realize that in order to receive my favor, I have to do my part.
MESSAGE OF HOPE - April 2015
It’s March and I’m excited to announce that Canaan Baptist Church is preparing to enter the next season of the GROW vision. We have prepared ourselves spiritually through our annual church-wide fast and daily prayer, and we are equipped with the power and presence of the Spirit for this dimension of ministry. In this season, OUTREACH will be the primary focus and the Great Commission is our mandate (Matt.28:19). We will tell men and women, boys and girls about a loving Savior who died for their sin; and, like the Savior, we want to meet physical, emotional, but most importantly, spiritual needs.
The GROW vision is about increasing the citizenship of the Kingdom of God, not necessarily the membership of Canaan, though we believe that God will favor us with new members. We are serving as the “ambassadors for Christ” (II Cor.5:20) to take the presence of the Living Christ into a dying world and make Him known in our community, not just in our church. Even if we had no church building, no pews, no pulpit, instruments or gold mosaic Cross on the wall, I assure you, we would still be just as excited to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ to go into the “highways and hedges and compel men to come” (Luke 14:23). We would not and could not abandon the vision because the Lord is present wherever two or three believers are gathered in His Name (Matt.18:20).
In his book entitled All In (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2013), New York Times “bestselling author” and local pastor, Mark Batterson, opens the book with the account of the “one-way missionaries”. In Chapter One entitled, “Pack Your Coffin” he gives the account of men and women whose purpose in life was to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in remote areas of the world, assured of only one thing – the presence of the Lord was with them! They packed all of their belongings in coffins (not suitcases) and purchased one-way tickets to the areas where they believed the Lord wanted them to minister. They knew that they would never return home to their loved ones again, and were content to die on the mission field for Jesus Christ. This level of bravery of these who would ultimately die of illness, old age, or be martyred is unfathomable to many of us in the contemporary church. We often hear Christians say, “For God I’ll live and for God I’ll die”, but we don’t see them translate their words into action. At Canaan, we want to be used by God for His glory and wherever He sends us to do outreach ministry, as long as His presence is with us, that’s where we’re willing to go!
As we focus on outreach, we know that the Lord will help us effectively minister to our community, and meet the needs of people who need Him. We’re “all in”! It’s all or nothing! We won’t give an excellent God, average service! We are prepared for the task ahead as long as His presence is with us. If I can play on words here, I’d say, we prefer His “heavenly presence” (His Spirit) above His “earthly presents” (things). Just having Jesus among us makes us victorious in advance. We invite you to come experience His presence then reach out with us, as we…