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 - August 2015
Into the barrage of reality shows that bombard (if not defile) our airways, comes yet another. But, there is a vast difference in the new show and others. For the believer in Jesus Christ, this show is a daily reality – it’s called “Answered Prayers”. Each episode is abounding with stories that detail miraculous accounts of survival, healing, and provision, and that show God’s merciful intervention in the circumstances of mankind. What’s even more amazing is that the producers actually attribute the answered prayers to God – not fate or luck! That’s uncommon.
The mercy experienced by the characters on the reality show displays one of God’s perfect attributes. The elder generations would say, “mercy suits my case”…meaning it’s tailor made for each situation we face. Throughout the Scripture God showed meticulous mercy to His chosen people, the Jews, and He continues to do so even today. There were even some Gentiles, non-Jewish people who had more liabilities than assets to their credit, who received God’s mercy, not because they prayed but because they heard of His mercy – His divine track record. This ignited faith and in one particular instance faith changed destiny! Consider the Old Testament figure Rahab.
“…So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab…” (Joshua 2:1b). The entire Book of Joshua is about judgment on the idolatrous inhabitants of the land God promised to Israel. Yet the first story is about God’s mercy. You are probably familiar with this story of Joshua, the successor of Moses, who sent spies into Jericho. The spies lodged for a night in the house of Rahab who had an impressive set of liabilities (today we call it a “rap sheet”): not only was she non-Jewish, she was an Amorite (pagans who sacrificed children), and she was a prostitute. When the soldiers of the king of Jericho went out to search for the spies, naturally they checked her home – men visited all the time (vs. 2-3). What a reputation! Who would think that a woman such as herself would be a candidate for God’s mercy, especially when she wasn’t a Jew? But she had heard about the merciful intervention of God at the Red Sea (vs.10), not realizing that all the while that God’s mercy was “setting her up” (to use contemporary language) and altering her destiny by this brief interaction with the armies of Israel. Ultimately, she and her household would not only be spared from destruction when Israel conquered the land, but she would be named as a great-grandmother in the lineage of our Savior. (Matt.1:5).
Examples of God’s perfect mercy in His Word are plenteous. In Matthew 15:22-25 a Canaanite woman frantically rushed to Jesus saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” (vs.22). Jesus didn’t even acknowledge her presence and, as I told the Canaan family, He gave her “the silent treatment” (vs.23a); after all, who told this lady He was “Lord and the Son of David” – she was a pagan! Yet her faith in what she had heard about Jesus Christ got her the miracle she needed.
Beloved, because of mercy you and I are not consumed (Lam.3:22) and have a relationship with Jesus Christ through His shed blood on Calvary’s Cross. Each morning when you open your eyes and take a breath, God has given you mercy. He deserves our praise for His mercy! I invite you to come GROW with us as we…
Seek, Serve, Celebrate, and Experience our Merciful Savior! Larry Owens, Jr., M.Div. Senior Pastor