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 – November 2014
Prominently positioned outside of the historic Canaan Baptist Church in Washington, DC, is the church marquis. On a weekly basis it shows a message of encouragement, a thought-provoking axiom, or information about an event. At the time of this writing, our marquis reads, “Faith is Taking God at His Word”. This is an amazingly simple yet profound declaration. It simply means, “Lord, I believe”- that’s it, nothing more! Having faith means being assured in your heart that God cannot, and will not lie. Now, I dare not deceive you into thinking that this doesn’t take daily determination – it really takes a conscious effort to grab hold of faith and hold on to it! Faith isn’t something you do “by mistake”, and some days it may seem best just to “throw in the towel”. Don’t do it! We are told to “earnestly contend (strive) for the faith…” (Jude 1:3).
Every month when we write our Message of Hope it seems there is a new crisis in our world. This month is no exception – Ebola! Although this highly contagious and ultimately fatal disease (without proper treatment) is not new, it is new in America. Fear about the spread of the Ebola virus, much like fears regarding the AIDS virus in the mid-1980s, are being promulgated by the media. But we take God at His word – “Fear not, for I am with thee” (Isa.41:10). Fear and faith can’t reside in your heart and mind at the same time! What the mass media reports is one thing, but the report of the Lord is greater than their sensationalism! We take God at His word and believe His report! The Scriptures name famines and pestilences and afflictions as events that are indicators of the end time. Various diseases are no doubt, among those afflictions, but here again, we take God at His word: “A thousand shall fall at thy side; and ten thousand thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:7); “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…”! (Isa.54:17) “… With His stripes we are healed…” (Isa.53:5) So you see, regardless of the any action that may be initiated by the enemy, faith responds with a victorious reaction! Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Our reaction is not equal. It far outweighs the actions of the enemy. If the enemy says I’ll be defeated, faith in His Word says that I’m not just a conqueror: I’m more than a conqueror!
This month, we highlight our gratitude for our veterans: we are still the “land of the free” because of the brave! And, we celebrate Thanksgiving, remembering those who are less fortunate than ourselves, as well as kickoff the Christmas shopping season. No matter what transpires in your life from this day forward, make up your mind to “Take God at His Word”! Study His Word, meditate on His Word, pray His Word, and declare His Word to every situation in your life!
We are learning daily to take God at His Word in the Canaan fellowship. We believe that He has great things in store for us! So by faith we declare that we may have had a historic past, but faith says our future will be “legendary”! If you “Come GROW with us”, you’ll see just what we mean as we…