I 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 - February 2016
“I’M ENGAGED!!!” How many times over the years have we heard these words from the mouth of an excited lady, young or older, with sparkling eyes declaring “I said YES”!! According to a CBS poll, approximately 260,000 people get engaged on Valentine’s Day, every year. Then the lady must choose dresses, venues, and bridesmaids, and endure the customary “pre-marital jitters.” For the bride and groom, this is a life-changing and a “vocabulary-changing” event. It’s no longer “I, me, or my”, it becomes “we, us, and our”. That’s a challenging but wonderful adjustment to make! Canaan is a “Church on the GROW” and WE are also “engaged” as we move forward through the “Exploration and Expansion” phases of the GROW vision. WE know that opportunities to expand and serve the Kingdom of our Savior usually come in work clothes! So WE will work to find ways to serve our community while WE remain a relevant and faithful voice of Jesus Christ. WE want our corporate worship and our community service to be effective in ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind. (I hope you noticed that each reference to “we” is capitalized because I believe that the Lord intended for us to work together in unity and harmony.) Now, consider this passage from the Scripture: “But Martha was cumbered about with much serving and came to Him, and said Lord, dost thou not care that my sister [Mary] has left me to serve alone?” (Luke 10:40a). How many times have we, as servants of God, felt like we were serving alone? Martha is serving but with much anxiety. In the meantime, Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His teaching and no doubt, worshiping her Lord. Jesus consoled Martha, (He called her name twice in v.41 denoting His compassion for her feelings) and said that Mary chose “the better part” by hearing His words (v.42). Mary would have instruction and direction to work effectively, or as is said in the corporate world, “Work smarter, not harder”. Martha, however, was much too busy to stop and listen because there was so much to be done. “Busy-ness” consumed her and it makes me wonder if our church “busy-ness” is effective for the Kingdom? How do we balance our Kingdom duties with our devotion to Christ? There’s so much work to do and that same Mary/Martha scenario plays out in many churches, one works, one sits! But, if we focus on the inactivity of others, we can also become discouraged and feel like God doesn’t care if we are serving alone! Here’s the remedy, start by sitting at the Master’s feet. Let Him give you direction through prayer, His Word, and worship. Then, stay focused on what He assigns your hands to do, or as the popular cliché says, “stay in your lane”. This way, you know that your work is effective and honors the Lord and His Kingdom. It’s the second month of a brand New Year; and “Yes”, we are engaged to the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, but we’re also joyfully engaged in Kingdom service. We invite you to come GROW with us as we… Seek, Serve and Celebrate the Savior! Larry Owens, Jr., M.Div. Senior Pastor