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 – October 2014
I am a blessed man! I am blessed both spiritually and naturally. Although I don’t worship my possessions, I am grateful to God for the things He’s given me. Among them, I am the owner of a large vehicle, an SUV. It’s advantageous on occasion because I can transport large loads of items or a few extra friends and family. However, there are disadvantages as well. Insurance coverage on sport utility vehicles can be astronomical and filling the gas tank gets quite expensive. But there is one outstanding feature on most vehicles, not just the SUV that can, not only be a disadvantage, but can also be fatal – they are the “blind spots”. A blind spot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls. In other words, you may not see another vehicle fully, or it might disappear altogether. Misjudgment is easy and a collision is probable. There is a spiritual parallel to the issue of blind spots as well. Has it ever happened to you: you are enjoying life, there’s peace and tranquility in your home and/or your work environment, you’re living the best you know how, going to church, studying the Word, praying, giving to your ministry and honoring the Lord with your life; and then suddenly, a great trial or test comes your way and you think to yourself, “I just didn't see that coming?”
Our adversary is always awaiting the perfect opportunity to create chaos in the life of a child of God with events that he/she just “didn’t see coming”. Satan thrives on disrupting peace because he is the author of confusion! The biblical narrative of Job is an example of a servant of God, enjoying life and the things God had given him and suddenly, the peace in his life collides with the death of his children in one blind spot (Job1:18-19) and the destruction of property in another blind spot and the theft of his possessions in yet another blind spot (Job 1:15)! This is a man that God called “perfect and upright”. What about the events in the life of King David? He fell into sin with his neighbor, Bathsheba (II Sam.11); his son, Amnon, raped his sister, Tamar (II Sam. 13:1-22); and, David’s son, Absalom, tried to take his throne (II Sam.14-16). We can guess that all these events were most likely blind spots in David’s life as well.
Why are there blind spots in our lives? From what the Word tells us, Job was doing all the right things and King David, though he sinned, knew the secret to restoration with God through worship. Does this all happen just to teach us to “walk by faith?” (II Cor. 5:7) What’s our solution? Well, if you’re driving your vehicle, it is suggested that proper adjustment of mirrors can eliminate vehicle blind spots. On this Christian journey, adjust your spiritual mirrors so that in each one is the reflection of Jesus Christ – He guards us against the blind areas around us that the enemy uses to obstruct our view, cause collisions, and delay us on our way to our destiny! Adjust your faith and your prayer life accordingly! That’s not to say that you won’t have an uneventful trip or an accident now and again, but with Jesus in each mirror, you have the assurance that He can see the objects that you can’t!
Canaan is a church on the G.R.O.W.! Come GROW with us on our journey to…Seek, Serve and Celebrate the Savior!