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 - April 2016
This is an actual post citing true events of a recent church service, from a social media site: “A young preacher said, the generation in churches today may not find the need to do all the shouting, praising, dancing in the church like the older saints did because the younger generations do not have the struggles in life that would make you cry out and shout. [He said] the younger generation has degrees and they are more educated.”
The pastor of the church very eloquently and appropriately replied to the young preacher: “First of all young preacher, it's the prayers, the praise and the dancing of those ole saints that got you that degree and landed you in the doors of opportunity you take pleasure in flaunting so well…” She went on to say, “Secondly I don't think the ole saints praises were predicated upon their need, it was more [about] their gratitude… With that being said, David was an educated King and he danced out of his covering.” Kudos to you Sister Pastor! I couldn’t have said it better!
The young preacher’s position, and so many others like him, diminishes the command of God to “bless the Lord at all times”. Listen, while Biblical literacy is important, it is your relationship with the Author of the Bible that matters much more. The contemporary generations, it seems, place more credence in the letters they can earn behind their names, than in the truth of the Word of God! Don’t get me wrong, education is very important, but we need to be reminded that we’re commanded to “love the Lord with our minds…”
In II Kings 18, there is a narrative of the evil king of Assyria, Rabshakeh. King Hezekiah, king of Israel, had assured God’s people of deliverance, but Rabshakeh spoke “with a loud voice in Hebrew” (he even knew their language; now, that’s intimidating!) and told Israel not to listen to Hezekiah because no other god had been able to withstand or conquer the mighty king of Assyria (v.29). If you’re shaking your head, I am too because Rabshakeh didn’t know OUR God! Rabshakeh was using “psychological warfare” on God’s people to cause them believe that their faith in God was hopeless. That royally wicked king declared that he would take their “vines…fig trees…and land” (vs.31-33). But God’s people “held their peace and answered him not a word…” (v.36). They knew their God!
Now, like our young preacher (above) King Hezekiah was an educated man. He possessed the greatest kind of education. You see, he took Rabshakeh’s threats “into the house of the Lord” (19:1) and the Prophet Isaiah spoke these words: “Do not be afraid…” (19:6). Now, for the young preacher or anyone who assumes that education can possibly (not necessarily) justify the need to withhold or soften your praise, let me ask you: when the enemy launches psychological warfare on you, threatens you and your family, and the trials of life come against you, do you feel hopeless? Is your deliverance in your silence, or your textbooks? Or, do you whole-heartedly admit that you have to seek the face of God and the counsel of those same uneducated, older saints who might react to God’s goodness with loud shouting, dancing and praising? When King Hezekiah felt his servants were threatened he tore his clothes, put ashes on himself, and received God’s counsel through His prophet. We may not take such drastic actions, but we should go into God’s house, seek His face, seek godly counsel, and give God a loud, joyful, rambunctious praise – our deliverance and victory is there!
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