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 - July 2015
It is because of Christ that we have the freedom to assemble and worship our great Savior in spirit and in truth week after week. As we celebrate our nation’s independence from a tyrannical monarchy, we should not hesitate to celebrate our soul’s liberty from the spiritual tyranny of our adversary, satan. History texts tell us that the first settlers arrived here to exercise the freedom to worship God in their own way. The Puritans placed emphasis on what our Constitution calls “the free exercise of religion” and that same Constitution prohibits Congress from making laws that prohibit such activity. Unfortunately, that statement will be severely tested by recent rulings of America’s highest court in the days to come. For now, however, we are grateful to live in a country where the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press (media) are basic rights to be enjoyed.
True freedom, however, comes when we are, as the Apostle Paul stated, “a bondservant [slave] of Jesus Christ” (Rom.1:1 and Phil 1:1). If you read that carefully, you noticed the paradox and are probably asking, “How can a slave also be free? Don’t those terms mutually exclude each other?” They absolutely do, but this comes from the same Book that commands us to “love our enemies” and to “bless those that curse us”. Have you ever wondered how Paul, who was beaten, shipwrecked and imprisoned on a number of occasions, could literally boast about being free; and even more, he was excited about dying? It was this same Apostle Paul also said that he was “perplexed (Greek, meaning “to be lost”), persecuted, and cast down” (II Cor. 4:8-9). He sounds confused, yet, he actually has it right!
Our freedom in Christ does not make us free to sin without consequences, nor free to judge those who do not see eye to eye with us. God and His Word are the final authority on all earthly matters. Our freedom transcends time and has eternal value – in heaven we will be removed from the presence of sin forever. In this life, we are redeemed by the Blood and set apart (sanctified) for the express purpose of being used by God as witnesses to the Truth of His Word and His Kingdom. But this life isn’t all there is, otherwise, we would really be “of all men most miserable” (I Cor.15:19). We have a great hope beyond this life and that’s a freedom and life that cannot be defined in human terms because our eyes can’t grasp it nor can our minds conceive it! (I Cor.2:9) Right here is a good place to give God praise!
So let’s not simply celebrate our liberty, let’s also celebrate our victory! Just as the American Colonies won were victorious in the War of Independence over the monarchy, so too, the Christian has victory in Christ Jesus always – and here’s another place to give God praise – ALWAYS!
Canaan is a church on the GROW! We invite you to join us as we…Seek, Serve and Celebrate the God of our Liberty and our Victory!