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 - September 2015
Last month we wrote a brief account on the perfect mercy of our God. The psalmist declared on many occasions that His mercy, “endures forever” (Psa.118). I think we all know that it is impossible to speak of God’s perfect mercy without speaking of His perfect love – they just go together!
God’s perfect love for man was displayed on an old, rugged Cross over 2,000 years ago when He sent His Son to die for sin. God is love and His love is truly unconditional! But the question is do we love Him in return as perfectly and freely as He loves us? If not, why not? You may say, “No, I’m not capable. God is perfect and I’m not!” That’s true, none of us are, but let’s look for a minute at what Jesus told the Pharisees.
If you read Matthew 22:36, Jesus is asked by the Pharisees concerning the “great commandment in the law” (NKJV). Verse 37 reads “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (NKJV). Jesus was saying with your total being you must love God – completely and perfectly. You must strive to love God as perfectly as He loves you! Now, you may ask, “Pastor, we’re in the flesh, and according to Romans 7:18 there’s nothing good in the flesh. Doesn’t that prevent us from loving God perfectly?” It’s true that we can think of our Heavenly Father and all His wonders and then some strange thought will creep into our minds and all of sudden we’re no longer thinking about Him! Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one who ever started to pray and then some absolutely random thought comes from nowhere and distracts me! But God commands us to love Him and gives us His Spirit to help us. Let me share a three thoughts with you:
If you don’t love God perfectly, everything you do for Him will be “half-hearted” and you won’t strive to do anything with excellence for Him. Please see the story of King Amaziah who the Bible says “did what was right in God’s sight but not with a perfect heart” (II Kings 14:3). Being honest, half-hearted service to the King of kings is no service at all!
God told Israel, before He took them to the Promised Land (Canaan), to get rid of their idols and worship Him only. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”. Then, God would get rid of all their enemies and they would live in peace. If we don’t love God perfectly and get rid of our own personal idols, we will not survive in our land of promise because God is not obligated to destroy our enemies.
When we love God perfectly, we should feel a “divine pressure” to spread the message of the Gospel into the world. The church must be hungry to draw men and women into the Kingdom by lifting up Jesus, who is soon to return. Our perfect love for Him must drive us into our neighborhood streets and wherever He sends us to bring in the lost!
Canaan is a “Church on the GROW”. We offer the perfect love of Jesus Christ the Savior to the sinner and pray that we can compel people everywhere to get to know and love the same Jesus Christ that we love with all our hearts, souls, and minds. As always, we invite you to “Come GROW with Us” as we…
Seek, Serve, Celebrate, and Perfectly Love our Savior!