The dedication of children is a voluntary act in which believing parents publicly present their child and themselves to the Lord as an outward expression of their gratitude to Him for their child and as a formal appeal to God for His assistance in the rearing of the child. Such intentional parenting will lovingly lead a child to accept Christ as his Savior, receiving forgiveness for his/her sins and choosing God’s plan of salvation.
Because the child is a gift from God, the parents promise, as God’s stewards, to bring up the child entrusted to them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 5:4; Colossians 3:21).
In dedicating one’s child in the presence of fellow believers, parents are publicly dedicating themselves to the faithful fulfillment of their parental responsibilities (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 22:6) and are acknowledging their need of prayerful support and encouragement from fellow believers (Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 10:24-25).
The act of dedication becomes meaningful only as the parents explain to the child the meaning of this act and consistently carry out the promises made before God and the congregation at the time of dedication.
The dedication is more than a service – it’s a commitment of parents to honor the will and the Word of God. As part of this dedication, you are asked to:
Publicly affirm your personal faith in Christ, and renew your dedication to Him and His Word.
Pray daily for God’s direction in your lives and in the life of your child.
Faithfully participate in weekend worship services with your child
Teach your child the truths of God’s Word in your home.
Anticipate and seek to lead your child to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.
Recognize that your child belongs to God and has been born to experience His love and to serve Him
Our next dedication is February 7th, 2020