Sincerely, it’s one of the most beautiful ceremonies the church performs. It has deep and profound meaning. I’m sure it will be an incredible experience for your family. Sign up today and invite your friends and family to come and witness this special occasion.
What is the biblical purpose of a child dedication?
Baby dedication started in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:
“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.
In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God. The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publicly, through child dedication.
What will happen during the Dedication?
A brief explanation to the church that dedication is a celebration of new life, commitment of parents to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and an invitation to do so with the church.
• Call families up.
• Ask them to affirm the 3 questions.
• Dedicate each child (Pastor Ron or Erin will pray over them individually.).
• The gift is distributed to each family.
• After dedicating all the children, pray for the families and children.
What are the 3 promises?
1. Do you recognize your child as a gift from God, and in celebration, give thanks for His blessing?
This is recognition that our children are not ultimately ours but Gods, and that we are deeply grateful for them. “Children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3). “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
I PROMISE TO CELEBRATE MY CHILD AS GOD’S GIFT.
2. Do you desire as parents that, by God’s grace, you will raise your children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength?
This is a commitment to rely deeply on God’s grace to train and teach your children how desperately they need Jesus and how wonderfully he surpasses all our needs. No parent is perfect and we all need Christ to help us raise these precious gifts. By raising them in the gospel we prepare them for their created purpose, to glorify and enjoy God forever. See Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Also see Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78:5-7; Isaiah 43:7.
I PROMISE TO TEACH MY CHILDREN ABOUT JESUS.
3. Do you now dedicate your children to God, making it your regular prayer that your children will trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins and the promise of new life?
This dedication is not an act of religion, but an expression of our belief in the gospel, that faith in Jesus Christ alone is sufficient for our children’s salvation and everlasting joy. See Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10.
I PROMISE TO PRAY FOR MY CHILD.
For more information, contact Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, complete the form below.
Child Dedication Request