When parents sense that children are a gift from God, and they wish to dedicate raising them in the Lord, pastors have the privilege of sharing how parents can express their full appreciation to God through baby and child dedication.
Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also Mom and Dad. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Parents also come praying that their child/children might one day trust Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin.
In Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Scripture commands parents to love God; if they truly wish for their child to one day love and follow God, their lives must be an example. Deuteronomy also makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; church can provide weekly instruction, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life – explain the value of prayer at meal times and before bed, urge them to read aloud Bible stories for devotions, conduct family prayer and devotion time, etc. Our Baby & Child Dedication service allows parents to make this public commitment to raising their child/children in the way of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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 on 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.”
Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”