Children are a gift from the Lord and all good and perfect gifts come from Him above. Dedication of an infant or a child is a ceremony in which parents or guardians who are followers of Christ make a commitment before God and those witnessing the ceremony to raise the child according to God's Word.
RESPONSIBILITIES IN DEDICATING A CHILD
Christian parents who dedicate the child are making a promise to the Lord to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully guiding the child until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow Christ. Responsibilities include teaching and training the child in God’s Word, setting a godly example for the child to follow, disciplining according to God’s ways, and earnestly and regularly praying for the child.
AN EXAMPLE FROM SCRIPTURE
Parents are encouraged to dedicate their children to the Lord based on the principle of Hannah’s dedication of Samuel. “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord; for his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. I Samuel 1:27, 28
This ceremony is normally performed during a Sunday morning worship service. It is the prayer and goal of both the parents and the church that the child being dedicated will come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at a very early age and will continue to grow as a disciple of Jesus all the days of his/her earthly life.
Child dedication is not baptism and does not guarantee a child’s salvation. However, it is a public declaration that your child belongs to God and you are publicly making a commitment to raise your child to love, honor, respect and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
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