What is a child dedication? Do we baptize babies?
This short video and article will answer these questions and present other information regarding child dedications at Journey Church.
A child dedication is completely different than a baptism. A parent is fully aware that this dedication is not an attempt to save the child. It is not a transfer of faith from the parent to the child.
A child dedication is just as much about the parents than it is the child. When a parent dedicates their child they are committing themselves to four things:
- To accept the responsibility as the primary spiritual leader of their child’s life.
- To teach their child God’s word and lead them to a faith in Christ.
- To model the love and grace of our Heavenly Father to their children.
- To raise their child actively involved in church.
In a nutshell, they are committing to cultivating the perfect environment for their child to put their belief in Christ when they are older. This is important, because parents have the most influence in their child’s spiritual development. Sometimes the influence is positive and sometimes it is negative, but the parents are always the strongest influence.
The Example of Jesus
21 Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.
22 Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. 23 The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.” 24 So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” - Luke 2:21–24 NLT
Jesus was “presented to the Lord” or “dedicated to the Lord” as was the custom of the Jews in his day.
Why Call It Child Dedication and not Baby Dedication?
One of our core values here at Journey Church is to see lives changed. That being said, we recognize that some people will begin following Jesus after they’ve had children. If this is the case for you, then child dedication is still something you may consider!
We do not believe that child dedication can only occur if your child is a new born baby. Rather, if you’ve recently begun following the Lord, and would like to dedicate your child or all of your children to the Lord, we would love to be a part of that with you!
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