Why Child Dedication?

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“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.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Examine Yourself

As you prepare to make these commitments to your child before God and this church family, it is expected that your life reflect a certain level of  obedience to the Bible’s teaching. For instance, if a parent is not a follower of Jesus Christ, then their pledge to raise their children to honor the Lord is nullified. Or if a child’s parents are not married but are living together, their promise to raise their child in a Christ-honoring home is impossible.

Therefore, at Community Church, parents’ lives are to demonstrate their obedience to Jesus as Lord. If this isn’t the case, parents may be asked to wait to dedicate their child until their lives more readily reflect their obedience to Jesus as Lord.

The words from the Bible cited at the left are key in understanding child dedication. These verses make it clear that the parent has a very important role and responsibility in creating an environment where the child can grow in his or her relationship with God. When a parent dedicates a child, he or she is publicly pledging to God to bring their child up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord.

In the Bible, we find that Samuel was presented to God based on a pledge by his mother.

“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.”

1 Samuel 1:28

In addition, we learn that Timothy knew the Bible from the time he was a child.

“…and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ  Jesus.”

2 Timothy 3:15

In a Parent/Child Dedication, you as parents will be asked to make the following commitments:

Because we believe that (he/she) is a gift from the Lord, entrusted to us for a period of time, we purpose before God to faithfully regard the stewardship of parenting (him/her) as a sacred trust.

We promise to so conduct our own lives that (he/she) may learn of the Lord Jesus by our example.

We promise to pray for (him/her) regularly.

We promise to instruct (him/her) in the ways of the Lord, to teach (him/her) His Word, and to talk to (him/her) about faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord when (he/she) reaches an age of spiritual understanding.

These promises prompt us to identify with a Christ-honoring local church where we can be personally nurtured, encouraged, and held accountable to these promises.

Our intent is to faithfully pursue these promises for the pleasure of God, the God-ordained good of (him/her) and our family, and for the blessing of those who may come in contact with (him/her).

We aim to glorify God in our parenting.

Questions to ask yourself about Parent/Child Dedication:  

  1.   Does your life demonstrate obedience to God’s Word so that the Parent/Child Dedication pledge can be made with integrity?
  1.   Do you recognize this child as a gift from God?
  1.   Do you desire to encourage your child in discovering and developing a relationship with God?
  1.   Are you willing to investigate and then take steps to help your child to learn and grow closer to God?
  1.   Is it your desire that this church be a place where you and your child can mature in faith and service?

If you answered “yes” to the inside questions, then it would be good to read the account in 1 Samuel, Chapter 1, that fully describes the dedication of Samuel. 

1 Samuel  1:9-11

Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD’s temple. In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

1 Samuel 1:19-20

Early the next morning they arose and worshipped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”

1 Samuel 1:27-28

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.