Questions about Child Dedication
What is child dedication?
Firstly, child dedication is not salvation; it is a time for parents to present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Secondly, parents also come praying that their child might one day trust Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin. Thirdly, child dedication is to ask God to fulfill His purpose and plan in the child’s life. Finally, this is an opportunity for the Church to make a declaration to teach, be an example, and help the family show the child the ways of God.
Why do you dedicate children?
The Bible teaches us that children are a blessing from the Lord. Psalm 127:3-5.
We are told in 1 Samuel 1 that Hannah presented her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord. In the same way, parents today bring their children and present them before the Lord.
When’s the best time to dedicate children?
We believe that as soon as a child is born it is a great time to dedicate them. However, if your child has never been dedicated before, we encourage families to do this with older children as well.
Why child dedication instead of baptism?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him Romans 10:9.
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him Acts 10:47-48. At Extreme, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. For younger children, this is why we offer child dedication.