The history of infant dedication
The act of dedicating children to God has a rich history. In 1 Samuel 1:28, we see Hannah and Elkanah ‘giving their baby [Samuel] to God’; in Luke 2:28, we see Joseph and Mary taking their baby [Jesus] and presenting him to the Lord: ‘Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God’; and in Mark 10:16, we see Jesus doing the same thing with little children: ‘He took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.’
What is infant dedication?
Dedicating children to God is a number of things: an acknowledgement of thanks and gratitude to God for the gift of your child; a public testimony of your commitment to raising your child in a way that honours God and honours the child; an outward expression of an inward desire to grow the faith of your child to a stage where they are able to make their own commitment to follow Jesus as their Saviour; acknowledgement of the parents’ responsibility before God to develop a home life conducive of love and security; and a chance to be prayed for so that all these things might happen!
What infant dedication is not
Bringing children to be dedicated is not a guarantee that they will become a Christian. We hope they do, but it will be a decision they’ll have to make for themselves at an appropriate age. Infant dedication is also not infant baptism. At South West Baptist we dedicate children believing that biblical baptism is by full immersion at an age when someone understands what they are doing and have made a personal decision to follow Jesus (see South West Baptist’s Baptism brochure or website here for more information)
When should a child be dedicated?
There are no rules or regulations. It’s okay to have your child dedicated at a family gathering or a Local Community gathering or at one of our Sunday gatherings, although we encourage Sundays as we think it’s great to involve the wider faith community in being part of accepting the responsibility of being great role models to the children around us.
If you would like to have your child(ren) dedicated, contact Warren or Lidwina and we can arrange the details or talk some more.
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