SIX THINGS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT DEDICATING CHILDREN
1. It’s Old: The practice of child dedication is based on scriptural precedent, rooted in the Old Testament. Like many children in the biblical text, we see Jesus presented to the Lord in the Temple as an infant (Luke 2:22–35 and 1 Samuel 1:1-28).
2. It is a Call for Blessing: Child dedication is based on and acknowledges God’s blessing. The families that are presenting their children are asking God’s concern and care for children (Isa. 54:13; Matt 18:1–5, 10; 19:13–15; Luke 18:15–17; Acts 2:39; 1 John 2:12–13).
3. It’s About Parents as Well: We must understand it is the parents who are doing the dedicating. They have made a commitment to Christ first and then are making a dedication to live out and model what following Jesus looks like in the home. What we are doing today is a public acknowledgement of that commitment.
4. It Acknowledges a Gift was Given: Parents acknowledge that their children are a gift given you by God (Gen 33:5; Psalm 127:3–5). Even in the tough times, they are a blessing, a great privilege, and a source of joy (Prov. 23:24–25). We recognize that they have been created by our Father in heaven, and as such belong to him, being entrusted to the parents as stewards to raise in Jesus (Eph. 6:4, Deut 6:7).
5. It’s a Commitment to Prayer: Parents are committing to live their lives, by the grace of God, in such a way as to be a positive example as followers of Jesus. They are committing to pray that their children will find it easy to follow them as they follow Jesus, and that they will not become a stumbling block to their children’s saving faith in Jesus.
6. It’s an Act of Accountability: Community Gospel Church, leadership (elders and deacons) and our community commit to supporting and equipping parents by the grace of God to fulfill our biblical responsibilities, and likewise to be good examples to our children.
Dedicating children to the Lord is an expression of our commitment to persevering faithfulness in raising our children out of the heart-posture that God calls us to embrace daily:
“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isa. 66:2).