Declaration of God’s Gift
The Bible tells us that children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). As believers, we are called to recognize that children belong first & foremost to God. God in His goodness blesses parents with the gift of children. Parents have the privilege of enjoying the gift but also an awesome responsibility of caring for & raising their children with Godly wisdom & guidance.
Vow to Parental Responsibility
By dedicating your child to God, you are declaring that you will endeavor to raise your child in a God-honoring way. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 commands parents to love the Lord and to impress that love upon their children. The duty of teaching children belongs to the parents. The church can provide some instruction in partnering with the parents, but it is the parents responsibility to seize teachable moments at home & be diligent in discipling their children. Parents must live by example in their own spiritual walk.
CHILD DEDICATION AND INFANT BAPTISM
Many Christian traditions practice infant baptism. At Grace Chapel we offer baptism to those that are giving testimony to the new life that Jesus has given them. Child dedication however is about the commitment the parents are making to raise their children in a manner that is honoring to the Lord.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
Below are a some questions to discuss as parents. They will help you consider how you will raise your child throughout his/her life in a God honoring way. Use them to help formulate a Statement of Commitment that will be read at the dedication.