What is a Baby Dedication?
a setting apart or being set apart for
a sacred purpose (World Book Encyclopedia).
We dedicate children for their blessing and our encouragement, following the example of godly parents in the Bible. They publicly dedicated their children to God, because they understood that God had entrusted their children to their care. As a church, it is a joyful opportunity to publicly recognize a child as a gift from God and to stand with the parents to raise their child up for God, as He gives them grace.
The Bible tells us that Hannah dedicated Samuel with these words, “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” (1 Sam. 1:27-28). Mary and Joseph dedicated baby Jesus: “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him” (Lk. 2:40). We want to see this blessing be true for your child too!
Jesus especially loved children and taught that we were to depend upon God the way a child depends upon parents: People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
The act of dedicating a child to God was a common practice in Old and New Testament times. As believers in Christ, we dedicate children for many of the same reasons. Baby Dedication is:
A joyful opportunity for parents to acknowledge God’s incredible blessing of children as a gift from God. (Psalm 127:3)
A formal recognition that the child belongs to God. (Psalm 24:1)
A public commitment on the part of the parents and body of Christ to teach God’s Word and encourage them in their spiritual development.
We are called to pass on what God has given us – the message of the Kingdom, in word and deed. (Deut. 6:5-7)
A challenge for parents to raise their children according to God’s standards. (Ephesians 6:4)