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Why do we dedicate babies? The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words: "For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord."
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him. In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God's plan for how a parent should raise up a child: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
Baby dedication and child dedication are the act of giving back to God the gift he has given you as parents. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust, and commitment. The dedication service
During the dedication service, parents express vows before God, their family, and the church, declaring their desire to raise their child in a God-honouring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, they play a primary role in the dedication service.
The congregation of the church also plays an important part in this ceremony. The members of the church witness the commitment of the parents. The Church body promises to welcome the children in Jesus name, to love and protect them, to provide spiritual instruction and to model a mature Christian life for the children.
The Dedication Ceremony is a covenant between the parents the congregation and God to rais the dedicated child in the nurture and admonition of the lord and within a community dedicated to modelling Christ like obedience, grace, fellowship.
Dedication is not christening or Baptism Child dedication is different from infant baptism or christening. While these rites are significant for a variety of faiths, it is the practice of FBC Orchard to dedicate children.
We recognize that salvation only comes to a child through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not passed on to a child through dedication. Parents covenant to raise their children by modeling Godly principles with the desire that one day; their children will receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
How Can I Dedicate My Child If you are interested in dedicating your child at FBC Orchard please contact Pastor Andrew Bedo by Phone at (713)-476-1168 or Email us at email@example.com
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