Children are a gift from God.
As parents, being part of a loving church family can help you raise your children in the ways of the Lord. It is in this church family that your children will receive love, make friends, grow and even find their purpose.
The bible says that it is an act of obedience by parents to offer their child to the Lord (Mark 10:13) and a public declaration of their intention as parents to lay a foundation of Godly principles, with an intention to raise their child with Christian values (Deut 6:5-7) and to guide and educate their child in accordance with God’s work (Eph 6:14).
Therefore, celebrating a moment when parents can bring their little ones to church to have some of our leaders pray with them shows this act of obedience.
If you have any further questions about the spiritual significance of baby dedications, please read below.
Does this ensure salvation for my child?
As parents we cannot decide our child’s salvation for them. Each individual must make their own decision about their relationship with Christ. When a child becomes old enough to understand the concept of sin and their responsibility for that sin before God, they are then ready to make a decision about salvation. This age of understanding is not a pre-determined age, it is when the child has a true understanding and is able to express that understanding of their faith in Jesus as their Saviour, even in a childlike way (Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:14-15, Luke 18:17).
Parents can, however, lay a foundation by their teaching and example that will help a child be ready to make that most important decision.
If your child is of an age of understanding, you can share the gospel story with them and allow them an opportunity to make their own decision to follow Jesus.
The Gospel story for children explained in colours
Black represents the wrong-doing or the things God does not
want us to be doing, this is called sin and it separates us from God.
Red represents the blood of Jesus who died on the cross and
rose again, taking the punishment for our wrong-doing, or sin, in our lives.
Romans 5:8, John 3:16
When someone becomes a Christian through accepting Jesus
into their life, their wrong-doings or sins are washed away and
they are clean before God.
Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:9
Green is the colour of plants that grow. The green colour reminds
us that we should grow as a Christian. We can read the Bible,
go to Church and we can pray.
2 Peter 1:2
Yellow is the colour of gold. Gold is very precious and speaks of an awesome place prepared for Christians called Heaven. The Bible says in Heaven the streets are made of Gold. We get to have eternal life in Heaven, where God has prepared a place for us.
John 14:2 Romans 6:23
Is it the same as baptism?
This dedication is not a baptism, and it does not impart salvation to the child. Baby dedications are viewed as a confirmation between the parents and the church to raise the child in a Godly way until the child is old enough to make his/her decision in accepting Christ as his/her personal Saviour. The dedication of children is taught in the Bible. As a baby, Jesus was dedicated by his parents. Jesus also bestowed blessings on the children. (Mark 10:16).
If your child is at an age where they have accepted Christ as their Saviour, you may want to consider water baptism as their next step.
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