What is Child Dedication?
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Being a parent is no easy task. It’s one of the greatest joys in life, but so often, you feel that nagging twinge in your gut that makes you wonder, “Am I doing this whole parenting thing right?” There’s good news for you—you don’t have to parent alone. That’s actually where child dedication comes in. You get to stand in front of your church family and commit to raising your child according to biblical teachings. But the best part? You’re committing to do it with your church family.
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Child dedication is a great step for your family, but it’s certainly not the same thing as salvation nor baptism. Salvation is what happens when your child decides to start a relationship with God, and baptism is when they decide to go public with their faith. Child dedication is less about your child’s choice now and more about setting them up for those choices later. When you dedicate your child, you’re committing to raise them in an environment where they hear about Jesus and have an opportunity to accept Him.!
Child dedications are a spiritually significant milestone for your whole family. When you dedicate your child, you’re choosing to make some parenting decisions that honor God, like getting in community through a gGroup, modeling what it looks like to be planted in a church though serving and showing your kids an example of what sacrificial giving looks like. And while it sounds like you’ve got more things to do, you’re actually lightening the load because you’re committing to do these things in partnership with the church.
That’s your decision. You can dedicate your child whether they’re three days old or 13 years old. The age doesn’t matter as much as the principle. Child dedication is an important step in your family’s faith life because it’s setting a foundation that your family will be known for following Christ. So, consider choosing a family verse, picking family values, or finding community that will help you grow in these values and become the people God has called you to be.