It is exciting whenever a new child enters a family. In these joyful moments, pastors have the privilege of sharing how parents can express their full appreciation to God through baby dedication.
We are told in 1 Samuel 1 that Hannah presented her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord. In the same way, parents today bring their son/daughter, presenting first themselves and then their son/daughter before God.
Dedicating a child acknowledges God's sovereignty not only over the child, but also Dad and Mom. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities, trusting that when their child reaches the age of knowledge, he/she will accept Jesus as their Savior.
Our next child dedication is Sunday, February 11, 2018
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 - "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one. 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."
Ephesians 6:4 - "Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."