What is child Dedication?
Speaker: Rev. Shine Thomas
Parents who dedicate a child are making a vow to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise their child in a godly way publicly before God, family, and church.
Right from the time a child is formed in the womb parents, family, and church pray for the child and the mother. We submit them under God’s care, strength, and guidance. It is always good to come back to God to thank him for his favor. We can find such an attitude when God answered Hannah's prayer by giving her a son and she came back to the temple to remember her vow.
1 Samuel 1:26-28 "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 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." And he worshiped the LORD there.
Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple. Jesus also took little children in his arm, put his hands on them, and blessed them.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 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.
1. Parents must love God.
2. Parents must teach your children.
Disciple your child.
Train your Child. Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Call the parents in front.
Song: I surrender all.
Standing before us are three generations.
Brothers and sisters, moms and dads in presenting your child for dedication you not only signify your faith in Christ and the Christian way of life, but also indicate your desire that he/she should grow to know the Lord and live a Christian life.
Today, you have come with thanks in your hearts for the little life which God has placed in your care. But in order for this dedication to be complete you must say to the Lord, “We give back to You, Lord that which is really Your own. Make of him/her what you desire. Use him for Your glory. Keep him/her in Your will until the day you take him/her to be with yourself.”
We give the child to God because only God knows the possibilities that are wrapped up in this little life and only God can develop in this child all the possibilities that are there.
In addition to surrendering this child to God you have another responsibility. Just as Moses was given back to his mother, Jochebed to rear as a son of Pharaoh’ daughter, so will this child be given back to you to rear for God.
You will need to bring this child in Godly values.
Charge to Parents:
Prayer of Dedication: (Holding child in minister’s hands.)
From this day forward this child will be called (name of the child) in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Let the Holy Spirit convict him/her of sin as he comes to the age of accountability.
Return child to parents: Now we lend (name of the child) back to you to rear her in the fear of the Lord.
Pray for the Parents.