Baby Dedication

What Is Baby Dedication?

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.”  Psalm 127:3-4

In Psalm 127, children are called “a heritage from the Lord.”  This means that children belong to God.  They are “ours” only in a secondary sense.  God gives children to parents, as a man entrusts his fortune to his heirs.

When a couple enters into marriage, they make themselves available to love, serve, and sacrifice for the next generation.  To love and care for children is one of the principal ways we honor God and share in building His kingdom.

Dedication: is NOT for the child but for You the parent. It is not just a religious ceremony BUT rather a vow and life long commitment to raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  This in turn keeps the Grace and Favor of God on your family and especially over your children as they grow.

A Parent, has much to do with their children’s destiny.  By dedicating your child, you are giving him/her over to God’s purposes.  Our Old Testament example Joshua. “as for me and MY house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)

Our New Testament examples are Mary and Joseph, who presented Jesus to the Lord (Luke 2:22).

By giving your children over to God’s purposes and continuing to train them, they will bear much fruit.  “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6)

For questions, email Pastoral Care leader Katie Lentz at

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