Feb 192020
 

If you have young children who have not been dedicated, you don’t want to miss out on this beautiful celebration!

This is a very special and important time, both for the parents as well as the child. It’s a service where parents dedicate themselves and present their child/children to the Lord. They’re surrounded by family or friends and church family. Together, they commit the child to the Lord.

There are examples of child presentation in the Bible.   In 1 Samuel 1:27-28 we see how Hannah took her son Samuel to the temple to present him to the Lord.  Also in Luke 2:21-38 we see Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the Temple.

While many parents present very young children, your child does not have to be an infant. You can participate no matter what your child’s age.

  • We’re presenting the child/children to God. Our prayer of presentation is that they will grow in knowledge of God and his son Jesus and that when the child/children are old enough, they would make a decision to follow him. This isn’t the salvation of a child or a “necessary spiritual step,” but rather acknowledging that we want God to be in the life of this child.
  • We’re dedicating the parents to God. God has entrusted parents to spiritually train children. The church is here to help, but ultimately the responsibility is on the parents. So we pray to dedicate mom and dad’s efforts of creating a safe and healthy environment where a child can learn about God and grow in a relationship with him. So, in this dedication, mom and dad commit to do everything within their ability to point their children to God and help them follow him.
  • We’re dedicating the friends and family to God. Children are rarely influenced by the parents alone. Family and friends have significant influence. It is the responsibility of family and friends to hold parents accountable and encourage parents in both their marriage relationship and efforts to spiritually train their children.

This is a time to celebrate the wonderful gift that God has given you and to celebrate your dependence on Him in raising your child. Family and friends will enjoy supporting you in making these commitments and in praying for your child.  So, be sure to invite those who have a loving interest in the life of your child.

 “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”   Proverbs 22:6

 To participate in our next one or have any questions answered, contact Pastor Mike at: 250-727-5720 or 250-478-8379 / mike@theforgechurch.com