This Sunday (December 4) we’ll begin our Taylorsville service with something very special—a baby dedication!
A baby dedication differs from a Catholic christening and baptism. Nothing done during the brief ceremony will impart grace or remove sin. It differs from a Mormon baby blessing in that we don't see this as something commanded, nor do we believe it requires any special authority.
Instead, a baby dedication is simply one moment in what should be a lifetime of dedication to the Lord, not just for the children but also for the parents. Whether you're participating Sunday or just observing, here are three things to understand:
- While not commanded, baby dedications find precedent in the Bible. Hannah brought Samuel to the temple (cf. 1 Samuel 1), Joseph and Mary brought the infant Jesus to the temple (cf. Luke 2), and Paul acknowledged that Timothy was raised in a Christian home (cf. 2 Timothy 1). The idea of presenting a child to God is a biblical one.
- Baby dedications remind us that God is concerned for and mindful of children. Jesus encouraged children to be allowed to come to Him (cf. Luke 18), He pointed to them as an example of faith (cf. Matthew 18), and they are included in the promises of God (cf. Acts 2). God welcomes children into worship!
- It is the parents' responsibility to raise their child for God. While others, including the church family, may certainly be involved, both the Old and New Testaments lay this responsibility on the parents (cf. Deuteronomy 6; Ephesians 6). It's ultimately the parents that must create an environment in the home that is conducive to faith and spiritual growth.