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|Last Update : 2006/07/19
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|Question / Issue|
|My daughter is expecting and has questions about what she should do for the baby, after he/she is born. We know that baptism is for children old enough to conciously CHOOSE to turn their life over to Jesus. However, can she do a dedication , or some like thing ?|
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Baby dedications are a celebration and consecration of children and their parents. The church family affirms this and agrees to support the parents, as the “family of God” should. Parents bless and anoint their children and join in prayer with the congregation concerning the spiritual future of their families.
The purpose of baby dedication is actually found in the purpose of the parents. Rightly understood, this ceremony is one of parental dedication. Parents are dedicating themselves to raise their children in accordance with:.
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4 And now a word to you fathers (parents). Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.
We are also following the example of Jesus blessing children in:
(from New International Version)
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, " Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.
27 " For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him. 28 " So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.
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