Baby Dedication is always a special time. It’s so special to see the sanctuary fill with family and friends in show of support for these new parents.
And as much fun as it is to see the babies all dressed up and Pastor Oren steps on a tossed pacifier…this special time isn’t just for show. This is a time where the parents make a covenant, dedicating their child to the Lord. They make a commitment to raise their child in a Christian home of love and peace, to raise it in the truth of our Lord’s instruction and discipline, and to encourage it to one day trust Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord.
But, the parents aren’t the only ones making a commitment during Baby Dedication. We also ask the church to make a covenant as well. I wanted to share with you the commitment we made yesterday, so you can see it again, and keep it on your mind…
As the members of First Baptist Church, we declare ourselves to be the children of God because of God’s gracious work in our hearts to save us and by our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. We vow today, by God’s help, to be faithful in our calling as members of the body of Christ, to help the [NAME OF FAMILIES] families to be faithful to God and faithful parents for their precious children, [NAME OF CHILDREN]. And we vow to help teach and train these children in the way of Christ Jesus so that they might one day trust him as Savior and Lord.
Next time you see one of these precious families in our church, remember this covenant. This is something that will go on far beyond just Sunday!
I also wanted to share with you the book we gave parents during the dedication. Each family received a copy of Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney. The author makes the case for family worship and explains the three elements that make it up: reading, praying, and singing.
“Having your family in a Christ-exalting, gospel-centered, Bible teaching, local church is crucial to Christen parenting. But it is not enough for conveying to your family all you want to teach them about God and your believes. Moreover, it is unlikely that exposure to the church once or twice a week will impress your children enough with the greatness and glory of God that they will want to pursue him once they leave your home,” says the author. “This is why family worship is so important. But even more importantly, God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families.”
I have placed a copy of Family Worship in our church library and it should be available to check out very soon!