Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)”Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
Child dedication is the act of giving back to God the gift he has given you as parents. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust, and commitment.
The practice of child dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible. It was based on God’s command for the Israelites to bring their firstborn sons for consecration on the 8th day of the child’s life. In 1 Samuel, Hannah brought her son Samuel to Eli, the priest, to dedicate him to the Lord. Furthermore, Jesus was brought as a baby to the Temple by Mary and Joseph, fulfilling the Jewish purification laws.
We recognize that salvation only comes to a child through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not passed on to a child through dedication. Parents covenant to raise their children by modeling Godly principles with the desire that one day, their children will receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.