- | May 10, 2020
- 9:30 AM
Because Pinon Hills Community Church is comprised of people from many cultural backgrounds, we want to be sure that your questions regarding the difference between child dedication and baptism are explained.
Baby dedication is truly a parent commitment service. It is the parents’ promise to offer their child to the Lord and to dedicate themselves to rearing the child for the glory of God.
Our goal is to:
• Help parents recognize that children are a gift from God.
- Facilitate the parent’s verbal commitment to raise their child in a Christian environment.
- Challenge parents to be examples in service and worship for their children.
- Assist parents in laying a firm foundation for learning about God and an example of the power of salvation for their child. Parents cannot decide their child’s salvation. Each person must make the decision to have a personal relationship with Christ. When children are old enough to understand the concept of sin and the responsibility for that sin, then they are ready to make the decision to accept Christ as their personal savior and assure eternal salvation. Parents must, however, lay a foundation through teaching and example that will help children make that decision at the right time. The same is true of marriage. We cannot decide when or if our children will marry and we cannot guarantee them a happy marriage. But through a positive example, we can lay a foundation for making good decisions when the time comes. Dedication is not baptism. It is not a sacrament of any kind. It does not impart salvation to the child. Dedication is the parents’ commitment to God to raise the child in His ways.
Piñon Hills Community Church dedicates children because we read in Luke 2:22-25 that as a baby, his parents dedicated Jesus. In Mark 10:16 we see Jesus bestowing blessings on the children. The dedication ceremony is a time to publicly make that commitment to pray for the child, love the child, and guide the child toward a personal relationship with Christ.
Dedications will take place online May 10 during the 9:00 am and 10:30 am service. If you are interested contact Pastor Keith Corley at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will get your spot reserved and explain how this dedication will take place.