Crossroads - Child Dedication

Next Child Dedication - May 11, 2014

What Our Child Dedication IS
We believe that God must be a part of our family life if it is to be good and healthy.  “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

We believe that parents’ actions in raising their child are important to God.  There is a responsibility as followers of Christ to raise children in a way that will please the Lord.  “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

In Scripture there is an example of dedicating children to the Lord.  In 1 Samuel 1:11, 26-28, Hannah vowed to dedicate her child to the Lord if He would grant her one.  The Lord honored her request and she kept her vow, dedicating Samuel to the Lord.  “…then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life” (1 Samuel 1:11).

As a Christian parent, by dedicating a child to the Lord, you are acknowledging your need for God in your family; inviting God to be active in your family life; submitting your own desires for your child to God’s desires for him/her; making a commitment to raise your child in God’s way.

We believe that your child is not only yours, but a gift from God.  We are earthly stewards of the life God has placed in our home.  “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!  He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5).

Some of the responsibilities the Lord has entrusted to parents include continuously praying for their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9); instructing them in the way of the Lord; setting a godly example; and disciplining them as the Lord would discipline us (Proverbs 29:15, 17; 13:24).  As parents, you are only able to do these things through Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13).

What Our Child Dedication IS NOT
This is not the day of salvation for your child.  Salvation is the free gift of God, received when someone grasps their need for Christ and makes the conscious decision to enter into a relationship with God.

Not only is it not salvation, it isn’t baptism either.  Baptism is the public profession of faith as described above.  Once a child is old enough to make a decision to accept Christ as their personal Savior, then they can make the choice to be baptized.

How to Register
Email the following information to Nikki Baeten at nbaeten@crossroads-bible.org, upon reciept, Nikki will contact you to set up a meeting with a Pastor and notify you of any other logistics.
Name

Address

Phone

Email

Which location would you like to have your child dedicated?

CHILD BEING DEDICATED

first name

middle name

DOB

verse claiming

Answer the following question on the back or attach a separate sheet of paper.  Upon receipt of this form, Kim will contact you to make arrangements to meet with pastor.
  1. Mom and Dad, please tell us about your personal walk with Jesus Christ.
  2. Parents, please share with us about your vision to raise this child to be dynamic follower of Jesus.

The Gospel changes people from the inside out. Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both
self-righteousness and self-condemnation.