Child Dedication

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Child dedication
In PBC we don’t baptize infants however we dedicate them to God and give them the opportunity to hear Gods word every Sunday in the Sunday school and someday when they receive Jesus Christ as savior we baptize them by immersion
There are many examples of parents in the Bible who brought their children to God and gave them back to Him.
1. There is the classic example of Hannah bringing her son Samuel (the son for whom she had prayed), and presenting him to God, and handing young Samuel over to Eli the priest. (I Sam. 1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD.

2. Joseph and Mary brought the infant child Jesus to the temple following his circumcision at 8 days. they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (Luke 2:22 KJV) And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
• Dedicating a child or children is giving back your children to God

The first thing you are saying when you give that child back to the Lord is simply this…that you love God even more than you love that child. Your child is a most prized possession.

When you give your child back to God, you are openly declaring that:
– This child is a gift from God.
– This child does not really belong to you, you are a mere custodian.
– This child belongs to God.
-You have the privilege to love and train this child. But this child is not yours. The child belongs to God!)
– That little boy or girl does not really belong to you. They belong to God! They are a precious gift from God, on loan to you.

Psalm 127:3 KJV) lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
We better be careful how we treat and care for God’s property!
Deut 6: 6-9 we have been instructed how to teach our children the word of God it’s a duty of every parent whether single or married to ensure their home is a hub for God’s word. While sitting, walking we should use every opportunity to ensure our children know God
• Love the lord your God – if the parents desire that their children love the lord and follow God they should model that for the children to see, are you born again as parents? if you don’t know the lord you can’t love him and also you can’t share about him to your children.
• Teach your children the word of God and this should start when the baby is still in the womb, you speak, touch the womb as you speak Gods word. While sitting down with our children give them stories about the word of God children love stories, when walking walk as you share the word of God. You can also decorate their rooms with posters with scriptures written on them , let us take every opportunity to equip/teach our children the word of God

God did not authorize the church to raise children. And God did not authorize schools. God authorize parents and guardian’s to raise children. They are many ways you can start teaching your child about God in young age, buy Christian bible story movies, children love watching colored pictures. Some children love to have pictures in their rooms have scriptures written on the wall. If your children attend Sunday school follow up and strengthen what the Sunday school teachers taught.

To give your child to God is not just a CEREMONY…It is a COMMITMENT. It is a commitment that you are going to:
1. Be a Godly parent. (Parent dedication requires getting right with God know him personally.
2. Teach this child of Christ.
3. Keep this child in church. (Do not send them, but take them)
4. Love this child. 5. Pray for this child.
6. Train this child , discipline
7. Set good example children learn from what they see than what they are taught.
8. Make your home a holy place.
9. Put away worldliness.
10. Live a righteous life.
11. Allow Gods purpose to be fulfilled in your child’s life.
12. be available, for them create time to be with your child they won’t be children forever.