We are so excited that you and your family are interested in participating in Metro City’s Child Dedication. Child Dedication has been part of the Christian church from the very beginning. It actually goes back before Jesus’ day to the very first Passover. The people of Israel remembered God’s grace towards them at the time of the Exodus when they were freed from slavery. You may remember the story of Moses and the Ten Plagues that fell on Egypt. The tenth plague was horrendous: Because of the evil heart of Pharaoh and his refusal to release God’s people from slavery, all of the firstborn sons of Egypt were killed by the angel of death. But the Hebrew people were spared... they were “passed over.” (That is where the Jewish festival and holiday called the Passover comes from.)
What people do not often realize is that after the Hebrew people were spared and freed from slavery in Egypt, they were told to consecrate their children to the LORD. In other words, they were to present their children in the public assembly (the church) and publicly thank God and dedicate their children to Him as a way of symbolizing their faith, love and gratitude towards God.
Much in the same way, every year at Metro we take time to ‘dedicate’ our children before God and His people. That is what we will be doing at all four services on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th. Our hope and prayer for your family is that you will use this day to publicly declare that you intend to purposefully raise your children to know and love God. Let this dedication serve as a reminder of God’s goodness to you in giving you the precious gift of children and that your children ultimately belong to Him.
There are a few things we want to share with you. Please take time to read these verses as a couple, if you are dedicating with your spouse. And if you’re not, take heart. God is your ultimate Father and can partner next to you in tangible ways that exceed your understanding and expectation.
Public dedication of your child to God before His Church does not, in any way, assure your child’s salvation. We each must enter into our own saving relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.
– For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world (Us! You! Your child!)
might be saved through Him.
– Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
– If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in
your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Child dedication is a commitment of you as the parent(s) to purposely raise your child in such a way that would point them to Jesus and lead them to a personal relationship with Him. Out of every responsibility we have as parents, leading our children spiritually is the primary one. We are here to partner with you, but this incredible responsibility is first and foremost yours as parent(s).
Read Deuteronomy chapter 4 and 6 for background on this.
Remember, although your child’s spiritual upbringing is your primary responsibility, we are here to support and equip you. You don’t need to “have all the answers” or be a spiritual guru. To grow as a parent, seek ways to grow as a person. Here are just a few ideas: sign up for a Next Steps class in parenting, join a life group with parents who have children your age, consider serving in MetroKIDS where you will see the Bible being taught to children in ways that make it come alive. Stop by the Journey Store too. We offer lots of parenting resources and materials for children, like Bibles and devotionals. The Connection Center is open during weekend experiences if you want information on these ministries. We are praying for you and believe in you. God, who has called you to this great work, is going to equip you for it.