Dedication of Children

AS PRACTICED HERE AT LOMPOC FOURSQUARE CHURCH

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these...’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

IS MORE THAN A RITUAL


The dedication of children is more than a ritual. It’s a commitment by parents to honor the scriptural responsibilities of parenting. As a part of this dedication, you as parents are asked to:

1. Publicly affirm your personal faith in Christ.

2. Pray daily for God’s direction in your lives and in the lives of your children.

3. Faithfully participate in church with your children.

4. Teach your children God’s truth in your home.

5. Anticipate and seek to lead your child(ren) to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.

6. Recognize that your children belong to God and have been born to experience His love and to serve Him.

THE TEACHING OF SCRIPTURE


I. Jesus Christ’s Example

“When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” Luke 2:22

II. Jesus Christ’s Teaching

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these...’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

III. The Example of Hannah & Samuel

“In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying, ‘O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life...’” I Samuel 1:10-11

“‘As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he shall be given over to the Lord.’” I Samuel 1:26-28

IV. The Responsibility of Parents

“‘These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.’” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

As a child Jesus was brought by Joseph and Mary to the house of the Lord. This was an act of dedication and recognition that He really belonged to God.

Throughout His ministry, people brought children to Jesus and He placed His hands on each of them, and blessed them.

Christians are to recognize that everything we have belongs to God. Children born or adopted into our families belong to Him as well.

This dedication is not for the salvation of the child, but is a public expression by the parents prayerfully declaring that this child belongs to the Lord. It is a commitment on the part of the parents to seek to do everything that is in their power, as God gives them wisdom, to see that the child grows up to respect and honor God and to love and serve Jesus Christ.

We schedule Child Dedications periodically, so please watch the church calendar and bulletin for upcoming dedication dates.

If you would like to dedicate your child(ren) to the Lord, please let us know by phoning (805) 736-2772 or emailing the church office(office@lompocfoursquare.com) or by signing up on the back of your Communication Slip on Sunday.

“‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these...’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:14-16