Parent-Child Dedication is a time designed for parents to publicly commit before the church, family and friends that, with God’s help, they will be the primary disciple maker(s) in the life of their child. Scripture makes it clear to us that God has called each of us as parent to be the primary disciple makers in the lives of our children. We as a church want to come alongside you to partner with you as you seek to raise your children to love Christ above all things.
Please register BEFORE Sunday, February 11, 2024 to participate in this Dedication.
WHY SHOULD YOU DEDICATE YOUR CHILD?
Unlike baptism and The Lord’s Supper, Scripture does not require that Christians participate in Parent-Child Dedications. While it is not an official ordinance of the local church, Brentwood Baptist, along with thousands of churches around the globe, celebrates Parent-Child Dedications because:
1. Parent-Child Dedications are Biblically Founded.
In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah, after giving birth to her son Samuel, dedicated him to the Lord, entrusting him completely to God. In Luke 2, we see Mary and Joseph presented the infant Jesus in the temple to dedicate Him to the Lord. In both instances, the parents demonstrated their recognition that their child belonged to God.
2. Parent-Child Dedications is the Gospel First and Always.
The Parent-Child Dedication is designed not to make much of the parents or their new child, but to make much of Christ. By participating, parents are publicly declaring their faith in Christ and need for His help, and the church is committing to elevating the Gospel in the child’s life as they partner with Parents as the seek to raise their children to come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
PARENT-CHILD DEDICATION DOES NOT IMPLY OR ASSURE SALVATION
The Parent-Child Dedication service does not imply or assure a child’s salvation. The ceremony is designed for parents to publicly commit to raising their child in the fear of the Lord, in prayerful expectation that he or she will one day put their faith in Christ. Brentwood Baptist does not baptize or christen infants because of our biblical conviction that baptism is for those who have professed their faith in Christ.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN PARENT-CHILD DEDICATIONS?
We do not require you to be a member of Brentwood Baptist Church to dedicate your child, but we encourage parents to be active attenders of Brentwood Baptist, because in the act of Parent-Child dedication the church commits to come alongside and partner with parents.