WHAT IS FAMILY DEDICATION?
Family Dedication is a time when parents publicly express their commitment to raise their child in a home that honors Christ. It is a choice to dedicate your lives, as parents, to sharing and modeling the Truth of the Bible and the love of Christ. Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a Godly way, until he or she can make a decision on their own to follow God. Parents who make this vow of commitment are instructed to raise the child in the ways of God, and not according to their own ways.
Family Dedication typically happens two times a year in the spring and fall. Our next Family Dedication service is Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO MAY DEDICATE A CHILD?
Any parent or guardian who is making the choice to commit their life to modeling the ways of Jesus and the Bible to their child, or children, is welcome. If you are the only parent who is a follower of Christ, or you are a single parent, we welcome you to be part of a Family Dedication ceremony.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
There is not an age limit of the child being dedicated. However, most children being dedicated are typically between 0-4 years of age.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN FAMILY DEDICATION?
The primary requirement is your commitment to follow after the heart of God and your acceptance of His Son, Jesus. If you haven’t made this decision yourself, please contact us to discuss this important step. Church membership is not required. However, if you are not a member of First Baptist Maryville, we encourage you to make us your church home.
After registering you child for Family Dedication, parents are required to attend a parent meeting to prepare themselves for this very significant milestone.
DOES DEDICATION GIVE MY CHILD ETERNAL LIFE?
No. Dedication does not merit favor with God or earn your child eternal life in Heaven. We believe the Bible teaches that baptism is only for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Jesus modeled a choice in being baptized and we believe your children get to make that choice for themselves when they are older. Family Dedication is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your desire and willingness to teach your child the truths of God’s Word. By living out your faith in Christ, the likelihood of your child making their own personal commitment to Christ is greatly increased.