Child Dedications at Waterbrook

CHILD DEDICATIONS AT WATERBROOK

 

Waterbrook believes children matter to God and are a gift from Him. Therefore, we practice child dedications as a way of affirming the value of children before God and one another.

Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

To have your child dedicated at Waterbrook:

  • We ask parents to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • We ask parents to agree with our general statement of faith and be regular attenders of Waterbrook services.
  • We ask parents to attend a meeting with one of the pastors in advance of the child dedication to go through details regarding the service.

 

DURING THE SERVICE

 

Parents will bring their child before the congregation to be introduced for the dedication. You are welcome to have extended family and friends join you for this milestone moment in the life of your child. Those you invite will typically be asked to stand at their seat as a display of their support for your dedication decision.

 

Parents will be asked a series of questions. These include affirming their personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, a willingness to live their faith in front of their child while seeking to help the child grow in knowledge and faith in God, and a commitment to seek help when needed. Those present, including our church family and your guests, are asked to affirm their willingness to support and encourage you in this task.

 

DOES WATERBROOK BAPTIZE INFANTS?

 

We believe Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation. Scripture affirms this in Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48. The New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only. However, in scripture we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them, and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Waterbrook believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.

Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross. Rather than baptizing infants or children, WBF encourages Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

 

BEING PART OF OUR NEXT CHILD DEDICATION

 

To participate in a child dedication service, please contact the church office. You may also address additional questions to the office. The next child dedication service is scheduled for Sunday, May 13th, 2018, in both services.

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