If you are considering participating in the Child Dedication service at Bethel Family Worship Center, we would like to encourage you to think and pray about the following items:
At BFWC, we take the commitment to raise children in the instruction of the Lord very seriously. Each parent is commanded to exemplify and live out the Word of God every day and bring up their children to follow Him.
Our service is called a Child Dedication, but it could be called a Parent Dedication. In this service, you are coming forward to declare that, as the parent, you take your responsibility seriously and commit yourself to rearing your children in a God-honoring manner.
We would also like you to understand that the Child Dedication is not an infant baptism and that a baby does not become saved through the dedication. We believe that your child will make a decision about Christ at an age where he or she understands what that means.
BFWC members should fill out the Child Dedication Application to begin the process. Someone will contact you to confirm your next steps.
Scriptures For Parents
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Deuteronomy 12:28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 32:46 He said to them, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law."
Psalm 103:17-18 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD'S love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children?with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Psalm 127:3 Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Matthew 18:4-6 "Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Matthew 18:10-14 "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost."
Mark 10:13-16 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. I will tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.