Dedication & Water Baptism

We believe Baby Dedication has a biblical model.

When Jesus was 8 days old Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to be dedicated to God as per the law of Moses. Simeon prayed and blessed Jesus. Then the Prophetess, Anna, gave thanks to God for Jesus and spoke of him to those who gathered around.  Jesus  grew and walked in His destiny as designed by his father God. God entrusted Jesus to the love of His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph.

We do not believe baby dedication to be a giving of a child’s life for salvation, but a time when the family pledges to raise their baby to live in accordance to the Word, honoring God and their parents.

In addition the church family commit themselves to the family in prayer and encouragement.

The Commitment of Baby Dedication

For dedication to be meaningful you must recognize your child as a precious gift of God and the responsibility that goes with it. 

You must also know true dedication comes when you, as parents, dedicate yourself to the Heavenly Father and His Word; without this dedication would be meaningless.

Baby dedication is more than a ritual, but a commitment to honor the will of God and His Word.

A meaningful dedication you must first love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Commit yourself to diligently teach your child the Words of God and prayer. How to live and walk in the Spirit of God’s plan.

As part of this dedication parents are asked to:

· Publicly affirm your personal faith in Christ and renew your dedication to Him and His Word.

· You are encouraged to pray daily for God’s direction in your lives and the lives of your children.

· You recognize there is strength that comes by faithfully participating with the family of God in worship and service.

· Teach your child the Truths of God’s Word in your home and make practicing your faith before your children a priority.

· Pray for your child to have a personal faith in Christ and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Recognize that your child belongs to God and has been born to experience His love and to fulfill the purpose that God has ordained for him/her.

Baby Dedication As Spoken in the Scriptures

The Example of Jesus

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

The Teaching of Jesus

“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 tell you the truth; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little baby will never enter it. “ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”                Mark 10:13-16

The Example of Samuel

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

Nurture and admonish your child in the Lord and they shall find favor with God and man.

Remember this thing that even a child is known by his doings. Proverbs 20:11

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.  Psalms 144:12 NLB

We have scheduled baby dedications quarterly.

Our next baby dedication will be September 17th If you would like to dedicate your child to the Lord Click on the button below

You are welcome to invite and include family members and have someone take photographs or video of this special time. 

A Baby Bible and a Baby Dedication Certificate will be provided.

What is the meaning and significance of baptism?

A Move From Death to Life:
Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.

“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG

A Brand New Life:
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian. We bury the ‘old life’ and we rise to walk in a ‘new life’. Baptism is like a wedding ring, it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart, a commitment that has to be followed through and lived out on a daily basis.

Here is one simple way to explain baptism:

Baptism is a symbol.  It’s meant to show the world that that you love, trust, and have put your hope in Christ.  It’s like a wedding ring…

Let’s say I’m not married right now, but if I put a wedding ring on my finger, would that make me married? No, of course not. Similarly, I can be baptized in a church, but that doesn’t make me a true believer in Christ. Imagine that I really was married, though. My husband and I really did go through the marriage ceremony, but I just didn’t have my ring on my finger. Would that mean I wasn’t married? No way, of course I would still be married. Similarly, I can be a believer in Christ, but not baptized, and my sins are still paid for and forgiven by God. But imagine that I truly was married and I really, really loved my husband. Would I wear my wedding ring? Of course! I would love my husband and want the whole world to know it! In the same way, if I have trusted Christ to save me from sin, and He is the lord and joy of my life, then I’ll want everyone to know about it. So baptism is a statement to everyone who sees it that I have trusted Christ for my salvation and I’m committed to living for Him.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4

Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not ‘save’ you; only your faith in Christ does that.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9

Why should I consider getting baptised?

Following Christ:
In order to understand the reason for being water baptised, it is important to carefully consider what the Bible says about it… Jesus himself was baptised. He was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.

At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Mark 1:9 MSG

An Act of Obedience:
Water baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

A Public Declaration:
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.

Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.” Mark 16:16 MSG

A Blessed Life:

In baptism, the believer has the triune name of the triune God placed upon them, ‘Father’, ‘Son’ & ‘Holy Spirit’. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is the name of the Godhead (one God in three persons). The Gospels tell us to baptise believers “… into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, Matthew 28:19.

Baptism confirms our position ‘in Christ’ and affirms the blessings of the Father on us as his children.

A New family:
Baptism also connects us to the ‘body of Christ’, his people in the earth. In baptism there is a real sense of being joined with other believers, not just participating in an individual act of our own spiritual journey.

“…For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body…” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

How are we to be baptised?

As per the example of Jesus – by being immersed in water. The word “baptise” comes from the Greek word “baptise” which means “to immerse or dip under water”.

“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16.

Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer.

“…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water….” Acts 8:38,39.

Who should be baptised?

Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptized (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!

“Those who accepted his message were baptised….” Acts 2:41.

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12.

We believe in baptising children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make a personal declaration of belief. (Usually, the age of 12 years old is sometimes a good benchmark.)

When are we to be baptized?

Believers in the New Testament were baptised the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be, and is encouraged to be baptised.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized….” Acts 2:41.

“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-39.