Child Dedication & Baptism

This week we celebrate what God has done and continues to do in the lives of our River family. Dedication was first seen in Mark 10:13-16. “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on 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. Truly I tell you, 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, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

In order for this to happen, it will be our duty as the church, and friends and family. Coming alongside the parents as their duty in dedication to teach your children early the fear of the Lord. Watching over their education, that they may not be led astray by false teachings or doctrines. Directing their minds to the Holy Scriptures as expressing the will and authority of God for all people. Guiding their feet to the church, to restrain them from evil associates, habits, and wrong priorities. As much as you are able, to bring them up in the Lord’s discipline and instruction.

Jesus in Matthew chapter 28 gives His disciples a final word of instruction. Just before ascending back into heaven He tell the disciples. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.” These final words are very important and where we get the instructions on baptism. Jesus himself was baptized as an example for all believers.

There is more to this. More than what some see as nothing more than just getting wet as people watch. This is a public act of belief in Jesus Christ. People who are being baptized take time to share with those present how Jesus has saved them. He has redeemed them. He has adopted them into His family and that they are no longer seen as a sinner in the eye of God. It is by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, they are “white as snow.” They no longer carry the mark of death. Having received life, everlasting life. But there is more.

This physical symbolism of going under the water as our “old self” and coming up out of the water as our “new self.” Washed, cleaned, redeemed and with a new lease on life. This is what some call “means of grace.” It is a moment in a Christ followers life where we experience Christ more deeply. Seeing him more clearly. Understanding just a little bit more the will that He has for our lives.

Celebrate with us as parents dedicate their children and as believers publicly declare that Jesus is Lord and leader of their life.

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