Family Dedication - 31 Dec 2017
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." (Deuteronomy 6:4 -7)
On 31 Dec 2017, Grace Baptist Church gave praise and thanks to God for the gift of families and children. Through these familial relationships, we have the wonderful privilege of reflecting the love of our Heavenly Father and telling of His wondrous works to the next generation.
Unlike baptism or the Lord’s Supper, the act of family dedication is not an ordinance. We are not baptizing these children. We believe Scripture teaches that baptism is only for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ.
(L-R) Chihiro and Kyle with Noah and Emma, Fidelia and Gerald with Hannah, Toshi and Andrea with Shinji and Akiko.
Nevertheless, we regard family dedications as an opportunity for parents and the rest of the church to commit to discipling the children whom God has entrusted to us. The parents are committing themselves first to the Lord, then to instruct their children in His ways. All of life, including parenthood, is lived for Jesus, by His grace.
We, the church, on the other hand, are committing ourselves to encourage these families in Christ. In our covenant with one another as fellow members of this local church, we have pledged to “endeavour to raise the children and youth under our care in the training and instruction of the Lord”. We will seek to point these families to Christ by being faithful examples of what it means to follow Him, and by reflecting His love, grace, mercy and compassion in our relationships with one another.
Thank God for these young lives that God has entrusted to us and let us keep these families in prayer as we, together with the parents, seek to bring up the children in the nurture and knowledge of God.