On occasion people ask about Baby Dedication or Baby Baptism. The Bible does not describe or encourage baby baptism. Baptism was always done to those who have received Christ as their personal Savior and want to make a public profession of their desire to live their lives for Him.
Since babies are too young to have made a decision for Christ on their own, their parents make a proclamation before the congregation that it is their desire to “bring up their child in the nurture and admonition of the LORD.” (Ephesians 6:4)
This is an exciting ceremony for church families. We invite the parents, the child being dedicated, and any others that the family desires to come to the stage where the dedication ceremony takes place. We ask the parents if it is their desire to bring their child to an understanding that Christ is their Savior; we then ask the congregation to affirm their commitment to assist in this process; and finally a prayer of dedication is offered for the child and the family. At the conclusion of the brief ceremony a Bible and Certificate of Dedication are given to the family.
Q: Why is this so important?
A: Most people who make a decision for Christ do so before the age of 18 and most often because of parents involvement. Scripture tells us that we are to “train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesisans 6:4)
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. (Deut. 11:19)