“‘For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.’” So they worshiped the LORD there.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Do we baptize infants? Why not?
At Perry Hall, we believe the Bible teaches that baptism is for believers (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, 9:36-37, 16:31-33). When a child is old enough to understand and place their faith in Christ for salvation, we do baptize him or her when they and their parents decide they are ready.
Baptism does not save, but it is a command of Christ that we obey that pictures Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf (Romans 6:3-6), and our new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20). It also identifies us with Christ who was baptized (Matthew 3:13), and with all his followers throughout history and around the world, and especially with those in this local Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
Does the Bible command infant dedication? Why do it?
The Bible doesn’t command infant dedication, but many of our parents choose to publically dedicate their children to the Lord as Hannah dedicated her son, Samuel, in 1 Samuel 1:27-28 (above), and Joseph and Mary dedicated their Son, Jesus, in Luke 2:22. Parents brought their children to Jesus to have Him put His hands on them and pray for them (Matthew 19:13).
We dedicate our children to the Lord because:
- Children are a treasure from God (Psalm 127:3), and we value them as Jesus did (Matthew 19:14). We recognize that parenting is not only a privilege, but a tremendous responsibility from God!
- We recognize that all we are and all we have is really the Lord’s anyway, and given to us temporarily on loan from God (1 Samuel 1:27-28, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). In dedicating them, we ask God to have His perfect will in their lives and use them in His kingdom.
- We commit ourselves as parents to raise them with loving discipline and to direct them in godly paths (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4). As such, our infant dedications are really “parent dedications.” Our children will not remember them, but we as parents will never forget them!
If you are interested in having your child or children dedicated at PHBC at our next infant dedication, please contact the office at 410.256.8880 or firstname.lastname@example.org