"So I have also dedicated him to the Lord;
as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:28)
NEXT CHILD DEDICATION: SEPTEMBER 2 + 3 During services
At Harvest, we offer parents of infants and young children the opportunity to dedicate their children to the Lord in the spirit of 1 Samuel.
Child Dedications communicate the desire of parent(s) to raise their child in the ways of the Lord and by His Word. We invite the congregation to join in prayer for those parents and to support their intentional pursuit of Christ in their life as well as their child's. For those participating, we request that you provide a digital photo and a Bible verse to pray over your child.
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We believe that God must be a part of our family life if it is to be good and healthy. “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1
We believe that parents’ actions in raising their children are important to God. We have a responsibility as followers of Christ to raise our children in a way that will please the Lord. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
In Scripture, there is an example of dedicating children to the Lord. In 1 Samuel 1:11, 26-28, Hannah vowed that if the Lord would give her a child, she would dedicate him to the Lord. The Lord honored her request and she kept her vow, dedicating Samuel. “ . . . then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life.” 1 Samuel 1:11
As a Christian parent, by dedicating your child to the Lord, you are acknowledging your need for God in your family. You are inviting God to be active in your family life, submitting your own desires for your child to God’s desires, and making a commitment to raise your child in God’s way.
We believe that your child is not only yours but is a gift from God. We are earthly stewards of the life God has placed in our home. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5
The responsibilities the Lord has given to parents include continuously praying for their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), instructing them in the way of the Lord, setting a godly example, and disciplining them as the Lord would discipline us (Proverbs 29:15, 17; 13:24). As parents, you are only able to do these things through Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13).
This isn't the day of salvation for your child! Salvation is the free gift of God, received when someone grasps his or her need for Christ and makes the conscious decision to enter into a relationship with God.
It also isn’t baptism for your child. Baptism is the public profession of faith and should only happen once one has been saved by Jesus Christ.
For those of you who are interested in dedicating your child to the Lord before the church body, you can do so at a future service. Child Dedication will take place during all weekend services at the ENGLEWOOD CAMPUS only. (future dates may include other campuses)