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By Dr. Paul Richardson

How to Dedicate a Baby

The dedication of babies is an old tradition and common practice of Christians Churches everywhere.

The word “Dedicates" means to set apart; to consecrate to God for his sacred purposes.

Some one might say, “But is the dedication of babies Scriptural?”

Well, the Bible gives us no direct command or ceremonial form for dedicating babies ---nor for performing weddings or funerals.

But we do have many Biblical examples for dedicating babies.

Christians are to dedicate their bodies, their time, their money, all that they can do, and all that have, including their children to God.

Everything should be dedicated to the Lord, because it is the Lord, Who gives all things to us in the first place, so it is only reasonable that we acknowledge His Lordship over everything.

Thus the Dedication of a baby acknowledges God’s sovereignty over the child, as well as the parents; and is an expression of our appreciation to Him.

Some think that dedicating babies doesn’t matter much, and some religious nuts actually oppose it. Of course, the devil would like to limit the role of the church so that it has no involvement in people’s lives at all.

The dedication of a baby is a proper function of the ministry and a good thing for the whole church. It only takes a few minutes and it is another way of recognizing Jesus as King over us all.

Now, in the O. T. there was infant circumcision, which somewhat corresponds to N. T. water baptism, but the dedication of a baby is neither circumcision, dry baptism, confirmation, nor christening.

In order for a person to be a candidate for water baptism, they must first repent of all their sins. And one cannot repent until they are convicted of their sins. And in order to be convicted of sin, one must have committed sins. But a little infant is incapable of committing sin.

So it is totally unbiblical to baptize an infant in water, and solemn mockery in the face of God.


  • Hannah presented Samuel to the Lord.

  • Zechariah and Elisabeth presented John (the baptizer) to the Lord.

  • Joseph and Mary presented Jesus to God.

  • So today, parents are to present they’re babies to the Lord.

  • 1 Samuel 1:22-28 we read of where Hannah said, when her child, Samuel, is weaned, "...Then I will bring him, that he might appear before the Lord, and there abide forever...And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephod of flower, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the House of the Lord in Shiloh: and the child was young. And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli...Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord..."

  • Luke 2: 21-40

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