Making the Choice to Baptize or Dedicate
If you have not already decided whether to baptize or dedicate, please reflect on the following questions as a way to help you decide which celebration is right for your family:
Read Matthew 28:18-20. Have you ever been baptized? Was it an affirmation your parents made for you or one you made for yourself?
Read Luke 18:15-17. Have you ever come to God like a little child? Did anyone or anything ever hinder you from coming to God? What does it look like for you to receive the kingdom of God like a child? How might it look for your child?
Read Mark 10:13-16. These verses are like Luke 18:15-17, but add the placing on of hands and blessing. Have you been blessed? Did that blessing affect how you see God or yourself? Did not being blessed affect how you see God or yourself?
Read Deuteronomy 6:5-9. What does loving God with all your heart look like? What things do you want to impress upon your child? What does life in a community of faith play in learning to love God with your child?