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Parent Commissioning | February 26, 2012

At Redemption Hill we rejoice when couples in the church welcome new sons and daughters into their family. The question that comes up is often, how should Christians recognize and celebrate the arrival of their newborn children? What responsibility, if any, does their church have in this matter?

Since the Bible does not directly address these questions, Christians and churches are free to recognize and celebrate the arrival of newborn children in any way that does not violate what is expressly commanded in Scripture.

At Redemption Hill we do not perform infant baptisms. Nor do we, in the strictest sense, dedicate anyone’s baby to the Lord; we leave that privilege and responsibility to our parents. In fact, the practice of churches dedicating babies to the Lord is usually supported from Luke 1:22, which says:

…When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…

Notice, though, that it was Mary and Joseph who presented Jesus to the Lord, not the priests or the other officials in the Temple. In the same way, we acknowledge the right and the responsibility of our parents to present their own children to the Lord, and we intentionally create a few opportunities per year for them to do so in front of the entire church.

So what does Redemption Hill Church do?

As our parents come forward to present their children to the Lord, Redemption Hill Church commissions its parents to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), just as Paul commissioned the parents in Ephesus. That’s why we refer to this event as a Parent Commissioning.

So, for those of you who have recently experienced the blessing of a newborn child, we look forward to commissioning you as parents while you present your child to the Lord.

Our next Parent Commissioning will be Sunday, February 26, 2012. Please register below if you are interested in participating.

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