An African proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child." Children need to be in touch with other children, make friends, and learn how to live with others and mature. It requires interaction and the community's support.
In a Christian community, according to Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Ephesians 6:1-4, and Psalms 78:407, the dedication of infants takes place during a church service or in a group of believers. During the service, parents holding the infant stand before the congregation and promise publicly to teach Biblical values and live exemplary lives for their children. Then, the congregation pledges to support them.
The dedication of infants doesn't necessarily invalidate the need for water baptism, nor does it guarantee their salvation unless they decide to follow the Lord. However, it provides a framework where children can grow up with the understanding and wisdom to make sound decisions independently.
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- Jesus commanded his disciples to preach the good news and baptize those who believed in him.
- Water baptism is to wash the sins away.
- Dedication of infants is the same as water baptism.
- True: Those who believe in Jesus Christ are baptized in water
- False: Water baptism is a public confession that we died with Christ and rose with him into eternal life.
- False: Dedication of infants provides a framework where children may grow up in understanding and wisdom to choose independently.