Child dedication is not an ordinance of the church, but is a public acknowledgement by parents of their desire to raise their child for the Lord Jesus. They realize that the greatest burden of responsibility rests upon them. However, they are seeking the prayers and help of the entire body of Christ.
God has designed that the family and the church labor together as a community of believers to provide that godly environment in which Christ will be revealed to the children. In the church, we not only accept responsibility for our own children, but we accept responsibility for all the children in the church family. We share together in the training of children through our teaching and by the examples we set before them.
We do not see child dedication as a substitute for infant baptism, neither of which are a means of obtaining God’s grace or salvation. We hold that the Bible teaches that one is saved not by anything we do as Paul declares in Ephesians 2:8-9. Salvation is a gift of God which we receive by faith as we trust Jesus as the sacrifice, paying the penalty of our sin.