Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What is Re-Dedication?

Dedication
seems to be in the dictionary; but the word Rededication is not.  The word "dedication" appears 15x in the Bible. Once in the New Testament (1 Timothy 5:11). So if we are people of the book, why is there such a thing as Re-dedication? And what is it?

Well, when one is devoted to Christ, it means they want to follow Him with all their heart, soul, and mind. (See Mark 12:28-34)

There are times in our lives, when we are not always following Christ and want to get back to Him.

Usually these follow some Mountain Top experiences like Conferences, camps etc. (Key is after these events is follow-up so it isn't just an emotional response. Nothing like a bunch of "teens" being emotional after a week of Camp, yet a week later - no change.).

James 5:19-20 says:
"
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins."

So what does Re-dedication look like?

It is one responds and says I haven't been the Christian I should, and need to repent (A change in mind that leads to a change in action). Sometimes people say that to themselves or come forward and says it to the congregation as a whole. (For help in accountability and for us leaders to shepherd the flock)

It says something when someone says they need to rededicate their lives. First of all, it admits they haven't been living the life like they should. It requires being humble. It also is a bold step in the right direction. Sometimes there are times I think we all need to be more devoted to Christ each day.

Each Sunday we offer individuals to respond to God. (A decision between them and the Lord) It is either:

1. To become a Christian for the first time.

2. To become a part of the Church Family here.

3. Have something to be prayed for, or need to re-dedicate your life for Jesus.

I know sometimes at camps and other churches they have a fourth, to be devoted to full-time Christian service (Church Leader, preacher, missionary etc). Though I believe full time Christians are to be serving in all fields.

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