You’re inviting guests to celebrate the first spiritual event in your child’s life. So, naturally, you’re looking for a suitable Bible verse to add to your baby’s christening invitations. Here are seven tips to help you find just the right one.
1. Browse christening invitation websites. Check their samples to see what Bible verses they feature on their baby baptism designs. It’s possible you might find what you’re looking for right away; a design you love, with the right wording and a great Scripture. One popular verse you will frequently see is, “every good and perfect gift is from above”, which is found in the Bible in James 1:17.
2. Check christening quotes. There are plenty of websites that offer tons of free quotations and sayings. Look in the baptism category for Bible verses. Scrapbooking websites often have great suggestions for titles, journaling and quotes in various categories. Plus, some online invitation companies include a page of suggested poems, sayings and Scripture that you can use.
3. Look it up. In the back of most Bibles is a concordance, which is like an index, although it is usually not as comprehensive. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, you can check an online Scripture search engine, such as Bible Gateway. There, you can search by keyword and get a list of all the verses that contain that word.
But since the Bible does not specifically mention christening, it can be challenging to find an appropriate verse that way. If you look up “baptism”, for example, you will find in 1 Peter 3:21 it says, “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience–through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
4. Use creative keywords. Instead of baptism or christening, look for Bible verses that include the word baby, child, born, guide, care, angels or love. If you do that, you’ll find gems like:
* Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)
* I will be your God throughout your lifetime-until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. (Isaiah 46:4)
* I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him ( Samuel 1:27)
5. Explore the Psalms. The book of Psalms in the Bible contains beautiful prayers, poems and praise that illustrate a life dedicated to God. There, you will find many appropriate verses that you can use, such as:
* Children are a gift from the Lord, a child is a reward from Him. (Psalm 127:3)
* You are the One who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise You because of the wonderful way You created me. Everything You do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. (Psalm 139:13-14)
* For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)
6. Reread the Gospels. The words and life of Jesus are a great place to go for inspiration. Some possible examples of those Bible verses that would work on your invitations, include:
* Let the little children come unto Me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16)
* Whoever welcomes a child in My name, welcomes Me. (Luke 9:46-48)
* And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
7. Jot down your favorite Bible verses. Once you’ve decided on the christening invitations you would like to use, picture which Scripture would work best. Make sure that the company you order from can customize the invites to include your preference.
Personalize your baby’s christening with a Bible verse that is meaningful to you. If you do a little searching, you will find a Scripture that touches your heart. You can be sure it will also inspire the guests that receive your child’s baptism invitations.