God created marriage to display his love in the context of relationship. His purpose is to reveal the love of his Son for his bride the Church and demonstrate the importance of submission of the church to his beloved Son – Jesus Christ. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians emphasizes the role of marriage within the cosmic work of Christ.
Marriage was originally created by God to proclaim the mystery of Christ and the church. The union between a man and a woman symbolizes the union of Christ and the church which the apostle Paul called “mystery.” I.e., Christ died for the church, and the church submits to Christ, a beautiful picture God intended to proclaim His covenantal love to the entire World.
Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Toronto believes those who have professed their faith in Jesus Christ are eternally secure in heaven to be with the Lord forever. Christians view death as a doorway to a better place. Christian funeral services therefore would not be sombre, but more of a Life Celebration for the departed. The services are held to bring comfort to the family and friends and provide hope in knowing that their loved one is with the Lord. Family and friends are comforted to know that their loved one is at peace in heaven.
To the Christian, this is an assurance of his/her destiny according to what the Bible teaches about life after death and faith in Jesus Christ. Ethiopian Evangelical Church would stand with the family and go through the pre-planning and after of a funeral or memorial service in the best way to help families during their difficult time of grief.
The scriptural bases for child dedication are found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman Hannah prayed for a child and God answered her prayer by giving her a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed again saying:
“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him. In both passages above we see that parents entrusted their child completely to God. Moreover, the Law of Moses describes God’s plan on how a parent should raise up a child (Deuteronomy 6:5–9):
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates
Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Toronto believes that children are a gift from God. Child dedication is therefore – a public commitment that parents make before God, the church, and family. The dedication service provides the parents, an opportunity to express publicly their desire to lead and spiritually nurture the child, so the child would develop faith in God and a desire to love God and love others.
Baptism symbolizes the union of a believer with Christ in his death and resurrection (Romans 6:1-5). It is performed by immersion in the name of the Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Ethiopian Evangelical Church baptizes born-again believers who committed their life to Christ. (We do not practice infant baptism (pedo-baptism).