FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. WHAT’S IT LIKE GOING TO YOUR CHURCH?
We understand that many people are looking for a place to connect with God and may not know much about us or what to expect. In a nutshell, we are a church family of people who love the Lord and love others. Time and again, we hear from visitors about how they have enjoyed our church service and felt so warmly welcomed. We’re pretty sure that when you arrive, someone will greet you and maybe even chat for a moment. You’ll probably find your way to a seat and have a few moments to flip through the bulletin.
Our services usually start on time and begin with congregational worship (song and dance offerings) along with prayer from one of our pastors and elders. We’ll have declarations, announcements, take an offering (though we suggest visitors put in their Connection card--we want our guests to feel no obligation to contribute to the financial operations of the church), and then our pastor will preach/explain God’s Word for about 40 minutes. Sometimes we end with a fellowship song and everyone is encouraged to mill around after the service to enjoy the "afterglow" and the fellowship. People tell us that the brief and light group discussion that happens before the service ends makes going to GIGCC a unique experience.
We have church activities on Sunday afternoons and weekdays at the GIGCC Center. People have commented that we are a happy church and by God's grace, and out of gratefulness to what God has done to us and for us, we will remain faithful to our goal of being "a church you can call home".
2. WHAT DENOMINATION ARE YOU?
We are a non-denominational Bible believing church and the scriptures are our primary guide for our faith and practice. While we don’t belong to any denominations or fellowships formally, we do have many friendships with other local and international churches that would fit within the spectrum of Bible-believing Christians.
Our name got its inspiration from 2 Peter 3:18 which says "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!" Together as a church family, our hope and utmost desire is that we will all grow together by and in His grace. (By the way, GIGCC has a monicker which it has obtained in time - GIGCC is not pronounced in the same way as it is spelled out. You will hear people refer to the church as "GIG see see".*smiles*)
3. WHAT IS YOUR “DRESS CODE”?
We believe that our dress should reflect our love to the Lord and modesty towards others. It would be a mistake to say that it doesn't matter at all what we wear, but it would equally be a mistake to say that the church should be about monitoring brands and clothing styles. Thus, on any given Sunday you’ll see a balanced mix of folks wearing anything from smart casual to semi-formal attires. Oh yes, the ladies can wear pants. The Sunday worship venue is "theater-cool" so we are encouraged to bring overcoats, jackets and shawls.
4. WHAT IS THE LANGUAGE USED IN YOUR SERVICE PROGRAM AND PREACHING?
We use a combination of English and Tagalog in the sermons, songs, prayers and announcements. We love and uphold the Filipino language, culture and values as a church and we put a premium on embracing them.
5. WHAT BIBLE VERSION DO YOU USE?
We love and respect many other Bible versions including the NIV, King James Bible, Contemporary English and Tagalog versions.
6. HOW LONG DO YOUR WORSHIP SERVICES LAST?
Most of our Sunday services last for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. We do our best to faithfully stay within that time frame and we hope that the services engage your spirit so the time flies by!
7. WHERE DO I PARK?
One of the reasons GIGCC has chosen our present venues is the ample and secured parking spaces. Generally, parking is not a problem.
8. WHERE DO MY CHILDREN GO?
At GIGCC, our kids (infant through 8th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments where they learn about Jesus in a creative and relevant way. Mothers with infants under 24 months old have an area at the venue. Children over 24 months old go to the Kids Sunday School area at the lobby. We have Children's Ministry staff to assist you.
9. WHAT IF I'M NOT REALLY A "CHURCH-GOING" KIND OF PERSON?
Lots of people feel like they don't belong in church because it's only a place for religious people. That's not us! We want you to know that there is absolutely a home for you at GIGCC! In fact, nearly all of our people who call GIGCC their home didn't grow up going to a church like ours—we're all in the same boat as you are! That's why we don't get hung-up on things like old rituals and empty traditions.
You’ll find our service pretty natural and straight-forward—we come together to experience a relationship with God through music, biblical instruction, fellowship and service. This attitude spills over into our church life too. There are all kinds of ways to get plugged in here (check out our Connect page) and we encourage you to look around this site and get a sense about how you can fit into the work God is doing here at GIGCC!
10. ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO ASK ME TO GIVE LOTS OF MONEY?
We understand the uneasiness people have with churches asking for money so we seek to be sensitive to our visitors about our giving. During the worship service we provide an opportunity for our regular attendees to give their tithes and offerings because giving to God (in its proper form) is an act of worship which meets the needs of ministry. However, our offering is not a hard-sell with people bearing down on you. In fact, we would welcome visitors to refrain from giving if this is not their home church. To make that easier, every service we suggest that our visitors just place their Connection Card (for their prayer requests, if any) in the offering basket.
Regarding our financial policy, we would like you to know that we have taken various measures to ensure that our finances are handled with wisdom and integrity. For instance, money is never collected or counted by a single person, but always two or more. The pastors and elders never know what individual people give. That is confidential information only known to the deacons who oversee the finances. Likewise, checks cannot be written and signed by the one and the same individual. We also have a CPA who audits our finances and takes care of the government reportorial requirements.
11. HOW DO I DO THIS “CHURCH-THING” IN THE FIRST PLACE?
Maybe you’re new to the whole idea of going to church and you’re at our site to see how this whole thing works. Well most of us here at GIGCC, including all of our pastors, were in the same shoes once too! While we could write a whole book on what we've learned about how to go to church, we've also found that it’s pretty straight forward.
First, in order for attending church to have any lasting value in your life, you/we need to be reconciled to God. This is what the gospel is for.
You may already know that God is loving, merciful, and forgiving but He is also perfectly holy. The tragic reality is that all of us have violated his holiness by rebelling against his commands (see Romans 3:23 in the Bible). The Bible says that the penalty for our rebellion is death (Romans 6:23)—not just physical death but spiritual death as eternal banishment from him in Hell (Isaiah 59:2). However, our loving and merciful God has provided the solution to this very serious problem.
How? He sent Jesus to live a perfectly holy life and die on the cross as the substitute and sacrifice for our sins, suffering the punishment that we deserve (2nd Corinthians 5:21). Three days later He rose from the dead and is alive today! This is God’s gift to us, but unless we receive Jesus’ forgiveness, we are still under God’s wrath.
Have you received this forgiveness? To do so, surrender to Jesus as Lord of your entire life. Admit to Him that you have rebelled against him. Ask him to forgive you and enable you to turn from sin and live for him. The Bible says that those who trust Christ alone for their salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9) are completely forgiven (Romans 8:1) and adopted into God’s family (John 1:12)! Once you are reconciled to God, get plugged into Him by spending time with Him in daily Bible study/prayer, and involvement in a Bible-teaching church.
If you’re just beginning your walk with Christ, it might seem like going to church is a huge shift in your lifestyle. Perhaps your Sunday mornings used to be primarily about getting errands done or sleeping in. We understand, we've been there too. We encourage you to keep on coming out. Make church a strong part of your life, not just every now and then, but pretty much every week. Think of it as an appointment with the Lord. J
As you spend time with God's people, He will guide and bless you. The progress in your faith may seem unnoticeable at first, but looking back you'll be surprised at your spiritual growth that was the result of consistent commitment to these important aspects of the Christian life. Further explanation can be found here sermon on the Gospel).
12. DO YOU HAVE WHEEL-CHAIR ACCESS?
Yes! The mall where we hold our services at has elevators and access ramps for the purpose.
13. WHY GO TO CHURCH ANYWAY?
We'd love to go through the reasons in length because we are passionate about it. First of all it's commanded in Hebrews 10:24-25 which says, "...let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another..." The Bible is very clear that we all need other believers and spiritual shepherds in our lives to assist us with the truths of Scripture. Being a part of a church community is an opportunity for countless people to guide us and as we grow in God's grace, we in turn can guide others in their walks with Christ.
Likewise, when our pastor delivers a sermon, it’s the fruit of hours and hours of Bible study and prayer. It is a sermon specifically honed to meet the needs of the people in our congregation. As a member of the church family, often you will find the Spirit of God using His Word to address your unique needs. We hear all the time, "That sermon felt like I was the only one in the room." This is God using His Word to bless, guide and strengthen His people.
There are all kinds of reasons to come to church but the highest reason is to offer the Lord worship and then to let His Spirit work on your heart. It’s about getting ready to have your life changed by God. The famous Christian singing group Hillsong even lists 99 of them. 99 Reasons why I should go to church
Finally, joining a community of Christians is also about being involved in the work of Christ. When God plucked you from the world, it was for more than just to give you peace about going to heaven. It was to give you a place in the plan of God for this greater community—God wants to involve you in the work He is doing!