Frequently Asked questions
CAN I BE A MEMBER OF ANOTHER CHURCH TOO?
Yes. We are not against, or in competition with, other churches that are helping people. You can receive ministry from Grace Cyba Church without regard to any other affiliation you may have. Even those who may be a pastor or priest in another church may feel free to receive ministry here!
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
We never charge any fee for helping people. There are no dues or fees. We have freely received and we are willing to freely give to you.
HOW CAN YOU BE A CHURCH WITHOUT A BUILDING?
How can a car be a car unless it is in a garage? It is not your location that defines you, but your attributes and actions.
WHAT ABOUT FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS?
It is possible to be in a room with others and not really open up and communicate. It is also possible to only have contact with someone by email, yet develop a close relationship. We encourage our members, as they grow spiritually, to meet with other believers to pray, fellowship, and discuss the Bible together. This may just be your own family, or your friends and neighbours.
WHAT DENOMINATION DO YOU BELONG TO?
None. We welcome believers from all backgrounds. Our emphasis is on the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God, not on any particular doctrine or belief.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
Good question! Our statement of faith is JESUS CHRIST IS LORD. Certainly we believe many more things than that, which we have gleaned from the Bible and we are still learning. Some things I used to believe I now can see were wrong,and some things I used to think were wrong, with further study I have discovered were correct. Fortunately, our acceptance by God and entrance into Heaven is not based on us knowing all the correct answers!
Grace Cyba-Church involves those who, no doubt, have differing views on Bible subjects. We do not feel that requiring everyone to be on the same level of understanding and interpretation is necessary to jointly celebrate our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and to continue together in our study and learning from his Word. Mentally believing all the correct doctrine (whatever that is!) does not guarantee acting properly. More emphasis should be put on what we DO, not just what we believe. (James 1:27)
As we allow Jesus to be our Lord, and trust in him, we are confident the Holy Spirit will guide us in the right path.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OTHER CHURCHES AND ORGANISATIONS?
As a matter of policy, we have nothing to say about any person or group who claims Jesus Christ as their Lord. Certainly we may disagree about many things, but we recognize them as our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We are here to help people - not to fight (although intelligent dialogue is sometimes welcome) We also emphasize that Jesus commanded us to walk in love and not division. We are an inclusive church that welcomes all people, no matter what their current understanding is. We are sure that all of our brothers and sisters, as well as ourselves, have much progress to make in our spiritual lives and understanding, but we trust in our Lord Jesus to bring that to pass.
HOW IS THE CHURCH FUNDED?
Grace Cyba-Church receives donations, which in the USA are Tax-Deductible. We strongly believe giving to God is an act of worship that should come from a willing heart. So we are determined to never pressure people to give, but simply to minister to people and trust the Lord to take care of the finances. We do NOT believe in tithing as a New Testament principle. However w do welcome donations that can be given online at: www.bgitulsa.org
ARE MESSAGES AVAILABLE IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH?
Not at the present time.