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We currently have members of 11 different nationalities in Hebron Gospel Hall…so, wherever you come from, we want you to know you are welcome to visit us at any time! Come and hear God’s unchanging truth taught from His inspired Word. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, Jesus is the Son of God and personal salvation and forgiveness is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone!
Who are we? We’re an independent non-denominational multicultural assembly of Christians! We began on 23rd August 1965 in the upstairs living room of a house the village of Wendlebury, Oxfordshire, moving to our current premises at 32a Banbury Rd in Bicester the late 1960’s. Our aim is to bring glory to God in Bicester through worshipping, honouring, obeying and serving the Lord, in the power of His Spirit and guided by His Word, until He comes again.
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Have a question or need to speak with one of our elders? Call, text or Whatsapp Michael Penfold on 07849 882702, or call Graham Keene 01869 252295 or Josh Jacob 01869 241250 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what happens at our weekly meetings:
The Breaking of Bread (Sundays 10.30am to 12:00noon)
The first meeting of the week is based on the Lord’s request prior to His death that His disciples should break bread and drink the cup “in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor 11:23-26). The New Testament practice was do this each Sunday (Acts 20:7). The first hour of the meeting is for worship and congregational singing. Without pre-arrangement, the meeting is open for men to stand and lead the congregation in praise to God for His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. This is followed by members of the assembly partaking of the bread and wine. A brief Bible message and announcements of future activities usually concludes the meeting. Coffee and refreshments are served in the kitchen from 12:00noon to 12.45pm.
Sunday School (Sundays 12.45 to 1.45pm)
Sunday School is taught in the main Hall. Young people from ages 3 upwards are catered for in activites that include singing, Bible verse memorisation, quizzes and Bible stories. During term time we also have a meeting for children on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm. In addition there’s a Friday evening monthly event for teenagers, called ‘Truthseekers’.
Bible Class (Sundays 1.00pm to 1:45pm)
This meeting is held in the minor Hall concurrent with the Sunday School. Different speakers present doctrinally and practically themed messages from the Bible each week designed to edify and encourage Christians in their daily Christian walk with God.
Gospel Meeting (Sundays 6:30 pm to 7:30pm)
At the gospel meeting, held in the main Hall, a speaker or two will bring messages from the Bible designed to highlight the Bible’s call to repent from sin and personally receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. There will be a couple of congregational hymns but the meeting is otherwise non-interactive. No pressure is put on the audience to join, to pay money (no collections are taken) or in any way feel the need to participate.
ESL Class (Wednesdays 7.30-9.00pm)
This is a weekly class held in the minor Hall where anyone wanting to improve their English is welcome to attend (ESL stands for “English Second Language”). We study the English language for an hour, enjoy coffee and snacks, and close by learning a Bible verse and the message it contains. If you are interested in joining this group, please text Merv at 07711 358968.
Midweek Prayer & Bible Study (Thusdays 7:30 to 9:00pm)
This meeting is divided into two equal halves; the first for prayer and the latter for systematic Bible study and Bible teaching. The Bible study is opened by an overview of the topic or chapter, followed by a detailed discussion. Bible teaching will take the form of exposition of Bible chapters or topics. Please check “This week” on our homepage for details.
Open Air Preaching (3rd Saturday of each month 11.00am-12.00noon)
Once a month on a Saturday we preach the gospel in Sheep Street in the centre of Bicester.
Aside from these weekly meetings, special series of meetings and conferences are held frequently. Details are updated here.
Some photos from the last 53 years…
The “Upper Room”, 1965
Gospel Tent, Banbury Road, 1968
August Bible Conference, 1969
Preaching in Market Square, 1971
Eternity Billboard, London Rd, 1971
Portable Gospel Hall, Boston Rd 1975
August Bible Conference, 1986
A visit from Harold Paisley in 2002
Gospel Tent, Sunday School, 2014
Easter Conference 2015
Gospel Tent, 2016
Easter Conference 2017
Looking for our statement of faith?
While we’ve never drawn up or published a “formal creed” (the Bible is our authority – period!), to help you get a feel for what is taught at Hebron Gospel Hall, here’s a brief unofficial list of major Biblical topics:
Bibliology (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:20-21, Acts 20:39)
The verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible (66 books)
Biblical inerrancy and infallibility
The Bible is our absolute standard – authoritative and sufficient in all matters of faith and doctrine (Sola scriptura)
Theology (John 1:1, Matt 28:19, 1 Cor 12:4-6, 2 Cor 13:14, Eph 1:11, 1 John 1:5, 4:16)
There is one God existing as three co-equal, co-eternal, consubstantial divine persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
God is sovereign and self-existent and is possessed of eternal attributes such as omnipotence, omnipresence, omnicience, immutability, holiness, righteousness and love.
Christology (Isa 7:14, Col 1:15-19, 3:9, John 1:18, 1 John 3:5)
The eternal preexistence of Christ
Christ is the eternal Son of the Father
The Virgin conception of Christ
Christ is both fully God and fully man (Hypostatic union)
Christ was and is perfectly sinless and impeccable; He cannot sin
Christ is the Head of the “church which is His body”
Anthropology (Ex 20:11, Gen 1:26-27, 1 Cor 11:1-16, 14;34-35, 1 Tim 2:8-15, 1 Thess 5:23)
The creation of the world and human beings in 6 days as a supernatural act of God
God created male and female in His own image
Human beings are composed of body, soul and spirit
Male and female are equal in nature, essence and being, but different in role and function in the family, society and the assembly
Hamartiology (Rom 3:23, 5:12, Eph 2:1-3, Jer 17:9, Psa 51:5, Gen 12:1-3, Jer 31:31-34, Gal 3:19, Rom 5:20)
Humanity is universally condemned as a result of the rebellion and fall in Eden
All are sinners by nature and by practice
The covenants of Scripture are the programme of recovery for all that was lost in the Fall (Noahic, Abrahamic, Davidic, New. The Old Covenant was temporary)
Soteriology (Rom 3:20-26, 5:1, 2 Tim 2:5-6, John 3:7, 10:28, Acts 8:36-38, 20:21, Rom 6:15, 1 Cor 9:21)
Christ’s atoning death and bodily resurrection are the basis of salvation
Christ died for all people, without exception and without distinction
The new birth is required for sinners to be made right with God
Sinners, to be saved, must repent and believe the gospel
Justification is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (not by works)
A truly justified person can never be lost
Baptism is by immersion in water as a public declaration of personal faith, but contributes nothing to salvation
Believers are not under Mosaic law, but under grace, and Christ is their rule of life
Pneumatology (Titus 3:5, Acts 5:3, Rom 8:9, Gal 3:26, 4:6, 1 Cor 12:13, 13:8, 2 Cor 1:21-22)
The Holy Spirit is a real person, not a mere ‘influence’ or power
He seals, indwells, fills and anoints believers immediately upon conversion
All believers have been baptised in the Spirit (no “second blessing” required)
The Holy Spirit operates in our world in conviction, conversion, sanctification and empowerment for service
The sign gifts – tongues and ‘miraculous healing’ – ceased with the passing of the apostles by the close of the first century AD
Ecclesiology (Matt 16:18, 18:20, Acts 2:41-42, 20:17, 28, 2 Thess 1:4, 1 Pet 2:5)
There are two aspects of “the Church” – firstly the “body of Christ” composed of all believers from the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to the return of Christ, and secondly “local assemblies” composed of baptized believers who have been received into fellowship
Each assembly is autonomous and responsible to the risen Lord
Local assemblies are led by a plurality of elders, locally raised up by the Holy Spirit, not hired professionally from elsewhere
The priesthood of all believers
Eschatology (1 Cor 10:32, Eph 1:10, 3:21, Rom 11:25, 2 Thess 2:2-1-8, Rev 20:1-6, Matt 25:46)
God’s ultimate goal in history is to place the whole universe under His Son in manhood, with the Church in union with Him as His body
The Bible’s history is dispensational (Israel and the church are to be distinguished)
The premillennial, pretribulational return of Christ
Two resurrections, and separate judgments for the saved and the lost (no general judgement or general resurrection)
Eternal bliss in heaven for the believer and eternal damnation for the unbeliever
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or text Michael Penfold at 07849 882702