what we believe
Check out the video above to hear the basic confession of our Church.
What We Believe
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–he is the sole Creator of all that is visible and invisible. He is completely good, the source of all goodness, and created the world good.
Humanity’s sin separated them from God, and broke God’s good creation. But God out of love for his world and humanity sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world, that he might save the world through him. Forgiveness requires the debt to be paid, Christ on the cross paid down the debt of sin that separated humanity from God, he bore the full justice of God so that he might justify humanity freely by His grace. On the third day Christ rose from the dead conquering humanity’s last enemy: death.
This is the Gospel to which Hebron Church holds to; it is a Gospel of grace. Humanity–you and I–are not made right with God through our goodness, we are reconciled to God through no other means than the saving work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
To learn more about what we believe please visit the Christian Reformed Church of North America’s website: http://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs
Hebron Christian Reformed Church of Whitby was started in 1954 by members of the Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church in Bowmanville who lived in the Oshawa-Whitby area. This initial group of 149 people worshiped in a rented hall in Oshawa.
The name ‘Hebron’ was prayerfully chosen, as its Biblical meaning is “a place of refuge” – a safe place. It was and continues to be our prayer that all who join us at Hebron will feel secure in the presence of God and His growing family.
In 1957 a new facility was built at 30 Elizabeth Crescent, Whitby – later to be known as 407 Crawforth St. More families continued to join. Hebron Church later helped give birth to congregations in Oshawa, Port Perry and Ajax. In May of 2003 we moved into our present facilities on Anderson Street.
The Christian Reformed denomination has its roots in Europe. During the time of the Protestant Reformation many different denominations were formed. We are part of the Reformed family of churches that has its origin in Switzerland and The Netherlands.
The Christian Reformed Church is a bi-national denomination with offices in Burlington, Ontario and Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information go to www.crcna.org
See what a Sunday morning experience is like at Hebron Christian Reformed Church Whitby.
Answering Your Questions
Attire? How do I dress? Does it matter?
At Hebron you will find a wide array of Sunday morning fashion; yes some prefer the three-piece suit, but others jeans and a t-shirt. In Christ our merit is not based on our appearance, but rather on his work on our behalf. So be encouraged and feel free to wear what is comfortable for you.
Worship? Will there be singing? Do I have to sing?
Yes, there will be singing during our worship, but no you don’t have to sing along. We enjoy lifting our voices, albeit some of them off pitch, to praise our risen Saviour Jesus. At Hebron, we sing a blend of the old and the new; Gospel centric choruses from the past and passionate hymns for the future. But singing is just one part of our Sunday morning worship; prayer, proclamation of the Gospel, and Scripture reading are all other important elements.
People? Will I fit in?
Hebron is full of everyday people from a variety of walks of life. Not one of us is perfect, nor would we claim to be. To paraphrase Romans, ‘All have sinned and we all fall short of the mark.’ Instead we are people in the midst of transformation clinging to the gift of the Gospel as everyday we seek to be conformed to the likeness of our Saviour Jesus.
Is this an all day thing? How long is a worship service?
No, not all day, a typical Sunday morning worship service at Hebron is about an hour and fifteen minutes. Most people choose to stay a little while longer for a coffee and some chatter in the main lobby, but that is entirely up to you.
Is there an offering? Are you going to ask me for money?
Yes, there is an offering, but no you should not feel obliged to give, nor would we expect you to; there is no admission cost for Sunday morning worship. The offering is a part of worship for members of Hebron, it provides an opportunity for us to respond to God’s love by joining together through use of our gifts to share the love of Christ in a tangible way.