We are part of a network of Liberti Churches throughout the greater Philadelphia area. We work together with sister churches in these neighborhoods. Liberti River Wards is a member church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We also work with two international church planting organizations, Acts 29 and Redeemer City to City.
We believe that Jesus Christ lived the life we should have lived and died the death we deserved to die. His resurrection from the dead is the central fact of both human history and personal meaning in life.
We believe that by trusting in him and letting go of our self-saving strategies we find life, meaning, joy and purpose.
We are a people who are finding freedom and life as we are learning to trust Jesus, let go of our unbelief and fear, and find joy in the mission that he calls us to.
We affirm the summary of biblical doctrine contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Westminster Larger Catechism. Our family of churches also recognizes the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism, as well as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, which the Church has affirmed across the centuries as helpful summaries of the essence and activity of God.
All of life is worship. We are all worshippers, whether we admit it or not. Because we were created for worship, when we do not worship God we worship other finite things; we set our hearts on relationships, careers, money, accomplishments, approval, comfort, power. These are all things that we tend to ‘worship,’ instead of worshipping God. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ sets us free to worship properly.
Corporate worship is the center of the Christian life. On each Sunday, the day Christ rose from the dead, Christians around the world come together to remember and rehearse the freedom we have received from God in Christ. Our community of worshippers meets at 2424 E. York St. every Sunday at 10 am. We would love to have you join us.
The Church is not an event or a place, but a people. Among the many biblical metaphors for the Church are a body (1 Cor. 12:12-26), a family (Galatians 6:1-2, 10), and a nation (1 Peter 2:9-10). The Christian life, clearly, was never meant to be pursued alone. Therefore, we are committed to loving and spiritually encouraging each other.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
- 2 Corinthians 8:9
True Christian mercy and service is not just “charity”. Mercy is not motivated by compulsion, duty, or guilt. Christian mercy is rooted in the awareness that we are all recipients of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ – a mercy that we’ve done nothing to deserve. In an effort to model the selfless love of Christ to as many as possible, part of the mission of our church is to love the people of Philadelphia through acts of service, and also dream about what this city could become.