There is much to do in the City of Brotherly Love. If you like history, you could spend days checking out places like Independence Hall, Fort Mifflin, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Congress Hall. If you just like urban dwelling, this city is about as unique and diverse as a city gets. If I lived in Philadelphia, PA, and was looking for a church home I would head straight to 1632 W. Diamond Street. At the corner of 17th & Diamond sits Epiphany Fellowship. Epiphany launched on Sept. 17, 2006 and is pastored by Eric Mason. Eric is a brilliant theologian and a fearless man of God. Their mission statement reads, "Our mission is to show off the glory of Christ in every area of life." Their vision statement follows it and says "Our vision is to comprehensively make disciples in a culturally relevant way to impact the world to Jesus Christ's glory."
Eric disciples the fellowship in:
- Biblically Motivated Lifestyles (2 Timothy 2:14-26, 3:16-17)
- Relationally Interactive Community (Acts 2:42-47)
- Lifestyle Evangelism & Apologetics (Col. 4:2-6; 1 Peter 3:15)
- Lifestyles of Worship (John 4:21-24)
- A Culture of Hope (Titus 2:13-14)
- Prayerfully Dependent (2 Chronicles 20; Acts 4:31)
- Healthy Families (Gen 1:26-28, 2:18-25)
These are not just words on a page to the folks at Epiphany Fellowship. They believe this, work toward this, pray for this, fight for this and by the grace of God alone are becoming this. Their worship is urban with a hip-hop feel, and it's the most diverse crowd I have ever witnessed in a church service. Eric's teachings are fearlessly biblical and profoundly applicable. I had the opportunity last month to spend time with Eric and my brothers and sisters in Philly. My heart was stirred, encouraged and renewed. I wish I could worship with them more often but that's what heaven is for. If you're in Philly and don't have a church home...head down to W. Diamond Street. The saints have gathered there.