Losing Our Passion
A Sermon on Revelation 2:1-7
Philip Griffin shares a bit of his own biography, how when pastoring in 1996 he preached through the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. Preaching on Revelation 2:1-7 he retraces how this passage spoke to him early in his ministry. He discusses three ways churches lose their passion: having an internal focus, caring more for truth than grace, and isolating themselves. He warns Christians that we are in the same situation as Ephesus and we must remember from where we have fallen, repent, and do the works we did at first. Otherwise, the church will lose its impact in our culture.
Philip Griffin recently joined The Family Church of Gainsville, Florida as Senior Pastor, having been formerly the Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church Brookfield, Wisconsin. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University (1993) and a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary, which he began in 1995. He put the doctoral program on hold to plant a church in Texas. Upon resumption of the program at McCormick Theological Seminary (graduated 2005) he completed some of his doctoral classwork at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Deanna have three children; Jessica, Lexi and Colin; and two grandchildren.