The Death of a Church
A Sermon on Revelation 3:1-6
Dr. Philip Griffin reflections on Jesus’s words to a dead church in Revelation 3:1-6, to Sardis. There are no compliments for this church. Griffin draws out four reasons why churches die, conforming to culture, watering down the gospel message, living in the past, and failing to pass the truth onto the next generation. Further, he highlights the five things that our Lord has to say to these churches. The text is a warning and a call to church leaders, a warning to avoid death and decay and a call to listen to Jesus’s voice. He asks church leaders, will we lead well?
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.