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pastor portraitDr. Ricky R. Hurst is a native of Carroll County, Georgia, and has been an ordained Baptist Minister for over 30 years.  He has served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as the Director of Donor Relation for the Virginia Baptist Foundation.  

Ricky is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.

He is dedicated to the Gospel Ministry, and to sharing the Presence of Christ through preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. He and his wife, Joy, have three sons: Nathan (wife, Vanessa), Samuel, and Jeremiah (wife, Allison). Ricky’s hobbies include creative writing, antique book and bottle collecting, nature, and gardening.

 

 

 

Upcoming Sermon Titles and Texts:  

 

 

August 5, Season of Spiritual Renewal

 

Guest Preacher: Rev. Terry Maples

 

 

August 12, Season of Spiritual Renewal

 

"Hold!”

 

(Revelation 2:18-29)

 

 

 

August 19, Season of Spiritual Renewal 

 

“Awake! ”

 

(Revelation 3:1-6)

 

 

 

August 26, Season of Spiritual Renewal

 

“Key!”

 

(Revelation 3:7-13)

 

 

  

 

 Note from Pastor Rick:

 

WHAT IS THE SPIRIT SAYING TO MSBC?

 

 

 

As I continue to preach sermons from texts in The Revelation of John, let me invite you to explore what God’s Spirit maybe saying to Main Street Baptist Church. The letters to the seven churches in Revelation contain a unique message from God’s Spirit to each church. Perhaps we can discover what God is saying to us through these inspired words:

 

 

 

“The one who is victorious I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)

 

 

 

“The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.” (Revelation 2:11)

 

 

 

“To the one who is victorious, I will give some hidden manna … a white stone with a new name written on it …” (Revelation 2:17)

 

 

 

“To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations … just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star.” (Revelation 2:26-27)

 

 

 

“The one who is victorious will … be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

 

 

 

“The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my 

 

 

 

God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem …” (Revelation 3:12)

 

 

 

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit down with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Revelation 3:21)        

 

 

 

John indicates that a special blessing will come to those who are victorious. Those who endure hardship and testing will receive a reward. Those who faithfully listen to the Spirit’s voice and seek the renewal of God’s Spirit will benefit in the new world to come. In this world of suffering and death, it is hard for us to imagine the new world promised to us from the Revelation of John. But beyond the veil of darkness and clouds there is a new world awaiting those who are victorious through the testimony of their faith and the blood of the Lamb: “These are they who have come out of great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb … They triumphed over him [the great dragon, the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony …” (Revelation 7:14; 12:11).

 

 

 

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning as we continue to discover what the Spirit is saying to MSBC.

 

 

Grace, Peace, & Love,

 Rick