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Dr. 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:
October 6, Season of the Spirit (Communion)
(Proverbs 29:18 & Ephesians 1:15-23)
October 13, Season of the Spirit
(Psalm 103:8 & Ephesians 2:1-10)
October 20, Season of the Spirit
(Numbers 6:22-27 & Ephesians 2:11-22)
October 27, Season of the Spirit
(Hosea 11:1-11 & Ephesians 3:14-21)
Note from Pastor Rick:
“DOES THE PASTOR HAVE A VISION?”
Does the pastor have a vision for the church?My vision of the church is a community of God’s grace, peace, and love. All of humanity needs grace, peace, and love, and the church is a refuge for all people. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians communicates the theme of grace, peace, and love as the essence of the church of Jesus Christ. It is the blessing of God’s grace, peace, and love that empowers the church to be the authentic Jesus community. This blessing is my prayer and my dream for the church.
Who are we without grace?Without God’s grace we would not be the children of God. It is by God’s grace that we are the children of God. Paul said that we are not saved by anything we do. Even our faith is a gift of God. In and through Jesus Christ we have been fully accepted and empowered to be the servants of God (Ephesians 2:1-10). As recipients of God’s grace, we gain a new vision of how to accept others. Church is the place where we are accepted and empowered, and where we accept and empower other people. This is where we are all lifted up together in God’s presence.
Who are we without peace?Without God’s peace we would have no sense of community and wellbeing as God’s people. Unity is the center of the Jesus community. Paul said that we are one in Christ, and that we are reconciled to God and to each other. We are citizens of a new country and our dwelling place is in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22). The world is a strange and dangerous environment, but the church is a ship guided by the hand
of the Savior through the storms of life. The church is the place where we know that we are safe in the hands of God, and where we have our sights set on an eternal destination. This is where all of us belong in God’s presence.
Who are we without love?Without God’s love we would be nothing. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul said that we are completely bankrupt without God’s love. The revelation of God’s love is Jesus Christ, and in Jesus we are rooted and grounded. He is the soil from which we draw our nourishment and grow together in God’s strength. The church is where we are able to comprehend and practice the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-21). The church is where we are bound together in God’s love, and where we invite others to live in God’s love. This is where we are all loved in God’s presence and assured that God’s love will never let us go.
My vision for the church is also our mission. My vision is not something that must be done in the future. My vision is about who we must be now!
Grace, Peace, & Love,