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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:
June 3, Season of Spiritual Renewal
(Deuteronomy 5:12-15 & Mark 2:23-3:6)
June 10, Season of Spiritual Renewal
(Genesis 3:8-15 & Mark 3:20-35)
June 17, Season of Spiritual Renewal (Father’s Day)
(Ezekiel 17:22-24 & Mark 4:26-34)
June 24, Season of Spiritual Renewal
(1 Samuel 17:33-37 & Mark 4:35-41)
Note from Pastor Rick:
PRAY FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day …” (Revelation 1:10)
I invite you to pray with me about spiritual renewal. All of us need spiritual renewal: a greater awareness of God, a closer relationship with Christ, a new vision from the Holy Spirit. And when I say, “all of us” I mean you and me, and in particular our church. So many things wear us down. We are familiar with the burdens of life: illness, depression, overwork, broken relationships, addiction, poverty, prejudice, crime, and the death of loved ones. In the midst of suffering and hardship we realize that we are in desperate need of spiritual renewal and encouragement. This is why I am inviting you to pray with me about a Season of Spiritual Renewal in our church and community.
During the most turbulent time of church persecution, John the Revelator and the seven churches under his charge experienced spiritual renewal. John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos because of his testimony of Jesus Christ, and there he received a visit from the living Christ. The ever-living one, the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the one who was, who is, and who is to come – Jesus stood before him. Christ gave to John a message of hope and encouragement to the seven churches. Jesus reminded John that the Lord himself holds the messengers of thechurches in his hands, and that the Lord himself continually walks among the seven congregations. The Lord told John that in spite of any hardship or persecution, the Lamb of God would fight for them and would deliver them. God’s kingdom would fully come when the Lamb of God declared victory, and there would emerge a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem. Whatan amazing vision of spiritual renewal!
This vision of renewal began when John was praying in his prison, far away from the seven churches. A vision of spiritual renewal is most likely to be realized when we pour out our hearts in prayer to God about our suffering and hardship. When it seems that the church has no where else to turn, except to God, then the Spirit of God is able to breathe a fresh breath of life and hope upon us. Spiritual renewal happens when we finally discover that we are spiritually bankrupt. John’s Gospel says, “The hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and those who worship God must worship in Spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24). Spiritual renewal comes from our relationship with the Spirit of God.
So, I invite you to pray with me about spiritual renewal. Pray for a restored relationship with God, a willing heart and mind to follow Christ, a renewed sense of solidarity and faithfulness in worship, a deeper desire to read and study the Scriptures, a greater commitment to gather together and share our love with God and each other, a passion for serving God and community, an open heart to be more compassionate and merciful, and open hands to share our love. Pray for Spiritual Renewal.
Grace, Peace, & Love,