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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:
December 1, First Sunday of Advent (Hope)
(Genesis 12:1-3 & Matthew 1:1-17)
December 8, Second Sunday of Advent (Peace)
(Genesis 37:1-11 & Matthew 1:18-25)
December 15, Third Sunday of Advent (Joy)
(Isaiah 60:1-6 & Matthew 2:1-12)
December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent (Love)
(Exodus 2:1-10 & Matthew 2:13-23)
December 24, Christmas Eve Communion at 7:00 PM
(The Four Gospels)
December 29, First Sunday of Christmas
Guest Preacher: Rev. Neil Zahradka
Note from Pastor Rick:
THE SEASON OF DREAMS
The early evening darkness and the cold chill of these winter days causes us to sleep a little bit more, and perhaps to dream a little bit more. It certainly causes us more time to reflect on our past experiences and to imagine what might be awaiting us in the future. Our imaginations and dreams are very much related to our faith.
What have you been dreaming about? What dreams do you have for Main Street Baptist Church? I encourage you to write those dreams down and give them to me and our Church Vision Team. I believe that God speaks to us always and in unique ways in our dreams.
God spoke to Joseph the dreamer and his dreams eventually became reality (Genesis 37-50). His dreams seemed to offend his brothers and mystify his father. In fact, Joseph’s dreams were fulfilled in such a way that he, his family, and the ancient world were changed. How could our dreams change us?
Another Joseph dreamed about an unborn child and his dream also became reality (Matthew 1-2). His dreams offended his people and challenged the nation. In fact, Joseph’s dreams were fulfilled in such a way that he, his family, and the entire world were forever changed.
Again, how could our dreams change us?
Jacob fell asleep on a rock in the desert and his life was changed when he discovered the House of God in a dream (Genesis 28). Saul who became Paul was changed by his dream vision on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9). Peter’s mind was changed about the whole idea of the mission of the church by a dream as he slept on the roof of a house (Acts 10). So, how could our dreams change us?
Dreams require imagination and faith. So does change for church renewal. Let’s use our imagination and our faith in the power of God’s love, to awaken us to the reality of a new birth of the church. Bring me your dreams and pray for the change that God’s Spirit can bring us.
Grace, Peace, & Love,