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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:
March 1, Season of Renewal (Lent)
“The Tempter Came”
(Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 & Matthew 4:1-11)
March 8, Season of Renewal (Lent)
“So It Is”
(Genesis 12:1-4a & John 3:1-17)
March 15, Season of Renewal (Lent)
“Give Us Water”
(Exodus 17:1-7 & John 4:3-15)
March 22, Season of Renewal (Lent)
“Blind From Birth”
(1 Samuel 16:1-13 & John 9:1-7)
March 29, Season of Renewal (Lent)
Guest Preacher: Rev. Neil Zahradka
Note from Pastor Ricky:
THE SEASON OF RENEWAL
Our Season of Prayer has been a time of soul searching and reflection for MSBC. It has been a time for us to realize our need for renewal as a congregation. And now we must endeavor to return to our spiritual center in Christ. As of February 26, Ash Wednesday, we have entered the Season of Lent. I have named the Season of Lent as the Season of Renewal for our congregation. During this time, we will focus on returning to our spiritual center in Christ.
In the Season of Renewal, we will return to our first love, Jesus. Jesus sent a letter by his servant John to the Church of Ephesus saying, “I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:3-5). To return to our first love is to once again seek the kingdom and the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, to depend completely on his lifegiving presence, to see his face in our brothers and sisters of the faith, to share with strangers and neighbors our relationship with Jesus, and to love others the way our Lord Jesus loves us.
Congregational renewal occurs when God’s people return to their first love. We are called to fall in love with Jesus all over again. Jesus encourages his bride, the church, to rekindle the flame of love. That ancient love story of Yahweh and Israel from the Song of Solomon says, “Love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. It flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7). The Apostle Paul likened the mystery of marriage to that of Christ and the church. He said that Christ’s love is seen in his sacrifice for the church, and that the church’s love for Christ is seen in her devotion to Christ (Ephesians 5:21-33). May the flame of love and devotion be rekindled within us during this Season of Renewal.
I encourage all of us to hear and act on Jesus’ call to return to him. Along with the Church Vision Team, I am asking all of us to reexamine our relationship with Jesus, and recommit ourselves to our calling to follow Jesus and serve him. Please share with us your commitment and how Christ is calling you to serve God. Together, as we return to our first love, we will experience renewal.
Grace, Peace, & Love,