My First Russian Sermon

Tonight (Wednesday, December 19th) I preached my first sermon in Russian.  I say this not to brag in any way, but to thank the Lord for His grace which allowed me to do this.

Last week our pastor, Mikhail, called me and asked me if I would preach at our Wednesday night prayer meeting.  I told him I would try.  So tonight I presented what I prepared.  It was nothing fancy, and lasted on about 16 or 17 minutes in total. I had to type the whole thing out before hand and practice reading it a number of times, so as to not sound like I was reading.

The text was all of 1 Corinthians 7.  No, I didn’t pick that passage, but rather Pastor Mikhail has been preaching overview sermons through 1 Corinthians on Wednesday nights and asked me to take the next chapter.

Well, the Lord blessed.  Afterwards, Karl, one of our deacons at the church lead a discussion time about the sermon (which is customary on Wednesday nights).  We were all encouraged.

While this is one of the hardest (if not the hardest) of mental exercises I’ve ever done, I hope to get the opportunity to do it again sometime in the near future.  It really forced me to finally put some practical Russian grammar and vocab into practical use.  Many many things “clicked” while I was typing.

My hope is that as opportunities present themselves and as my understanding of the language increases that I will be able to preach more and more extemporaneously.  I would greatly appreciate it if you added that to your prayers.

-Thomas

3 comments

  1. We’re so proud and thankful that you got the opportunity to preach. You sounded really encouraged on the phone and that encourages us. We know God hears and answers our prayers but it’s alway comforting to hear results.
    love mama and daddy

  2. Way to go Thomas! I love reading your blog and seeing how you guys are making progress. I’m so proud of you, and so impressed that you’re able to preach a sermon in your very first six months in Russia… I’ve never known anyone else able to do that — that’s completely phenomenal! But we knew from the very beginning that the Lord had wired you for language learning. So way to go for the hard work that it requires, and Praise the Lord for making it possible at all!
    I loved the post about the водопроводчик too! Hilarious… althought I’m sure the event that taught it to you wasn’t!
    Love you guys… have a very Merry Christmas and a white New Year 🙂
    Robin

  3. Way to go Thomas! I love reading your blog and seeing how you guys are making progress. I’m so proud of you, and so impressed that you’re able to preach a sermon in your very first six months in Russia… I’ve never known anyone else able to do that — that’s completely phenomenal! But we knew from the very beginning that the Lord had wired you for language learning. So way to go for the hard work that it requires, and Praise the Lord for making it possible at all!
    I loved the post about the водопроводчик too! Hilarious… although I’m sure the event that taught it to you wasn’t!
    Love you guys… have a very Merry Christmas and a white New Year 🙂
    Robin

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