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.