Fr. Sergei, you are a wonder!
ABC International News ran this story a couple of days ago. It is being passed around on Facebook but I didn’t want Fr. Sergei’s story and style of evangelism to fade just yet.
Every week Fr. Sergei goes underground to where the Russian punk bands play. He spends time with the kids and invites them to trust God. His evangelism is relational. He goes where they are because they are not likely to be showing up at Church. He is not judgmental of their life but is offering his time, himself and his faith. Here is the story from ABC:
“On a Tuesday night, a dark rec hall on the outskirts of Moscow is hosting its weekly “Rock Festival.” It’s really nothing more than an open-mic night for local hard rock bands to showcase their talents, something some of the acts could use a touch more of. Teens and 20-somethings mill about, a handful in front of the stage, the rest scattered throughout the low-ceilinged room sitting at tables or standing in groups. Skinny jeans and studded belts are de rigueur. At 8:30 p.m., the door to the hall opens and a man who decidedly doesn’t belong here walks in. Bald and bearded, he walks with the gait of a large man and the confidence of someone familiar with his surroundings.
A cursory glance immediately identifies the black-cassocked man with an oversized gold cross around his neck as a Russian Orthodox priest.”
Here are the verses that serve as our guide to evangelism.:
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Col. 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
1 Thes. 2:8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
2 Tim. 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,