How we can all celebrate Ravi Zacharias’ legacy
May 19, 2020 saw the passing of apologist Ravi Zacharias who is renowned in both Christian and secular culture for engaging in difficult conversations with non-believers, presenting the gospel to some of the most hostile audience and equipping Christians with the ability to witness to all.
“...in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect....” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)
What answer will you give?
Ravi was not only prepared to give an answer for the hope he held in Jesus Christ, he helped others become rooted in their own answers and led hundreds to Christ. With gentleness, honesty and a deep-rooted humility that will continue to inspire long after his passing, he was able to nimbly answer questions from agnostics, atheists, and relativists alike.
At age 17 Ravi Zacharias lay on the bed of suicide and, after attempting to take his own life, a man brought him a Bible. That day, Ravi read aloud John 3:16, which many of us know as a pivotal verse in the New Testament. He lingered on the phrase, whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Soon Ravi moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began his ministry. Years later we see this has grown into an international speaking team with academies in multiple countries and increasing engagement with culture about the gospel and it’s position within our world.
Learn from Ravi’s mind
So, where can we go to find out more about late apologist Ravi Zacharias? The resources below are accessible, easy-to-follow and will equip believers with the tools to engage with conversations that allow us to give an answer for the hope we have.
His last major conference speaking engagement was Passion 2020 where he spoke on the how God has designed and given a unique purpose to each individual.
Explore the Let My Poeple Think podcast which allows you to investigate meaning and the gospel through 30-minute chunks.
Take a browse through the articles on Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
Find the many books that Ravi authored here.
Learn from Ravi’s heart
Ravi Zacharias had a lot to teach us about how to share our faith with non-believers. However, perhaps the most important thing we can learn from him and his legacy is not from his mind but from his heart: the essential characteristic of humility.
The Bible teaches us that pride will lead to disgrace (Proverbs 11:2) and therefore, we should continually “clothe” ourselves in humility (1 Peter 5:5). Ravi teaches us humility through the gospel-centered way in which he engages with skeptics.
Hours upon hours of Ravi’s lectures, conferences and debates are available online. If you have watched as many as I, you will notice that at no point does Ravi come close to using his informed position, commanding presence or irreputable knowledge to “get the better of” any audience member or non-believing co-speaker. Instead Ravi uses the gospel, Christian authors and touching stories of his ministry to reach and shape a generation.
Was he afraid to breach uncomfortable and often polarised topics? Absolutely not. Even with combative debates with atheists, Ravi easily engaged in lively and warm-hearted conversations.
Following the example of Jesus, Ravi captivated audiences with sincere attempts to lead his listeners to Christ and he extended an invitation for us to do the same.