Honoring Ravi: Apologetics!

You can honor the ministry and legacy of Ravi Zacharias by doing one thing. Make the presentation and defense of the gospel a high priority in your life just as he did. You won’t be as winsome, but so what? As someone said about Ravi, “Unlike many Evangelicals, he actually evangelized instead of being all about politics.” We need both, but Ravi knew his calling, and we are all called to make the gospel known in our generation. Perhaps we need less political pontificating.

So, read a few of Ravi Zacharias’s books. Watch his incomparable messages on line. Perhaps get some training at The Zacharias Institute. Consider donating to RZIM. Then bring the gospel to others in any way you can: prayer, talking to people, listening to people, inviting people to church, writing cards and letters, sending emails, being a godly presence in people’s lives over time, speaking publicly for Christ, writing articles that commend Jesus, doing good works in Jesus name without bragging, being on panel discussions where the gospel is addressed, doing debates and discussions with non-Christians while speaking the truth in love. If you are a preacher, then preach on apologetics when fitting. If you are able, teach an apologetics class at your church. Don’t let any high school student attend a secular university without training in apologetics!

Always “watch your life and doctrine closely,” as Paul told Timothy (1 Timothy 4:16).

 

4 thoughts on “Honoring Ravi: Apologetics!

  1. i loved listening to Ravi and am truly sorry he is not with us; however, we will see him again, hopefully soon.

  2. Ravi was great, and his work will be available to us for the foreseeable future. Combine Ravi with C.S. Lewis and you have the best apologetics of two centuries.

  3. Dear Douglas, Thank you for this post. What you said about honoring Ravi and how to go about it – is right on the money. I was listening the other day to Michael Heiser interviewed at home by Frank Turek during an episode of Cross Examined. Michael said speaking about spiritual warfare – that the best way to deal with any type of demonic concern is to be a witness to the gospel of Jesus, and to speak up and disciple and evangelize people with the gospel of Christ. It isn’t about speaking loudly to demons, and “casting the out” with commands. He said the best thing we can do is speak the message of Christ to others – that’s what will cause them great pain, just as Ravi spent his life doing – and doing it in such a clear [sometimes over my head] and humble manner. Thank you for your work at Denver Seminary [I’m an Alumni of 1981] training people in philosophy and apologetics – you do great work. Thank You, Rick McKain P.S. John Musselman [our Sunday School teacher and someone you’ve interacted with] invited anyone who wants to attend the ELF Conference this year – like tomorrow, online for free – due to the coronavirus the event in not in Poland but virtual. I’ll see if I can forward you the invitation to your doug.groothuis@denverseminary.edu

    On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 2:32 PM Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D. wrote:

    > Douglas Groothuis posted: “You can honor the ministry and legacy of Ravi > Zacharias by doing one thing. Make the presentation and defense of the > gospel a high priority in your life just as he did. You won’t be as > winsome, but so what? As someone said about Ravi, “Unlike many Evangel” >

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