Two weeks ago, the church mourned the death of one of the more effective and well-known gospel communicators of his generation – Ravi Zacharias. A gift to the church, he worked tirelessly to help Christians learn how to share the gospel with all sorts of people all over the globe. We can give thanks for his work on behalf of our Savior.
Sam Allberry wrote a fitting tribute about his friend that also shares three lessons he learned from Ravi Zacharias. These three lessons can help us become more effective in sharing the gospel with family and friends.
- The person matters more than the question.
- The tone is as important as the content.
- The cross is the heart of the message.
I would encourage you to read the article (link below) and reflect on these lessons. Love people well, because they are made in God’s image and worth knowing. Consider your words carefully, speaking the truth with gentleness and respect (1 Pet 3:15). Focus your gospel speech, not so much on the credibility of the faith, but on Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).
Do they seem to be worthy goals for how we speak to our neighbors? I hope they do. In fact, they seem to be not only worthy goals, but biblical goals. Let’s pursue them with faith and prayer.
And one more thought in closing. When originally writing this short piece, one of my concerns was to be timely. People were thinking about the death of a dear saint, and it seemed like the right time to consider what this man might teach us. But the tragic events of the last 10 days, started by the sinful acts of men in authority in the Twin Cities on Memorial Day, require our attention. In that context, do these lessons still call for our consideration?
But after some thought and prayer, I believe these lessons help us right now. As we talk to friends and neighbors who are legitimately angry, frustrated, and afraid, consider carefully: the person to whom you speak, the tone in which you speak, and the cross about which you speak. These lessons apply in every circumstance.
Article: “3 Lessons From Ravi Zacharias”