Bangalore Open Forum and Executive Program Reach Influencers from Across India
On Saturday, September 9, Zacharias and addressed an open forum at Christ University in Bangalore, Karnataka in southern India. Over 3,300 students and faculty of this prestigious Catholic university – along with others from the community and across India – attended what was one of the largest gatherings on campus in recent years. In addition to the capacity crowd in main auditorium, several hundred listened to the program in overflow halls. The topic of the open forum was “Living With Clear Boundaries.” Zacharias shared a message on the basis of truth and morality, and held a Q&A session where he was joined by RZIM India itinerant speakers Neil Vimalkumar Boniface and Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa. Questions from the diverse audience ranged from the exclusivity of Jesus Christ and the validity of His resurrection to the quest to be moral and the unconditional love of God.
From September 7-9, RZIM India held its second annual Executive Program conference, a gathering for high profile leaders and influencers in the fields of business, medicine, academia, and entertainment. The theme was “Living Right, Living Well,” and the RZIM speaking team addressed a wide array of topics including “Truth and Trust in Work and Life” (Michael Ramsden), “In Search of Christian Excellence” (Stuart McAllister), and “Absolute Truth in Relative Terms” (Ravi Zacharias).
Speaking on the economics of corruption, Michael Ramsden told the audience, “You can never eliminate corruption from a society, but you must always fight against it.” This resonated with attendees and prompted many questions, as corruption continues to plague Indian society at every level. “Is it even possible to be an honest Christian businessman in a country where bribes are so prevalent?” asked one attendee.
Stuart McAllister urged the executives gathered to lead by example and impact their circles of influence with truth of the gospel. “The Christian life is a new kind of life that leads to a new way of life,” he said. “You must own the call to be an agent of change in your business, in your country, in your world.”
On Sunday, September 10, the global RZIM team was spread across nine different churches in the city of Bangalore, preaching multiple times in diverse settings ranging from a traditional South Indian congregation where Michael Ramsden preached on “Has Christianity Failed You?”, to a French-speaking African congregation where Stuart McAllister preached on “What Are You Living For?”
God is opening unique and unprecedented doors for Ravi Zacharias and our global RZIM team, from Bangalore to Manhattan. Please continue to pray for us and stand with us as we contend for the truth and beauty of the gospel in the U.S. and around the world.