Tebow, John 3:16 Drive Internet Evangelism

January 12, 2012 - When Tim Tebow threw for 316 yards on Sunday, it launched a viral buzz
over one of his favorite verses, John 3:16, which has led to thousands of people landing on the
BGEA's Internet Evangelism website, PeacewithGod.net.

Search John 3:16 in Google and in the blink of an eye — 0.11 seconds to be exact — more than 104 million search results pop up.

Ironically, it took all of 11 seconds for Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos to score a huge upset in overtime Sunday night against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

Tebow — a devout Christian who wore the Bible verse John 3:16 painted on his eye blacks during the 2009 NCAA National Championship game — finished with 316 yards.

And if that wasn't enough…

Tebow's per-throw average: 31.6 yards

Sunday's overtime TV rating: 31.6.

Pittsburgh's time of possession: 31 min., 6 seconds.

But there have been other numbers, eternally speaking, surrounding John 3:16 that have also been registered this week on
PeacewithGod.net. The initial website launched by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Internet Evangelism ministry known as Search for Jesus has had a very busy week.

Taking advantage of John 3:16's popularity in Google searches on Monday, the BGEA advertised a PeacewithGod.net landing page around searches for John 3:16 — the central message of the video-driven Gospel website.

Over 7,000 users specifically inquiring about John 3:16 this week have landed on
PeacewithGod.net via Google, with more than 100 clicking they had made a decision to accept Jesus Christ into their life.

"That's what makes this online ministry so unique," said John Cass, BGEA's director of Internet Evangelism. "We can respond to exactly what people are searching for at that moment—and it's often a very simple next-step to the Gospel.




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