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