Tebow, John 3:16 Drive Internet Evangelism

By   •   January 12, 2012

When Tim Tebow threw for 316 yards on Jan. 8, 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 last week 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 on the night of Jan. 8 against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The Broncos fell to the Patriots on Saturday night in Foxboro, Mass., but that didn’t stop the Gospel message from becoming a viral hit.

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 minutes, 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 10,000 users specifically inquiring about John 3:16 this week have landed on PeacewithGod.net via Google, with more than 200 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.

“Current events give us the opportunity to share the Gospel.”

Churches and individuals can partner with the BGEA’s Internet Evangelism ministry by clicking on the How You Can Help tab on the website SearchforJesus.net.

Always one to deflect credit, Tebow did not mention the similarities of the 316 passing yards and one of his favorite verses in Sunday’s post-game press conference, but he was quick to give God the glory.

“First and foremost, I just want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Tebow said. “He’s done so much in my life.”

In the course of his preaching ministry, Billy Graham delivered countless sermons from John 3:16, which reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (NIV).”

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  1. Debbie says:

    It is possible with God for our country to have a revival all it takes is love and for us as Christians to live lives of integrity and confession. Thank you Tebow for loving others enough by quoting John 3:16. Heaven is forever.

  2. Sara says:

    God is great and greatly to be praised ! Even though Tebow lost the game, he scored big in heaven by giving Glory ! The John3:16 commercial was watched by millions of views!That s even more important than the game !

  3. Yvonne says:

    I think this is so beautiful. Thank you Tebow. Wonderful reminder for others to appreciate our loving Lord.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Tim Tebow…what an inspiration your living testimony is and you do not hide it. May God's grace, strength, power, and peace always be yours. Serve Him with all you have got. He uses you for His glory. God bless you.

  5. Sarah says:

    Any thing that I could have said has already been said. We need more people, not just the young, to stand up and praise Jesus Christ, our Lord, at all times, any where and where ever we might be. Thank you Lord for people like Tim Tebow.

  6. LL says:

    Tebow has resolved be Christ's vessel. What can God do with a willing heart? Ask Billy Graham or Tim Tebow. He wants to do the same with you. When you surrender your heart and life to Christ, He will abide in and work through you.

  7. Gwen says:

    Mr. Tebow, I have never got into sports, but I am so Thankful for what you are doing through God, and the commercials with the children are awesome. God healed me this past year, from Cancer and I will be forever thankful, I am glad to say that I am a survivor, and I love my Lord and Savior with all my heart. Psalms: God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. I totally believe God is always with us and will never lead us astray. Praise the Lord with all my might.