People more likely to read the words of Jesus on the side of a bus than in church, following Quote Jesus campaign
The Quote Jesus campaign to advertise the words of Jesus on London buses gained momentum today as new figures emerged revealing that its adverts had been seen by 6.5million people in and around London in the first three months of the campaign, more than double the number of regular churchgoers in the UK.
Howard Conder, businessman and founder of Revelation TV, is the inspiration behind the campaign. He said, “Given that less than a million people attend Church of England services each week, the Anglican Church would be better putting its money into advertising to reach people with the message of Jesus.”
The Quote Jesus bus campaign, which included quotes of Jesus such as; ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’, ‘In my Father’s house there are many mansions’ and ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’, is appearing on Routemaster buses in and around London and South East, and is designed to convey ‘hope’ to those they see them.
Conder continued, “We are really excited that 6.5 million have now seen the words of Jesus but ‘seeing is one thing, doing is another’ and we pray that whether they’re a bus driver, banker or politician, people’s outlook will be changed because they know hope exists.”
The Quote Jesus campaign has been welcomed by some members of the general public who said, “it brings hope” after seeing the words of Jesus on buses, but others reacted angrily saying that “the timing of the campaign so soon after the Westminster attacks was insensitive” and that the campaign should include “quotes from other religions” to reflect London’s diversity.
News of the pilot campaign has spread quickly and support has been received from Christians in America, Australia and many parts of the UK. Plans are now in place to expand the campaign internationally to major cities around the world utilising both buses and other advertising media.
In addition to bus advertising, the campaign is also running online [www.quotejesus.com] and via social media [#quotejesus] providing more examples of the words of hope that Jesus spoke.
"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone" - John 8:7
"Blessed are the peacemakers" - Matthew 5:9
"If you forgive others, God will forgive you" - Matthew 6:14
"Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" - Matthew 6:10
"With God all things are possible" - Matthew 19:26
"Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you" - Matthew 5:44
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, though he dies. - John 11:25
Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die - John 11:26
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again - John 14:3
Look, I am coming soon! - Revelation 22:12
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6
In My Father's house there are many mansions. I go and prepare a place for you. John 14:2-3