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Stop. Look. Witness: 316 Car Captures Attention
By Ron Clement,
Team Leader of Church Enrichment and Evangelism
Have you heard about the 316 Car? The sleek Chevy Impala SS really turns some heads with its NASCAR-like graphics and numbers. Thanks to our partners at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the Colorado Baptist General Convention will soon be placing this beauty back on the circuit- not for any cup series, rather we are hoping to put it into circulation for more eternal purposes.
BGCO used the 316 Car as a tool in conjunction with their "MY316" evangelism initiative. Once the logo is changed, CBGC plans to use the vehicle for a similar purpose.
CBGC leaders expressed their gratitude for "such a generous gift to aid in evangelism."
As you have seen with the Tim Tebow craze, the numbers 3:16 have generated much discussion and exploration into what it all means. Rumor has it that Mark Edlund, CBGC executive director, might try to get an autographed football or the car signed by Tebow. Either way, we know this vehicle will draw attention and open opportunities to share Christ.
Sometimes the 316 car draws the attention of those in law enforcement as well. While driving the car back from OK I was pulled over by a state patrolman. Before you jump to conclusions, no, I wasn’t speeding. I did notice the patrolman could hardly keep his eyes on the road in front of him as I approached. He pulled me over “thinking” (yes, I said “thinking”) that I had failed to signal for a lane change.
After stopping me, he agreed to check my brake and signal lights and discovered they had burnt out. I had signaled but was unaware that they weren’t working.
I must admit, I let my frustration at being stopped prevent me from entering into conversation about the car. I’m glad God shows grace for ignorant people like me who walk past open doors.
Yet, I was able to naturally move into spiritual conversation when I took the car in for an oil change. The mechanics were impressed with the car and curious about what it represented so I asked them what they thought 316 meant. One quickly asked, “Doesn’t it have something to do with the Bible?” I took the opportunity to share the meaning of 3:16.
As the car is put into circulation, we’d like to ensure that churches using the car are equipped to share the gospel. Our convention staff is available to train individuals how to share Christ with others. Our plan is to offer use of the car at your evangelical events or at venues where you can “showcase” the car as a spiritual conversation starter. It is already scheduled for the Royal Gorge Baptist Association CO State Fair Booth the latter part of August through Labor Day.
We anticipate the 316 car will be in high demand, so if your church or association is interested in having the vehicle at your event, check out our policies for use at www.coloradobaptists.org , or contact Rhonda Nanney at firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling. For resources in engaging others in spiritual conversation, contact Ron Clement at email@example.com or at 303-771-2480, ext. 236.