Film on Billy Graham set for Netflix
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has announced the release of a new film about the life of Dr Billy Graham, on Netflix.
Available for the first time in the UK, the 72-minute video reveals how a man followed God’s call and took the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The launch comes as the association reflects on the first anniversary of Dr Graham’s passing in 2018.
Lee Searle, UK Director of the BGEA, believes that Dr Graham would have approved.
“He had a passion to see the Gospel shared by all means necessary. He pioneered the use of radio, ‘streamed’ his UK festivals down phone lines, and was a regular on TV. It makes sense that we embrace Netflix and other streaming services to share the Good News.”
Satista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, points to Netflix closing in on 10 Million subscribers by 2020, in the UK alone.
“There is a place for the traditional methods,” Searle said. “But we’ve seen a huge shift in the way people engage with the BGEA in the UK. We know that there is an audience out there, especially of younger people, who spend most of their viewing time on these subscription platforms.”
The BGEA recently made Billy Graham Classics available on Netflix’s competitor service, Amazon Prime Video. Twelve Classic sermons covering topics from the end of the world through to materialism can be access through a Prime Video subscription.
Through An Extraordinary Journey Netflix subscribers have the opportunity to witness how God can work through one person’s life to impact the world. As they watch the events and choices that made up Billy Graham’s life journey, they may be inspired to think about their own path.
“Increasingly, many people are turning to the internet to search for Jesus”, Seale said. “We’ve seen it become a key part of our ministry here at the BGEA and as a result have seen hundreds of thousands reached across the globe. Including in countries where the Gospel isn’t freely available.
“Releasing this film on Netflix is going to bless a lot of people”.