Living in America especially, but all around the globe sports fans (and commercial fans) tune in to watch the Super Bowl. Even people, who don’t watch sports that often, watch this one event. How cool that we can be fairly confident that for the next few weeks we have something in common with the bank teller, the person checking you out at a store, and the neighbor you never really had a chance to talk to. Here are a few ways you can transition a conversation about the Super Bowl into the Gospel.
1. Strike Up A Conversation
Just like I said earlier! You can start a conversation fairly easily by asking questions like:
Were you happy with the Broncos winning?
What did you think of the commercials this year?
2. The Weirdness Of The Puppy Monkey Baby
This is like the blue/gold dress that appeared awhile ago on all of our news feeds—the puppy monkey baby divided people quickly. Some people thought the puppy monkey baby was hilarious and some thought it was very disturbing. But, good news! No one felt indifferent about it—everyone I’ve talked to so far has an opinion. What do people like to do with their opinions? Share them.
This one felt a little awkward when I tried it, but I have to trust that God is at work inside me! While in a conversation about the puppy monkey baby I simply said, “Aren’t you glad that God didn’t make things like that?” And, after listening to their response, I talked about how God doesn’t do anything by accident and that He is the creator of everything.
3. Cam Newton
I would hate to have one of the instances where I mess up in a big way be on a global stage. Yikes. For those of you that don’t know, after the game, Cam Newton (who’s team lost) was very short with the media. After answering a few questions, he got up and left. The media and the public freaked out. And, in a lot of ways, the public reacted in a very hateful way. He was later reported to say, “show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a looser.”
That is circular logic, but it could be cool to transition the conversation into what it means to loose as a Christian. The idea that “everyone falls short of the glory of God” comes to mind. Even though we loose (in a lot of ways if you’re like me), it’s okay because we are still holy, righteous, and redeemed in God’s eyes.
4. Money. Money. Money.
For this Super Bowl, a 30 second ad cost around 5 million dollars. A simple way to get an idea of what someone values is to bring up this fact. Say something like:
Did you know that a commercial for the Super Bowl cost 5 million dollars? What would you do with 5 million dollars?
Then use their answers to talk about what ever it seems like their struggling with/valuing. For example, if they say something like, “I would give most of it away.” Then you can ask the question, do you think that will make you more qualified for Heaven? I love that question because faith in Jesus is the only qualification we need.
My prayer is that these ideas will give you more ideas (and I would love to hear them). I'm praying for boldness for both of us to step out in faith and use this event to grow God's kingdom. Have a great week. And GO BRONCOS!!
Jacque is the Missional Women Intern and a college student in Denver, CO who balances her time between trying to go to class and learning about His saving grace and perfect love as much as she can. She is a twenty something, DIY attempting, Jesus loving, Denver living, small town rooted, Colorado sports fan. She loves black coffee, long conversations and watching people do what God created them for. You can find her Christian Twenty Somethings blog at Desperately Dependent.
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