The Olympics provide an opportune time for forging relationships. No other event attracts such a wide audience as athletes from every country who take part. In the London 2012 Olympic Games, an estimated 4.8 billion people tuned in to the various Olympic mediums.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) states: “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination or any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

But, as Christians, we have the joy of taking it further. Use this worldwide event as a natural conversation starter to dialogue with friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Then, whenever possible, bridge from there to spiritual conversations and ultimately the gospel.

Tips for Utilizing the Olympics:

  • Host an Opening Ceremonies Viewing Party:
    • Invite friends, co-workers, exchange students, etc.
    • Encourage friends from different cultures to bring snacks or items from their home country and ask them questions about their culture.
  • Ask engaging or thought provoking questions (either at a viewing party or during other conversations):
    • Conversation Starters:
      • Do you think it is possible to carry on the spirit of the Olympic games (peace, good-will, etc.) all the time? If so, how? If not, why?
      • How do the athletic games mirror life?
      • If life is a race, what are we running toward? What’s the end goal?
      • Who or what motivates you to persevere?
      • What makes a successful athlete?
    • Going Deeper:
      • How is God at work in your life? Do you think He has a plan?
      • Have you ever spent any time reading the Bible? If so, what stood out or what questions do you have?
      • How do you think the Bible is relevant for people today?
      • Do you find yourself moving closer to or farther from God?
      • How have your life experiences influenced how you think about God?
      • How would you describe God?