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Top 5 teachable moments from Super Bowl 52’s best commercials —

By Becca Haines

The commercials during the annual Super Bowl are almost talked about more than the game itself in the days and weeks following the big event.

Relating these hilarious or moving moments to your student can be easy transitions to get them thinking about Christ and living a Kingdom worker lifestyle. Here are five teachable moments from the best commercials from this year’s Super Bowl.


5. Alexa loses her voice
A crowd-pleasing commercial that premiered Sunday portrays comical, hypothetical situations of celebrities filling in for Alexa, the pleasant voice response for Amazon. A teachable moment with your student can be found after a good laugh from this ad: Sometimes the response we want from God may seem unfitting or unexpected, but keep an open mind. Remember the vast varieties of people God has used for His Kingdom ¬– they were not always what anyone expected. 


4. Dundee from Australia
No, there’s not going to be a movie for this preview that entertained Super Bowl fans Sunday night. It was a tourism promotion for the country of Australia, featuring actors Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride. One lesson you could steer your students toward is that the enemy will use all kinds of attractive lures to pull you away from God, but be wise and see things for what they are – ploys. Use I Corinthians 7:35: “I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.”


3. Paralympians Overcome
This ad proved empowering and tear-jerking as Paralympians pump up the crowd for the Winter Olympics. Individuals living with overwhelming obstacles are shown working hard and planning to compete in this year’s Olympic games. God uses miracles throughout the Bible to inspire His people, and He still does today. Tell you student about how God heals, strengthens hearts and remains with those who call upon His name.


2. Mt. Dew versus Doritos
This rapping ad was deemed both hysterical and strange at the same time with the bazaar lip-sync battle between Mt. Dew Ice and Doritos Blaze. Actor Peter Dinklage uses lyrics by Busta Rhymes to throw down with Morgan Freeman, touting Missy Elliot on his lips. The commercial was one of the top performing ads online during the game – undoubtedly one of the most talked-about. Music is something we all love – and though it differs from one generation to another – it’s always beautiful when used for the glory of God.

1. Time of your life
Eli Manning and O’Dell Beckham Jr. are featured in one of the best commercials of the evening. The ad took one of cinema’s most memorable moments from “Dirty Dancing” with an NFL team that unfortunately didn’t make it all the way to the Super Bowl. After you enjoy a good laugh with your student, you can remind them that even though we don’t always get the results we want God is always in control and has a plan for each of us. If you choose a journey with God, you’re going to have the time of your life. Reference Ephesians 3:20: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”