Christian Icebreakers - Did Jesus Use Icebreakers?
How can you break the ice
with a youth who is a total
stranger and guide the
discussion from an awkward
silence into a meaningful
Jesus often got people talking
with his first question and then
was able to guide the discussion
so that it developed into a
meaningful conversation about a
He met people where they were–
whether they were drawing
water, fishing, collecting taxes,
watching him from a treetop, or
worshipping God in the Temple in
But Jesus was never content to
leave them where they were.
His objective was always a
Remember the Woman at the
A simple request for a drink led
to a meaningful discussion on
“living water” that transformed
Zacheus was simply hoping to get a
glimpse of Jesus but instead got to
talk to him at his own dinner table
in a conversation that not only
changed his life, but reached out to
the lives of many sinners!
Christ’s first words to Nicodemus, a
religious scholar, were a
conundrum, a puzzle that left him
And that search seemingly reached
its conclusion when Nicodemus took
a bold step of faith, along with
Joseph of Arimathea, and asked for
the body of Christ after the
The gospels are filled with the
stories of people who
encountered Christ and then
their personal stories would be
In encounter after encounter…
Jesus not only broke the ice, but
he left a lasting impact on the
lives of the people he spoke with!
Sometimes Jesus used questions to
break the ice. But on other
occasions he use everyday objects,
shared experiences, stories, and
even crises to break the ice and
open up the way to life changing
He asked people to share their
challenged their assumptions,
and asked them to find solutions.
He constantly invited others to
join him in experiences
and used those common
to bring out life changing spiritual
Fresh experiences often served
as living parables.
It’s easy to relate to the feelings,
thoughts, and experiences when
you have just experienced them.
Then it is only a short little jump
to deeper truths and
The “here and now” becomes a
to the distant future,
to choices and consequences.
A small controlled simulation
becomes a safe crucible
to test the consequences of real life
In the same way today, games,
challenges, and contrived situations
can generate discussions and
expose the same deep set beliefs,
attitudes, and values as real life
situations and events.
How you play the game
is a reflection of who you are
and how you deal with life!
But in all things Jesus always had a
He broke the ice, and later his own
body would be broken, so that
broken lives could be mended.
Learn how you also can “break
and make a lasting impact in the
lives of youth!
I’ve specially prepared 52 of my
best icebreakers of all time!
(That’s a full year of icebreakers –
one a week!)
And like Christ’s encounters with
strangers they are icebreakers
with a purpose.
Each one includes debriefs and
meaningful discussion questions
that engage youths to deal with
real life issues.
This EBook not only provides 52 of the
world’s most popular group icebreaker
activities, but also includes lesson ideas and
questions to smoothly transition into
discussions about issues common to most
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Icebreakers Ahead: Take it to the next Level