Icebreakers and Beyond

Jesus used simple, easy questions to lead into his deeper, soul-probing questions.
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Scripture Reference

Jesus' Icebreaker

Jesus' Follow-up Truth Questions

Matt. 20:21 (Jesus talking to James, John and their mother) "What is it that you want to have most?"

Modern paraphrase: What goals do you have for your life?

"Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?"

Modern paraphrase: Do you really want what God wants? And, have you counted the cost?

Matt. 16:28 (Jesus talking to the twelve) "Who do other people say the Son of Man is?"

Modern paraphrase: What spiritually-related news headline has gotten your attention recently?

"Who do you say I am?"

Modern paraphrase: Is the "word on the street" and the world influencing you more than God is influencing you? Who is Jesus becoming to you?

Mark 6:38 (Jesus talking to the 12 before feeding the 5000) "How many loaves of bread do you have?"

Modern paraphrase: Do you ever feel like there are things you should do but lack the resources to accomplish them?

"Do you believe I can feed my people?"

Modern paraphrase: Is your faith grounded in the quantity of physical resources you have or in God's provision?

Luke 24:17 (Jesus talking with 2 followers along the road to Emmaus) "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"

Modern paraphrase: What difficult conversation have you had recently?

"Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"

Modern paraphrase: Can you see how the life trials and problems you have described are opportunities for God to work out His glorious plan in your life?

Luke 10:26 (Jesus talking to a group of seekers) "What is written in the Law?"

Modern paraphrase: What absolute truth have you been convicted of recently?

"How do you read it?"

Modern paraphrase: What is God telling you to do because of knowing this truth?

Many Bible Study guides and curriculums are beginning to include a good icebreaker question with the study. If you are preparing a group discussion and need a good icebreaker, check out SmallGroups.com's vast library of icebreakers.

You can also find many icebreaker ideas from the following books:

I have been in many groups where icebreakers were used to draw the intersection between truth and life. As a small group ministry director, I can tell you that in most groups where icebreaker questions are used in this way, Christ-centered life-change was happening far more consistently. Use them the way Jesus did and you will find the same.

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