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Witnessing Helps: Ice Breakers

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Matthew 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

These verses remind us of the mandate to share the good news of salvation with the world. When confronted with these words, many lost opportunities come to mind. Usually the missed opportunities are a result of our own fears. No wonder the disciples prayed for boldness!

Break the ice

There is a reason that beginning a conversation is compared to breaking ice. Ice is one of nature’s most formidable barriers. Millions of dollars are spent to design special ships that can open avenues through ice. Beginning a conversation about the gospel can seem just as difficult as sailing through ice. Many times the witnessing opportunity stops right here. “The conversation never got around to it.” is the excuse we often use. However, if we had to tell someone their house was on fire, we would not hesitate to say, “I have something important to tell you.” The way to break the ice is to allow the urgency of the gospel message to compel us into the conversation. Even if it starts out awkwardly, when the Holy Spirit is prompting us we must get the conversation started so we can warn those on the path to destruction. Here are some icebreakers that might help you:

  • How would you describe your relationship with God?
  • What do you believe is going to happen to us when we die?
  • Do you think God cares about what happens in our lives?
  • Would you describe yourself as religious?

I also found this article online with some more witnessing tips:

Check it out!