Biblical principles regarding relationships are built on the love of Christ and in following His example in the way one person treats another. Relationship keys include being kind, treating others with respect and loving even when loving isn't convenient. Ice breaker games build on Biblical relational principles as a foundation for deeper understanding as well as fun.
What Commandment Am I?
Biblical principles built around relationship keys starts in the Old Testament with the Ten Commandments as listed in Exodus 20: 2-17. The first commandments deal with the relationship between humans and God and the rest deal with the relationships between people. For an ice breaker, make signs stating each individual commandment. Tape signs on the backs of those attending as they arrive, but do not tell them what commandment is on their back. It is up to them to ask yes or not questions of others until they figure out what commandment is fastened to their back. Depending on the number of participants, the commandments may be duplicated. You can then group the different commandments together for other games, devotional or prayer time.
Act Out Principles of Love
I Corinthians 13:4-8 contains a list of New Testament relationship keys based on the Biblical principle of love. Love means we are patient, kind, not jealous, conceited or arrogant. Practicing the principle of love means we aren't rude, selfish or self-centered, irritable and don't keep track of wrongs done to us. It means we are not happy with injustice, but always seek for truth. It means we believe the best about others, never lose hope and never give up. Using these relationship keys, play charades. Pair up in groups of two or three to act out one of the NT relationship keys from I Corinthians 13. Those with the most correct guesses wins.
Draw Marriage Principles
The relationship keys of marriage also draws from Ephesians 5:21-33 which describes loving one another sacrificially, committing to making the marriage work, respecting your spouse and not putting down or undermining your spouse. It means practicing kindness in the home, being the person you wish to be, not blaming others for your choices and praying together. For this ice breaker, put couples together in larger groups and hand out pieces of blank paper and pencils to couple. Have each couple choose one of the marriage relationship keys to illustrate, and draw it for the other couple without using words. As each couple draws, the other couples guess the principle being illustrated. The couple with the most correct guesses wins.
The Knot of Friendship
Find Biblical principles relating to friends in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. As an ice breaker have everyone make a circle and grab hands with someone across from them. Hold tight and begin to unravel the knot created without letting go. Explain that friends hang on, even with the going gets tough.
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