Summer Group Icebreaker – The Wisdom of Proverbs

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Many of our discipleship groups are combining all ages of the family for the summer.  It’s going to be a great time.

Each week, we will provide an additional icebreaker or two that can help incorporate some fun and fellowship cross-generationally.

Depending upon how your group is wired, you may use these or adapt them.  They are here to serve you if they can help your group.  The icebreaker is designed to introduce the lesson, and you will be able to get them to debrief the experience and move naturally into the lesson.

Depending on the ages of those in your group, the teaching time may not need to be that long.  That’s OK!  Make the time count, and intentional fellowship is not a bad use of your time either.  As a group, get into the Word, pray, and share life with one another!

Your Gospel Project books are available and continue on with the study so you don’t miss out on any week!

Build a Bridge Game

Game Description

Split your entire group into equal teams of five or so. Each team will get equal amounts of newspaper, one roll of masking tape, and two chairs. The goal is to see which team can create the strongest bridge from chair to chair, with the chairs being 2 feet apart, using only the newspaper and masking tape. Give them a good amount of time to do this, maybe 10 minutes.  Once the time is up, they will all need to step away. The strength of their bridge will be measured by how many soda cans it can hold. The team whose bridge holds the most cans before breaking, wins.

Game Tie-in

If your bridge wasn’t built right, it didn’t hold too many soda cans. Today we’re going to be talking about how we need to build our lives on the strong foundation of “wisdom,” so that we don’t make big messes in our lives.

Biblical Wisdom

To help students learn to differentiate between the wisdom of the Bible and the wisdom of men.

Listed below are common sayings. Many are from the Bible. Others are not. There are several possible activities that can be done with these saying. One option is to split each saying in half and put each part on a separate card. Make several sets for more than one team. You could also split them in half and put the entire list (scrambled) on a piece of paper for youth to match.

Have a competition to see who can correctly match the different halves of the sayings together first. After they have matched all the sayings have them identify which ones are from scripture and which are from the saying of men. You might be surprised yourself that some of our common expressions come from the Bible.

  1. A gentle answer / turns away wrath (Prov. 15:1)
  2. Too close / for comfort (not in Bible)
  3. Pride goes / before destruction (Prov. 16:18)
  4. Too big / for your britches (not in Bible)
  5. A good name / is more desirable than great riches (Prov. 22:1)
  6. Sticks and stones / may break my bones, but words will never hurt me (not in Bible)
  7. As iron sharpens iron / so one man sharpens another (Prov. 27:17)
  8. If you play with fire / you will get burnt (not in Bible)
  9. Saved by the skin / of your teeth (Job 19:20)
  10. Better safe / than sorry (not in Bible)
  11. Do to others / as you would have them do to you (Matt. 7:12)
  12. Innocent / until proven guilty (not in Bible)
  13. It is not good / that man should be alone (Gen. 2:18)
  14. A land flowing / with milk and honey (Ex. 3:8)
  15. Man does not live / by bread alone (Deut. 8:3)
  16. A still small / voice (I Kings19:12)
  17. Two heads / are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
  18. You are / what you eat (not in Bible)
  19. As he think in his heart, / so is he (Prov. 23:7)
  20. Whoever digs a hole / will fall into it (Eccl. 10:8)
  21. They have sown the wind and / will reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7)
  22. Where your treasure is, / there you heart will be also (Matt. 6:21)
  23. No man can serve / two masters (Matt. 6:24)
  24. A wolf / in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15)
  25. A pearl / of great price (Matt. 13:46)
  26. The blind / leading the Blind (Matt. 15:14)
  27. You can lead a horse to water / but you can’t make him drink. (not in Bible)
  28. A rolling stone / gathers no moss (not in Bible)
  29. Oil and water / don’t mix (not in Bible)
  30. A stitch in time / saves nine. (not in Bible)
  31. A watched pot / never boils (not in Bible)
  32. If at first you don’t succeed, / try, try, again. (not in Bible)
  33. The squeeky wheel / gets the oil (not in Bible)
  34. Seek / and you will find (Matt. 7:7)
  35. He who hesitates / is lost (not in Bible)
  36. Beauty / is only skin deep (not in Bible)
  37. A city set on a hill / cannot be hidden. (Matt. 5:14)
  38. Necessity /is the mother of invention (not in Bible)
  39. A friend in need / is a friend in deed (not in Bible)
  40. A bird in hand / is worth two in the bush (not in Bible)
  41. Silence / is golden (not in Bible)
  42. Children / should be seen and not heard (not in Bible)
  43. Don’t cast your pearls / before swine (Matt. 7:6)
  44. What is good for the goose / is good for the gander (not in Bible)
  45. You can’t judge a book / by its cover (not in Bible)
  46. Don’t count your chickens / before they hatch (not in Bible)
  47. Cleanliness / is next to godliness (not in Bible)
  48. Where there’s smoke / there’s fire (not in Bible)
  49. Don’t cry over / spilt milk (not in Bible)
  50. People who live in glass houses / shouldn’t throw stones (not in Bible)
  51. The early bird / gets the worm (not in Bible)
  52. An apple a day / keeps the doctor away (not in Bible)
  53. All’s fair / in love and war (not in Bible)
  54. Look / before you leap (not in Bible)
  55. All work and no play / makes Jack a dull boy (not in Bible)
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