Category | Icebreakers

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Game Description
This icebreaker activity makes a great creative learning activity to help introduce youth to some of the many names of God. If you use the names of God and Christ related to the Christmas Story it also serves as a great icebreaker or Bible Study discussion starter for Christmas.

Game Materials
Whiteboard, chalkboard, or simply paper

Game Preparation
None

Game Play
Youth attempt to get their partner or team to guess a name of God using only drawings. This can be done one at a time before the group or in pairs. For simple names like “The Door” this may be easily done by drawing a door. But for more difficult names it make require several words in the form of a rebus. Numbers and letters are not allowed to be used.

Variation
Place the names of God on a peice of paper and tape them on to the back of youth as they arrive. Give each youth sheet of paper and a pencil and have them help each other to discover the names on their backs by merely drawing them. Numbers and letters are not allowed to be used. Also, to keep the youth mingling, have them write down all the names of God they see on other people’s backs.

Optional Discussion

  • Which name do you think was most difficult to communicate? Why?
  • Would you prefer to see a photograph or hear the story?
  • Do you find it easier to express yourself in words or through images?
  • Have you ever felt handicapped in trying to communicate God to others?
  • In what ways is this activity similar to sharing your faith?
  • What concepts in sharing your faith are most difficult to communicate?
  • How does God communicate himself to us in a way we can understand.
  • How is Christmas a means by which God communicates to us?

 

Here are a few of the many names of God

  • Abba – Romans 8:15
  • Advocate – Job 16:19; I John 2:1
  • Alpha – Revelation 1:8; 21:6; Revelation 22:13
  • Ancient of Days, Ancient One – Daniel 7:9, 22; 13:21-22
  • Author of life – Acts 3:15
  • Author of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2
  • Banner – Exodus 17:15, Isaiah 11:10
  • Branch – Jeremiah 33:15, Isaiah 4:2
  • Bread of Life – John 6:33-35
  • Bridegroom – Isaiah 62:56; Matthew 9:15
  • Chosen One – Isaiah 42:1; Luke 23:35
  • Comforter, Consolation of Israel – II Corinthians 1:4; John 14:26, Luke 2:25
  • Cornerstone – Isaiah 28:16
  • Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
  • Creator – Genesis 14:19 -22; Dt 32:6; Eccl 12:1; Isaiah 27:11; 40:28; 43:15; 45:18; 1 Peter 4:19
  • Defender – Psalm 68:5
  • Deliverer – II Samuel 22:2; Psalm 18:2; Romans 11:26
  • Door – John 10:7
  • Father – Matthew 6:9; Matthew 11:25
  • Gardner – John 15:1
  • God of all Comfort – II Corinthians 1:3
  • God of Heaven and Earth – Deuteronomy 4:39; Ezra 5:11
  • God of Peace – Romans 16:20; I Thessalonians 5:23
  • God With Us – Isaiah 7:14; 8:8
  • Good Shepherd – John 10:11
  • Great High Priest – Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 6:20; 2:17; Hebrews 5:6
  • Guide – Psalm 48:14
  • Healer – Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 30:26; 61:1; Jeremiah 3:22; 30:17
  • Hiding place – Psalm 32:7
  • High Tower – 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 59
  • Immanuel, God with Us – Matthew 1:23
  • Intercessor – Job 16:20; Isaiah 53:12; Romans 8:26
  • Judge – Genesis 18:25; Psalm 7:18; 96:13; Isaiah 33:22; Acts 10:42; Acts 10:42; Psalm 94:12; II Lawgiver – Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12
  • Lily of the Valley – Song of Songs 2:1
  • Name above all names – Philippians 2:9&10
  • Omega – Revelation 1:8; Revelation 22:13
  • Physician – Luke 4:23
  • Redeemer – Genesis 48:16; Job 19:25; Psalm 19:14; 78:35; Proverbs 23:11; Isaiah 41:14; 43:14; 44:6; 24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7; 26; Isaiah 54:5; 8; 59:20; 60:16; 63:16; Jeremiah 50:34; Job 19:25;Psalm 19:14
  • Refuge; Refuge from the storm – Psalm 14:6; 46:1; 62:7-8; 71:7; 91:2,9; 9:9 94:22; 142:5; Proverbs 14:26; Isaiah 25:4
  • Rock – Deuteronomy 32:18; Psalm 18:2; 42:9; 144:1; Isaiah 30:29; 1 Cor.10:4; I Peter 2:8
  • Salvation, Savior – Psalm 62:1; Isaiah 12:2; Psalm 38:22; Exodus 15:2; Psalm 27:1; John 4:42; Acts 13:23; I Timothy 4:14; Luke 2:11; Isaiah 43:3; 49:26
  • Shepherd – Genesis 48:15; 49:24; Psalm 23:1; 79:13; 80:1; 95:7; 100:3; Isaiah 40:11; I Peter 2:25; John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20
  • Stronghold – II Samuel 22:3; Psalm 9:9; 27:1; 84:11; Psalm 43:2
  • Sustainer – Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 46:4
  • Vine – John 15:5
  • Way – John 14:6

 

Christmas Variation
Use the names and titles of God related to Christmas and this becomes a nice icebreaker for your Christmas Party or introduction to a Christmas related Bible Study.

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