To “Break the Ice,” has come to mean: Breaking
down social formality and stiffness.
An earlier meaning of this phrase, i.e. ‘to forge a path for others to follow’ alludes of course to the breaking of ice to allow the navigation of boats. The figurative use is quite old and was recorded by Sir Thomas North in his 1579 translation of “Plutarch’s Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes.”
When it comes to the sharing, preaching, and proclaiming of the Gospel, it has come to mean cracking an opening, providing a future opportunity, or opening a door so that the church can speak the message of hope into the lives of others. It is proposed that social work leverages spiritual transformation. I like the idea of blazing a path or breaking one so that others may follow, and that it might represent a good disciple making trajectory, but…
Where do we find a biblical warrant for this strategy?