The Ten Commandments are a fundamental basis for teaching Christian living. Last week I was teaching the Sixth Commandment.
The flexibility of Series I Materials allows for a variety of creative learning experiences. For example, whenever I teach the Sixth Commandment, I always take the students (youth or adult) on a “Field Trip”…the the church kitchen to illustrate what “adultery” is (i.e. “to make impure”).
Here’s how I do the “Field Trip”.
First, I get a clear glass out of the kitchen cupboard. I fill it with clean, clear water. As I show it to the students I ask, “Would anyone like to drink this?” I then give it to a student to take a sip. “Nice, clean water, right?” I ask.
Second, I scrounge around the kitchen and add whatever I can find–coffee grounds, salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, etc.–and mix it into the glass. The students usually demonstrate their distaste for what I’m doing with questioning looks on their face. After stirring it well I again ask, “Who would like a drink?” Of course, no one wants one. “Why not?” I ask. “Because it’s dirty!” they reply.
Application #1: Then I share how all our bodies are like the glass of clean water. God, in the Sixth Commandment, calls us to be clean. He doesn’t want us to pollute our bodies and lives by immorality, pre-marital sex, unclean thoughts, etc. It’s a good opportunity to review Luther’s meaning to the Sixth Commandment.
Application #2: Of course the other application relates to grace. “What does God do when we make our bodies dirty and defile His temple (i.e. our bodies)?” To demonstrate this, I dump the dirty glass, thoroughly washing down all the dirt. Then I thoroughlly clean the glass, dry it off, and fill it up again asking, “Would anyone like to drink this?” For all who say, “Yes,” they affirm what God’s forgiveness is: Thoroughly washing and cleansing us from all sin. This applies not only to the Sixth Commandment, but to ALL Commandments.
That’s what Law and Gospel are all about: Showing Our Sins and Showing Our Savior.