1) Introduce the Ten Commandments by having the youth read through the Small Catechism text and meanings
2) Watch "Summing Up the Commandments" puppet show
3) Re-read the Catechism
4) Teach, Share, and Explore the Ten Commandments
Especially from Jesus' summary of the 2 Tables, "Love the LORD and Love your enemies."
5) Sing a hymn or song about the Ten Commandments, such as Luther's "These are the Holy Ten Commands"
Next time you come together, do the same outline with the Creed and so on.
What a great way to use OAFC witnessing resources to grow faith in our LCMS youth!
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Prayers of Thanksgiving:
Did you know that OAFC witnessing resources are great for teaching Confirmation, too?
At a recent Nebraska District pastors' conference talking about the upcoming Catechism explanation revision, Rev. Jeff Kloha - who also spoke at our national Summer Training this year - shared that his personal preference for teaching the Small Catechism was to cover 1 of the chief parts for each lesson in progression; from a slightly different perspective each rotation throughout the year. So, week 1 through 6 would go through the whole Catechism plainly, and the next 6 weeks would go through the Small Catechism from the perspective of example Bible stories, the next 6 through the Catechism from the perspective of worship, and so on. To do that, you'd want a concise way to introduce each of the chief parts. OAFC has just such a resource for pastors, DCEs, youth workers, parents, and youth for each of these chief parts of the Catechism. Check it out.
OAFC is a youth evangelism RSO of the Missouri Synod that exists to grow faith in LCMS youth by sharing The Faith with the unchurched through regional outreach weekends and national training conferences.
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