I've used this Thought-provoker with groups of unchurched kids who don't know the Bible, and I've used it with adults with cemetery degrees, it works equally well!
Read John 8:1-11 aloud. Then ask for volunteers to come up and act out the different parts of this passage- they won't have to act as much as they will be asked to think what that person would be thinking or doing at that moment. Assign roles to different students. Assign someone to be Jesus, assign several people to be a group of teachers of The Law & Pharisees, be careful as you assign the woman (make sure it's someone who isn't going to be ridiculed for playing an adulteress woman), and the audience can be the crowd gathered around him.
Ask questions as the story goes on. Try to create discussion (possible answers that you might target are in parenthesis)
- “But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.  At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.  The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group . . .”
- Why did these religious snobs bring this woman to Jesus? (Because they were trying to trap Jesus- vs. 6)
- If they were trying to trap Jesus, and they decided to use this method, how did they go about catching a woman committing adultery? (Maybe the woman was set up?)
- If this was an act of adultery . . . where was the man? (Again- maybe it was a set-up and he was in on it)
- To the woman- Possibly standing there in just a sheet or blanket- How do you feel? (Ashamed, scared of being stoned)
- ” . . .  and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”  They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.”
These guys were trying to get Jesus in a catch 22. If he answered “stone her”- he was in trouble with Roman Law, forbidding local governments to impose the death penalty without permission (which is why they brought Jesus to Pilate later). If he answered “let her go,” he would be going against the Mosaic Law.
- “But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. . .”
- ” . . .  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground . . .”
- ” . . .  At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. . .”
- ” . . . Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus didn't condemn her. He basically said, “I don't care where you've been, but I care where you are going.” Jesus is saying the same thing to us. “I don't care where you've been- but I care where you're going.” How we walked in the door tonight doesn't matter- how we leave tonight does.
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.