All teaching has a purpose, and that is to bring our listeners into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. In college ministry, our listeners are at a very integral part of their lives. They are figuring out what they believe and why they believe it. If they are attending a Bible college, then their classes are filled with biblical teaching and, let’s face it, they are going to be critiquing every word we say. If they attend a secular college, their classes are filled with anti-biblical worldviews and our sermons/lessons are their main source for biblical teaching. So what does this mean? This means that we must strive our hardest to be the most accurate theologians we can be. College students want answers, and we have to be able to give them to them. I believe a part of this is understanding what they need to learn about and presenting it to them in a very theological, yet understandable and practical, way.
I want to list a few ideas for teaching series in case you are looking for something to teach on.
- Gospel - Paul states in 1 Corinthians that the Gospel is of utmost importance. It should be no different in our ministries. We need to help our students understand the Gospel as more than just a few facts about Christ, but as the truth that has been rocking the world for thousands of years.
- Humility - Arrogance and pride are two things that have invaded the local church, and they must be replaced with a spirit of humility. We don’t need to simply condemn being arrogant, we need to teach our students how to be humble in heart, soul, and mind.
- Discipline - Learning personal discipline is more than just making yourself read the Bible. It involves money, time, relationships, priorities, commitment, school work, and just about every other part of life. College students want to succeed, and the only way to be successful at anything, secular or sacred, is to have personal discipline.
- Leadership - Every student in our ministries leads other people. Whether they lead a few friends or a large group, they lead others. We need to teach them how to use their influence for the work of Christ. This series can easily be used to discuss family leadership.
- Relationships - Most college students are looking for, or at least thinking about, their future spouse. We should teach our guys how to be a man, what to look for in a lady, how to lead her, and how to love like Christ loves the church. We should teach our ladies how to be godly women, what to look for in a man, how to support him, and how to respect Him as the Bible teaches.
- Book Studies - It is always good to simply take your students through a book of the Bible and drive home to points that the biblical author was making. The Bible will bring up important topics and you can discuss them as they come up in Scripture.
I sincerely hope this list gives you some ideas for teaching college students. My encouragement for you is two-fold. First, always keep it biblical. Never let your opinions and illustrations take away from the teaching of Scripture. Second, always be prepared to teach. Never let it get you by surprise but study hard and be ready to bring the Word with passion.