his generation of college students has grown up as natives of the Google world. The search engine means instant access to anything you want to know. But just "google" what the Bible says about anything and you'll get a plethora of answers from a variety of sources.
As a result, this generation of students doesn’t want to skirt issues. They need you to be direct. When we don’t talk about current issues in our churches, sex, homosexuality, gay marriage, marijuana, because it’s uncomfortable, they hear us not saying anything. The silence is confusing to them. Especially when they hear the voices of the culture being loud and clear about these issues. I have heard them ask over and over again. "What does the Bible say about this?" "What did Jesus say about this?" We need to cut to the chase and tell them.
Students need the church to be a place where someone will help them navigate the murky waters of this life. Being vague, or shying away from the hard things just leaves them confused and looking elsewhere, like Google.
If your Bible study curriculum is not helping them deal with the struggles of this life, it’s time to find something else. If it is Biblically based, it should be addressing those things. In addition, you may want to build in times to address the issues that your students are dealing with. Ask them to fill out anonymous cards that address questions they are asking.
God's Word is relevant. Here are just a few of the issues students are facing today that the Bible addresses:
Sexual sin. ICor. 6:12-20, 1 Thess 4:3, Romans 1.
Homosexuality. 1 Tim 1:3-8, Leviticus 18, Gen 19, Romans 1, 1 Cor. 6:9.
Divorce. Matthew 5, 19.
Alcohol, Drunkenness and the Like. Proverbs 23, 1 Cor. , Romans , Eph. , Prov.
Plan a to tackle a hot topic. Bring Bible study tools and paper to help them discover from God’s Word what He says about things. It’s not enough for you to say it; they need to hear it from Him.