Chapter 1 – The Environment

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Define the word “environment.”
  • Describe the first environment of man.
  • Describe the present world environment.
  • Explain what caused the change from the first to the present environment.
  • Identify three ways the present environment affects man spiritually.
  • Summarize God’s plan for saving man from this sinful environment.
  • Explain how the environment relates to the mission of the Church.

INTRODUCTION

Each born-again believer is called of God to become part of the great spiritual body known as the Church. The main commission given the Church is to take the Gospel to all nations:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and,
lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)

…Thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day…

…That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name
among all nations… (Luke 24:46-47)

Efforts to fulfill this challenge are affected by something known as “environment.” This lesson introduces the subject of environment, defines the term, and explains how the environment relates to the mission of the Church.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.