Christmas Challenge

Today is Christmas. I have a Christmas challenge for you. Whoever you are, I urge you to read a succinct summary of the central role Jesus is supposed to play in God’s plan for the salvation of humanity.

Please, don’t click away from this post without reading to the end. Surely you can spare a few minutes for this. It is, after all, Christmas Day.

This challenge doesn’t assume that you’re a Christian, that you believe in Jesus, or that you have any religion whatsoever. But any reasonable evaluation of Christianity presupposes a knowledge of the basic outline of what a true disciple of Jesus believes to be the only hope for this world.

To accept this Christmas challenge, please click on this link to a brief PDF file: God’s Plan of Salvation

I’ll be happy to receive any comments or questions you have after reading this. Unless you wish to have them published on this post, your comments will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Note: I have taken this challenge myself today and found it truly rewarding. It’s attributed to Mark Dever, and appears as an explanatory essay in the study version of the English Standard Bible, published by Crossway Books.


About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

5 Responses to Christmas Challenge

  1. Bill Gilbert says:

    Thank you for posting Christmas challenge. I enjoyed reading God’s plan of salvation. As you know, we are all sinners and would be lost if God turned his back on us. Instead he sent his only son to live with us and teach us how to live our lives in his word. Even after being sentenced to death by the people he was sent to teach he asked his father to forgive them. How could you not love this man Jesus? Although I fail at times to stay in his word isn’t it wonderful I am able to ask for his forgiveness? God bless all. Bill Gilbert.


  2. dwhitsett says:

    Dear Doug,
    I read your challenge (twice), “God’s Plan of Salvation” and was amazed. You avoided any mention or intimation of immersion for remission of sins. In the two instances of people asking the question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Pentecost and Acts 16) immersion is obviously part of the answer. My challenge to you is to complete your good work by giving the same answer as the Holy Spirit gives.
    I appreciate your work,
    Dwight Whitsett


  3. Doug Geivett says:

    Thank you, Marty. God rest you, merry!



  4. Marty G says:

    I’ll be printing this out and asking my entire family to read this tonight.

    Doug . . . God bless you and your family this Christmas and throughout the upcoming New Year.



  5. Dante says:

    Hello sir,

    Thank you for sharing the challenge. I read it and I just have a few questions. I’m a Christian and I sometimes encounter these questions when speaking with non-believers. I don’t know how to answer them.

    1. God created a perfect world, yet how is it that evil was also present in the world? Why was the snake present in the Garden to tempt Adam and Eve?

    2. Why did all of humanity have to suffer for one man’s (Adam’s) sin?

    3. Didn’t God foresee that Eve and Adam was going to fall into the serpent’s trap?



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