The gospel – the central message of Christianity – is that Jesus was born, and he died and rose again, and that his death was for our sins that we might receive forgiveness and new life in relationship to God now and forever through faith alone.

- Josh Moody, No Other Gospel

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2 thoughts on “Gospel Definitions: Josh Moody”

  1. Clay says:

    This seems to be a factually correct summary of what Jesus did and generally what it means. I guess it’s a good definition insofar as it expresses the gospel in general enough terms that it crosses theological boundaries. But such a reduced, “just the facts” expression of the gospel is not inspiring. Yes, these facts are true, but what do they mean? In what sense can I experience this new life?

    Something important is lost with all this focus on “defining” the gospel. The Gospels don’t record Jesus giving us a comprehensive, logically precise explanation of what His incarnation, death, and resurrection means. He used parables and images because the gospel is a mystery. That’s why he left the Church with baptism and the eucharist rather than a theological texbook. The meaning of Jesus transcends language, and I think the meaning of the gospel message is weakened when we try to reduce it to a correct definition.

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