Senior pastor Brady Boyd draws parallels between the early church at Corinth and today’s culture to illustrate how Christians can stay true to their beliefs and live a loving and faith-filled life—demonstrating a new way to interact with the modern world.
Lead pastor of New Life Church Brady Boyd encourages us to look beyond the archetypical pitfalls Christians historically have fallen victim to: Instigators hold an “us-against-you” outlook towards anyone whose beliefs differ from theirs; Isolators go into holy hiding and choose to associate exclusively with those who think like them; and Integrators slide so seamlessly into the surrounding culture that they become ingrained in it.
Instead, in this “rousing” work, Boyd “lays out an approach for Christian readers to live out their faith by using the teachings of Paul” (Publishers Weekly). Through Paul’s teachings, Boyd shows us how we can not only learn to hear the Word, but also live it, reclaiming the peace, the freedom, and the joy that we lost by imitating the modern world.
Remarkable reminds us that by embracing the vision Paul held for followers of God, we can begin leading truly remarkable lives by letting love guide us every step of the way.
In his rousing but repetitive guide, Boyd (Speak Life), senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, lays out an approach for Christian readers to live out their faith by using the teachings of Paul. Boyd explores how modern temptations fortune, power, and sexual immorality are the same as those present in Corinthian society at the time of Paul's arrival. He considers three ways Christians have historically responded to their culture: becoming integrators (who "slide effortlessly in... are largely indistinguishable from it"), instigators (who are divisive and respond in anger), and isolators (who disengage). However, Boyd suggests a fourth approach guided by Paul's lessons to the Corinthian church: that of adopting a "remarkable love" that involves equality, grace, sexual morality, worship, and hope. Boyd recommends being a watchful, engaged participant in one's community and choosing to love well, as well as practicing prayer, praise, and intimacy with one's loved ones. As Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 12:8 10, Christians should be "mature believers" in Christ and commit to bringing the gospel to those in need. However, he continually rehashes the same ground and fails to address how to engage others one fundamentally disagrees with. Despite this, Boyd's reiteration of Paul's lessons will appeal Christians looking to strengthen their relationships or congregational engagement.