The idea of suffering as a Christian may not seem relevant to us today, yet Peter writes that we are not to be surprised when it happens. Alistair Begg points out that the perspective we adopt and attitude we display in response to suffering will demonstrate to others the difference that knowing God makes. The Christian’s response to suffering should prompt others to ask us how it is that we can have such a perspective in the face of difficult trials.
In the same way that there are vital signs which show that the body is alive, there are vital signs that measure the health of the Body of Christ. Alistair Begg shares how prayer, love, hospitality, service, and worship are all necessary qualities for a church to survive. With the ultimate goal of giving glory to God, we are to love and serve those around us