Jesus teaches about servanthood and greatness
Jesus taught his disciples that whoever wanted to be great among them must be a servant.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
service, in the Bible, normally something done by a slave, tasks performed by lesser persons for those who controlled their existence. Service with regard to God usually concerned temple worship and its rituals (e.g., Exod. 31:10; 35:19; Luke 1:23), but service to humans often involved forms of bondage
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SERVICE. The terms “service” and “servant” in the Bible are used in the sense of both servitude and ministry. Slavery, bondage, or enforced service is attested from the earliest times throughout the ancient Near East. Slave labor was utilized mainly by wealthy families and in royal building projects,
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
ServiceFor Jesus and the Evangelists service can characterize the essence of Jesus’ ministry and the nature of discipleship.* Jesus’ ultimate service is seen in his obedience to God* and death for others. His disciples* are likewise to serve God with undivided loyalty and, on the social level, serve
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Servant, serviceVarious types of service are mentioned in Paul’s letters: the service rendered by slaves; the service of Paul, his colleagues and believers generally, and also of those appointed to fulfill special functions within the Christian communities; the service rendered by governing authorities.
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Servant, Service
Servant, ServiceBelievers and their leaders are referred to as servants or slaves of God in the literature covered by this dictionary. In various places the work of the Twelve, Paul and his colleagues, other apostles, prophets, bishops, presbyters, teachers, deacons and the compassionate acts of believers
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
SERVICE. The rendering of several Heb. and Gk. words: Heb. ˓ābad, to “serve, work”; shārat, to “attend”; Gk. diakonia, “attendance”; leitourgia, “public function,” as of a priest; douleuō, to “be a slave”; latreuō, to “minister.”Although there were persons employed for wages (see Hireling), the
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Serviceservice, in the Bible, normally something to be done by a slave, i.e., servile work. Servile work was servile because slave and nonslave belonged to two different species, so to speak, just as humans differ from God. Service referred to tasks performed by lesser persons for those who controlled
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SERVICE<sur’-vis>: Six Hebrew, two Aramaic and four Greek words are so rendered.
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
Convergence Service
convergence service. The mixing of traditional worship elements with *contemporary worship elements. See also ancient-future.
Midweek Service
midweek service. A less formal religious gathering, part of the Protestant legacy (e.g., Puritans, Methodists) since at least *Calvin. In the U.S. Wednesday night is often the midweek opportunity for the congregation to meet and encourage each other in the Word, *prayer and testimony.
Our Modern Services
Our Modern Services (2002). The *liturgical book of the Anglican Church of Kenya, a notable example of *inculturation as it merges much of the ABCP tradition with African cultural distinctives, interests and needs (see LeMarquand).
Seeker Service
seeker service. Rooted in the evangelistic goals of the *revival service of worship, a worship service sensitive to, or geared for, the felt-needs, apprehensions and cultural preferences of seekers (i.e., non-Christians in attendance). Examples of such accommodation may include *praise music rather than
Service of Light
service of light. An ancient evening *rite (cf. Ap. Trad. 29C) associated with *Vespers, also called the Lucernarium. It is probably a Christian parallel to the pre-Christian greeting of the lamp at night, the light now *symbolic of Christ (Jn 8:12). The *Phos Hilaron is sung during this service. A number
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
SERVICE.—There are 5 words which with their derivatives are used to convey the idea of ‘service’ in the NT: λειτουργεῖν, λατρεύειν, ὑπηρέτης, διάκονος and δοῦλος. Of these λειτουργεῖν (λεῖτος = δημόσιος and ἔργον) is used to denote service rendered to the State. It indicates the unreckoned
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SERVICE Work done for other people or for God and the worship of God. Jacob worked for Laban seven years for each of his wives (Gen. 29:15–30). Service could be slave labor (Exod. 5:11; Lev. 25:39; 1 Kings 12:4; Isa. 14:3; cp. Lam. 1:3), farm work (1 Chron. 27:26), or daily labor on the job (Ps. 104:23).
SERVITUDE Hard labor done by servants or conscripted workers (Gen. 47:21; 2 Chron. 10:4; Neh. 5:18; Jer. 28:14; Lam. 1:3). The same Hebrew term is also translated “service.”
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
service. The first biblical occurrences of the Hebrew noun ʿăbōdâ H6275 (“work, service”) concern Jacob’s service to Laban (Gen. 29:27; 30:26). A different expression (lit., “to stand before”) is used with reference to Joseph’s entering “the service of Pharaoh” (Gen. 41:46). After that is the well-known
Key passages
Mt 20:24–28

And when the ten heard this, they were indignant concerning the two brothers. But Jesus called them to himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions exercise authority over them. It will not be like this among you! But whoever …

Mk 10:41–45

And when they heard this, the ten began to be indignant about James and John. And Jesus called them to himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their people in high positions exercise authority over them. But it is …

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