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Servanthood as Worship

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Browse a Christian book website or bookstore and notice all there is for leaders and would-be leaders. There are studies of leaders, keys to leadership, and tips on becoming a leader. Books that promote servanthood tend to be about leadership. But how many books inspire us simply to serve one another? The appeal of leadership has hijacked the biblical call to servanthood. ...more
Paperback, 99 pages
Published November 18th 2010 by Cruciform Press
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Jun 30, 2011 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
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This is an important book. Here are a few reasons why I’m thrilled to recommend it to you:

Palmer has served the Church well by packing a rich biblical theology of service into a small package. He draws from a wealth of Scripture, sound doctrine, and the writings of past and present Bible-soaked teachers to inform our heads, inspire our hearts, and incline our hands to serve.

Palmer focuses on the local church as the context for Ch
Brandon Lehr
Apr 05, 2012 Brandon Lehr rated it really liked it
"Can you serve in the nursery this morning?" As you try to pick one of the more plausible excuses that have popped into your head, you secretly hope the pastor's question was theoretical.
With these opening lines Nate Palmer begins our journey into what Christian service is all about in his book, Servanthood as Worship: The Privilege of Life in a Local Church. He seeks to answer the big questions of why, who, and where do we serve.

In the first chapter Nate looks at his own experiences of service
May 12, 2011 Jeanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Such a great read. Water for the soul! It is amazing in our christian walk how we can take the simplest of things and get it turned around. The best part of this book, was the foundation was built on the condition of my heart, what are my motives, whom am I really serving (the King or myself), and why am I serving (for the sake of the gospel). The last part of the book was the work of the holy spirit. Something that I have never comtemplated was Jesus as a Prohpet, (reveals the will of God to us ...more
Jun 08, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
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It’s Saturday night and you’ve just enjoyed a great night out. You get ready for bed, your head hits the pillow and you realize:

“Oh man, I’m on set up tomorrow. Ugh…”

I know that there have been times that I’ve felt that way. When I’ve volunteered to serve and can remember when I used to enjoy it… but now, I wish I could call in sick. Nate Palmer understands this—he’s been there. And in Servanthood as Worship, he seeks to he
Darby Hughes
Aug 21, 2013 Darby Hughes rated it it was ok
Shelves: worship
Good points on the theology behind why Christians should be servants, especially in the church. This is worship of God and imitation of Christ. He places special emphasis on the eternal importance of work that seems unimportant by temporal standards (such as stacking chairs or serving in the nursery at church).

A pretty basic and straightforward book, helpful, but not very in-depth or inspiring.
Mark A Powell
Dec 06, 2012 Mark A Powell rated it really liked it
Why serve God? Some do so out of a misguided attempt to earn His favor, while others work hard to earn the favor of others (or self). Combating these approaches, Palmer portrays service as not done primarily for God but rather from God, as He provides the motivation and power for our good works. In a day when many view service as mundane or meaningless, Palmer offers a helpful encouragement to serve the Lord with gladness.
David Hardin
May 15, 2013 David Hardin rated it it was ok
It was just okay. Palmer is writing heavily from a neo-orthodox position, and this influence is seen throughout. The real problem with the book though is focus. The author spends a great deal of time offering introductory understandings of Christian doctrine leaving little time to discuss servanthood as worship. There are however some interesting and helpful insights when Palmer is focused on the subject.
Feb 17, 2012 Corey rated it really liked it
This is a good, short book overall. Like other Cruciform Press books, the author draws heavily from familiar classic authors. Helpful for laypeople to really prod their thoughts on service within the church.
Jul 06, 2014 Josiah rated it really liked it
Great short book on how we should be viewing service in the local church.
Anne Devermann
Nov 28, 2016 Anne Devermann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doctrine and Practice

I found this a very clear and practical handling of this subject. It is written in way format that will be easy to reference.
Lee Button
Apr 19, 2012 Lee Button rated it liked it
Very helpful. Shows how worship is connected to everyday life.
Johnny Kristensen
Jan 01, 2016 Johnny Kristensen rated it really liked it
Biblical view on servanthood inside and outside the church.
Sep 11, 2013 Lucia rated it really liked it
Full of insights and biblical foundation of worship :) Great book to help readers understand how we are supposed to act as servant.
Jul 23, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it
Really good.
Dec 23, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
This is a sound theological book, but it covers no new ground. It is only mildly interesting.
Apr 18, 2013 Bob rated it it was ok
Not bad, I thought for a short book it was a little wordy, would be better if it was shortened into a booklet.
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“Thus the very purpose of [Christ’s] self-giving on the cross was not just to save individuals, and so perpetuate their loneliness, but to create a new community whose members would belong to him, love one another, and eagerly serve the world.” 27” 0 likes
“A passion for the local church should stem not from our work in the church, but from Christ's passion, plans for, and work in the local church. When this is the taproot from which we draw nourishment, we can serve and love one another motivated by God's grace, propelled by his love, and enabled by his Spirit.” 0 likes
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