26 Scriptures on Leadership (ESV)

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  1. Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not grow weary..."
  2. Hebrews 13:7 - "Remember your leaders, those who spoke..."
  3. Isaiah 41:10 - "fear not, for I am with..."
  4. James 1:12 - "Blessed is the man who remains..."
  5. James 4:10 - "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and..."
  6. James 3:1 - "Not many of you should become..."
  7. John 3:30 - "He must increase, but I must..."
  8. Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit,..."
  9. Matthew 20:26 - "It shall not be so among..."
  10. Philippians 2:4 - "Let each of you look not..."
  11. Matthew 7:12 - ""So whatever you wish that others..."
  12. Jeremiah 1:5 - ""Before I formed you in the..."
  13. Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through..."
  14. Proverbs 4:23 - "Keep your heart with all vigilance,..."
  15. Proverbs 22:29 - "Do you see a man skillful..."
  16. 1 Timothy 3:2 - "Therefore an overseer must be above..."
  17. 1 Timothy 4:12 - "Let no one despise you for..."
  18. 1 Timothy 4:8 - "for while bodily training is of..."
  19. 2 Timothy 2:15 - "Do your best to present yourself..."
  20. Psalm 37:5 - "Commit your way to the LORD;..."
  21. Romans 8:28 - "And we know that for those..."
  22. Proverbs 27:23-24 - "Know well the condition of your..."
  23. Mark 10:42-45 - "And Jesus called them to him..."
  24. John 13:13-17 - "You call me Teacher and Lord,..."
  25. Titus 1:7-14 - "For an overseer, as God's steward,..."
  26. Ephesians 4:11-16 - "And he gave the apostles, the..."

1. Galatians 6:9

9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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2. Hebrews 13:7

7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

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3. Isaiah 41:10

10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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4. James 1:12

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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5. James 4:10

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

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6. James 3:1

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

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7. John 3:30

30 He must increase, but I must decrease."

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8. Philippians 2:3

3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

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9. Matthew 20:26

26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

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10. Philippians 2:4

4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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11. Matthew 7:12

12 "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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12. Jeremiah 1:5

5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

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13. Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

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14. Proverbs 4:23

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

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15. Proverbs 22:29

29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

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16. 1 Timothy 3:2

2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

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17. 1 Timothy 4:12

12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

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18. 1 Timothy 4:8

8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

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19. 2 Timothy 2:15

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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20. Psalm 37:5

5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

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21. Romans 8:28

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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22. Proverbs 27:23-24

23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, 24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?

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23. Mark 10:42-45

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

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24. John 13:13-17

13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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25. Titus 1:7-14

7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. 10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.

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26. Ephesians 4:11-16

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 37:5
  2. Proverbs 4:23
  3. Proverbs 22:29
  4. Proverbs 27:23-24
  5. Isaiah 41:10
  6. Jeremiah 1:5
  7. Matthew 7:12
  8. Matthew 20:26
  9. Mark 10:42-45
  10. John 3:30
  11. John 13:13-17
  12. Romans 8:28
  13. Galatians 6:9
  14. Ephesians 4:11-16
  15. Philippians 2:3
  16. Philippians 2:4
  17. Philippians 4:13
  18. 1 Timothy 3:2
  19. 1 Timothy 4:8
  20. 1 Timothy 4:12
  21. 2 Timothy 2:15
  22. Titus 1:7-14
  23. Hebrews 13:7
  24. James 1:12
  25. James 3:1
  26. James 4:10

Psalm 37:5

5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

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Proverbs 4:23

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

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Proverbs 22:29

29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

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Proverbs 27:23-24

23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, 24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?

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Isaiah 41:10

10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Jeremiah 1:5

5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

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Matthew 7:12

12 "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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Matthew 20:26

26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

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Mark 10:42-45

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

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John 3:30

30 He must increase, but I must decrease."

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John 13:13-17

13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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Romans 8:28

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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Galatians 6:9

9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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Ephesians 4:11-16

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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Philippians 2:3

3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

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Philippians 2:4

4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

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1 Timothy 3:2

2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

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1 Timothy 4:8

8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

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1 Timothy 4:12

12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

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2 Timothy 2:15

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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Titus 1:7-14

7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. 10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.

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Hebrews 13:7

7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

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James 1:12

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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James 3:1

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

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James 4:10

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

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