Bible Passages Every Christian Leader Needs to Know and Live Out


Below are some Bible passages every Christian leader should know and live out, enjoy:

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” ~ Philippians 2:3

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” ~ Proverbs 29:2

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” ~Romans 12: 6-8

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” ~Matthew 20:26

“Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” ~1 Timothy 3:2-7

“He must become greater; I must become less.” ~ John 3:30

“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” ~Exodus 18:21

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ~Proverbs 4:23

“Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” ~Titus 1:7-14

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” ~1 Timothy 5:17

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” ~Proverbs 22:29

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:13

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” ~Philippians 2:4

“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” ~Matthew 5:37

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~1 Peter 5:7

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” ~Galatians 6:9

Question: Can you add to the list? Which Bible passage should a Christian leader know and live out?

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30 thoughts on “Bible Passages Every Christian Leader Needs to Know and Live Out

  1. I’m always drawn to Philippians 2 when I think of humility, and was glad to see a verse from that chapter made it on your list. Do you have a favorite passage?

  2. Thanks for sharing, Dan. We don’t have to go very far to discover the principles of effective leadership. Remembering who is behind everything we do is a great way to lead and live.

  3. Great scriptures. My favorite is Prov. 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

  4. I think the Philippians 4:13 passage is one of my favorites. In the context there, Paul is telling us that Christ gives him the strength to be content. Not to be a hero, or a huge life-changing mega-leader – but to be content. I think that helps me reorient myself to exactly what I want Christ to do in my life.

  5. There are so many good passages in the Bible for leaders. One that I’ve thought about is Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; he directs it wherever he wants.
    That verse reminds me of the fact that ultimately God is sovereign, even over the leaders hearts!

  6. These are great, Dan. The first part of 2 Corinthians 12:15 is one of my favorites: I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. It reminds me to be willing to sacrifice and to do it with a cheerful heart.