30 Important Bible Verses About Leading By Example

Leadership is best demonstrated through humble service and exemplary living. Here are verses that encourage leading by example, embodying integrity, compassion, and the selflessness of Christ’s servant leadership.

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Bible Verses About Leading By Example

Matthew 5:16 – Being a Light to Others

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

1 Timothy 4:12 – Setting a Good Example

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

Philippians 4:9 – Practice What You’ve Learned

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

1 Peter 2:21 – Following in Jesus’ Footsteps

“To this you were called because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

Mark 10:45 – Serving Others as Jesus Did

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Galatians 6:2 – Bearing One Another’s Burdens

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

John 13:15 – Washing One Another’s Feet

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Imitating Christ

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Titus 2:7 – Showing Integrity in Teaching

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness.”

Ephesians 5:1-2 – Walking in Love

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 – Becoming an Example to Others

“And so, you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.”

Hebrews 13:7 – Remembering Your Leaders

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

1 Peter 5:3 – Leading by Example

“Not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

1 John 3:18 – Loving in Deed and Truth

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Romans 12:10 – Showing Honor to Others

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Colossians 3:17 – Doing Everything in the Name of the Lord

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 – Glorifying God in Everything

“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Matthew 20:26-28 – Serving Others Humbly

“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

James 1:22 – Being a Doer of the Word

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Matthew 23:11 – Serving with Humility

“The greatest among you will be your servant.”

Luke 22:27 – Being a Servant Leader

“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”

1 Peter 3:15 – Being Ready to Give an Answer

“But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

1 Corinthians 11:23 – Observing the Lord’s Supper

“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread.”

John 21:17 – Feeding God’s Sheep

“The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.'”

Luke 9:23 – Taking Up the Cross Daily

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”

John 13:14 – Washing One Another’s Feet

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Acts 20:35 – Giving Generously

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

James 2:17 – Faith Without Action is Dead

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

1 Corinthians 4:16 – Imitating Paul

“Therefore, I urge you to imitate me.”

Galatians 2:20 – Living by Faith

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Romans 15:2 – Building Up Others

“Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”

1 Thessalonians 2:7 – Gentle and Caring

“But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.”

Matthew 23:26 – Cleaning the Inside and Outside

“Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

1 Peter 2:12 – Living Godly Lives

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

Mark 9:35 – Being the Servant of All

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’

Philippians 2:3-4 – Considering Others Above Ourselves

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Hebrews 10:24 – Stirring Up Love and Good Deeds

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

1 Timothy 6:11 – Pursuing Righteousness and Godliness

“But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Giving Cheerfully

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 – Loving One Another

“Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more.”

2 Thessalonians 3:9 – Being a Hardworking Example

“It was not because we do not have the right to do such work, but to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.”

Matthew 6:1 – Doing Good in Secret

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

1 Timothy 4:15 – Progressing in Your Example

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.”

Matthew 10:8 – Freely Giving and Serving

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

Colossians 3:23-24 – Working for the Lord

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

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