Blog: Max Dawson
May 18, 2017
There are plenty of sources to which you can go to learn about leadership. You can pay for and attend a leadership course. You can buy leadership books at Amazon. You can watch Ted Talks on your computer. Probably some good stuff in each of these sources.
But the one source that has been overlooked by many folks is the Bible. The word of God is a book about leaders–about prophets, priests, princes and kings. It is about apostles, deacons and shepherds–all leadership roles. While you are not going to be an apostle or a prophet, can you learn leadership lessons from those in the Bible? Of course you can!
The Bible gives us examples of good leaders and bad leaders. The Bible shows how leaders were trained to serve God. It instructs us about mentoring, about selection of leaders, and about what part leaders play in their vital roles as servants of God.
The Bible not only teaches us about leadership, it also gives numerous examples of men and women who were used by God in positions of leadership.
Do you doubt that the Bible is a leadership book? Listen to what Paul wrote in .
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Is being a leader in God’s kingdom a good work? ( says it is.) If the Bible thoroughly equips us for every good work, then it must equip leaders to do the work God has given them. If we can’t learn from the word, then where are we to learn? From the world?
Take note of the following leaders found in the Bible. What are some simple lessons you can learn from each? I have suggested some lessons; you can think of more.
Moses () – He felt insufficient, but God supplied the help he needed.
Joshua () – God is with the leader who does His will.
Deborah () – The success of others depended on her leadership.
Nehemiah () – He saw a problem and began to work on a solution.
Jesus () – True greatness as a leader is to be a humble servant.
The Bible truly is a leadership book. It’s where we can go to learn to be leaders!
Blessings to you, my growing friends,

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV)

3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (ESV)

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” (ESV)

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. (ESV)

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” (ESV)

1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.

Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the capital, that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. (ESV)

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 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.” (ESV)