You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost. Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty.
But Jesus called them over and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them.
It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
"But as for you, do not be called 'Rabbi,' because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.
And do not be called masters either, because you have one Master, the Messiah.
Jesus called them over and said to them, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and their men of high positions exercise power over them.
But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-- a ransom for many."
Then a dispute also arose among them about who should be considered the greatest.
But He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.'
But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.
For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn't it the one at the table? But I am among you as the One who serves.
So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given.
For we are God's co-workers. You are God's field, God's building.
Not that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.
For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus.
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us.
This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
But the LORD's portion is His people, Jacob, His own inheritance.
Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord-- the people He has chosen to be His own possession!
Remember Your congregation, which You purchased long ago and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession. [Remember] Mount Zion where You dwell.
Shepherd Your people with Your staff, the flock that is Your possession. They live alone in a scrubland, surrounded by pastures. Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in ancient times.
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among whom the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.
However, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman.
Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.
Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit,
and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with the joy from the Holy Spirit.
It is not that we don't have the right [to support], but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us.
No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
about everything. Set an example of good works yourself, with integrity and dignity in your teaching.