Lead. Serve. Love.: 100 Three-Word Ways to Live Like Jesus


Part inspiration–part application, Lead. Serve. Love. engages and challenges believers to put the gospel into action.

In Lead. Serve. Love., Gregory Lang provides a simple guide for helping the everyday person embark (or continue) their journey to live as Christ lived. There are 100 easy-to-remember, easy-to-follow three-word action sentences followed by a short, thought-provoking description of how to apply and live out the gospel message in today’s world. These practical ideas...

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Part inspiration–part application, Lead. Serve. Love. engages and challenges believers to put the gospel into action.

In Lead. Serve. Love., Gregory Lang provides a simple guide for helping the everyday person embark (or continue) their journey to live as Christ lived. There are 100 easy-to-remember, easy-to-follow three-word action sentences followed by a short, thought-provoking description of how to apply and live out the gospel message in today’s world. These practical ideas and supporting scriptures will inspire believers to become true followers of Christ.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781404190030
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,006,251
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Lang is a six-time New York Times bestselling author of 23 inspirational books with overthree million copies sold. Bestselling titles include Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, Why a Son Needs a Dad, and Why a Daughter Needs a Mom. He holds a PhD in Child and Family Development and serves as a Stephen Minister, youth mentor, as well as fundraiser for a homeless shelter in Atlanta.
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Lead Serve Love

By Gregory E. Lang

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Gregory E. Lang
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4041-9003-0



A smile is an easy yet powerful way to show Christ at work in you. Christian living is more than adhering to moral standards of conduct; it is also the demonstration of several graces, including love, joy, and peace. A smile is a one-second chance to extend God's grace and love to someone who otherwise might never see Him. So when you get dressed for the day, put on your smile. Reach into someone's day and make it better. Smile at everyone.

Greet each other with a holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12

* * *

But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.

Galatians 5:22–23

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Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:31–32

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Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy.

Philippians 4:4

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Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12 NIV


Strike up conversations.

You'd be surprised how many people are lonely and think no one cares. So show that you care. All it takes is a simple "Hello!" or "How's your day?" It doesn't have to be deep or profound, only sincere. A few spoken words and a few moments of attention can have a powerful effect on someone's day. Extend the comfort that God has given you, and you will surely confound the work of his adversaries. Strike up conversations.

He comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us.

2 Corinthians 1:4

* * *

God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Colossians 3:12

* * *

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2 NIV

* * *

Open your homes to each other, without complaining.

1 Peter 4:9

* * *

My dear friend, it is good that you help the brothers and sisters, even those you do not know.

3 John 5



Certainly you enjoy compliments and sincere pleasantries. So does everyone else. As your lips smile, reveal your heart with your kind words. Be cheerful, courteous, and graceful in your speech, attracting others to you so that you might make a new friend. Say something nice.

When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.

Ephesians 4:29

* * *

Speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:19

* * *

When you talk, you should always be kind and pleasant so you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.

Colossians 4:6

* * *

Finally, all of you should be in agreement, understanding each other, loving each other as family, being kind and humble. Do not do wrong to repay a wrong, and do not insult to repay an insult. But repay with a blessing, because you yourselves were called to do this so that you might receive a blessing.

1 Peter 3:8–9


Share with others.

Share more than just your things, but also your heart, counsel, and time. When you do, you'll enjoy everything more, and so will everyone else. The resources God has entrusted to you should be used in a manner that pleases him. Share them with those having fewer resources but greater needs. Your free and cheerful giving of God's gifts will indeed lead to your blessing. Share with others.

All the believers were together and shared everything. They would sell their land and the things they owned and then divide the money and give it to anyone who needed it. The believers met together in the Temple every day. They ate together in their homes, happy to share their food with joyful hearts.

Acts 2:44–46

* * *

The group of believers were united in their hearts and spirit. All those in the group acted as though their private property belonged to everyone in the group. In fact, they shared everything.

Acts 4:32

* * *

You are rich in everything—in faith, in speaking, in knowledge, in truly wanting to help, and in the love you learned from us. In the same way, be strong also in the grace of giving.

2 Corinthians 8:7



To be a friend is to have a friend. You can never have enough friends, but you can have too few. Be zealous, enthusiastic, and accepting, making the needs of your friends your own and helping them, caring for one another in the same loving fellowship as Christ cares for you. You see, it is far easier to introduce a friend to the Lord than an enemy. Make many friends.

Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves.

Romans 12:9–10

* * *

Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God.

Romans 15:7

* * *

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.

Hebrews 13:1

* * *

So if we say we have fellowship with God, but we continue living in darkness, we are liars and do not follow the truth. But if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other. Then the blood of Jesus, God's Son, cleanses us from every sin.

1 John 1:6–7


Encourage you friends.

No friend is more welcomed than the one who encourages you. Make yourself welcomed. Encourage your friends, and stir them to do good deeds so that the cause of Christ may be made stronger in number. Turn them away from false hope and worldly promises, and you too will be encouraged when together you reach for Jesus. Encourage your friends.

Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy.

Romans 12:8

* * *

So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

* * *

But encourage each other every day while it is "today." Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you.

Hebrews 3:13

* * *

Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.

Hebrews 10:24



Always be unbiased, not just when it serves you well. To be prejudiced is not only unjust but also unfair. Look to the interests of all others; earn respect for your impartial, equitable character rather than contempt for your unfair and biased ways. Be without prejudice.

God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same.

Romans 3:22

* * *

Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.

Philippians 2:4

* * *

Before God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels, I command you to do these things without showing favor of any kind to anyone.

1 Timothy 5:21

* * *

My dear brothers and sisters, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, never think some people are more important than others.

James 2:1

* * *

But if you treat one person as being more important than another, you are sinning. You are guilty of breaking God's law.

James 2:9


Offer your shoulder.

Be there, even if you haven't been asked to show up. When you are least expected is often when you are most needed. Giving comfort secures more real happiness than receiving, and besides, it is godlike and blesses forever. Offer your shoulder.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28–30 NIV

* * *

When the Lord saw her, he felt very sorry for her and said, "Don't cry."

Luke 7:13

* * *

[God] comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us.

2 Corinthians 1:4

* * *

But now you should forgive him and comfort him to keep him from having too much sadness and giving up completely. So I beg you to show that you love him.

2 Corinthians 2:7–8



Do not walk past and ignore someone who is down, but reach out your hand and take him into your heart. Be kind and compassionate to one another, just as in Christ God has been kind and compassionate to you. Your duty to others is illustrated by the example of Christ. He forgot himself in his work of saving men. You should too. Lift others up.

Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Luke 10:27

* * *

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Romans 12:16 NIV

* * *

We who are strong in faith ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Romans 15:1–2 NIV

* * *

Does your life in Christ give you strength? Does his love comfort you? Do we share together in the spirit? Do you have mercy and kindness? If so, make me very happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and having one mind and purpose.

Philippians 2:1–2


Be not indifferent.

With wisdom, there is also found humility, mercy, consideration, and love. Be not indifferent, but be wise and ready to do whatever is good and right, including loving those who may seem impossible to love. Christ died not only for his friends but for his enemies as well because he loved them too. Be not indifferent.

This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:12

* * *

May the patience and encouragement that come from God allow you to live in harmony with each other the way Christ Jesus wants. Then you will all be joined together, and you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God.

Romans 15:5–7

* * *

Remind the believers to yield to the authority of rulers and government leaders, to obey them, to be ready to do good, to speak no evil about anyone, to live in peace, and to be gentle and polite to all people.

Titus 3:1–2

* * *

But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest.

James 3:17



Honest labor is the best remedy for a dishonest life. Every man is to work so that he might provide for himself and be able to help others. To do something for someone in need is pleasing to Christ. When you do, your faith will grow and be witnessed by many. That pleases Christ too. Lend helping hands.

Share with God's people who need help. Bring strangers in need into your homes.

Romans 12:13

* * *

Each of you should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily.

2 Corinthians 9:7

* * *

Those who are stealing must stop stealing and start working. They should earn an honest living for themselves. Then they will have something to share with those who are poor.

Ephesians 4:28

* * *

A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food. If you say to that person, "God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat," but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing.

James 2:15–16


Ease others' burdens.

Life holds many burdens: financial, spiritual, emotional, and physical. To the extent you are able, help lighten others' burdens. Keep in mind that you yourself are not infallible or without fault, so judge others' circumstances gently. Ease others' burdens.

The only thing they asked us was to remember to help the poor—something I really wanted to do.

Galatians 2:10

* * *

By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

* * *

But it was good that you helped me when I needed it.

Philippians 4:14

* * *

Tell the rich people to do good, to be rich in doing good deeds, to be generous and ready to share. By doing that, they will be saving a treasure for themselves as a strong foundation for the future. Then they will be able to have the life that is true life.

1 Timothy 6:18–19

* * *

God is fair; he will not forget the work you did and the love you showed for him by helping his people. And he will remember that you are still helping them.

Hebrews 6:10



Pray that you might faithfully hear the Word and use the Word to glorify God in all other things that you hear and say. When listening to man, what you hear depends on how you hear. You should be quick to listen, but slow to speak and even slower to become angry (James 1:19), for anger does not bring about the Christian example that God desires. Listen with understanding.

Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad.

Romans 12:15

* * *

Everything that is hidden will become clear, and every secret thing will be made known. So be careful how you listen. Those who have understanding will be given more. But those who do not have understanding, even what they think they have will be taken away from them.

Luke 8:17–18

* * *

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient. The Lord's servant must gently teach those who disagree. Then maybe God will let them change their minds so they can accept the truth.

2 Timothy 2:24–25

* * *

My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily, because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants.

James 1:19–20


Tell the truth.

Simply let your yes be yes and your no be no. You are a member of the Christian household, and every member has a right to the truth; do not lie. Have faith, and trust the results of honoring and defending the truth. Turn away from your former ill practices and conduct yourself as a new and better person. Tell the truth.

Say only yes if you mean yes, and no if you mean no. If you say more than yes or no, it is from the Evil One.

Matthew 5:37

* * *

So you must stop telling lies. Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same body. When you are angry, do not sin, and be sure to stop being angry before the end of the day. Do not give the devil a way to defeat you.

Ephesians 4:25–27

* * *

But now also put these things out of your life: anger, bad temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and using evil words when you talk. Do not lie to each other. You have left your old sinful life and the things you did before.

Colossians 3:8–9

* * *

The Scripture says, "A person must do these things to enjoy life and have many happy days. He must not say evil things, and he must not tell lies. He must stop doing evil and do good. He must look for peace and work for it."

1 Peter 3:10–11


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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    high recommend

    love it

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended Resource

    I had the joy of reading through Gregory E. Lang's pint-sized book Lead Serve Love. Sometimes it is nice to have marching orders of sorts condensed to a short sentence or even a single word. When the word or words are uttered, focus is engaged. Lang has compiled a book of 100 3-word ways to be like Jesus. A friend of his calls it the "three-ology" theology. For quite awhile over cyberspace many people were writing 6 word memoirs. Lang has cut that in half and made 3 little words powerful to the hearer. Each three-ology is followed by a brief commentary and scriptures. How simple is that? I wish that I had the idea first. I was pleased to receive a complimentary copy of Lead Serve Love and wrote an honest review in exchange. Thank you Thomas Nelson.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Excellent for a Gift or Bible Study

    This book would make an excellent gift for a Christian in any stage of the journey. It would also make a wonderful Bible study for teens and adults alike. The book is a compilation of three-word phrases designed to help the Christian lead a more Christ-like life. Relevant Bible verses accompany each phrase.

    How exactly does a person lead a life that is more Christ-like? I have always struggled with this, since Christ was, well, Christ. How can an ordinary human live up to his standard? This book helps with this, taking key passages from the Bible and summing each up with a quick, three-word sound byte that makes it easy to understand how we can walk as Christ did.

    This is definitely a book that was meant to be savored slowly. Sure, you could quickly read through the three-word phrases, and you'd get something out of it from page one. But it would be so valuable to take each phrase one at a time, studying the Bible verses with each phrase, and reading further into the relevant Bible passages. This book would make an excellent Bible study, and I plan to spend more time with it over the next few months.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is confused about how to lead a Christ-like life.

    Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Lead, Serve, Love--A MUST Read!

    This is a fantastic gift book for a confirmation gift, graduation, or a book you might just want to keep for yourself! Each page in this book has a short three-word ways to help you connect to others and share the word of God. This book is great for anyone who wants to serve the Lord in simple ways. One example of a three-word way to serve is "Say Thank You". The book then explains how this is important, how to do it, and has bible verses that connect to this simple phrase. This book gives you the "pick-up" you need and inspiration to do something to help those around you. This is a book you could pick up every day and do one of the phrases to help you and others connect more to God. I love how simple the author has put this book together and is very clear. It is a very easy read and anyone could do something from this book, young and old. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you have wanted to serve our Lord but just don't know how to get started.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Simply Wonderful

    I love simple ideas that get to the point and retain the wisdom of the message. Over and over in the Bible we are told to "think on these things" and this consise little book helps you to do that. I enjoyed the idea of focusing on just three words and meditating on the scriptures that are included for which those three words have there foundation in. Lead Serve Love would also make a beautiful gift book to share with others. The simple color's and fonts that were used through out the text of Lead Serve Love, hearken back to another time and they were fun for me to read. This is a simple book with a powerful message that is based on the solid foundation of the Bible. And it encourages the reader to focus on three little words that prompts the reader to a single daily action that Jesus himself taught daily through his own words and actions.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Buy It!

    This is one of those books I requested to review in ebook form and now I wish I had a hardcopy! I absolutely LOVED this book. If you're following Jesus, this books shows you that it's one area of you're life that you should be "majoring in the minors." Even the smallest things in life matter in the kingdom of God.

    I loved this book because it was incredibly unique! I was amazed that the author came up with 100 three-word sentences, his friend calls "three-ology," to capture what it means to live your life for Christ. The author's choice of three-word sentences and Scriptures that follow his brief but powerful commentary were enjoyable, convicting, and enriching to read. Some of my favorite three word sentences were:

    Smile at Everyone

    Listen with Understanding

    Act With Mercy

    Count to Three

    Overcome Your Doubt

    Answer When Asked

    Love Without Hesitation

    This is a perfect book for yourself, those you love, a gift for that Sunday school teacher that teaches your child each week, and just about anyone who has a desire to live a life that is worthy of Christ.

    *I received this book for free from the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program in exchange for my unbiased review.

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