THEME: Building up of the body of Christ
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
The equipping of the saints is for the work of service
Prepared and ready to do your job/ministry
The work of service is for the building up of the body of Christ:
Evangelism and the local church
Matt 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Does your money serve you or do you serve your money?
1 Tim 6:17-19 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
Prov 3:9-10 Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.