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Summary: This sermon was preached for the Building Fund Rally at the Greater Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Bleecker, Alabama. The sermon focuses on the importance of preparation in kingdom building.

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You see my brothers and sisters, a lot of folk will not help somebody else out if they know that won’t benefit them. Have I got a witness?

We won’t give to the little child selling donuts because it’s not benefiting our church. We won’t give to the Usher’s Day program because we’re not an usher. We won’t give money to build or expand the fellowship hall of the church, because we’re so old and grumpy and don’t want to fellowship with anybody anyway.

But not only that. There are so many parent today, who don’t even take out any insurance to leave their children a little something behind when they themselves have been called on to glory. And we wonder why the rich keep on getting richer. It’s because they’ve made provisions that will allow their children to live better than they did. They’ve made arrangements that will benefit their children when they’re no longer here. But instead of seeing their children get ahead, a whole lot of black parents are so afraid of their children having more than they have.

But I’m here to tell you today that it’s time for us to shed our attitude of our selfishness and focus on doing the will and the work of God while we still can. Just like David we must make preparations to build the temple of God. Am I right about it?

For the Bible tells us in this passage of 2nd Chronicles that David got all of the masons together to get the stones prepared for the building of the temple. He prepared a whole lot of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and the joinings. He set aside so much brass and cedar trees that the bible says that it was beyond calculation. He knew what it took to get prepared for the building of the temple.

And on this afternoon Greater Thankful, I want you to know that it’s all right to get prepared for the building of your new church. It’s alright to raise money and to get all of the plans in order. It’s alright to work together to reach your common goals.

But I wouldn’t be doing you justice this evening, if I didn’t stop by and let you know that even while you’re preparing to building your temple to the Lord, you need to also be working on the building of that building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Have I got a witness?

It’s nothing wrong with having a beautiful sanctuary where you can go to lift up and praise the name of the Most High God. But in your preparation, you ought to make sure that you’re still working on building that spiritual temple that will get you into the kingdom of heaven. Am I right about it?

You need to start today by loving everybody. Have I got a witness?

There are too many people today that call themselves Christians, but don’t love their brothers and sisters in Christ. Oh Lord.

There are too many folk today, claiming that they love the Lord, but they don’t even love the members in their own family. Am I right about it?

But I’m here to let you know today, that if you don’t have Love in your heart, you might as well know this evening that you’re knocking on the gates of hell. For the Bible tells me that the He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Have I got a witness?

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