Meadows Church
Stronger Together: Exploring the power of one-another
Welcome to Meadows - in person AND online! We believe that God is with us in both the times of peace and the times of uncertainty. As you learn to navigate these days, we are here along side of you. Thank you for joining us virtually today!
Locations & Times
  • Meadows Church
    3001 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX 75074, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
The Meadows Protocol
With Governor Abbott’s announcement this past week that beginning March 10, masks will no longer be a statewide mandate and that businesses and school districts can determine their own policy, we have been prayerfully examining our Meadows’ policy. Our policy has been and will continue to be grounded on these three principles.

Be Responsible! Each person should be conscientious of the
Coronavirus pandemic and be diligent to self-monitor for symptoms, and employ safe practices that can help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Be Respectful!Treat each person with courtesy realizing that
there are different levels of vulnerability to the virus and different convictions about how best to respond to the spread of the virus.
Be Eternal!Be diligent in prayer for God’s help and stay
passionately focused on the Kingdom of God and how to help others enter it.

I have sought council from our staff, from our deacon body, from our congregation and most importantly from the Lord on this matter. We have surveyed the current coronavirus protocols and any anticipated changes due to Gov. Abbott’s announcement from twenty area churches and businesses. We will continue to evaluate on a week to week basis the current situation of our community and what is best for our Meadows’ family.

Beginning Sunday, April 2nd, we are asking everyone to please wear a mask as we consider others better than ourselves and are putting others needs before our own freedoms and rights, as Paul admonished the believers in Philippi to do. (see Philippians 2:3)
Masks will no longer be required, but will be requested and the choice will be left up to each person to make.

So, remember: be responsible; be respectful and be eternal in how you are responding. Now let’s continue to worship our great God and King!
- Pastor Scott Fenton

As Joshua was preparing to enter the Promised Land, God spoke to him these words, “Do not let this book of the law depart out of your mouth but meditate on it day and night that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

In the kingdom of heaven, success is always measured by obedience to the will of God.

Behind me you see a picture of ultra-orthodox Jews, many covered with their prayer shawls, earnestly pleading with God in intercessory prayer at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Their black suits, their long side curls, their phylacteries, all display a devoted commitment to know and study and keep the commandments of God.

All 613 of them to be exact!

All that is left of the sacred Temple of God in Jerusalem is that western retaining wall of the Temple mount. Here, every day, devout Jews lament their sins and pray for a restoration of Israel and a rebuilding of the Temple.

As we celebrate Easter today, it is interesting to remember one of the claims of Christ before he was crucified. One day while teaching in that very Temple area, he declared, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."

This was an incredulous claim. They replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?"

That Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D., one thousand nine hundred and fifty-one years ago. It has not been rebuilt to this very day.

The miraculous rebuilding project of which Jesus spoke was not of stones but of spirit; not of buildings but of bodies! John makes the clarification by writing, “But the temple he had spoken of was his body.”

The temple of Christ’s body, the glorious incarnation of God, was destroyed on the cross. He was crucified and buried. But just as He promised, three days later, He rose from the grave; He resurrected from the dead; He conquered death and Hell; Jesus lives today! Halleluiah!

The Resurrection is the great differentiator to all other religions, world views or life perspectives. In the resurrection of Christ, the holy demands of God are satisfied, the way to eternal life is freely opened to all who will come by faith in Christ, the unpassable chasm between the kingdom of heaven and this world is crossed.

Religion can be so complex and complicated; but Jesus offers a better way. He peeled away all the externals and, in the resurrection, revealed the heart of God and the heart of the divine life.

He took all 613 commandments of the Old Testament and wrapped them up in one word . . . Love. Love for God and love for others.

When asked to prioritize the 613 commandments of God, Jesus lifted love above all. He replied, “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Astounding isn’t it? Not just the 613 commandments but all the law and the prophets, the whole revelation of God is about love. Divine love, supreme love, heavenly love, inspired love, the great love of God. This kind of love has a special word in the Greek New Testament: it is the word ἀγάπη.

The resurrection of Christ is a love story. And it’s a story that features you!

This morning, in honor of the resurrection of Jesus, I want to help you trace the love of God in Christ’s journey from heaven to earth, to the cross, out of the grave and back to heaven. If you can follow the footprints of this divine love you will also find the secret to eternal life and how to live a divine life for the glory of God.

Because of the resurrection, hope is always just a heart’s cry away!
Over the past three months, I have prophetically trumpeted the truth that we are stronger together. But the secret of our strength is not realized by merely walking through the doors of this building or joining a live stream online; we are stronger together when we practice the “one another” commandments of Scripture.

As the body of Christ, we belong to one another;
we serve one another;
we forgive one another;
we submit to one another;
we encourage one another;
we accept one another;
we teach one another;
we greet one another;
we honor one another;
we fellowship with one another;
we build up one another.
And appropriately we crown the series this Easter Sunday with the greatest one another commandment of all: we love one another!
Stronger Together: Exploring the power of the “one-another” commandments

“The Authentic Mark of a Jesus Follower”
Jn. 16:34-35
Jesus demonstrates a new expression of love
- “as I have loved”
- The call of love (Hebrews 10:5-7; Psalm 40:6-8)
>> the incarnation
>> Jesus came down from heaven
- The conduct of love (John 13:1; 1 John 1:1-3)
>> the manifestation
>> Jesus lived a sinless life
- The cost of love (John 3:16; John 14:28-31)
>> the crucifixion
>> Jesus died a substitutionary death on the cross
- The conquest of love (1 Corinthians 6:14)
>> the resurrection
>> Jesus rose from the dead

Jesus defines a new expectation of love
- “Love one another”
- Loving the unlovely (Matthew 5:43-47; Luke 6:27-35)
- Love lived out (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
- Inspired to love (Luke 7:36-48)

Jesus defines a new expectation of love
- “Love one another”
- Loving the unlovely (Matthew 5:43-47; Luke 6:27-35)
- Love lived out (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
- Inspired to love (Luke 7:36-48)
Jesus delights in a new examination of love
- “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples”
- Dead-end service (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
- The mark of anointed ministry (Acts 4:13)
- Love’s delightful response (John 14:21)
- Resurrection love (John 21)
- 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 2:4-9; 3:16-21
Benediction Blessing
May you discover the depths of God’s love for you;
May you display the richness of God’s love for others;
May you develop an undying love for God;
May you be known as a true disciple of Jesus Christ because of your love.
And may you always remember: JESUS IS RISEN! (He is risen indeed!)