Meadows Church
Identity Theft: Discovering Your True Identity in Christ - "Holly, Wholly, Holey"
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
One of the great hymns of the Christian faith was written by Reginald Heber, a minister from the church of England in 1826 at the age of 43. The lyrics were found by his wife after his untimely death and put to music by composer John Dykes. I remember singing this great hymn as a young child; its words still reverberate in my soul.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holiness is at the heart of divinity. God is holy. That is probably no surprise to anyone. But did you know that you are holy and that you can grow in holiness? It’s part of your true identity in Jesus Christ. And it is one of the prime targets of Satan and demon spirits in their clandestine enterprise to steal your identity and hijack your holiness.

In 1 Peter 2:9, the fisherman turned disciple and apostle reveals the five foundational truths of every believer’s true spiritual identity. And the third of those five cornerstone revelations is that every born-again disciple of Jesus Christ is part of “a holy nation.” When you were saved, you were made holy. Your holiness was bestowed upon you by Almighty God. Holiness is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the Christian life and experience. Learning its secrets can revolutionize your walk with God.

The word holy is used over 600 times in the Bible. The Scriptures reveal where holiness comes from, how you can cultivate and develop it and how to harness it for a life of rich fulfillment and eternal impact.

One way to explore the dynamics of holiness is to think of the word as a homophone; that is words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

We could take the famous hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” and replace it with homophones to read:
“H-O-L-Y . . . W-H-O-L-L-Y . . . H-O-L-E-Y”
Now the threepeat phrase “holy, wholly, holey” sounds the same but is spelt differently and has different meanings. Interestingly, the three words give a glimpse of insight into the three main meanings or applications of holiness.

Holy, H-O-L-Y, means to be like God.

Wholly, W-H-O-L-L-Y, means to be complete or full.

Holey, H-O-L-E-Y, means to have gaps or emptiness.

The first dimension of holiness is about God-likeness or godliness. The Bible teaches that we are to be holy because God is holy. We are to be like God by following him, trusting him, obeying him. Holiness is about godliness. This is the H-O-L-Y kind of holy.

A second dimension of holiness is about ownership and commitment. The Bible also teaches that anyone who is dedicated or surrendered or devoted to God is holy. In this sense, a person, or a car, or a house, or money, or time or anything can be holy because it is given to God. This is the W-H-O-L-L-Y kind of holy.

A third dimension of holiness is about growth and development. The Bible teaches that holiness is cultivated, developed, grown. As Paul exhorted the Corinthian Christians, “perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” This is the H-O-L-E-Y kind of holy that grows and expands to fill the deficiencies in our life and character.
Satan doesn’t want you to discover the treasures of holiness but God does. I hope you’ll join me this Sunday as we dive into our holy identity in Christ. I’ll teach you how to walk in the way of holiness that delights the heart of God and terrorizes the heart of the devil. I’m telling you holiness horrifies the Devil. He knows that if you ever begin to recognize the truth about holiness and how to live in it, his powers of deception or neutralized.

This Sunday I’ll take you on a ride down the highway of holiness and show you how wonderful it is to walk in your true spiritual identity as a holy nation before God.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9
Remember, the first two anchor truths of your identity in Christ:
you are a chosen people (SELECTED by God);
you are a royal priesthood (CONNECTED to God);

and the third anchor of our spiritual identity is that we are
“a holy nation” (PROTECTED).

Let’s explore three different dimensions of holiness and what it means to live as part of God’s holy nation.

1. To live a holy life means to live biblically as Jesus did: it’s all about imitation.
- The H-O-L-Y kind of holy
- Holiness = godliness (Leviticus 11:44a; 1 Peter 1:15-16)
“I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” (Lev. 11:44 NIV)
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”
- Follow the leader (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 4:9) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
- Living up to our name (Acts 11:26)
“The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”
- Reading God’s word for “holy instruction”
- Does the life you are living look like Christ’s?
2. To live a holy life means to live for God and his honor; it’s all about consecration.
- The W-H-0-L-L-Y kind of holy
- The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8; 31:13)
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
"Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”
"Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”
- The story of Achan’s theft (Joshua 6:17-19; 7:1)
“The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury. . . . But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the LORD's anger burned against Israel.”
- Consecration credentials (John 17:10)
“All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.”
- The power of the priesthood to make holy (people, places, time, money, clothes, animals; jobs; duties)
- The Spirit who is holy (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
- The red truck story and Belize; signing over a title deed (transferring ownership)
- Who holds the title deeds of your life and possessions?
3. To live a holy life means to change, grow and develop into spiritual maturity; it’s all about transformation.
- The H-O-L-E-Y kind of holy
- The Purifying Process (2 Corinthians 7:1)
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
- The yeast factor (Luke 13:20-21)
Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough."
- What holes in your holiness need filling?
Responding to God
- Trusting Christ for holiness
“Christ Jesus . . . has become for us wisdom from God-- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1 Cor. 1:30 NIV)
- Committing to a holy life
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship.”(Rom. 12:1 NIV)
- Receiving power from God’s Holy Spirit
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Benediction Blessing
May you learn to worship God in the splendor of his holiness.
May you earnestly desire to walk the highway of holiness.
May you learn to make things holy by consecrating them to God.
May you discover Christ to be the key to your holiness.
And may your whole life be filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
Amen and Amen!