Seymour Heights Christian Church – The Church Journey

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During, The Church Journey many of the churches I have visited told a story of a deep history.  Churches with a deep history displays a great legacy and reinforces the commitment by the church people through the body of Christ to provide and support a church building as a place of worship for many generations. Churches with shorter history are just as Important in glorifying God.  I have the privilege to be a member of Seymour Heights Christian Church.  I love this church, but may be a little biased since I am a member. 

Seymour Heights Christian Church was founded in 1974, when a small group of people felt a God-given call to start a church to reach people for Christ in the growing Seymour Tennessee area. One of the first meetings took place in a meeting room at Blount National Bank. One of the members of that small group was Dr. David Eubanks and his wife Margaret. [1]

At the time David was president of Johnson Bible college now named Johnson University. Since that early connection Seymour Heights has had a special relationship with Johnson University, which was founded in 1893. Johnson University educates students for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.  Shortly after land was purchased and plans made for a permanent worship facility for the new Seymour Heights Christian Church family. [2]

While the physical footprint of the church has changed through the years, their desire to reach our community for Christ remains the same. The church has continued to grow over the years. Several months ago, in preparation for the 2020 Easter services a project was started to expand the church parking lot. The property next to the church was acquired opening the opportunity to expand the parking lot. This is a wonderful blessing allowing more parking for the two churches services held on Sundays.

On Sunday April 12th we will celebrate Easter. Easter services are going to look very different around the world this year. Most churches have moved services to online. Online services open the door for the GOOD NEWS to touch our friends and neighbors that may have been reluctant to go to church. Please take the time to invite someone to watch an online service. Once the social distancing is over, I hope we come out with a renewed appreciation for our faith and our families.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we all are making sacrifices. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when he took on the sin of the world. On April 12th we will celebrate Easter, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, so we can be forgiven, and he came back from the dead, so we can have eternal life.

This is also a perfect time for Christians to witness and share the good news. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16-17 NIV)

As a Christian, I feel like the Bible is unfolding before us. It shouldn’t be shocking either, given the state of immorality in our world. Every day, the boundaries of sin seem to be pushed further and further. The line between right and wrong has slowly been erased by society, films, television, and popular culture. We have been removed further from the world God created and intended.

So often people fall into the confines of this world’s values and strive toward earthly goals This is a good opportunity to re-evaluate ourselves. We need to prepare and repent. The Bible says Jesus will return like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2) With this pandemic people are sick with some dying. Are you prepared? This is a surreal wake up call for people around the world, and it should be taken seriously.

This world is not our home, we are just passing through with a greater destination waiting for us. We will spend eternal life in either Heaven, or Hell. Got your reservation for Heaven? It’s free but you can’t get in without it! If you’re serious about following God’s plan for your life please visit my website in the section titled ICE.  http://mynetzone.com/ice-2/  .  I pray that the information included on this site will become valuable to you as you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

MY JOURNEY

When I started this Journey in January of 2020 Seymour Heights Christian Church was one of the first churches, I visited. During the visit the church sanctuary was opened for me allowing me to spend about 1 hour praying not only for the church, leadership, and congregation, but for The Church Journey to provide a Journey that encourages people and would glorify God.

With Social distancing being practiced we have not had a live church service for over 3 weeks. On April 9th I drove over to the church parking lot, and spent time in prayer and reading the Bible.

FELLOWSHIP:

Seymour Heights Christian Church is blessed with a wonderful staff that works well together. Everyone has been blessed with talents, abilities, passions, and experiences to help build and invest in God’s kingdom. Dr. Harold E. Keck Lead Pastor, Elder, Jarrod Hess Executive Pastor, Elder, Andrew Rup Connections Pastor, Chad Stowers Youth Pastor, Angie Aubrey Worship Director, Erica Stricklen Children’s Director

DETAILS:   

Church Website: https://www.seymourheights.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeymourHeights/  every Sunday at 10:30 am.

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyRENDKHEvZdT4xaN6S-0Kw/videos

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The front of the church has a modern tan stone look with multiple entrances into the lobby that leads to the worship center. The peak of the roof holds a cross reaching high in the heavenly blue skies.

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The large lobby provides a large area for fellowship before and after the services. The double doors with the exit sign provide a hallway that leads to the kitchen, and into the Family Life Center that offers a large meeting area that doubles as basketball court.

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The worship center has modern seating divided into 5 sections. The worship center provides a maximum capacity 634. The raised area provides a large section for the Pastor’s sermons and the music worship team.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Most churches with a long history have transitioned through multiple buildings over the years. This serves as a reminded that buildings can change, but it’s the people that make up the church through the body of Christ.  I am thankful for the many people who have dedicated their self by providing their time as well as tithes and offerings to build and support the church. More important God owns the church, God orchestrates it, everything we have is provided by God. The people are just the stewards to what God has provided. We are blessed to be in trusted with the management of what is God’s. Through this relationship it allows the church to act as a conduit to reach out to the unsaved.

If you don’t have a church service to listen to this Easter Sunday, I would like to encourage you to listen to Seymour Heights Christian Church EASTER SERVICE. It will be made available on You Tube this weekend, which will allow you to watch it during a time that is convenient for you.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyRENDKHEvZdT4xaN6S-0Kw/videos

If you would like to learn more about this church, upcoming events, or listen to a sermon I encourage you to visit the church website listed above.

This blog “The Church Journey” is also posted on the WordPress website, and is viewed in many different countries. To date the countries reading this blog: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Russia, Ghana, and Pakistan. Please pray that this blog continues to reach people and encourage them. The great thing about prayer you can do it from anywhere. 

May our Lord continue to bless this church in Jesus name.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Please Pray for all our churches as they continue to face challenges in the year 2020.

I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY EASTER.

May this find you well and happy, God Bless.

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REFERENCES:

  1. Seymour Heights Christian Church website, “History” (2020, February 11) Retrieved from https://www.seymourheights.org/
  2. Wikipedia. (2020, February 11) “David L. Eubanks” Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Eubanks

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