Who We Are
Let your imagination roll back to the days of the Roman Empire. Imagine Jesus telling his disciples that he that he would build his church, a church he purchased with his own blood (Matthew 16:16-18). Picture the mighty beginning of his church right in the heart of Jerusalem fifty days after his death (Acts 1-2). Can you visualize this good news, the news of Jesus death for all the world and resurrection, saturating the world like wildfire (Acts 11:21, 26:26, Colossians 1:5-6)? Imagine his good news possessing such tremendous power that it took people from spiritual death to spiritual life and where people possessed the potential to live, yet never die spiritually again (Ephesians 2:5, 2 Peter 1:3-11)! Sounds nearly impossible, right?
Imagine the potency of the good news never changing century after century, moment after moment (Romans 1:16-17). Think of faithful followers hearing this pure word, putting their confidence and trust in it, pivoting to God in repentance, confessing their faith in Jesus and being baptized for the forgiveness of their sins (Romans 10:17, John 8:24, Luke 13:3, Matthew 10:32, Acts 2:28). Picture gracious Jesus at that pivotal moment reconciling heaven and earth on your behalf (Ephesians 2:16, Colossians 1:18,20). Imagine Jesus personally adding these to his church (Acts 2:47). Envision Him enabling the door of an abundant life to fly wide open where there is no guilt, no shame, no spiritual power or penalty of sin (John 10:10, Romans 6:6-12, 23). Think of a church that simply put their faith in God instead of the words of men (Acts 5:29). Imagine a church that loved God first and their neighbors as themselves (Luke 10:27). Imagine a church without halos and few electrifying frills. Think of a humble group that values love and being loved (1 Cor. 13:13). Imagine a church that hates hypocrisy, yet loves grace, truth, mercy, righteousness and justice (Ephesians 4:15, 2 John 1:3).
Set your imagination free with wonder, but then roll forward to today. Rather than imagining, wouldn't it be great to find the reality —that church—established by Christ in all its purity and simplicity? Well, imagine no more. Welcome to the church of Christ!
Come and see!
Daniel Stearsman began preaching for Okeechobee church of Christ in March of 2016. Prior to coming he preached for several years at the Southside church of Christ in Zephyrhills, Florida in addition to working as a pharmacist. He received his formal education from Hillsborough Community College (AA, 1996), University of Florida College of Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy, 2000), Southern Christian University (BA, 2005), and the University of South Florida College of Medicine (Master of Art in Bioethics and Medical Humanities 2009). Daniel loves to learn and teach. He has taught Clinical Ethics in the college of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Further, through the University of Florida he has taught Pharmacy Ethics, Retail Pharmacy and Long Term Care Pharmacy. Through the Florida School of Preaching he has taught Biblical and Biomedical Ethics, Christian Evidences, Topical Studies and Acts. He has practiced as a retail pharmacist and long term care pharmacist. Daniel has been on six mission campaigns to Ghana, West Africa. He is happily married with two children and a Basset hound named Jethro. Daniel feels incredibly blessed to be able to serve this loving congregation of God's people.