Unifying and empowering the Christian community and people of good will to meet the spiritual, physical and material needs of people in Tampa Bay!
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay (SCTB) is a network of independent, community-based non-profit agencies providing outreach support to Tampa Bay organizations that assist individuals and families in financial need. SCTB works in concert with local ministries to provide the basic necessities of life and to educate and develop healthy, self-sustaining communities, families and individuals.
Daniel Bernard, Founder and President of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, believes it is God's desire that the residents of Tampa Bay see a demonstration, not merely a presentation, of God's love for them. As churches, ministries, and businesses work in unity to bring the necessities of life to the underprivileged, the love of God is expressed. Practically, we can do much more together than we can do apart.
As Christians, Daniel and his wife Kathy believe that unity is the key to revealing God worldwide. Jesus prayed for oneness four times in the New Testament (John 17:11, 21, 22, 23). This is the only thing Jesus prayed for four times in His earthly ministries. Jesus didn't believe unity was optional.
"And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me." - John 17:22, 23
The Bernards want to see every resident of Tampa Bay receive a visible, physical demonstration and an audible or written presentation of the Gospel. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Every part is essential to the greater whole. The Bernards believe this supports what God has established rather than duplicating or recreating in empowering those already doing to do better, bigger, and go farther we can do more together than we can apart what we can't do separately, we can do together in mobilizing God's people to prayer, care, and share for those in their community. Mobilization is key to a sustained spiritual awakening and/or transformation of the communities within the Greater Tampa Bay area. . .
"but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being filled and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." - Ephesians 4:15, 16
Daniel Bernard believes the perfect bond of UNITY is love. Love is the real issue. The root problem of a lack of unity is a lack of love for one another. We are the only ones who can fulfill the prayer of Jesus in John 17. But, says Daniel, we have to make a commitment to walk in love.
"And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." - Colossians 3:14
The Bernards are so committed to the success of SCTB and its mission that they retain no salary.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We honor, reverence, and believe there is only one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We celebrate, acknowledge, and believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His abiding presence, and in His personal and triumphant return in power and glory.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost.
We gather in faith and combine our belief in the ministry of the Holy Spirit to indwell in Christians so they may live a godly life.
We pray for, and believe for, the salvation of lost and sinful man, and the essential regeneration of the Holy Spirit.
We pray for, and believe in, the spiritual unity and reconciliation of believers in our community through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Unity is not optional.
Every part is essential to the greater whole.
Support what God has already established, rather than duplicating or recreating.
Empower others to be bigger, be better, and go farther.
What we cannot do apart, we can do together.
Mobilization is the key to a sustained spiritual awakening and transformation of our communities.