The Tabernacle of Tampa Bay (TTB) was planted on Easter of 2014. Pastor Scott Rodriguez had been serving as an Associate Pastor at Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg where he was ordained by Calvary’s Senior Pastor Danny Hodges. Earlier that year, Pastor Scott along with several others from Calvary Chapel took initial steps to form a Life Group under the direction of Pastor, Danny. The intent of the Life Group was to gather people who had a vision to plant another church in order to reach further into the Tampa Bay area. Our first service was held on Easter Sunday on the sands of Clearwater Beach. After meeting for the next few weeks in homes, hotels conference rooms, and parks, we signed a lease on a building. Today, we continue the work the Lord has called us to from our home-base in Clearwater, Florida.
SPIRITUAL PARENTAGE / INFLUENCES
“For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.’ 1 Corinthians 4:15
Pastor Scott and the leaders of TTB are thankful for the influences of both Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg and The Brooklyn Tabernacle. In terms of doctrine we align closely with both the Calvary Chapel Distinctives as articulated by Chuck Smith and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Statement of Faith.
Our vision is God’s. In Revelation 5:9 & 7:9, the scene before God’s heavenly throne is that of a multitude made up of every tribe, language, and nation. Somehow God will bring people together in spite of all their differences. In the heavenly scenery, they were worshipping together. They are us. In God’s vision we are still different, but we are one through Jesus Christ. We become the jewels of heaven, shining like precious stones placed together to form a crown that is worthy in Christ to be presented to God our Father and King.
This is the vision of The Tabernacle: “That all might be won for Christ so that all might be one in Christ”
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures and the authority of both the Old and New Testaments.
We believe that God eternally exists in three Persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit-and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of the same worship, reverence and obedience.
We believe man was created in the image of God, but sinned and fell through disobedience, and that the entire human race shares in man’s lost and depraved nature.
We believe Jesus, the eternal Son of God, took upon Himself the form of a man by means of the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, yet retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man.
ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that atonement for sin was made by the sacrificial and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the literal resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and His priestly intercession.
We believe salvation is the gift of God by grace alone and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works pleasing to God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father, the Comforter who indwells and places every believer in the Body of Christ, bestows spiritual gifts upon the Church and convicts the world of sin and the judgment to come.
INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT
While all believers are in-dwelt by the Spirit of God (Romans 8), we believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a definite endowment of power for service and is separate from conversion.
ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the ordinances of the church, by the command of Christ, are Water Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are administered to those who are born again.
We believe in the eternal salvation of the believers and in the eternal damnation and punishment of the nonbelievers. We believe that the consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ the “Blessed Hope” of the Church.