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PASTOR TOM TASCONE
Pastor Tom has five children, five grandchildren, and was married to his late wife Kristen for 30 years. In 2008 God moved their family to Lynchburg to plant a church and fulfill the Great Commission. Pastor Tom served in the United States Army’s 7th Infantry Division during Operation Just Cause. His mission is to see everyone come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and lives this out through witnessing in his everyday life. Pastor Tom is a graduate of Liberty University and is currently completing his Doctoral work in Theology.
PASTOR TOM'S COMMITMENTS
AS A COUNSELOR
As a Board-certified member of the AACC - I am committed to using the time and resources God provides to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to seek the lost, to help the broken, and to strengthen the sick.
Rev. Thomas A. Tascone Th.M., M.Ed., B.S. Psy., B.S. Spec. Ed., B.C.P.C.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." Hebrews 12:2
What We Believe About Salvation
We believe that salvation is the result of the work of God’s grace in a person’s life. We also believe that every person has the ability to accept or reject God’s plan of salvation, and that every person will be given the opportunity to make the choice to place a personal faith in Christ’s finished work.
Declaration of Biblical Salvation
We are saved by the Grace of God (Ephesians 2:8), by the faith of Christ (Galatians 2:20) which God’s Grace has imparted to us (Romans 12:3), that we may know Him (Jesus) that is true, and that we are in Him (Jesus) that is true (1 John 5:20).
Receiving Biblical Salvation
We must receive with meekness the engrafted Word which has the power to save our souls (James 1:21) from an eternal hell (Revelation 20:14-15), being delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:5) into the glorious light of the Gospel (2 Timothy 1:10), having received the promise (Acts 2:33), His son Jesus Christ (1 John 4:9) and by Him (John 14:6), eternal life (1 John 5:11-12).
Manifestation of Biblical Salvation
The manifestation of Biblical salvation is revealed by a personal belief in the heart and confession with the mouth that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh
(1 John 4:2) and the truth of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection for our sins (Romans 10:9).
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Statement of Faith - Summary
We believe that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and inspired.
We believe that the Godhead is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son and that His work at Calvary completed God’s plan for the redemption of man.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and that He is the divine Teacher who dwells in and guides believers into all truth.
We believe man was created by God, not through evolutionary processes, and that all men can repent, turn to Christ, and receive forgiveness from sin.
We believe in salvation by grace that is obtained by placing faith in the shed blood and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that sanctification is both practical and positional, and is a result of the continual work of grace in the life of a believer through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe that Biblical separation is necessary to not bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe that the church is a self-governing body of believers under the authority of the Word of God being led by its pastor.
We believe that there are two ordinances – baptism by immersion and communion.
We believe that it is the church’s responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission through the support of missions, both local and abroad.
We believe in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church, a literal seven-year time of tribulation here on earth, the literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a one-thousand-year millennial reign.
We believe in the eternal state of man.
We believe that God created the angels, and that Satan and demons are fallen beings with a literal existence.
Summary of Distinctives
We believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters.
We believe that the local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that every saved person is placed into the Royal Priesthood and has duty and responsibilities that they must perform, according to the Scriptures.
We believe that the church should practice two ordinances –
#1 Baptism by immersion of a professing / consenting believer.
#2 The Lord’s Supper / Communion, commemorating His death for our sins until His return.
We believe every saved person is at liberty to believe according to the dictates of their own conscience, and that this liberty is not an exemption from responsibility to the Word of God or from accountability to God Himself.
We believe that the membership of the local church must only be comprised of those individuals giving testimony of personal faith in Christ and having demonstrated that faith through believer’s baptism.
We believe that the Bible mandates two offices in the local church – pastor and deacon.
We believe that God established both the church and the civil governments and that both has its own sphere of operation.
Read Detailed Descriptions
Our Baptist Distinctives summary is explained further in our full Baptist Distinctives document, including a detailed description under each section with supporting Bible verses. Click below to view and read our Baptist Distinctives document.
"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever." Psalm 119:160
Statement of Scriptural Affirmation
We believe that the King James Version is the Word of God and that the doctrines and theological positions in this version are unique.
We affirm, by confirmation of the Spirit of God, that the King James Bible is the
anointed Word of God, possessing all the attributes of God the Son; that it has the power to convince us of sin (John 16:8), to save our souls (James 1:21), and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9); that the Word alone has the power and authority to deliver us from the reality of an eternal hell, into the Mercies and Grace of God’s Salvation.
We affirm that doctrines and theological positions are established by distinctions in terminology in the Scripture of the King James Bible - and that these distinctions, in totality or part, are absent from other versions and translations.
We affirm that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We affirm that the Word of God is perfect (Psalm 18:30), inspired (2 Timothy
3:16), and inerrant (Psalm 12:6 & 119:140, Proverbs 30:5); belief in this truth is
essential for the man of God to have the power and authority to proclaim the Word of God.