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Located at the vacant lot directly across from the Adams Square Baptist church in Worcester, MA

EVANGELISTS

DWIGHT SMITH

JAKE D'ANDREA

JOSH ENGEL

JOSH LANCASTER

SPONSORING CHURCHES

Lattimore, NC
Interim Pastor John Stevens

 

Worcester, MA
Pastor Kris Casey

 

Waterford, CT
Pastor Doug Meador
Groton, MA
Pastor Thomas Faulk

 

Framingham, MA
Pastor Brian Horst

GOSPEL

John 3:16

Have you ever seen “John 3:16” painted on a sign, printed on a T-shirt, or held up at a sporting event? What does it mean? Where does it come from? What’s the big deal? It is actually the most famous verse in all the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Often, after quoting this passage to someone, I will ask, “Have you ever heard of John 3:14, ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up’?” The response is either a blank stare, a perplexed look, or plain uncertainty. Yet this verse is the key to understanding John 3:16, the way to everlasting life, and forgiveness of sin. Your understanding of and response to these verses will impact you for all eternity.

In John 3, a very religious but lost sinner, named Nicodemus, came seeking Jesus at night. He was outwardly moral. He was a teacher of religion. He knew Jesus came from God, but he was still unforgiven and empty. Jesus Christ told him exactly what he needed to hear: “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). That is the answer to everyone’s need no matter their status or background.

Nicodemus had a hard time comprehending what this meant, so he probed further with sincere questions. Jesus explained the difference between physical and spiritual birth, emphasized it was a matter only understood by faith, and then he reminded this seeking sinner of a banner moment in Jewish history: the brass serpent on a pole.

This is found in Numbers 21. The Israelites were traveling from Egypt to Canaan. Moses was leading them, and God was protecting and providing their every need. In all of this, their journey became long, their enemies were real, and they grew weary and rebelled. In doing so, they sinned and invited the judgment of God. “The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died” (Numbers 21:6).

This instance reveals two facts about God: He always hates sin, and He always judges sin. First, He judges sin by death. “The soul that sinneth it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a). “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). Finally, God judges sin by an eternity in hell. “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

The people of Israel responded immediately to God’s judgment with repentant hearts, admitting their sin. “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee…” (Numbers 21:7). Immediately, God’s mercy was shown to the sinner. The Lord instructed Moses, “Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole” (Numbers 21:8a). This was a piece of brass wrapped around a pole in the form of a serpent.

This solution is indeed perplexing to the casual observer. Why would God command that a piece of brass be formed and fashioned around a pole? How could it possibly solve anything or save anyone? Yet this was God’s way! Are you aware that you see the serpent on the pole frequently? It is on the side of an ambulance; on a paramedic’s patch, and inside a hospital. Still today, it stands as a picture of rescue, healing, and God’s way of salvation!

The Lord said, “…It shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live” (Numbers 21:8). This provided the means for the people to exercise faith in God’s Word and God’s way of deliverance. So Moses sculpted a piece of brass around a pole in the shape of a serpent, he lifted it up before the people, and whoever had been bitten, “when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived” (Numbers 21:9).

Do you see the connection? The Jews were in a crisis because of their sin. You and I are in a crisis because of our sin! “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). They were dying because of God’s judgment. You and I are dying and headed to hell because of God’s judgment. “…so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). “The wicked shall be turned into hell” (Psalm 9:17a). God provided the Israelites deliverance through the serpent being lifted up on the pole. This same gracious God has provided deliverance through Jesus Christ being lifted up on the cross. “Christ died for our sins…was buried, and rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4). Any Jew who, by faith, looked to the serpent and believed God’s Word, lived. If you will, by faith, look to Jesus Christ, you will have eternal life and truly live! “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

You know that you have sinned and broken God’s law. You know that, because of this payment for sin must be made. You know that Jesus was more than just an historical figure but God’s only begotten Son and the only Savior of the world. You know He died for you, was buried, and rose again. Would you, right now, place your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation? Don’t delay. Do it now. By faith, look and live!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Friend, simply humble your heart before Jesus Christ, repent and believe on Him alone. You could pray something like this:

“Lord Jesus, I now confess that I am lost in the darkness of my sin. I am as guilty as You say I am. The harder I try on my own, the deeper I wander in confusion and iniquity. I know that I deserve your judgment in the darkness of hell. So, right now, I am turning to you, ‘The Light of the World,’ as my only hope. I believe that you alone died and rose again for me. I trust your shed blood, your sacrificial death and your powerful resurrection to save me. Make me a child of the light right here and now, in Jesus name, Amen.”

If you just believed on Christ, contact us so that we may rejoice with you. We will send you further information to direct you in your new found faith.

Please come and attend the Victory Gospel Crusade each night June 12-16, 7PM.

 

INMATE 31749

For as long as I can remember, I’ve asked questions. Lots of them. I’m sure this frustrated my teachers and others. My mom, however, always took the time to explain each question with as much patience as she could muster, until my boyish-heart was satisfied with the answer. How I wished on this particular night I could go back to that child-like innocence. I was legally an adult now. Gone were the days that mom and dad could fix any problem of mine with a piece of candy and a hug. This night I had lots of questions, but no one was there to listen. What happened? How did I get here? What will happen now? It was my first night in prison, and no amount of questioning would get me out of this place.

Let me start from the beginning…

I was born in August 1981. My mom was a hard-working woman, often clocking 60 plus hours a week. Dad was a Vietnam veteran and an alcoholic. Not long after my birth, my parents divorced, leaving my mother alone to rear my older brother and me. Oddly enough, my parents remained best friends.

Dad gave up drinking and eventually became Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Club in the town where I grew up. He also became a small-time bookie and started to supplement his income, such as it was, with illegal gambling. From drunkard to wealthy businessman, it seemed my dad was living the life! He used his money to help veterans who had returned from war and were suffering with PTSD. He would do almost anything for almost anyone. He wasn’t just a war hero, he was my hero.

As I grew older, my parents’ busy careers left me with a lot of alone time. In my early teens, I began to rebel. Baseball and football took up most of my free time, but still I found trouble, and trouble found me. By seventeen, I was an alcoholic and a frequent user of ecstasy (a popular club drug). On weekends, after sports, I would party with girls and my friends from the Catholic prep school I attended. When they went home at eleven for curfew, there was a different group of older friends I would hang out with. This is where I really found trouble. Guns, alcohol, fast cars, girls, and felonies were among our pastimes. I was young and thought I was invincible. Several times I was arrested, but I always got away with it. “Play hard, party harder” was my motto, and soon my lifestyle would catch up with me in a big way. “The way of the transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).

After high school graduation, I registered with the US Coast Guard. I was just twenty-eight days from shipping out when everything began to fall apart. Little did I know, everything was falling into place. A jealous ex-girlfriend of mine reported my felony crimes to the police, and I was arrested on my nineteenth birthday. I wondered what would happen next. There, in that jail cell, waiting for bail, I began my search for God.

My dad acquired an attorney, and I was let out on bail until my trial date. I knew I would go to prison for my crimes; the question remained, for how long? My attorney said I was facing 55 1/2 years. The Coast Guard option was over, and I felt like my whole life was over. I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to for help. That Easter Sunday, like every year growing up, my mother took me to church. It was there in that old protestant church that I heard the Gospel message for the first time. It felt as if he preached that hot, fiery sermon directly at me. He spoke of an eternal hell and an eternal heaven. He said my sins, every single one of them, could be forgiven. I was given a booklet to take home about “How to Become a Christian.” That night I went home and read it cover to cover. With the smell of whisky on my breath, and tears staining my cheeks, I fell on my face and begged God to show me the way to Him. I would give Him my life if He would help me.

Instantly I was saved! The burden of sin was lifted! My destiny had changed from Hell to Heaven! “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Several months lager, I stood before a judge to hear my sentence. I was ready to accept my punishment like a man. I knew I was responsible for everything I had done and needed to pay for my crimes. As he slammed his gavel firmly on the wooden bench, he sentenced me to 2-5 years in prison. I was immediately hand-cuffed and taken away from my family. No longer Kris Casey, I was now property of the New Hampshire State prison system. This would be a tough road. But God had not abandoned me!

After processing in the local prison, I was moved up north to a brand-new prison in Berlin, New Hampshire. Several years earlier, God had led a man named Dana Hoyt to plant a Bible-preaching, Baptist church in Berlin. Pastor Hoyt was also a chaplain in the New Hampshire State Prison. God allowed this dear man of God to mentor me the entire time I was incarcerated. I went to every chapel service he preached and read every book he gave me, most importantly the precious Word of God. The Bible transformed my life! He encouraged me to pray about my future and to also pray for a godly wife. So I did. Every day, for nearly two years, I prayed about my future and a godly wife.

One day I received a letter from a missionary to Australia. He had heard of my story from Pastor Hoyt and wanted to encourage me to keep living for the Lord. God used this man to show me God had called me to preach. I surrendered completely to Jesus Christ for His service…NO turning back. He could use me any way He chose. From that day on, I never returned to a life of crime. I couldn’t wait for my release to begin serving God. I knew I needed to obey Him right away. So, right there in prison, surrounded by other criminals, wearing my state-issued green jumpsuit with inmate ID number 31749 stamped across the front, I preached my first sermon.

After serving for two years and two days, I was released on July 14, 2003. A faithful Christian man picked me up every Sunday and brought me to a Baptist church. A month later, I arrived at a summer Bible camp for the College and Career class. I stepped off that dusty church bus and saw a beautiful blond girl walking across the field. My heart skipped a beat. I thought angels were singing, and it seemed as if time stood still.

I had to find out who she was, because she was the one for whom I had prayed. I discovered that she was a preacher’s daughter, and her dad ran the camp. I approached him first, and told him all about who I was and where I had been. It wasn’t long before I introduced myself to his daughter, Rachael. One conversation led to another, and a year and a half later, on New Year’s Eve of 2004, I took her to the same spot where we first met, and asked her to be my wife. She said yes, and our love story began. To think that God would bring a convicted felon and a preacher’s daughter together to serve Him is unbelievable. But that’s just what He did!

Together my family and I serve the Lord in the city of Worcester (Woohstah), Massachusetts. God has allowed me to pastor the Adams Square Baptist Church in the heart of this great city. Crime is rampant. Drug use is epidemic. Broken homes are everywhere. The only hope for forgiveness is found in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Friend, are you where I once was? Are you unsure of a home in Heaven? Are you weighed down by the burden and chains of sin? Are you headed to Hell? Jesus came to set you free, cleanse your heart, give you a home in Heaven and rescue you from destruction. He shed His blood and died to pay your sin debt, and He rose again to conquer death and give you eternal life. Will you receive Him today?

“…As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). If you would like to make the choice right now to believe in Jesus Christ and His payment alone for your sin debt, bow your heart before the Lord and call out to Him. You can pray this simple prayer, “Lord Jesus, I know I am a guilty sinner, and I’m not worthy of your love. Though I deserve death, I know you died in my place. Right now, I believe you died and rose again for me, and I’m confessing you as my Lord and Savior. Please wash away my sin and give me eternal life, Jesus. Thank you.” If you just called upon the name of the Lord instantly, miraculously, and permanently, He saved you! Please contact us to let us know about your decision.

Kris Casey

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

I. PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF SALVATION, GOD’S DIRECTION, AND THE BEGINNING OF THE VICTORY GOSPEL CRUSADE

The Lord saved me as a young boy, while we were living in northern Indiana.  I am so grateful for the godly heritage of my parents to care enough to point me to the Savior and guide me in the Scripture.  God called me to preach at the same time I was saved and made it increasingly clear in later years.  After receiving my training, I headed into evangelism in 1997.

After several years in evangelism, I began to sense a burden to do more to reach the lost in America with the gospel .  After praying over this burden for several months, I began to study how evangelists of days-gone-by would conduct their ministries.  Invariably, nearly every one would gather folks under a tent, in an old Armory building, or in an auditorium.  God began to stir in my heart to do the same.  In 2016, we headed toward Minnesota to conduct our first tent meeting, and the Victory Gospel Crusade was born!  It was a miracle, to watch the Lord draw His people together, unite the hearts of area pastors, and save dozens of souls.  In many ways the hand of God was evidenced in a way it had not been in many years in this part of the country.  At the end of the crusade, the Lord allowed us to purchase the tent from the company that had rented it to us.  This year, 2017, we are planning a crusade in Worcester, MA.  With the Lord’s help, we’d like to take the gospel tent around the country preaching the only solution to the sin of man: Jesus Christ!

II. THE BIBLE

The Holy Scriptures, complete in the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God.  He breathed every word from His mouth.  The Bible is completely inerrant and is therefore absolutely authoritative in every area of life.  The Scriptures have been preserved by the Almighty and will never pass away.  The best and most accurate body of manuscripts underlying the New Testament is the Textus Receptus.  Thus we support the King James Bible as the only correct translation for English-speaking people.  The only correct interpretation of the Scripture is the historical, grammatical, and dispensational interpretation.

III. GOD

There is only one, true God.  He is manifested in the Trinity through God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  He is revealed through creation, conscience, and the Word of God.  He is holiness, love, wisdom, and power.  He is a Spirit, absolutely separate and above His creation, yet everywhere present as the Sustainer of all things.  He orchestrates the events of all mankind for His glory.  He is the father of all those who receive His Son as their Savior.  He is the Creator of the universe and is intimately involved with every part of His creation as the Sovereign ruler of all.  He is earnestly seeking to reconcile mankind to Himself through the person of Jesus Christ.

IV. JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God the Son.  He was born of a virgin and manifested in the flesh to reveal God to man and finish the work for man’s redemption.  He is the eternal Word and the only begotten Son of God.  He manifested God to us through His miracles, His life, His death, and His resurrection.  The Lord was tempted in all points as we are, but He did not sin, nor could He sin.  When He died on the cross, He satisfied the wrath of God the Father against sinful humanity; and when He rose from the dead, He made our justification complete.  After His resurrection, He was seen of over five hundred witnesses, many of whom saw Him ascend up into heaven.  He is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God and is making intercession for the saints on the earth.  At any moment Christ could appear in the clouds to take His children home to heaven.  He will then preside as the Judge of the Bema Seat.  Later, He will rule the earth for a thousand years and finally be the object of our worship and praise for all eternity.

V. THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is God.  He is the Divine agent in nature, revelation and redemption.  He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come.  His task is to glorify the Father and the Son.  He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and anoints all that receive Christ.  He will empower, guide, comfort, teach, sanctify, and fill every believer who yields himself completely to the Spirit’s control.

VI. ANGELS

Angels are created spirit beings that are completely dependent upon God for their existence.  They are personal, powerful beings that never die, and have been made a little higher than mankind.  Their works include praise, protection, ministry, encouragement, direction, and in the past, prophecy.  The purpose of their creation was to bring glory to God.

Satan is a very powerful angel and is in charge of all of the fallen angels.  He was originally created as a perfect being; but through his own rebellion, he was brought under God’s judgment. When Satan was cast out of heaven, he led a host of angels in rebellion.  His powers are vast but limited by the omnipotent God.  Satan is the influence behind every evil that is in the universe.  He was defeated at the cross of Christ and therefore has no power over the believer who is completely yielded to the Lord.  Someday, his doom will be sealed as he is cast into the lake of fire to burn forever.

VII. MAN

All men are created by God.  They do not exist as a result of any form of evolutionary process.  Man was created in the image of God and is a tripartite (body, soul, spirit) being.  Man is a free moral agent and has been given the choice to obey or disobey the Creator.  In the garden, man chose to disobey and fell into certain destruction.  This choice resulted in spiritual death, eternal separation from God, and a sin nature that continually rebelled against God’s Word.  Man is totally depraved, making it impossible for him to please the Lord without the righteousness of Christ.  All men are under God’s condemnation and are doomed to hell-fire unless they repent and receive God’s Son.

VIII. SIN

Sin is the willful violation of God’s Law.  It began with Satan and spread to some of the angels, who joined in a rebellion against God.  All men are sinners by nature and by choice and are totally corrupted and condemned.  Nothing in man can merit the favor of the Holy God.  The only way that man can come to God is through the righteousness of Christ received by faith in Him alone.

IX. SALVATION

Salvation is the act of God.  It is obtained by faith in God’s marvelous grace.  It is not by our own works that we receive forgiveness, but rather, it is a gift of God.  Salvation is deliverance from eternal punishment in Hell, from the power of sin, and from the laws of condemnation.  The Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life as the substitutionary payment for our sin.  His blood is the only substance that can cleanse man from iniquity.  His death is the propitiation for the sin of the world.  If He is rejected, condemnation is sure.  If He is received, salvation is certain.

Redemption is the work of God, whereby a sinner is bought back out of the slave market of sin.  Justification is the judicial declaration of God that deems a sinner completely righteous through the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Propitiation is the satisfaction of God’s wrath through His Son.  Adoption is the act of God, whereby those who put their faith in Christ are placed into the family of God as adult sons, with all the blessings, privileges, and responsibilities of that position.  Reconciliation is the work of God that renders mankind salvable and works a change in the heart of the believer from hatred and anger to love and trust.

The process of salvation began before the foundation of the world.  God foreknew who would trust Him.  Whosoever will may come to Him, and those who come are chosen in Him before the foundation of the world to a life of dedication and service.  The Holy Spirit draws each one who is saved through the message of God’s Word.  That individual must repent and place his entire faith in Christ Jesus as the only way of salvation.  If he does, he is saved forever.  His eternal destiny is founded upon the Word and character of the Lord.

X. THE CHURCH

God’s plan for today is accomplished through the local, New Testament Church that was founded and begun by its Head, The Lord Jesus Christ. This body is an organized group of baptized believers in the same geographical location who come together on a regular basis to worship the Lord Jesus Christ.  The three offices that function within the local church are the pastor, the evangelist, and the deacon.  The pastor is the under-shepherd of the flock and is directly accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ for how he teaches and leads the sheep. He will someday give an account to the Lord, either with “joy or grief”, for his sheep.  The evangelist is a New Testament ministry gift that primarily utilizes preaching to point Christians to revival and the lost to salvation through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. The deacons are servants and spiritual examples for the flock of God.  Two ordinances are to be practiced by the local church:  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is a public testimony of a person’s faith in Christ.  It does not save.  It only witnesses of God’s grace.  The Lord’s Supper is the regular observance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ by saved, baptized and right-with-God believers.  The object of the church is to give God glory through public worship of the King of Kings. The mission of the church is to evangelize the lost, baptize the saved, and teach saints how to daily live for Christ and reproduce themselves.

XI. FUTURE EVENTS

Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds at any moment and receive His saints up to glory. The dead in Christ shall rise first, then those in Christ who are alive will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. The teaching of Scripture is a premillenial, pretribulational rapture of the saints.

On the earth, the next event will be the tribulation. The Antichrist will set up his domain, promising peace and safety. His rule will end seven years later when the Lord Jesus comes and establishes His righteous, millennial throne. While the tribulation is taking place, the Judgment Seat of Christ will occur in Heaven. At this event, every Christian will be judged for his works.
Then Christ will come to earth and fight against the enemies of God in the Battle of Armageddon. There He will destroy those who come against Him, and He will cast the Antichrist and false prophet into the lake of fire.

For one thousand years Christ will reign upon the earth with a rod of iron. During this time, Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit and will have no power upon the earth. The Judgment of Israel and the Judgment of the Nations will occur at the beginning of the Millennium.

At the close the Millennium, Satan will be loosed and will attempt, one last time, to rally an army against God. He will be defeated and cast into the lake of fire. Following this, God will sit at the Great White Throne Judgment and judge all of the unsaved. Whosoever’s name is not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire. God will destroy the heavens and the earth with fervent heat and will establish a new heaven and a new earth.

XII. THE ETERNAL STATE

Heaven is a literal place prepared for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ.  It is a place of peace, beauty, satisfaction, rest, and holiness.  This is not soul sleep.  It is void of sin, because it is where God dwells.  Believers will live there forever to worship, praise, and serve God.

Hell is a literal place of torment prepared for the devil and his angels.  All those who do not trust Christ as their Savior will spend eternity in this place separated from God.  It is a place characterized by darkness, worms, fire, brimstone, smoke, and thirst.  Those in hell have all five senses and are very aware of what is around them.  They will not be consumed nor annihilated but will suffer in torments forever and ever.

XIII. SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The Word of God reveals spiritual gifts to be inner motivations, spiritual endowments, and divine appointments which are given by the Holy Spirit to the believer, that the Body of Christ might function properly.  Knowledge, prophecy, and tongues, all known as the sign gifts, have ceased and have not been in operation since the completion of the canon of Scripture.  However, the other gifts play an integral part in the effectiveness of Christ’s church.

 

 

XIV. SEPARATION

Separation from evil and unto Christ is clearly taught in the Scriptures and must be practiced by God’s people.  The Bible teaches that in the last days there will be an increase in apostasy and wickedness.  It is from this that I separate without apology.  I will have no associations with the World Council of Churches or the National Council of Churches.  I will not fellowship with those organizations, churches, or individuals (i.e. the Catholic Church, cults, liberals, etc.) that deny the basic fundamental doctrines of Scripture.

Furthermore, I will not fellowship with those organizations, movements, or individuals (i.e. the Charismatic Movement, the Promise Keepers, The Southern Baptist, American Baptist, and Northern Baptist Conventions, New Evangelicals, etc.) who attempt to bridge the denominational or doctrinal gap between Fundamentalism and error.  However, I am actively engaged in praying for them and bringing them to the Lord.  I stand without apology as an Independent, Fundamental Baptist whose sole loyalty is to Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

By God’s grace alone, I will strive for holiness and purity both ecclesiastically and personally.  I will strive by faith to be separate from the world and unto Christ.  This involves separation from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, the movie industry, any form of rock, country, pop, jazz, disco, or other worldly music, immoral sex, and involvement in worldly amusements.  This also involves separation unto the Bible, prayer, worship, Christian fellowship, soulwinning, Bible preaching, and active service for Jesus Christ.

 

 

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