Began: Sep 11, 2016
When you think of “Hot Topics,” you might initially think of movie star or a National Inquirer story. But, the reality is, we don’t have to look that far to find “Hot Topics” that affect us all. This 8-week sermon series addresses the major issues that not only are in the news, but those that affect each of our lives in a real and personal way.
Began: Apr 17, 2016
The history of Israel, both Biblically and historically, has been a topic of interest to the world for thousands of years. In this power-packed 10-week series, “The Future of Israel”, Bryant takes us back to the prophecies of the Old Testament and brings us forward to present day and even into the future of God’s chosen nation.
Began: Mar 06, 2016
The Fulfillment of God’s Plan: One of the truths of which we can always be sure is that God is never caught off guard. He always has a plan. This 4-week series elaborates on this fact by looking at some of the Bible’s great heroes and how God’s plans played out in their lives.
Began: Dec 06, 2015
The Spirit of Christmas (4 sermons) Oftentimes, in the rush of contemporary life, we not only pay little attention to why we celebrate Christmas, but we forget to be in awe of God’s amazing plan that came to fruition on that dark night in Bethlehem. This four-part series takes us back through each step of Jesus’ supernatural entrance into the earthly realm.
Began: Jun 08, 2014
A 4-week look at the story of Jonah, his unbelievable experience inside the belly of a large fish, and how, in spite of his initial desire to escape the will of God, Jonah received God' forgiveness and was instrumental in turning the people of Nineveh back to the Lord.
Began: Aug 09, 2015
Sometimes we go along in life just reacting to different situations, rather than preparing for them. While that may be the easiest way, it is not the best way. This 4-part series deals with the importance of Intentional Living as it pertains to the Christian life.
Began: May 03, 2015
That one little word can represent so many things - such as beauty, love, covenant, ceremony, children, meeting each other’s needs, arguments, chaos, anger, stress, divorce, and now, it even represents the union of two people of the same sex. This 9-part series addresses marriage in today’s world and how to find our way back to marriage God’s way.
Began: Jan 11, 2015
A little over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ gathered His twelve specially chosen disciples. And He gave them an unstoppable mission of taking the good news of Jesus Christ to every people group on the face of the earth. That unstoppable mission continues to this day, being carried out by believers all over the world, and it will continue until Jesus' challenge is fulfilled and all have been told that He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
Began: Mar 30, 2014
In modern times, a new cross has appeared into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial, the differences, fundamental. This study is a warning that, although new times require ever-changing methodologies, the message must remain the same.
Began: Jan 19, 2014
This 2-week series discusses God' disdain of worship that draws attention to anyone other than Himself. God looks at the motives of man. Does man look to praise and glorify God or does man intend to glorify himself with pride and selfishness?
Began: Dec 15, 2013
We know that Paul wasn't there to witness the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. So, in many ways, his take on Christmas would be much like ours. He depended on what he read, stories he was told, and communication from the Lord through the Holy Spirit. This 3-week series puts the "whys" of the life of Jesus into a perspective that can only come from someone who has had a personal encounter with Jesus.
Began: Oct 06, 2013
Although it is true that prayer is simply communicating with God, many times, in our feelings of closeness, we forget that we are talking to our Creator, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In that light, here we find that there are some right and wrong ways to pray.
Began: Aug 25, 2013
Taken straight from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes, these messages give keen insight into what Jesus meant when He said, "Blessed (Happy) are..." They allow us to truly understand these oft-times misquoted and misunderstood characteristics of this amazing sermon.
Began: May 26, 2013
A frequent phrase teenagers use is, "Everyone else is doing it." It's also a key reason adults give to justify bad behavior. And it's true - lots of people ARE doing things in direct opposition to God's Word and feel no remorse about it. So how do believers live in such a troubled world, where wars rage, morals are in decline, and the modern culture celebrates evil as acceptable? God still seeks His people today, but instead of sending a prophet, He leaves that job to believers - to His church. Bryant show how God uses rebellious people and evil circumstances to accomplish His purposes - and how He wants to use you, too.
Began: Apr 07, 2013
We all have stories. Each of our stories is different - no two are a like. That's easy to understand. Sharing your faith? Whoa. Not so fast. That scares me. This series of sermons shows us not only how to use our own life experiences to share our faith in a non-threatening way, but helps us gain insight into these stories of our lives and helps us use them to grow in our own walks with Jesus Christ.
Began: Jan 13, 2013
One of the many ways Jesus taught was by His actions. Through many miracles He performed during His brief ministry on earth, people were able to actually see (witness) signs that provided physical proof that He was truly the Son of God. This is a 7-week series you don't want to miss.
Began: Dec 09, 2012
The Old Testament is literally filled with prophecy that not only describes the characteristics of the coming Messiah, but goes into details about how and where He would be born. This series helps us bridge what appraisers to be a gap between the old and New Testaments.
Began: Nov 11, 2012
Everyone is going to leave a legacy when they die. What will your legacy be? What will you leave behind that is eternal and true? This series will enlighten you on the importance of how you live your life in the now, in order that your legacy will not only leave a lasting memory to your family, but will honor God in the process.
Began: Sep 09, 2012
In the fast paced world in which we live, it's easy to over-obligate ourselves. When this happens, everything suffers. This series is a reminder that to be better Christians, we have to elevate our expectations! Jesus said the most important commandment was to love God and your neighbor as yourself.
Began: Sep 02, 2012
God created everything, the heavens and the earth. Man sinned and corrupted everything. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sin. The Church is to spread the word of the Gospel. If we have full faith and trust in Christ, we will be saved.
Began: Apr 22, 2012
"The Everest of Christian Belief Part 2" is a 12-week series delving into the book of Romans. Inside this series, Bryant takes us through some of the most important and difficult components that make up the life of a Christian.
Began: Jan 15, 2012
"The Everest of Christian Belief Part 1" is a 12-week series delving into the book of Romans. Inside this series, Bryant takes us through some of the most important and difficult components that make up the life of a Christian.
Began: Dec 11, 2011
Before the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would supernaturally bear the Son of God, He sent Gabriel to tell Zacharias that his wife, Elizabeth, would also supernaturally bear a son (even though she had been barren for years). Their son would be known as John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Son of God who would prepare the world for His arrival. This 4-week study will reveal the connection and the magnificent plan that God had to bring His Son into the world.
Began: Nov 13, 2011
When we think of the Biblical prophecies of the 2nd coming of Jesus, our thoughts immediately go to the book of Revelation. But, in the Book of Psalms, we find several references to His return, Armageddon, and even the eternal reign of Jesus tucked away in several chapters, and this 4-week study will uncover some of those relevant prophecies.
Began: Jul 03, 2011
What is the role of the government in scripture? What is the role of the Christian in scripture in regard to the government?
Began: Apr 24, 2011
This is a seven sermon series. It is one of the most common topics about the Christian faith revolves around the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Did the resurrection happen? Did Jesus really die? Did someone steal the body? Does it matter? This study will delve not only into the evidence of resurrection, but into the imperative significance it holds for our eternal future.
Began: Mar 20, 2011
There is very little information about the life of Jesus between His birth and when He started His ministry at the age of 30. That gives us an idea of just how important His 3 years of ministry were then and now. In this series, we will look with detail into the beginnings of Jesus' amazing, life-changing ministry years.
Began: Jan 30, 2011
God specifically made each of us different, as men and women, as well as with different gifts and personalities. He did this in order that we can achieve the unique purposes He has planned for each of our lives. This series, Men on a Mission, delves into Paulâ€™s 1st missionary journey, how God revealed Paulâ€™s mission to him, how He led him through the many difficulties and changes throughout this time in Paulâ€™s life and how all of it relates to todayâ€™s church.
Began: Dec 19, 2010
The busyness of the Christmas season-buying gifts, Santa Claus, decorations, parties - all of these activities often become the focus of Christmas. This sermon will help us re-focus our hearts on the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas and help us understand why He came.
Began: Aug 22, 2010
In this study into the book of James, we delve into the difficulties of everyday life and how to apply our faith in the practical aspects of each day. From dealing with doubt and anger, to controlling the words we use to express our emotions, this series is applicable to each and every child of God.
Began: Aug 08, 2010
This series is an in-depth study on the importance of our churches having a â€œkingdomâ€ vision for ministry as we seek to get the Great Commission, the message of Jesus Christ, to the entire world. The only way we can do that, in reality, is for each of us to have a true heart for spreading the love of Christ to every person in every nation, both in teaching and preaching, as well as how we live our lives in front of this world so in need of a Savior.
Began: May 30, 2010
There is no doubt that we are living in some of the most difficult times in the history of our nation. Amidst the confusion, the suffering, the persecution, the political wars and rhetoric, where do we run? Is there really a merciful God out there who is faithful to deliver hope to us amidst our fears of total destruction? The answer is a resounding, "Yes!" This series will provide an in-depth look at the very heart of God, His plans for His children and His unconditional love for each of us.
Began: May 02, 2010
When God created woman, He designed her to be uniquely different than a man, to be his partner and, in many way, to "complete" him. Sure, men and women share many of the same characteristics that are just part of being human, but there is no doubt that women see the world in a different way than men do. This series delves into four different areas that will give insight into how a woman views herself, her family, and her work (both inside and outside of the home), as well as her emotional and spiritual life.
Began: Apr 11, 2010
From the moment a man is born until the day he dies, he will go through three distinct stages of life. Each of these life stages contains physical, mental, emotional and spiritual changes that are unique to the male species. This series will give us insight into how God specifically created men to see the world throughout his life.
Began: Feb 07, 2010
For everything that our senses can encounter in the physical world, from physical birth to the food that nourishes our bodies, there is a parallel spiritual reality. This 7-week series contrasts our material realities with spiritual truths.
Began: Jan 10, 2010
Love is not just an emotion that makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Love is a verb. In fact, Love is an action verb. It requires that you DO something, that you make a conscious decision every day to Love. This 3-week series focuses on what it means when we truly Love God, in our hearts, in our souls, and in our actions.
Began: Nov 29, 2009
The busyness of the Christmas season-buying gifts, Santa Claus, decorations, parties - all of these activities often become the focus of Christmas. This 6-sermon series will help us re-focus our hearts on the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas.
Began: Aug 30, 2009
What does the Bible have to say about the end times? What does the future hold for God's people and the world? This 11-week series is essential to understanding Biblical prophecy about what our world is facing as we draw nearer and nearer to the end times.
Began: Aug 09, 2009
Through the years, Johnson Ferry has tried to honor all of its core values, including "never changing message, ever-changing methodologies." This is an in-depth look at who we are as a body of believers and what makes us unique, as we continually strive to honor our mission to "reach and disciple people for Jesus Christ."
Began: Feb 01, 2009
Distractions are everywhere. They catch us off guard and pull our attention away from what matters most. Successful businessmen understand the importance of frequently refocusing their company on its mission. The best athletes realize they must never neglect the fundamentals. The same is true in our spiritual life. Refocusing on the center and foundation of our faith - Jesus Christ - is essential to maintaining a fresh, vibrant relationship with Him.
Began: Jan 25, 2009
We don't think about money management as a spiritual issue, but it is. God's Word has a lot to say about basic financial principles. As Americans, we may not feel rich right now, but when we compare ourselves to the rest of the world, we are extremely wealthy, and the Bible calls those who are rich to not put our hope in the uncertainty of riches but to put our trust in God who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. The heart of the matter is, are we willing to trust Him in this area of our life?
Began: Jan 11, 2009
If you've read the magazine headlines while waiting in line at the supermarket, then you're familiar with the story line: The beautiful Hollywood star falls in love; then she gets her heart broken; then she finds love again with someone else...always with someone else. Rarely do you see stories about someone falling in love again with the same person. Many of us once had a passionate relationship with Christ, yet over time, our love affair with Him has grown cold. This message from Bryant Wright is about rekindling the love we once had with Christ. It's about going back to Him instead of moving on to something else. This is not just a message for the Church, it's a message for each one of us personally.
Began: Dec 14, 2008
Financial pressure, economic downturn, job loss. In this season of fear of the future, we are desperately longing for some good news. The angel said to the shepherds, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be for all people." We expect the Christmas season to be a time of peace and joy, but many of us find ourselves worried about the future. In this 3-part series, Bryant covers the familiar Christmas story and uncovers the hope we have today--despite the uncertainty of the economy--because of that baby born so long ago in Bethlehem.
Began: Oct 19, 2008
Often we are prone to setting the agenda for our life without much thought to what God's desire for our life might be. In doing so, we miss the wonder and blessings of walking closely to God. However, in this 8-week study from Ephesians, we see that walking through life God's way clarifies our purpose and improves the overall health of our families, our relationships, our churches, and even our communities.
Began: Jul 06, 2008
We all have times of deep thirst when our spirit and emotions feel parched. Sometimes—to satisfy our thirst—we drink the first thing that comes along. But drinking substitute sources leaves us emptier and more dehydrated than before. Jesus said he is the living water that truly satisfies our soul's thirst. Jesus said, "Whoever is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Streams of living water will flow from within him.'"
Began: May 11, 2008
Isaac is one of the great patriarchs of our faith, yet is not as well known as his father Abraham or son Jacob or grandson Joseph. Yet, from Isaac's life we discover the roots of our Christian faith and lessons that apply to our life and faith today.
Began: Mar 30, 2008
Whether our lives or busy or boring, frantic or routine, we rarely give much thought to our afterlife. Yet, how long is eternity compared to our lifespan? Typically, we put more thought into planning our retirement than we do our everlasting eternity. In this series, Bryant Wright examines what the Bible says about heaven, hell, judgment, and even purgatory. After we have planned for tomorrow, we are better equipped to live for today as God intended.
Began: Mar 02, 2008
Some of the things that Jesus said are very troubling and contrary to what many of us have learned and thought about Christ all of our life. This series leading up to Easter gives us a more complete picture of who Jesus really was and not just the nice image of Jesus that feels good to us.
Began: Feb 03, 2008
Ezekiel is one of the most bizarre characters in the Old Testament. He is called the Watchman Prophet, and spoke a message that is still relevant to us today. As we understand the lives of individuals in the old covenant, we will have a greater appreciation for what Christ did to initiate the new covenant that we live under today.
Began: Jan 13, 2008
Sidetracked. Distracted. It happens so easily. Calling a time-out to refocus our priorities is an essential part of all healthy organizations and healthy individuals. In this three-week series, Bryant Wright restates the core mission and introduces the theme for Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in 2008. Keeping these priorities in focus is not just the responsibility of the church as an organization but also for each individual member of the church body.
Began: Oct 21, 2007
Is your life everything you think it should be? Is there a secret to finding meaning and purpose in life? In this series we will be looking at examples of people who came alive through an encounter with Jesus Christ. As we will see through real life examples, the secret to a life of meaning and purpose is found when we encounter Christ!
Began: Aug 19, 2007
The heritage of the Christian Faith is woven together with the Jewish Faith. All through history, there have been difficult and complex questions concerning the relationship between Jewish people and Christianity. In this 9-week series, Bryant discusses God's passion for Jewish people as it relates to the message of Romans 9-11. As we look at the roots of the Christian faith, we will see that God desires for all men to come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Began: Aug 12, 2007
Communication is vital for the health of any relationship, yet it's especially challenging when you cannot see or hear the person with whom you're communicating. In this sermon, Bryant calls the church body to be in prayer this fall as it faces challenges in expansion, growth, and ministry. Focusing on God in prayer deepens our relationship with him, and opens our hearts to know and accept His will for our life. Through prayer, we experience the joy of a more intimate walk with Christ.
Began: Aug 05, 2007
We all face giants. Your giant may be financial problems, work-related issues, your health, emotional fears, or relationship difficulties. Churches sometimes face giant challenges as well. Bryant shares the famous story of David and Goliath to deepen our faith so that we can trust God and face life's giants with courage. This message was delivered on the campus of Cedarcrest Church.
Began: Jun 03, 2007
No one would have picked Gideon as a leader. He would not even have picked himself. His decisions were uncertain, and his faith was shaky. However, despite Gideon's shortcomings, God used Gideon to bring glory to Himself and victory to the people of Israel. This series will encourage you to trust in God no matter what circumstances you face or doubts you feel.
Began: May 27, 2007
It was the day Jesus promised would come. It was the day of a violent rushing wind. It was the day of the Church's first official meeting. It was the day the Holy Spirit came. Three thousand people came to Christ that day. In this single-sermon series from Acts 2:1-4, Bryant Wright describes the significance of the Day of Pentecost and explains the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus' followers.
Began: Apr 29, 2007
According to the family portrait hanging on our wall, we look good, we're smiling, we have beautiful kids, and we have it all together. That is not always the whole story, however. Inside the picture perfect family, there are often disagreements, frustrations, and struggles. In this series from the book of Proverbs, learn how Godly wisdom is applied to each specific role in the family.
Began: Apr 15, 2007
We all have questions about God, and often we don't know where to go to get good, honest answers. Bryant Wright asked members of his congregation, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, to send him questions they had about God, the Bible, and Christianity. He received nearly 200 questions, and from those he picked several to answer during three morning services. This series of sermons will strengthen your faith and be a helpful resource to you for questions you have or questions you may be asked about the Christian Faith.
Began: Apr 08, 2007
Every year around Easter, you can expect some kind of media hype or supposed evidence surfaces intended to undercut the validity of Jesus' resurrection. Bryant Wright appeals to undeniable evidence that Jesus' resurrection is not just a religious hoax but an historical fact which demands that we make a decision.
Began: Mar 04, 2007
Jesus' life offended the religious and welcomed the outsiders. Many of his encounters with people were politically incorrect and culturally unacceptable. This 5-part series challenges the church to be accepting, inclusive, and gracious to those who may not look like, act like, or talk like church people do. Sermons in this series include: (1) Stained, (2) Putting people before legalism, (3) Breaking taboos, (4) Jesus: Getting Dirty with Sinners, and (5) Clean Sweep.
Began: Jan 21, 2007
True Christianity is sometimes dangerous Christianity. Many of us live our lives with a goal of seeking comfort and avoiding danger. But did you know that God never promised us comfort or safety? There are plenty of benefits to being a follower of Jesus, but as Bryant Wright teaches in this 5-part series on the apostles in the New Testament, there are also costs. However, stepping out of our comfort zone may be the first step to living the adventure-filled life of faith that our Creator designed for us.
Began: Dec 17, 2006
We all have stories about Christmas. Your Christmas memories might include gifts given, gifts received, traditions observed, meals shared, parties attended, or some other special Christmas memory. While those memories are special and dear to us, our stories about Christmas often have little to do with Jesus. Not so with these three stories. Bryant Wright invites you to take a journey with him back in time and experience Christmas through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, and the wise men. Christmas will take on a whole new meaning to us when we realize that from the very start, Christmas has always been all about Jesus.
Began: May 08, 2005
All through the Bible, Scripture refers to the importance of family: the family of God, the family of believers in corporate worship, and one of the most important, the family that exists right here on earth. This group of sermons covers most of the major situations that are encountered by today’s families – from marriage to children, from husbands and wives to finances, and God’s role in each of those areas. It is truly a series from which we can all benefit.
Began: Mar 06, 2005
A study of Acts 1, after Jesus' resurrection and before the start of the church.
Began: Aug 05, 2001
The Great Commandment: loving God through loving others, worship, and stewardship.