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J.C. Ryle (1816 - 1900)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker J.C. Ryle in text and pdf format. J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, faithful pastor, husband of three wives, [widowed three times: Matilda died in 1847, Jessie died in 1860, Henrietta died in 1889] and the father to five children [1 with Matilta and 4 with Jessie]. He was thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his Biblical principles. In 1880, after 38 years in Pastoral ministry in rural England, at age 64, he became the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year at the age of 84.
He [J.C. Ryle] was great through the abounding grace of God. He was great in stature; great in mental power; great in spirituality; great as a preacher and expositor of Gods most holy Word; great in hospitality; great as a writer of Gospel tracts; great as a Bishop of the Reformed Evangelical Protestant Church in England, of which he was a noble defender; great as first Bishop of Liverpool. I am bold to say, that perhaps few men in the nineteenth century did as much for God, for truth, and for righteousness, among the English speaking race, and in the world, as our late Bishop. - Rev. Richard Hobson, three days after Ryles burial in 1900.
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A Blind Man Cured
"And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to him and entreated him to touch him. And taking the blind man by the hand, he brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying his hands upon him, he asked him, Do you se ... read more
A Call to Prayer
I have a question to offer you. It is contained in three words, Do you pray?
The question is one that none but you can answer. Whether you attend public worship or not, your minister knows. Whether you have family prayers in your house or not, your rel ... read more
A Conversation with Nicodemus
"I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from ... read more
A Difficult Passage
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and M ... read more
A look at Communion
"A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread
and drinks of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28)
The words which form the tittle of this paper refer to the subject of vast
impor ... read more
A Praying Saviour
"Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed. Simon and those who were with him searched for him. When they found him, they said, to him, 'Everyone is looking for you.' B ... read more
A Woman to Be Remembered
A Woman to Be Remembered
"Remember Lots wife." (Luke 17:32).
There are few warnings in Scripture more solemn than that which heads this page. The Lord Jesus Christ says to us, "Remember Lots wife."
Lots wife was a professor of religion; he ... read more
Able to Save
There is one subject in religion, about which you can never know too much. That subject is Jesus Christ the Lord. This is the mighty subject which the text that heads this page unfolds,--Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ's intercession.
I have heard of a ... read more
An Account of the Conversion of J.C. Ryle
John Charles Ryle: Evangelical Bishop; Peter Toon & Michael Smout;
Reiner Publications, Swengel, PA USA; (1976); page 26
..But two years before his conversion in 1837, a minor incident brought momentum to an inexorable process.
Ryle was out sh ... read more
Are We Sanctified?
Sanctify them through Thy truth.--John xvii. 17.
This is the will of God, even your sanctification.--1 Thessalonians iv. 3.
The question which heads this page is one which many, I fear, will dislike exceedingly. Some perhaps may even turn from ... read more
Are You Asleep?
"Awake thou that sleepest."-Eph. 5:14
I put before you now a simple question. Look through the pages of this paper and you will soon see why I ask it. "Are you asleep about your soul?"
There are many who have the name of Christians, but not the ... read more
Are You Born Again?
Are you born again? This is one of life's most important questions. Jesus Christ said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).
It is not enough to reply, "I belong to the church; I suppose I'm a Christian." Tho ... read more
Are You Fighting?
Fight the good fight of faith1 Timothy 6:12
It is a curious fact that there is no subject about which most people feel such deep interest as fighting. Young men and maidens, old men and little children, high and low, rich and poor, learned and ... read more
Are You Looking?
The question which heads this page may seem an odd one at first sight. To whom or to what does it apply? The words of St. Paul, below it, supply the key to its meaning. It is an inquiry concerning your soul and the Lord Jesus Christ. It means neither mo ... read more
Are You Ready?
I ASK you a plain question at the beginning of a new year: Are you ready?
It is a solemn thing to part company with the old year. It is a still more solemn thing to begin a new one. It is like entering a dark passage: we know not what we may meet bef ... read more
I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge,
s ... read more
"Rejected silver" (Jeremiah 6:30)
"Nothing but leaves" (Mark 11:13)
"Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth"
(1 John 3:18).
"You have a reputation of being alive, b ... read more
Bible Reading - Part 1
"Study the Scriptures" (John 5:39).
"How do you read it?" (Luke 10:26).
Next to praying there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bible-reading. God has mercifully given us a book which is "able to make [us] wise for salvation through f ... read more
Bible Reading - Part 2
(a) The world is full of difficulties about points of doctrine. The house of error lies close alongside the house of truth. The door of one is so like the door of the other that there is continual risk of mistakes.
Does a man read or travel much? H ... read more
Bishop John Hoopers Letter of January 21, 1555
A letter which Master Hooper did write out of prison to certain of his friends, three weeks before his cruel burning at Gloucester.
The grace of God be with you. Amen.
I did write unto you of late, and told you what extremity the Parliament had con ... read more
You probably know that Calvary was a place close to Jerusalem, where the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified. We know nothing else about Calvary beside this. I call this tract "Calvary," because I am going to speak to you about the sufferin ... read more
Child of God
"Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." (Romans 8:14)
"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)
"The Spiri ... read more
Christ and the Two Thieves
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receiv ... read more
There is no doctrine in Christianity so important as the doctrine of Christ crucified. There is none which the devil tries so hard to destroy. There is none which it is so needful for our own peace to understand.
By Christ crucified, I mean the doct ... read more
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ... read more
Christ is All
CHRIST IS ALL
"Christ is all" (Col. 3:11).
The words of the text which heads this page are few, short and soon spoken; but they contain great things. Like those golden sayings, "To me to live is Christ," "I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in ... read more
"Now as he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build ... read more
Christian Leaders of the 18th Century - Practical Lessons
It only remains for me now to point out a few practical lessons.
FOOTNOTE: The rest of this section is taken from the concluding chapter of Christian Leaders.
They are lessons which are strongly impressed on my own mind. Thankful should I be if I ... read more
"It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good."
Zeal is a subject, like many others in religion, which is sadly misunderstood. Many would be ashamed to be thought zealous Christians. Many are ready to say of zealous peop ... read more
Christs Greatest Trophy
Christs Greatest Trophy
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are ... read more
"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew xi. 28.
The name of the tract before you is short but the subject which that name unfolds is deeply important. It is the first word of a text of Scripture which ... read more
Counting the Cost
"Which of you, intending to build a house,
does not sit down first and count the cost?"
The text which heads this page is one of great importance. Few are the people who are not often obliged to ask themselves, "What does it cost?" There i ... read more
Dangers of Young Men
2. There are some special dangers that young men need to be warned against.
(1) One danger to young men is pride.
I know well that all souls are in fearful peril. Old or young, it doesn't matter; all have a race to run, a battle to fight, a heart t ... read more
Dangers of Young Men
II. DANGERS OF YOUNG MEN
There are some special dangers that young men need to be warned against.
(1) One danger to young men is PRIDE.
I know well that all souls are in fearful peril. Old or young, it doesn't matter; all have a race to run, a b ... read more
Daniel Rowlands - Part 1
One of the greatest spiritual champions of the last century whom I wish to introduce to my readers in this chapter, is one who is very little known. The man I mean is the Rev. Daniel Rowlands of Llangeitho in Cardiganshire. Thousands of my countrymen, I s ... read more
Daniel Rowlands - Part 2
IN taking a general survey of the ministry of Daniel Rowlands of Liangeitho, the principal thing that strikes one is the extraordinary power of his preaching There was evidently something very uncommon about his sermons. On this point we have the clear an ... read more
Do You Believe?
"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 III. 16.
Look at the well-known text which heads this page. Its words are probably familiar to your ears. ... read more
Do You Confess?
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John i. 9).
The question which forms the title of this tract is at all times deeply important. Among the foundation-stones of sa ... read more
Do you love Me?
Do you love Me?
"Do you love Me?" (John 21:16)
A disposition to love somebody is one of the commonest feelings which God has implanted in human nature. Too often, unhappily, people set their affection on unworthy objects. I want this day to claim ... read more
"What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
(2 Corinthians 4:18)
A subject stands out on the face of this text which is one of the most solemn and heart searching in the Bible. That subject is eternity.
The subject is one of ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 10:1-9
Jesus as the Good Shepherd
"I tell you the solemn truth, the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens the ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 10:10-18
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand who is not a shepherd and does not own ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 10:19-30
Another sharp division took place among the Jewish authorities because of these words. Many of them were saying, "He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind. Why do you listen to him?" Others said, "These are not the words of someone possessed by a ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 10:31-42
The Jewish authorities picked up rocks again to stone him to death. Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many good deeds from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?" The Jewish authorities replied, "We are not going to stone you for ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 11:1-6
The Death of Lazarus
Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 11:17-29
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb four days already. (Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, so many of the Jewish people who lived in Jerusalem had come to Martha and Mary to console them over the loss of their b ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 11:30-37
Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still in the place where Martha had come out to meet him. Then the Jewish people from Jerusalem who were with Mary in the house consoling her saw her get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 11:38-46
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
Jesus, intensely moved again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied, "Lord, by this time the body will have a ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 11:47-57
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called the council together and said, "What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. If we allow him to go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away ... read more
Expository Thoughts On John - JOHN 11:7-16
Then after this, he said to his disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples replied, "Rabbi, the Jewish authorities were just now trying to stone you to death! Are you going there again?" Jesus replied, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If an ... read more