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R.A. Torrey (1856 - 1928)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker R.A. Torrey in text and pdf format. An American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Called by D. L. Moody to head Bible institute in Chicago (now Moody Bible Institute). Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Pastorates included Chicago Avenue Church (now Moody Memorial) and Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles. Worldwide evangelistic meetings with Charlie Alexander. Founded Montrose Bible Conference, PA. Wrote more than forty books.

Torrey held his last evangelistic meeting in Florida in 1927, additional meetings being canceled because of his failing health. He died at home in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 26, 1928, having preached throughout the world and written more than 40 books. Torrey-Gray Auditorium, the main auditorium at Moody, was named for Torrey and his successor, James M. Gray. At Biola, the Torrey Honors Institute honors him, as does the university's annual Bible conference.

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The Deity of Jesus Christ
      "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?..." Matthew 22:41,42 The question that our Lord Jesus puts here to the Pharisees is the most fundamental question concerning Christia ... read more

The Drama of Life in Three Acts
      “A certain man had two sons.” — Luke xv. 11. My subject to-night is the Drama of Life in Three Acts. The Lord Jesus Christ is the author of the Drama, and it surpasses anything that was ever put on the stage in conciseness, in point, in height an ... read more

The Duty of Forgiving Those Who Sin Against Us Matthew 18:15–35
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. How to Deal with an Offending Brother, vv. 15–20 What are Christ’s directions as to the first step to take if a brother sin against us? Should we talk to others about the fault? Why will probably be the result in such ... read more

The Feeding of the Five Thousand Mark 6:30–44
      (Compare Matthew 14:13–21; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–13) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Our Lord’s Care for His Servants, vv. 30–32 From what were the apostles returning? What was the first thing they did upon their return? (Luke 9:10.) What is ... read more

The First Cleansing of the Temple John 2:13–25
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Temple Defiled by Man, But Cleansed by Jesus, vv. 13–17 Why did Jesus go so often up to Jerusalem at the time of the Passover? (Deut. 16:16; Luke 2:41; John 6:4; 11:55.) What did He find in the house of God? For wha ... read more

The Folly of Anxiety Luke 12:22–34
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. God’s Care for His Creatures, vv. 22–28 What was the central lesson of the preceding lesson? What is the central lesson of this? What is the connection between that lesson and this? In what two ways as seen in the las ... read more

The Folly of Laying Up Treasure for One’s Self and Not Being Rich Toward God Luke 12:13–21
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. “Take Heed and Beware of Covetousness,” vv. 13–15 What was the occasion of this parable? Had the profound teaching to which our Lord had just given utterance made much impression on this man? Why not? What was all t ... read more

The Fool's Creed
      "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." Ps. 14:1. OUR subject to-night is The Fool's Creed. Every intelligent man has a creed. You hear men in our days inveighing against creeds, but every man who thinks has a creed. A man's creed is wha ... read more

The Gentiles Seeking Jesus and the Jews Rejecting Jesus John 12:20–50
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Gentiles Seeking Jesus, vv. 20–36 With what request did certain Greeks come to Philip? Was that a laudable desire? How much depends on truly seeing Him? (John 6:40; 3:14, 15; 20:20; 2 Cor. 3:18.) How can we see the ... read more

The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25–37
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Inquiring Lawyer, vv. 25–29 What was the question that led to the parable of the Good Samaritan? Who put it? What is meant by “lawyer”? What was his purpose in the question? Did he have any real sense of his nee ... read more

The Great Attraction: The Uplifted Christ
      IN A RECENT ADVERTISEMENT OF A Sunday evening service in one of. our American cities it was stated that there would be three attractions: a high-class movie show, a popular gospel pianist and his wife, rendered by a well-known prima donna. It is somewhat ... read more

The Greatest Sentence That Was Ever Written
      “God is Love.” — 1 John iv. 8. My subject is the greatest sentence that was ever written. Of course, that sentence is in the Bible. All the greatest sentences are in the one Book. The Bible has a way of putting more in a single sentence than othe ... read more

The Growth of the Kingdom Mark 4:26–29; Matthew 13:31–33
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Seed Growing of Itself, Mark 4:26–29 What is the relation of this parable to the parables in Matt. 13:1–30? What is represented by the seed in this parable? (Luke 8:11; 1 Peter 1:23.) Where is it to be sown? Why d ... read more

The Hatred of the World Toward the Disciples of Jesus John 15:18–16:6
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The World’s Hatred for Jesus and His Disciples, vv. 18–27 Of what had Jesus been speaking in the verses immediately preceding? (vv. 12–17.) Of what does He now begin to speak (v. 18)? What does He say will be the at ... read more

The Healing of a Man Who Had Been Thirty and Eight Years in His Infirmity John 5:1–16
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. In Need of the Great Physician, vv. 1–5 What sort of an occasion was it that took our Lord up to Jerusalem? Was there much joy in it for those whom the opening of the chapter pictures to us? Is there much real joy in an ... read more

The Healing of the Man Born Blind John 9:1–41
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Receiving Sight, vv. 1–7 What was the condition of the man who is the subject of this chapter? Was there any hope for him? Of whom is he the type? What fact is mentioned in the first verse that opens a door of hope for ... read more

The Holy Spirit’s Power to Convict of Sin
      The officers of Chicago Avenue Church were greatly troubled at one time that there was not more conviction of sin in the meetings, and had a number of prayer meetings that God might send His Holy Spirit in mighty convicting power. Not long after that, on ... read more

      In our study of the various forms of Christian activity, we begin with "Personal Work," that hand-to-hand dealing with men, women and children. We begin with it because it is the simplest form of Christian work, the kind that every one can do. It is ... read more

The Importance of Personal Soul Winning
      "He first findeth his own brother Simon…. And he brought him to Jesus."–John 1:41,42. The one who brought his brother to Jesus was Andrew. We are not told that Andrew ever preached a sermon. If he did, the Holy Spirit did not think it worth puttin ... read more

The Importance of Prayer
      In the 6th chapter of Ephesians in the 18th verse we read words which put the tremendous importance of prayer with startling and overwhelming force: "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseve ... read more

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper Luke 22:7–20
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Preparation for the Passover, 7–13 Where did Luke get his account of the Lord’s supper? (1 Cor. 11:23–26.) From whom did Paul get it? (1 Cor. 11:23.) Upon what day did the scenes of this lesson occur? (Lev. 23:5 ... read more

The Judgment Day
      “God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent; because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised him from the ... read more

The Judgment of the Nations Matt. 25:31–46
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Great Gathering and the Final Separation, vv. 31–33 Where were these words spoken? When? What contrast is there between Christ as He speaks here and the Christ as He appears in the prophecy which He spoke? Of what h ... read more

The Ministry of John the Baptist Luke 3:1–18
      (Compare Matthew 3:1–12; Mark 1:1–8) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness, vv. 1–6 What evidence have we in verses 1 and 2 of the accuracy of this story? Where had John been educated? (1:80). Who was his teach ... read more

The Mission of the Seventy Luke 10:1–16
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Lord’s Command to Pray, vv. 1, 2 What was the purpose of the sending forth of the seventy? What is the purpose of sending forth workers today? Why were seventy sent? How were they sent? Why? (Deut. 32:30; Matt. 18:1 ... read more

The Mission of the Twelve Matthew 9:35 to 10:10
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Our Lord Himself Ministering to the Physical and Spiritual Needs of the Masses, 9:35–38 What are the three forms of activity ascribed to our Lord in v. 35? What is meant by “preaching the Gospel of the kingdom”? How ... read more

The Most Important Question
      "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Matthew 27:22 If I should put to this audience tonight the question, What is the most important question of the day, I presume I would get a great variety of answers. Some of you would say that ... read more

The Most Important Question That Any Man Ever Asked or Answered
      “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” — Matthew xxvii. 22. You will remember that it was the Roman governor Pilate who asked this question, and he answered it wrongly, and brought eternal ruin and infamy down upon his own head ... read more

The Need of Prayer Before and During Revivals
      If we are to pray aright in such a time as this, much of our prayer should be for a general revival. If there was ever a time in which there was need to cry unto God in the words of the Psalmist, "Wilt Thou not revive us again, that Thy people may rejoice ... read more

      THE subject of our study this morning is The New Birth. One of the most fundamental and vital doctrines in Christianity is the doctrine of the New Birth. If men are wrong here they are likely to be wrong everywhere, and if they are right and clear in rega ... read more

The Parable of the Marriage Feast of the King’s Son Matthew 22:1–14
      1. God’s Invitation Disregarded and Despised, vv. 1–7 Who is the speaker in this lesson? To whom was He speaking? What was their state of mind? (21:46.) In what form does He put His teaching? Why did He choose this method of teaching at this time ... read more

The Parable of the Pounds Luke 19:11–28
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Nobleman Journeying into a Far Country, vv. 11–14 What is the object of today’s lesson? What other parable is like this? In what points are they alike? In what points do they differ? What was Christ’s purpose in ... read more

The Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1–23
      (Compare Mark 4:1–20; Luke 8:4–15) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS In what sort of a church was this parable uttered? Is there much justification in the Bible for open-air meetings? If we consider all open-air preachers cranks, whom do we condemn? What cel ... read more

The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14–30
      1. What the Servants Did During Their Lord’s Absence, vv. 14–18 To whom was this parable spoken? Where? When? What is the chief point of likeness between this and the preceding parable? Chief point of difference? What other parable of Christ bear ... read more

The Parable of the Ten Virgins Matthew 25:1–13
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. While the Bridegroom Tarried, 1–5 To what time in the world’s history does this parable refer? Upon what oriental custom is it founded? What is the central lesson that Jesus aimed to teach (v. 13)? Whom does the bride ... read more

The Parable of the Two Sons and the Unfaithful Husbandmen Matt. 21:23–46
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. By What Authority Doest Thou These Things, vv. 23–27 What two questions did the Jewish rulers put to Jesus? Did Jesus directly answer the questions? Why not? How did Jesus answer the questions? Why did Jesus ask these q ... read more

The Parable of the Wheat and Tares Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Two Sowers, vv. 24, 25 To whom was this parable spoken (v. 36)? To whom was it explained? What parable preceded this? How much time intervened between the two? Is there any connection between the two? To whom is the king ... read more

      IMPORTANCE OF THE DOCTRINE One of the most characteristic and distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith is that of the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the personality of the Holy Spirit is of the highest importance from the ... read more

The Personality of the Holy Spirit
      From The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt t ... read more

The Pharisee and the Publican Luke 18:9–14
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Pharisee, vv. 9–12 To whom was this parable spoken. Have we any people of this class nowadays? Are they found in the churches or out of them? What other parable was aimed against this class? (15:29, 30.) What sort o ... read more

The Pharisees and Sadducees Questioning Christ and Christ Questioning the Pharisees Matthew 22:23–46
      (Compare Mark 12:18–37; Luke 20:20–44) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Sadducees’ Question, vv. 23–33 Who already on this day had been seeking to entrap Jesus (vv. 15, v. 16)? Who now seek to entrap Him? Who were the Sadducees? (v. 23; comp ... read more

The Place of Prayer Before and During Revivals
      No treatment of the subject How to Pray would be at all complete if it did not consider the place of prayer in revivals. The first great revival of Christian history had its origin on the human side in a ten-days' prayer-meeting. We read of that handfu ... read more

The Place of Prayer in Evangelism
      The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER, Every great awakening in the history of the Church from the time of the Apostles until today has been the result of prayer. There have been great awakenings without much preaching, and the ... read more

The Pointed Personal Worker
      He sought to win to Christ the young lady whom he had been taking to dances the first time he saw her after his conversion. He says, "The first time I saw her after my conversion, I commenced to reason with her out of the Scriptures. It took two hours of ... read more

The Power Of Prayer
      I BRING YOU A MESSAGE FROM GOD contained in seven short words. Six of the seven words are monosyllables, and the remaining word has but two syllables and is one of the most familiar and most easily understood words in the English language. Yet there is so ... read more

The Power of the Holy Spirit
      "Power belongeth unto God." The Holy Spirit is the person who imparts to the individual believer the power that belongs to God. This is the Holy Spirit's work in the believer, to take what belongs to God and make it ours. All the manifold power of God bel ... read more

The Prayer of Faith
      “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14, 15 Please notice carefully exactl ... read more

The Prologue of John’s Gospel John 1:1–18
      DISCOVERY OF FACTS 1. Jesus the Word of God, vv. 1–3 How far back does this lesson carry us? What do we find back in eternity? What is the noticeable difference between verse 1 and Genesis 1:1? Why is our Lord called “the WORD”? What three f ... read more

The Prologue of John’s Gospel John 1:1–18
      DISCOVERY OF FACTS 1. Jesus the Word of God, vv. 1–3 How far back does this lesson carry us? What do we find back in eternity? What is the noticeable difference between verse 1 and Genesis 1:1? Why is our Lord called “the WORD”? What three f ... read more

The Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain Luke 7:11–17
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. A Broken-Hearted Mourner, vv. 11, 12 Where does this lesson represent our Lord as going? For what purpose? Were there no other sorrowing hearts that day? Why did He go to this poor woman alone? What two processions met th ... read more

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