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J.C. Ryle

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 God’s 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 Ryle’s burial in 1900.

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Matthew chapter 22
      Matthew chapter 22 MATTHEW 22:1-14 Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the m ... read more

Matthew chapter 23
      Matthew chapter 23 MATTHEW 23:1-12 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat. All things therefore they tell you to observe; observe and do, but don't do their works; for ... read more

Matthew chapter 24
      Matthew chapter 24 MATTHEW 24:1-14 Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, "Don't you see all of these things? Most certainly I tell you, ... read more

Matthew chapter 25
      Matthew chapter 25 MATTHEW 25:1-13 "Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, ... read more

Matthew chapter 26
      Matthew chapter 26 MATTHEW 26:1-13 It happened, when Jesus had finished all these words, that he said to his disciples, "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified." Then the c ... read more

Matthew chapter 27
      Matthew chapter 27 MATTHEW 27:1-10 Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death--and they bound him, and led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate, the gove ... read more

Matthew chapter 28
      Matthew chapter 28 MATTHEW 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the s ... read more

Matthew chapter 3
      Matthew chapter 3 MATTHEW 3:1-12 In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of ... read more

Matthew chapter 4
      Matthew chapter 4 MATTHEW 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward. The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of ... read more

Matthew chapter 5
      Matthew chapter 5 MATTHEW 5:1-12 Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He opened his mouth and taught them, saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of ... read more

Matthew chapter 6
      Matthew chapter 6 MATTHEW 6:1-8 "Be careful that you don't do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don't sound a trumpet befor ... read more

Matthew chapter 7
      Matthew chapter 7 MATTHEW 7:1-11 "Don't judge, so that you won't be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your br ... read more

Matthew chapter 8
      Matthew chapter 8 MATTHEW 8:1-15 When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand, and touch ... read more

Matthew chapter 9
      Matthew chapter 9 MATTHEW 9:1-13 He entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city. Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sin ... read more

Moses: An Example
      "By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the tr ... read more

Moses—An Example
      MOSES—AN EXAMPLE "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Ch ... read more

Needs of the Times
      Needs of the Times "Men that had understanding of the times" (1 Chron. 12:32). These words were written about the tribe of Issachar, in the days when David first began to reign over Israel. It seems that after Saul’s unhappy death, some of the tri ... read more

Never Perish
      There are two points in religion on which the teaching of the Bible is very plain and distinct. One of these points is the fearful danger of the ungodly; the other is the perfect safety of the righteous. One is the happiness of those who are converted; th ... read more

Occupy Till I Come
      The words before your eyes form an introduction to the parable, which is commonly called the "Parable of the Pounds." They contain matter which deserves the prayerful consideration of every true Christian in the present day. There are some parables o ... read more

One Blood
      This is a very short and simple text, and even a child knows the meaning of its words. But simple as it is, it supplies food for much thought and it forms part of a speech delivered by a great man on a great occasion. The speaker is the Apostle of the ... read more

One in Christ
      "Sanctify them by your truth . . . for their sakes, I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they all may be one, as you, Father, ar ... read more

Only One Way--Christ!
      “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”—Acts 4:12 These words are striking in themselves. But they are much more striking if you consider when and by whom they were spoken. ... read more

Our Home
       "Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations." [Psalm 90:1] There are two reasons why the text which heads this paper should ring in our hearts with special power. It is the first verse of a deeply solemn Psalm—the first bar o ... read more

Parable of the Pounds (Conclusion)
      “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom ... read more

Parable of the Pounds (Part 1)
      “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom ... read more

Parable of the Pounds (Part 2)
      “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom ... read more

Peace! Be Still!
      I wish professing Christians in this day studied the four Gospels more than they do. I know that all Scripture is profitable. I do not wish to exalt one part of the Bible at the expense of another. But I think it would be good for some, who are very famil ... read more

Perishable Food
      "Jesus answered them and said, Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry
      "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do." (Acts 15:36). The text which heads this page contains a proposal which the Apostle Paul made to Barnabas after their first missi ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry (Part 2)
      (1) Let me ask, in the first place, Do we ever think about our souls at all?" Thousands of English people, I fear, cannot answer that question satisfactorily. They never give the subject of religion any place in their thoughts. From the beginning of ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry (Part 3)
      (3) Let me ask, in the third place, whether we are trying to satisfy our consciences with a mere formal religion? There are myriads in England at this moment who are making shipwreck on this rock. Like the Pharisees of old, they make much ado about th ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry (Part 4)
      (5) Let me ask, in the fifth place, whether we know anything by experience of conversion to God. Without conversion there is no salvation. \"Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall never enter the kingdom of heaven.\"-- \ ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry (Part 5)
      (7) Let me ask, in the seventh place, whether we know anything of enjoying the means of grace? When I speak of the means of grace, I have in my mind's eye five principal things: the Reading of the Bible, private prayer, public worship, the sacrament ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry (Part 6)
      (9) Let me ask, in the ninth place, whether we know anything of living the life of habitual communion with Christ? By "communion," I mean that habit of "abiding in Christ" which our Lord speaks of, in the fifteenth chapter of St. John's Gospel, a ... read more

Practical Religion - Self-Inquiry (Part 7)
      Let me now conclude with a few words of practical application. (a) Is any reader of this paper asleep and utterly thoughtless about Christianity? Oh, awake and sleep no more! Look at the churchyards and cemeteries. One by one the people around you ... read more

Prayer
       "Disciples should always pray and not give up" (Luke 18:1). "I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer" (1 Timothy 2:8). Prayer is the most important subject in practical religion. All other subjec ... read more

Prove All Things
       You live in days when the text before your eyes is one of the first importance. The truths it contains are especially truths for the times. Give me your attention for a few minutes, and I will try to show you what I mean. There were three great doctr ... read more

Reasons for Exhorting Young Men
      I. REASONS FOR EXHORTING YOUNG MEN When the Apostle Paul wrote his Epistle to Titus about his responsibility as a minister, he mentioned young men as a group requiring particular attention. After speaking of older men and older women, and young women, ... read more

Remember Lot!
      Who is this man that lingered?—Lot, the nephew of faithful Abraham. And when did he linger?—The very morning Sodom was to be destroyed. And where did he linger?—Within the walls of Sodom itself. And before whom did he linger?—Under the eyes of the two ang ... read more

Remember Lot's Wife
      There are few warnings in Scripture more solemn than this. The Lord Jesus Christ says to us, "Remember Lot's wife." Lot's wife was a professor of religion: her husband was a "righteous man" (II Peter 2:8). She left Sodom with him on the day when ... read more

Riches and Poverty
      “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. ... read more

Sanctification
      SANCTIFICATION "Sanctify them through Your truth." (John 17:17). "This is the will of God, even your sanctification." (1 Thess. 4:3). The subject of sanctification is one which many, I fear, dislike exceedingly. Some even turn from it with sc ... read more

Sanctification (Conclusion)
      "Sanctify them through Thy truth." John 17:17 "This is the will of God, even your sanctification." I Thess. 4:3 I now proceed to consider the visible evidence of sanctification. In a word, what are the visible marks of a sanctified man? What may we ... read more

Sanctification (Part 1)
      "Sanctify them through Thy truth." John 17:17 "This is the will of God, even your sanctification." I Thess. 4:3 Sanctification is a subject of the utmost importance to our souls. If the Bible be true, it is certain that unless we are "sanctified," w ... read more

Self-Effort
       "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to" (Luke 13:24). There once was a man who asked our Lord Jesus Christ a very serious question. ... read more

Self-Examination
       "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing" (Acts 15:36). The text which heads this page contains a proposal which the Apostle Paul ... read more

Self-Exertion
       Preface For more than a century, J. C. Ryle was best known for his clear and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes. His great aim in all his ministry was to encourage strong and serious Christian living. But Ryle was not naive in his unde ... read more

Self-Inquiry
      "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do." (Acts 15:36). The text which heads this page contains a proposal which the Apostle Paul made to Barnabas after their first missi ... read more

Sickness
       "The one You love is sick." [John 11:3] The chapter from which this text is taken from is well known to all Bible readers. In lifelike description, in touching interest, in sublime simplicity, there is no writing in exis ... read more

Sin
      SIN "Sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4). He who wishes to attain right views about Christian holiness must begin by examining the vast and solemn subject of sin. He must dig down very low if he would build high. A mistake here is m ... read more

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