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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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Special Rules for Young Men
      4. In the last place, I will set down some particular rules of conduct which I strongly advise all young men to follow. (1) For one thing, resolve at once, by God's help, to break off every known sin, however small. Look within, each one of you. E ... read more

Special Rules for Young Men
      IV. SPECIAL RULES FOR YOUNG MEN In the last place, I will set down some particular rules of conduct which I strongly advise all young men to follow. (1) RESOLVE AT ONCE, BY GOD'S HELP, TO BREAK OFF EVERY KNOWN SIN, HOWEVER SMALL. Look within, ... read more

Special Rules for Young Men
      IV. SPECIAL RULES FOR YOUNG MEN In the last place, I will set down some particular rules of conduct which I strongly advise all young men to follow. (1) RESOLVE AT ONCE, BY GOD'S HELP, TO BREAK OFF EVERY KNOWN SIN, HOWEVER SMALL. Look within, ... read more

Spiritual Knowledge
      "If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority . . . I did one work, and you all marvel. Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the ... read more

Suppose An Unholy Man Went To Heaven
      Suppose for a moment that you were allowed to enter heaven without holiness. What would you do? What possible enjoyment could you feel there? To which of all the saints would you join yourself and by whose side would you sit? Their pleasures are not your ... read more

The Abiding Comforter
      Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on November 14th, 1858, by J. C. Philpot "And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, beca ... read more

The Bread of Life
      "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." (John 6:51) Truths of the weightiest importance follow e ... read more

The Church Which Christ Builds
      The Church Which Christ Builds "Upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). Do we belong to the Church which is built upon a rock? Are we members of the only Church in which our souls c ... read more

The City
      THE CITY: OR, THE SIGHT WHICH STIRRED ST. PAUL. BY THE LATE J. C. RYLE (1816-1900) ACTS XVII. 16, 17. “Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. “There ... read more

The Cost
      "Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not down first sit down and count the cost?" (Luke 14:28). 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? ... read more

The Cross
      What do you think and feel about the cross of Christ? You live in a Christian land. You probably attend the worship of a Christian church. You have perhaps been baptised in the name of Christ. You profess and call yourself a Christian. All this is well: i ... read more

The Cross of Christ
      What do you think about the cross of Christ? The question may be one that you consider of little importance: but it deeply concerns the everlasting welfare of your soul. Eighteen hundred years ago there was a man who said that he "gloried" in the cro ... read more

The Death of Christ
      "And when the sixth hour had come, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani? which is translated, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And when some ... read more

The Duties of Parents
      "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." [Proverbs 22:6] I believe that most professing Christians are acquainted with our sermon text. The sound of it is probably very familiar to your ears, like an old ... read more

The Duties of Parents
      Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 23: 6. I suppose that most professing Christians are acquainted with the text at the head of this page. The sound of it is probably familiar to your ea ... read more

The Family of God
      "His whole family in heaven and on earth." [Ephesians 3:15] The words which form the title of this paper ought to always stir some feelings in our minds. There is not a man or woman on this earth who is not a member of some "family." The poorest as ... read more

The Fight
      THE FIGHT "Fight the good fight of faith." (1 Tim. 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, l ... read more

The Fourfold Witness
      "There is another who bears witness of me, and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth . . . But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given ... read more

The Great Battle
      All men ought to love peace. War is an immense evil, though it is a necessary evil sometimes. Battles are bloody and distressing events, though sometimes nations cannot maintain their rights without them. But all men ought to love peace. All ought to pray ... read more

The Great Commission
      "Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, sa ... read more

The Great Gathering
      "Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him" [2 Thessalonians 2:1] The text which heads up this page contains an expression which deserves our most careful attention. That expression is--"Our being gathered." ... read more

The Great Separation
      "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12) The verse of Scripture, which is now before our eyes, contains words th ... read more

The Inspiration of the Bible
      "Thy Word is Truth." [John 17:17] What is truth about the Inspiration of the Bible? This is a question of supreme importance in the present day. Ignorance, or want of clear views about the subject, is a worm at the root of much religion in the n ... read more

The Morning Without Clouds
       "He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an everlasting cove ... read more

The Penitent Thief
      “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us. But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, fo ... read more

The Power of the Holy Spirit
      There is hope in the Gospel for any man, so long as he lives. There is infinite willingness in Christ to pardon sin. There is infinite power in the Holy Spirit to change hearts. There are many diseases of the body which are incurable. The cleverest doc ... read more

The Real Presence: What Is It?
      “If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”—Exodus 33:15 There is a word in the text that heads this page which demands the attention of all English Christians in this day. That word is “presence.” There is a religious subject bound up wit ... read more

The Ruler of the Waves
      "And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, ... read more

The Ruler of the Waves
      The Ruler of the Waves A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" He got ... read more

The Way of Salvation
      Where must a man go for pardon? Where is forgiveness to be found? There is a way both sure and plain, and into that way I desire to guide every inquirers feet. That way is simply to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. It is to cast your sou ... read more

The Widow's Mite
      "And he looked up and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in there two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you that this poor widow has cast in more than they all; for all these have, ... read more

The World
       "Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord." 2 Corinthians 6:17 The text which heads this page touches a subject of vast importance in Christianity. That subject is the great duty of separa ... read more

Thirst Relieved
      Thirst Relieved On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone 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. ... read more

Thoughts For 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, he adds this advice, "Encourage the y ... read more

Three Pictures
      "God forbid that I should glory, save the cross of our lord Jesus Christ." (Gal. vi. 14.) “And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. “But he said, I am not mad, m ... read more

Tried by Its Fruits
      Our lot is cast in times when there is a tendency to try all ancient institutions by their results. Schools, colleges, universities, corporations, old endowed charities, all are successively put into the crucible, and placed in the furnace. “Will an insti ... read more

Unbelief A Marvel
      "He marveled because of their unbelief."--Mark 6:6 The text which heads this page is a very remarkable one. Of all the expressions in the four Gospels which show that the Lord Jesus Christ was very Man, none perhaps is more startling than this. That ... read more

Unsearchable Riches
      Unsearchable Riches "Unto me, who am less thaw the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." (Eph. 3:8). If we heard that sentence read for the first time, I think we shou ... read more

Visible Churches Warned
      Visible Churches Warned ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the Churches’ (Rev. 3:22). I suppose I may take it for granted that every reader of this message belongs to some visible church of Christ. I do not ask now whether yo ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - All Kinds of Strange Teachings
       "Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them" (Hebrews 13:9) ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - Apostolic Fears
      I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. The text which heads this page, contains one part of the experience of a very f ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - Give Yourself Wholly to Them
      The following Sermon was preached in England, in August, 1859. "Give yourself wholly to them" (1 Timothy 4:15) I need hardly to remind you, that the Greek expression which we have translated, "give yourself wholly to them," i ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - Idolatry
      "Flee from idolatry" (1 Corinthians 10:14) Our text for today may seem at first to be hardly needed in our country. In an age of education and intelligence, we might almost fancy it is waste of time to tell us to "flee from idolatry." ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - Not Corrupting the Word
      The following Sermon was preached in England, in August, 1858. "Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God" (2 Corinthians 2:17) ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - Pharisees and Sadducees
       "Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." (Matthew 16:6) Every word spoken by the Lord Jesus is ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - Preface
      For more than a century, J. C. Ryle was the leader of the evangelical party in the Church of England. His policy was to encourage the conservative men to remain in the church rather than to abandon ship and leave the liberals to pursue their progra ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - The Fallibility of Ministers
      When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself ... read more

Warnings To the Churches - The True Church
      The following Sermon was preached in England, in August, 1858. "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it" (Matthew 16:18) We live in a wo ... read more

We Must Be Holy
      We must he holy on earth before we die, if we desire to go to heaven after death. If we hope to dwell with God for ever in the life to come, we must endeavour to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness: ... read more

What Can You Know?
      “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?-- JOB xi. 7, 8. THESE striking words came from the lips of Zophar the Naamat ... read more

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