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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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General Counsels to Young Men
      3. In the third place, I wish to give some general counsels to young men. (1) Try to get a clear view of the evil of sin. Young men, if you did know what sin is, and what sin has done, you would not think it so strange that I exhort you as I do. Yo ... read more

General Counsels to Young Men
      III. GENERAL COUNSELS TO YOUNG MEN In the third place, I wish to give some general counsels to young men. (1) TRY TO GET A CLEAR VIEW OF THE EVIL OF SIN. Young men, if you did know what sin is, and what sin has done, you would not think it so str ... read more

George Whitefield & His Ministry
      Whitefield's Birth-place and Parentage - Educated at Gloucester Grammar School - Enters Pembroke College, Oxford - Season of Spiritual Conflict - Books which were made useful to him - Ordained by Bishop Benson - First Sermon - Preaches in London - Curate ... read more

Gospel Treasures
      I dare be sure this paper will be read by some one who feels that his sins are not yet forgiven. Reader, are you that man? My heart’s desire and prayer to God is that you may seek forgiveness without delay. There is forgiveness in Jesus Christ for ever ... read more

Great Faith
      "And Jesus went away from there and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region and began to cry out, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed. But he ... read more

      "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3:18). The subject of the text which heads this page is one that ought to be deeply interesting to every true Christian. It naturally raises the questions: "Do we grow ... read more

      "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18 The subject of the text which heads this page is one which I dare not omit in this volume about holiness. It is one that ought to be deeply interesting to every tru ... read more

       "Blessed [Happy] are the people whose God is the LORD." Psalm 144:15 An atheist was once addressing a crowd of people in the open air. He was trying to persuade them that there was no God and no d ... read more

      There is a glorious dwelling place provided by Jesus Christ for all His believing people. The world that now is, is not their rest: they are pilgrims and strangers in it. Heaven is their home. There will be a place in heaven for all sinners who have fl ... read more

      "But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." 2 Samuel 12:23 I wish to confine myself to one single point of deep and momentous interest to us, and that is, “Shall we know one ... read more

Hold Fast
      “Hold fast that which is good."--1 Thessalonians 5:21 There are few things in religion which men are so ready to forget as the duty of “contending earnestly for the faith,” and holding fast the truth. Controversy is seldom popular. Most men like a ... read more

      “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.”--Hebrews 12:14 Our text for today opens up a subject of deep importance. That subject is practical holiness. It suggests a question that demands the attention of all professing Christians-Are we holy? Will ... read more

      HOLINESS "Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14). The text which heads this page opens up a subject of deep importance. That subject is practical holiness. It suggests a question which demands the attention of all professi ... read more

How England Was Revived in the 18th Century
      That a great change for the better came over England during the 18th century is a fact that I suppose no well-informed person would ever attempt to deny. You might as well attempt to deny that there was a Protestant Reformation in the days of Luther, a Lo ... read more

I Ask whether you pray, because prayer is an act of religion to which there is great encouragement.
      There is everything on God's part to make prayer east if people will only attempt it. All things are ready on his side. Every objection is anticipated. Every difficulty is provided for. the crooked places are made straight and the rough places made smoot ... read more

I ask, lastly, whether you pray because prayer is one of the best means of happiness and contentment
      We live in a world where sorrow abounds. This has always been the state since sin came in. There cannot be sin without sorrow. And until sin is driven out from the world, it is vain for any one to suppose they can escape sorrow. Some without doubt hav ... read more

If Any Man
      "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." [John 7:37-38]. ... read more

In Bethany
      "Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took ... read more

      “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” [2 Tim 3:16] How was the Bible written?-“Whence is it? From heaven, or of men?”-Had the writers of the Bible any special or peculiar help in doing their work?-Is there anything in the Bible which makes ... read more

Is Thy Heart Right?
      "Thy heart is not right in the sight of God"—ACTS 8:21 "A good heart at the bottom!" Such is the sadly common expression used about many persons in this strange world. The persons about whom it is said often give no sign of religion. They are utter ... read more

J. C. Ryle – The Man, The Minister and The Missionary
      J. C. Ryle – The Man, The Minister and The Missionary by David Holloway Introduction "One of the most encouraging and hopeful signs I have observed for many a long day in evangelical circles has been a renewed and increasing interest in the writin ... read more

J. C. Ryle's Estimation of Whitefield's Ministry
      Estimate of good that Whitefield did - Testimonies to his direct Usefulness - Indirect good that he did - Peculiar character of his Preaching - Witnesses to his real power as a Preacher - Simplicity, Directness, Power of Description, Earnestness, Pathos, ... read more

J.C. Ryle Quotes
      "Beauty is only temporary." "He that has Christ, has life." "Finally, teach love to others." "If heaven is eternal, likewise so is hell." "Prayer can lighten crosses for us however heavy." "Your trials, crosses, and conflicts are all tempor ... read more

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
      "Then he came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to him, Lord, are you washing my feet? Jesus answered and said to him, What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this . . . So when he had washed their feet, taken his garments, and sat ... read more

John 3:16
      "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Our Lord, in this verse, shows Nicodemus another "heavenly thing." Nicodemus probably thought, like many Jews, ... read more

John Wesley - Part 1
      The name of this great evangelist is perhaps better known than that of any of his fellow-labourers a hundred years ago. This, however, is easily accounted for. He lived to the ripe old age of eighty-eight. For sixty-five years he was continually before th ... read more

John Wesley - Part 2
      ENGLAND a hundred years ago received such deep impressions from John Wesley, that I should not feel I did him justice if I did not give my readers a few select specimens of his writings. Before we turn away from the father of Methodism, let us try to get ... read more

John Wycliffe
      "But has in due time manifested His word through preaching." Titus 1:3 It is an old and true saying that nations often know little about some of their greatest benefactors. If there ever was a man to whom this saying applies, it is John Wycliffe, the ... read more

      "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."--Romans 5:1 The word which forms the title of this paper is one of deep importance in religion. It has within it the foundation of sound soul‑savin ... read more

Let me speak, lastly, TO THOSE WHO DO PRAY
      I trust that some who read this tract know well what prayer is, and have the Spirit of adoption. To all such, I offer a few words of brotherly counsel and exhortation. The incense offered in the tabernacle was ordered to be made in a particular way. Not e ... read more

Looking Unto Jesus
      "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."—Hebrews 12:2 The text of Scripture which heads this ... read more

Lot: A Beacon
      "He lingered." Genesis 19:16 The Holy Scriptures, which were written for our learning, contain beacons as well as patterns. They show us examples of what we should avoid as well as examples of what we should follow. The man who heads this page is set ... read more

Lot—A Beacon
      Lot—A Beacon "He lingered" (Gen. 19:16). The Holy Scriptures, which were written for our learning, contain beacons as well as patterns. They show us examples of what we should avoid, as well as examples of what we should follow. The man whose name ... read more

       "Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13). LOVE is rightly called "the Queen of Christian graces." "The goal of this ... read more

Loving Your Enemies
      "But I say unto you that hear, love your enemies, do good to them who hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you." (Luke 6:27,28) The teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, in these verses, is confined to one great subj ... read more

Many Shall Come
      “Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”—Matthew 8:11 The words of Scripture which head this page were spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ. You may take them either as a prophecy ... read more

Matthew chapter 1
      Matthew chapter 1 MATTHEW 1:1-17 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became ... read more

Matthew chapter 10
      Matthew chapter 10 MATTHEW 10:1-15 He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, ... read more

Matthew chapter 11
      Matthew chapter 11 MATTHEW 11:1-15 It happened that when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his dis ... read more

Matthew chapter 12
      Matthew chapter 12 MATTHEW 12:1-13 At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, "Behold, your disci ... read more

Matthew chapter 13
      Matthew chapter 13 MATTHEW 13:1-23 On that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the seaside. Great multitudes gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat, and all the multitude stood on the beach. He spoke to them many things i ... read more

Matthew chapter 14
      Matthew chapter 14 MATTHEW 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities. Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. H ... read more

Matthew chapter 15
      Matthew chapter 15 MATTHEW 15:1-9 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,"Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread." He answered them, "Why do yo ... read more

Matthew chapter 16
      Matthew chapter 16 MATTHEW 16:1-12 The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But he answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' In the morning, ... read more

Matthew chapter 17
      Matthew chapter 17 MATTHEW 17:1-13 After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves. He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments becam ... read more

Matthew chapter 18
      Matthew chapter 18 MATTHEW 18:1-14 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them, and said, "Most certainly I tell ... read more

Matthew chapter 19
      Matthew chapter 19 MATTHEW 19:1-15 It happened when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan. Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there. Pharisees came to him, tes ... read more

Matthew chapter 2
      Matthew chapter 2 MATTHEW 2:1-12 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, an ... read more

Matthew chapter 20
      Matthew chapter 20 MATTHEW 20:1-16 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent ... read more

Matthew chapter 21
      Matthew chapter 21 MATTHEW 21:1-11 When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey t ... read more

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