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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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Our Lord Rejected at Nazareth Luke 4:16–32
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Jesus’ Love for the House of God, v. 16 Where is the scene of this lesson? Why did Jesus go to Nazareth? In what way had the expectation in regard to Him been awakened in the hearts of the people (v. 23)? What glimpse d ... read more

Our Lord Restoring the Nobleman’s Son John 4:43–54
      (See also Matthew 14:3–5; 4:12–17; Mark 6:17, 18; 1:14, 15; Luke 3:19, 20) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. A Blessing Sought and Faith Demanded, vv. 43–50 When the two days in Samaria were past, did Jesus go to Nazareth? Why not (v. 44)? What is ... read more

Our Lord Steadfastly Setting His Face to Go to Jerusalem Luke 9:51–62
      (Compare Matthew 19:1, 2; 8:19–22; Mark 10:1) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Disciples Who Did Not Understand Their Master, vv. 51–56 What time was drawing nigh (v. 51, R. V.)? What is meant by “being received up”? (24:51; Mark 16:19; John 6:6 ... read more

Our Lord Stilling the Tempest Mark 4:35–41
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Ecce Homo! vv. 35–39 What sort of day in the life of our Lord had it been? What did He say to His disciples at its close? Why did He wish to go to the other side? (5:1–20.) Why did He not go before evening? When even ... read more

Our Lord Teaching His Disciples How to Pray Luke 11:1–13
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” vv. 1–4 With what request did our Lord’s disciples come to Him? What was it awakened in them such a desire? Do we need to be taught how to pray? (James 4:3, Ro. 8:26.) Will He teach us? H ... read more

Our Lord Teaching His Disciples to Pray Through Luke 18:1–8
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS On what subject had our Lord been speaking in the verses immediately preceding our lesson? (17:20–37.) What is it He sought to teach by the first parable in this chapter (v. 1)? What is it especially that we ought always to pr ... read more

Our Lord Teaching Regarding the Sabbath Mark 2:23 to 3:6
      (See also Matthew 12:1–14; Luke 6:1–11) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Sabbath Made for Man—Therefore Sabbath Prescriptions are Subordinate to Man’s Need and Welfare, 2:23–28 Where do we see our Lord as the lesson opens? What day of the ... read more

Our Lord Teaching the Ignorant, Forgiving the Sinner, and Healing the Sick Mark 2:1–12
      (See also Matthew 9:1–8; Luke 5:17–26) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Jesus Teaching the Ignorant, vv. 1, 2 In what city is the scene of this lesson laid? Why had He left Capernaum? (1:37, 38.) Did He desire that His return should awaken any excit ... read more

Our Lord Walking on the Water Matthew 14:22–36
      (Compare Mark 6:45–56; John 6:14–21) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Sending His Disciples into the Storm, vv. 22–24 What was the effect upon the multitude of the miracle we studied in the last lesson? (John 6:14, 15.) What was the first thing ou ... read more

Our Lord’s First Disciples John 1:35–51
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Looking Upon Jesus, vv. 35, 36 What great preacher do we see in the opening verse? How large a congregation did he have? Were they very notable personages? Was it worth while for so great a preacher to preach to so small ... read more

Our Lord’s First Evangelistic Tour in Galilee Mark 1:36–45
      (See also Matthew 4:23; 8:1–4; Luke 4:42–44; 5:12–16. Read Leviticus 12) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Preaching and Casting Out Devils, vv. 36–39 What proof have we that Simon and the other disciples did not understand Jesus? (vv. 36, 37; co ... read more

Our Lord’s First Miracle John 2:1–12
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Jesus Invited to a Marriage, vv. 1, 2 What kind of occasion was a marriage in the Holy Land? (Look this up carefully in the Bible.) What idea does it give us of Jesus’ character that He was “bidden to the marriage” ... read more

Our Lord’s Prayer for His People John 17
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Christ’s Prayer for Himself, vv. 1–5 With what words did Jesus close His parting discourse to His disciples? Having finished speaking to them, what did He do? Is there any connection between the discourse, especially ... read more

Our Lord’s Second Rejection at Nazareth Matthew 9:27–34; Mark 6:1–6
      (Compare Matthew 13:54–58) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Our Lord’s Power Over Blindness, Matt. 9:27–31 What miracle had our Lord just performed? (Matt. 9:23–26.) Whither was He going? (Mark 5:43–6:1.) What occurred as He passed along the w ... read more

Parable of the Lost Son Luke 15:11–24
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Nature of Sin, vv. 11–13 Wherein does this parable resemble the two that precede? What is the chief point of difference between this and those? Who were Christ’s hearers? (vv. 1, 2.) What was His purpose in utteri ... read more

Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin Luke 15:1–10
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Parable of the Lost Sheep, vv. 1–7 What was the occasion of our Lord’s uttering these three parables of Luke 15? What one purpose is there in all these parables? (Compare v. 2 with vv. 7, 10, 24, 32.) How do these pa ... read more

Peter’s Confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God Matthew 16:13–20
      (Compare Mark 8:27–30; Luke 9:18–21; John 6:67–69) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Peter Confessing Christ, vv. 13–16 Where is the scene of the lesson? How was our Lord engaged? (Luke 9:18.) What question did He put to His disciples? Why did He ... read more

Pilate’s Attempts to Release Jesus John 19:1–16
      (Compare Matthew 27:25–30; Mark 15:16–19) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Behold the Man, vv. 1–7 To what indignity do we see Jesus subjected in v. 1 of the lesson? For whom was He scourged? (Is. 53:5.) What is the result of His stripes? (1 Peter ... read more

Praying in the Name of Christ and According to the Will of God
      1. It was a wonderful word about prayer that Jesus spoke to His disciples on the night before His crucifixion, "Whatsoever ye shall ask IN MY NAME, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do ... read more

Praying in the Spirit
      1. Over and over again in what has already been said, we have seen our dependence upon the Holy Spirit in prayer. This comes out very definitely in Eph. 6:18, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT," and in Jude 20, "Praying IN THE ... read more

Praying unto God
      We have seen something of the tremendous importance and the resistless power of prayer, and now we come directly to the question- -how to pray with power. 1. In the 12th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles we have the record of a prayer that prevailed ... read more

Praying with Thanksgiving
      There are two words often overlooked in the lesson about prayer which Paul gives us in Phil. 4:6,7, "In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, whic ... read more

Principles of Biblical Interpretation
      from Dr. R. A. Torrey’s The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study (New York: George H. Doran Co., 1921), pp. 55-90. 1. Get absolutely right with God yourself by the absolute surrender of your will to Him. 2. Be determined ... read more

Profitable Bible Study
      There are many profitable methods of Bible Study. There is something, however, in Bible study more important than the best methods, that is, the fundamental conditions of profitable study. He who meets these conditions will get more out of the Bible, whil ... read more

Question That Should Startle Every Man Who is Not a Christian
      “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” — Hebrews ii. 3 I have a text to-night which I believe God has given me for this hour, a text that ought to startle every man and woman in this building who has not accepted the Gospel of C ... read more

Refuges of Lies
      “The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies” — Isaiah xxviii. 17. We have seen in a former address that every man needs a refuge from four things-from the accusations of his own conscience, from the power of sin within, from the power of Satan, ... read more

Saved at Ninety-two
      When we were in Warrnambool, Australia, for two or three successive nights, I noticed an old man sitting up in the front seats drinking in every word I said. I afterwards learned that he was ninety-two years of age. One night after having come two or thre ... read more

Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God
      I was brought up to believe that the Bible was the Word of God. In early life I accepted it as such upon the authority of my parents, and never gave the question any serious thought. But later in life my faith in the Bible was utterly shattered through th ... read more

The Ambition of James and John Mark 10:32–45
      (Compare Matt. 20:17–28; Luke 18:31–34) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Christ Foretells His Crucifixion and Resurrection, vv. 32–34 Whither was Jesus journeying at the beginning of this lesson? What was the state of mind of His disciples as they ... read more

The Anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany Matt. 26:6–16
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Jesus Anointed by Mary, the Sister of Lazarus, 6–13 When did the scene recorded in this lesson occur? (John 12:1.) When does it seem to have occurred according to the account in Matt. 26:1, 2? Why does Matthew record it ... read more

The Appointment of the Twelve Apostles Mark 3:7–19
      (See also Matthew 12:15–21; 10:2–4; Luke 6:12–19) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. “Thou Art the Son of God,” vv. 7–12 In the verses that immediately precede this lesson, what had our Lord done? How would we naturally expect that this miracl ... read more

The Arrest of Jesus and Peter’s Denial Mark 14:43–54, 66–72
      (Compare Matthew 26:47–56, 69–75; Luke 22:47–62; John 18:1–27) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Jesus Betrayed, vv. 43–49 Who came to arrest Jesus? Who led the way? (Luke 22:47.) Had Judas ever been there before? (John 18:2.) What had Judas se ... read more

The Baptism of Jesus Mark 1:9–11
      (Compare Matthew 3:13–17; Luke 3:21–23) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS For what purpose had Jesus come all the way from Nazareth to Jordan? (Matt. 3:13). Why was Jesus baptized? (Matt. 3:15; Ro. 8:3; 2 Cor. 5:21). Why was it that God chose just this occas ... read more

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah, and the Visit of the Magi Matthew 2:1–18
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Saviour Sought, vv. 1–8 (Matthew 8:11) Who were these wise men? (v. 1, R. V. margin, see Esther 1:13; Dan. 2:12). What notices have we in the Bible of this class? How did these particular “wise men” show that th ... read more

The Birth of Jesus the Prince of Peace Luke 2:1–20
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Prince Despised by Man, vv. 1–7 (Isaiah 53:3) How many years before, and by whom, was it prophesied that the Christ should be born in Bethlehem? (Micah 5:2). What decrees and deeds of man worked together to fulfill ... read more

The Burial of Jesus John 19:31–42; Matthew 27:61–66
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Death of Jesus Made Sure, vv. 37–37 What final request did the Jews make of Pilate? What was the purpose of this request? Why were the Jews unwilling that the bodies should remain on the crosses over that Sabbath? ( ... read more

The Call of Matthew the Publican Luke 5:27–39
      (See also Matthew 9:9–17; Mark 2:13–22) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Calling a Publican, vv. 27, 28 To what place did Jesus go? (Mark 2:13.) For what purpose? (Mark 2:2, 13; John 1:43.) Why did Jesus seek Levi out? When Jesus came where Levi was ... read more

The Call of the First Four Disciples Luke 5:1–11
      (See also Matthew 4:18–22; Mark 1:16–20) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Listening to Jesus, vv. 1–3 Does Luke follow the chronological order? (Compare Matt. 4:18, etc.; Mark 1:16.) Why not? Did Jesus have much of an audience? What was it that th ... read more

The Centurion’s Servant Luke 7:1–10
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Prayer of Faith, vv. 1–3 Where was this miracle performed? What miracles had already been wrought there? (John 4:46–54; Mark 2:1; etc.) What was the social position of the man who came to our Lord compared with th ... read more

The Childhood of Jesus Luke 2:40–52
      (Compare Matthew 2:23) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Growing, v. 40 How many verses are there in the four Gospels in regard to the boyhood of Jesus? Is this in any way a suggestion of their authenticity? How much of the Gospel history is taken up wit ... read more

The Christian Conception of God
      God is light. 1 John 1:5 God is love. 1 John 4:8, 16 With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 His understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5 We are to consider again today the Christian conception of God. We have seen that God is spir ... read more

The Circumcision of Jesus, and His Presentation in the Temple Luke 2:21–39
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Circumcision of Jesus, v. 21 Why was Jesus circumcised? (Gal. 4:4, 5). On what day was He circumcised? Why on the eighth day? (Lev. 12:3; Luke 1:59; Gen. 17:12). By what name was He called? Why? Who gave Him this name ... read more

      "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness (kindness), goodness, faith (faithfulness), meekness, temperance." Gal. 5 : 22, 23. THE average life is a very partial life. Even the life of the average Christian is a very ... read more

      I. PERSONAL EXPERIMENTAL KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR. The first condition of success in personal work, and in all soul-saving work, is a personal experimental knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior. It was because the Apostle Paul could say: ... read more

The Conspiracy Formed Against the Life of Our Lord John 11:46–57
      DISCOVERY OF FACTS 1. The Origin of the Conspiracy, vv. 46–53 What are the Jewish leaders represented as doing in the opening verse of the lesson? Of what was this a fulfillment? (Ps. 2:2, 3; Acts 4:25, 28.) Was this the first time they had take ... read more

The Crucifixion Luke 23:26–38
      (Compare Matthew 27:32–44; Mark 15:21–32; John 19:16–23) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. On the Way to the Cross, vv. 26–32 What was done with the cross of Jesus? Did Simon bear it all the way? (John 19:16, 17.) Why did they afterward lay it up ... read more

The Cursing of the Barren Fig Tree, and Second Cleansing of the Temple Mark 11:12–26
      (Compare Matt. 21:12–22; Luke 19:45–48; 21:37, 38) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Fruitlessness Punished, vv. 12–14 Where is the scene of this lesson laid? What was the time of day? (Matt. 21:17, 18.) Why was Jesus hungry? Were not the people of ... read more

The Day of Golden Opportunity
      "The Holy Spirit says, Today" — Hebrews 3:7 THE DAY OF GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY is today. Golden opportunities, opportunities of priceless worth, are open to every one of us today. But "tomorrow" has no sure promise for any one of us. "The Holy Spirit say ... read more

The Death of Jesus Luke 23:39–45; Matthew 27:45–56
      (Compare Mark 15:33–41; Luke 23:47–49; John 19:25–30) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Dying Robber Won, Luke 23:39–43 Who is finally recorded as railing at Jesus? Did both of the malefactors rail at Jesus? (Matt. 27:44.) What induced them i ... read more

The Death of John the Baptist Mark 6:14–29
      (Compare Matthew 14:1–12; Luke 9:7–9) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Abject Terror of a Conscience-Smitten King, vv. 14–18 How far did the rumor of the mighty works of the Son of God penetrate? How did His name and power become so widely kno ... read more

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