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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 Results of Our Lord’s Discourse on the Bread of Life John 6:52–71
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Eating the Flesh and Drinking the Blood of Our Lord, vv. 52–59 What was the first result of His wonderful discourse (v. 52)? Did His words cause strife on any other occasion? (7:40–43; 9:16; 10:19.) Is it anything aga ... read more

The Resurrection of Jesus Mark 16:1–11; John 20:1–18
      (Compare Matthew 28:1–15; Luke 23:56–24:12) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Mary Magdalene and the Other Women Go to the Tomb to Embalm Jesus, Mark 16:1–4; John 20:1 At what time of day does this lesson open? (Mark 16:1.) What did they do that ev ... read more

The Resurrection of Lazarus John 11:17–45
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Our Lord and Martha, vv. 17–28 How long had Lazarus been dead and buried when our Lord reached Bethany? Were Martha and Mary without comforters? Was there much real help in these comforters? Who is the great Comforter? ... read more

The Return of the Seventy Luke 10:17–24; Matthew 11:25–30
      (Compare Matthew 13:16, 17) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. “Rejoice that Your Names are Written in Heaven,” Luke 10:17–20 Had the seventy gone forth with confidence or with fear and trembling? How did they return? What had they demonstrated (v. ... read more

The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19–31
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Life that Now is, vv. 19–22 Is this an actual event or an imaginary incident? (Compare 18:9–14.) Who is the first man mentioned? What do we know about him? Did he go to hell because he was rich? Why then? What was ... read more

The Rich Young Ruler Mark 10:17–27
      (Compare Matt. 19:16–26; Luke 18:18–27) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Possessing Many Things, Yet Not Satisfied, vv. 17–20 What did the young man who came to Jesus have? Did all these things save him? Will they save anyone? What question did he ... read more

The Secret of Abiding Peace
      "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." Genesis 5:24. Our subject is "The Secret of Abiding Peace. Abounding joy, and Abundant Victory in War Times and at All Times." You will find the text in Genesis 5:24, "Eno ... read more

      "Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." Gen. 5:24. OUR subject this morning is The Secret of Abiding Peace, Abounding Joy, and Abundant Victory in "War Times and at All Times. You will find the text in Gen. 5 : 24, "Enoch walked wit ... read more

      "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like ... read more

The Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5:1–16
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. True Blessedness, and How to Find It, vv. 1–12 Where did our Lord speak these words? Who are the first class whom our Lord pronounces happy? What does “poor in spirit” mean? (Ps. 34:18; 51:17; Prov. 29:23; Is. 57:1 ... read more

The Sermon on the Mount—(Concluded 6) Matthew 7:13–29
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Way of Destruction and the Way of Life, vv. 13–14 How many “ways” does our Lord say that there are? Where does the one way lead? Where does the other way lead? If one is not in “the way which leadeth unto life ... read more

The Sermon on the Mount—(Continued 2) Matthew 5:17–48
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Our Lord’s Relation to the Law of Moses, vv. 17–20 What was our Lord’s relation to the law? In what way did He fulfill the law? (John 8:46; Matt. 5:21, 22, 27, 28; Col. 2:17; Heb. 10:1; Eph. 2:15; Ro. 8:3.) How much ... read more

The Sermon on the Mount—(Continued 3) Matthew 6:1–18
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. How to Give Alms, vv. 1–4 What should be our manner of giving alms? Does this forbid all gifts in public? (1 Cor. 16:1, 2.) Did our Lord ever commend a gift made in public? (Luke 21:1–4.) Just what is forbidden? Who k ... read more

The Sermon on the Mount—(Continued 4) Matthew 6:19–34
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Where the Disciple of Our Lord Should Have His Treasures, vv. 19–23 Where does our Lord forbid our laying up treasures? For whose benefit should we not lay up treasures upon earth? Is it ever right to lay up treasures u ... read more

The Sermon on the Mount—(Continued 5) Matthew 7:1–12
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Whom and How to Judge, vv. 1–6 What does our Lord forbid our doing in v. 1? What reason does He give? Have we any illustration in the Bible of one who judged another and was in turn judged himself? (See for example Luke ... read more

The Syrophoenician Woman Matthew 15:21–28
      (Compare Mark 7:24–30) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Faith Seeking a Blessing, vv. 21, 22 Where is the scene of this miracle laid? For what purpose did our Lord depart to those parts? (12:15; 14:3; 15:12.) Did He desire to have His presence in thos ... read more

The Temptation of Our Lord Matthew 4:1–11
      (Compare Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1–13) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Lust of the Flesh—or The Flesh, vv. 1–4 What experience on the part of Jesus immediately preceded that of this lesson? (Mark 1:12). Can a man who has been baptized with the ... read more

The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11–19
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. “Master, Have Mercy on Us,” vv. 11–14 Whither was our Lord journeying? Was it important that He get there? With all His eagerness to get there what did He find time to do by the way? Where was He when the miracle wa ... read more

The Transfiguration Matthew 17:1–13
      (Compare Mark 9:2–13; Luke 9:28–36) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Jesus, Moses and Elijah, vv. 1–4 Of what prophecy of our Lord is this lesson a fulfillment? (Matt. 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27.) How many of the disciples did He take with Him? Di ... read more

The True Way to Keep the Sabbath Luke 14:1–6; Isaiah 58:13, 14
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Way Our Lord Kept the Sabbath, 14:1–6 How did our Lord come to be at the Pharisee’s house to eat? Did He usually accept invitations to social gatherings and to eat? (7:36; 11:37.) Did He accept them when they came ... read more

The Unjust Steward Luke 16:1–18
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. The Unjust Steward, vv. 1–13 To whom was this parable spoken? Of whom are the parables in this chapter a rebuke, and of what characteristic (v. 14)? Against what sin was it especially directed (v. 14)? What use of money ... read more

The Unpardonable Sin Mark 3:20–35
      (Compare Matthew 12:22–50; Luke 11:14–36) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Considered Insane by Friends, vv. 20, 21 How was the eagerness of the multitude to hear our Lord illustrated? Was it simply to hear Him that the multitude came? (vv. 9, 10; L ... read more

The Way of Salvation Made as Plain as Day
      “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. and thy house ... read more

The Wisdom of Watching for the Lord’s Return Luke 12:35–48
      (Compare Matthew 24:43–51) DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Watching for Their Absent Lord, vv. 35–40 What is the proper attitude of mind of disciples of Jesus Christ toward their absent Lord? (2 Peter 3:11, 12, R. V.; Titus 2:13; 2 Tim. 4:8.) Why d ... read more

Thoughts for the Comfort of Jesus’ Disciples During the Absence of Their Lord John 14:1–15
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Peace by Believing in Jesus, vv. 1–6 With what words does this chapter begin? With what words does it close? (v. 27.) What then, is the general purpose of the chapter? Why did Jesus say to His disciples, “Let not your ... read more

Three Fires
      “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” — MATTHEW iii. 11. One night, years ago, I was sitting at my desk in my study late at night, and the work of the day was done. There was a great deal of confusion about my study table, fo ... read more

Three Parables: The Hid Treasure, the Merchant Seeking Goodly Pearls, and the Net Cast into the Sea Matthew 13:44–52
      DISCOVERY OF THE FACTS 1. Finding Without Seeking, v. 44 To what is the kingdom likened in v. 44? What point in regard to the kingdom did our Lord wish to bring out by this comparison? Was hidden treasure often found in the country in which He spo ... read more

True Christian Union
      My subject this morning is TRUE CHRISTIAN UNION AND THE DEVIL'S COUNTERFEIT. I have seven texts: The first is Ephesians 4:1-3, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all low ... read more

Use Of Tracts
      Taken from How to Work for Christ, published 1901 Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of tract work. I had been a Christian a good many years, and a minister of the Gospel several years, before it ever entered my head that tracts were o ... read more

What Are You Waiting For?
      “And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized, washing away thy sin, calling on the name of the Lord” (especially the first part of the verse, “Why tarriest thou?”). — Acts xxii. 16. It was God who asked the question, through His servant ... read more

What It Costs Not to be a Christian?
      “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto Thy testimonies." — Psalms cxix. 59. A good many years ago I was talking to a young society lady in the city of New Haven in America, and suddenly she stopped me and said, “Don’t talk that way; it ... read more

When to Pray
      If we would know the fulness of blessing that there is in the prayer life, it is important not only that we pray in the right way, but also that we pray at the right time. Christ's own example is full of suggestiveness as to the right time for prayer. ... read more

      I. PERSONAL WORK AFTER A GOSPEL MEETING. Perhaps the easiest and most natural place to do personal work is after a Gospel meeting. Whenever you attend a meeting, watch for some one to deal with after the meeting is over. Do not trust to chance in ... read more

      "Whither goest thou?" John. 16: 5. OUR subject to-night is, Where Will You Spend Eternity? You will find the text in John 16: 5, "Whither goest thou?" Jesus Christ was about to leave this world. He told the disciples that he was going, but none of the ... read more

      Sermon to the graduating class of Bible Institute of Los Angeles, June 25, 1916. "The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat, saith the LORD." Jer. 23 ... read more

      "For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar." Rom. 3:3,4. WHAT I say to-night is going to save some of you and it is going to damn some of you. ... read more

Why God Used D. L. Moody
      Eighty-six years ago (February 5, 1837), there was born of poor parents in a humble farmhouse in Northfield, Massachusetts, a little baby who was to become the greatest man, as I believe, of his generation or of his century -- Dwight L. Moody. After our g ... read more

      THERE is no subject more important than that of the Deity of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is not God manifest in the flesh, then Christians are idolaters, for Christians worship Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is God, then all who do not acknowledge Him as ... read more

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