J. C. Ryle, 1816—1900AD
JOHN CHARLES RYLE, First Bishop of Liverpool, Church of England.
“. . . Nothing I can remember to this day appeared to me so clear and distinct, as my own sinfulness, Christ’s preciousness, the value of the Bible, the absolute necessity of coming out of the world, the need of being born again, and the enormous folly of the whole doctrine of baptismal regeneration. All these things, I repeat, seemed to flash upon me like a sunbeam in the winter of 1837 and have stuck in my mind from that time down to this. People may account for such a change as they like, my own belief is that no rational explanation of it can be given but that of the Bible; it was what the Bible calls “conversion” or “regeneration.” Before that time I was dead in sins and on the high road to hell, and from that time I have become alive and had a hope of heaven. And nothing to my mind can account for it, but the free sovereign grace of God. And it was the greatest change and event in my life, and has been an influence over the whole of my subsequent history.” [extract on Ryle’s conversion taken from his autobiography written in 1873AD for his children.]
Bishop John Charles Ryle wrote well over two hundred evangelical tracts, of which more than two million were circulated, and many were translated into foreign languages. Throughout his ministry he remained one of the strongest defenders of the evangelical reformed faith within the Church of England. His faithful witness to the Gospel of Christ needs to be heard more than ever today. The following tracts are classics of Gospel Truth that readers came to expect from all his writings. His tracts are “pure gold.” Some of them, not published since the 19th century, have come into my possession, and I offer you these inspiring works exactly word for word as they were published by Drummond’s Tract Depot, Stirling, Scotland, as well as other tracts taken from his classic 19th century books.
“The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle” — The Value of a
— a sermon by John Piper (1h 9m video/audio/text)
BISHOP RYLE’S “Expository Thoughts on the Gospels.”
The 7 volumes of J. C. Ryle's “Expository Thoughts on the Gospels” were written between 1856 to 1873. They were reprinted in 1887 and again in 1896, and then by James Clarke in 1956, and a 7 volume paperback version was published in 1987 by BANNER OF TRUTH, who have now published a 7 volume clothbound version.
He prepared the work not for scholars only, but insisted that they were “for family and private use.” In other words, like all his writings, they were intended to help the ordinary man and woman. “I have a strong conviction,” he wrote, “that we want more reverent deep-searching study of the Scriptures in the present day. Most Christians see nothing beyond the surface of the Bible when they read it. We want more clear knowledge of Christ, as a living Person, a living Priest, a living Physician, a living Friend, a living Advocate at the right hand of God, and a living Saviour soon about to come again. Most Christians know little of Christianity but the skeleton of doctrines—I desire never to forget these two things: if I can do anything to make Christ and the Bible more honourable in these latter days, I shall be truly thankful and content."
exposition of Matthew's Gospel (1 vol. 28 chapters)
exposition of Mark's Gospel (1 vol. 16 chapters)
exposition of Luke's Gospel with Notes (2 vols. 24 chapters)
exposition of John's Gospel with Notes (3 vols. 21 chapters)
72. Shall We Know One Another? (31k) 1875 edition.