J. C. Ryle

J. C. Ryle

JOHN CHARLES RYLE, First Bishop of Liverpool, Church of England, 1816—1900AD

“. . . 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 Masculine Ministry — a sermon by John Piper (1h 9m video/audio/text)
(from Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors January 31, 2012)


 

J C Ryle

Bishop J. C. Ryle in a “Punch” cartoon.

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 Luke's Gospel with Notes (2 vols. 24 chapters)

exposition of John's Gospel with Notes (3 vols. 21 chapters)


  1. Only One Way. (116k) pdf (60k) html (56k) docx (38k) zip (27k)

  2. The Cross of Christ. (86k) pdf (104k) docx (89k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  3. Preface to Gospel of John. (48k) zip (16k)

  4. Do You Confess? (65k) zip (18k)

  5. Christ Crucified. (59k) pdf (110k) docx (93k)  Helmingham Series small tracts.

  6. “Peace! Be Still!” (171k) pdf (102k) html (67k) docx (45k) zip (22k)

  7. Three Pictures. (142k) pdf (63k) html (53k) docx (37k) zip (35k)

  8. Faith's Choice. (45k) zip (16k)

  9. Form or Heart? (54k) zip (17k)

  10. Beware! (106k) zip (22k)

  11. Is Thy Heart Right? (91k) pdf (71k) html (54k) docx (37k) zip (24k)

  12. Assurance. (274k) html (152k) pdf (148k) docx (78k) zip (57k)

  13. The Royal Family (63k) pdf (112k) docx (100k)  Helmingham Series small tracts.

  14. We Must Be Holy. (91k) pdf (108k) docx (92k) zip (15k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  15. Come! (49k) zip (15k)

  16. Which Class? (70k) zip (22k)

  17. The Inspiration of the Bible. (265k) pdf (175k) docx (50k) zip (37k)

  18. Free Salvation. (61k)  pdf (108k) docx (95k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  19. Prove all Things. (55k) zip (18k)

  20. Are You Looking? (43k) zip (13k)

  21. Come Out, and Be Ye Separate. (58k) zip (20k)

  22. Strive! (66k) zip (19k)

  23. Self Inquiry. (52k) zip (16k)

  24. Unbelief A Marvel. (83k) pdf (68k) zip (15k)

  25. Where Are Your Sins? (230k) "A Question about Absolution." pdf (109k) html (118k ) docx (46k) zip (38k)

  26. Gospel Treasures (87k) pdf (66k) docx (92k) zip (15k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  27. Are You Ready? (61k) rtf (61k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  28. Justified! (108k) pdf (176k) zip (24k)

  29. Are You Fighting? (65K) zip (21k)

  30. Whole Family! (44k) zip (14k)

  31. Christ is All. (62k) zip (19k)

  32. Are You Holy? (61k) zip (19k)

  33. Evangelical Religion. (89k) html (74k) pdf (162k) zip (25k)

  34. No Uncertain Sound. (128k) pdf (172k) zip (35k) html (94k)

  35. Victory. (56k) zip (18k)

  36. Do You Pray? (198k) pdf (92k) docx (59k) zip (44k)

  37. Do You Believe? (64k) zip (20k)

  38. The Great Battle. (65k) rtf (65k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  39. Christ and the Two Thieves. (44k) zip (16k)

  40. "Many Shall Come." (62k) zip (18k)

  41. Ritualism in Church of England. (49k) zip (17k)

  42. Duties of Parents. (79k) zip (28k)

  43. The Morning Without Clouds. (27k) zip (11k)

  44. Remember Lot! (44k) zip (15k)

  45. How Do You Do? (56k) zip(18k)

  46. What Canst Thou Know? (43k) zip (17k)

  47. "What Think Ye of Christ?" (42k) zip (14k)

  48. Looking unto Jesus. (43k) zip (15K)

  49. If Any Man—! (61k) zip (21k )

  50. Able to Save (146K) pdf (56k) html (59k)  docx (42k) zip (30k)

  51. The Power of the Holy Spirit. (18k) Helmingham Series

  52. Calvary. (19k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  53. Faith and Assurance. (17k) zip (6k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  54. "One Blood" (49k) zip (15k)

  55. Hold Fast. (36k) zip (8k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  56. Heaven. (35k) zip (8k) Helmingham Series small tracts.

  57. Is It Real? (38k) zip (12k)

  58. The City. (48k) zip (18k)

  59. Occupy Till I Come. (67k) pdf (106k) zip (20k)

  60. The Cross. (135k) pdf (104k) html (82k) docx (45k) zip (32k)

  61. Are We Sanctified? (64k) zip (23k)

  62. Are You Happy? (124k) pdf (104k) zip (23k)

  63. Tried by its Fruits. (43k) zip (17k)

  64. The Real Presence (61k) zip (16k)

  65. Inspiration. (316k) pdf (236k) docx (70k) zip (57k) 4th edition, 1924AD.

  66. Election. (132k) pdf (105k) docx (40k) zip (28k) from "Old Paths" 1900AD edition.

  67. Bible-Reading. (185k) pdf (184k) docx (58k) zip (38k)

  68. Idolatry. (76k) pdf (121k) zip (24k)

  69. The Thirty-nine Articles. (81k) pdf (140k) zip (25k)

  70. John Wycliffe. (38k) from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition.pdf (51k) zip (12k)

  71. George Whitefield. (97k) from "Church Leaders" 1878 edition.pdf (133k) zip (31k)

  72. Shall We Know One Another? (31k) 1875 edition.

  73. Why were our Reformer's Burned? (152k) from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition. pdf (130k) zip (33k)

  74. Toplady and his Ministry. (70k) from "Church Leaders" 1878 edition. pdf (120k) zip (25k)

  75. James II. & the Seven Bishops. (131k) from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition. pdf (175k) zip (39k)

  76. Conversion. (69k) from “Old Paths” 1878AD edition. pdf (81k) zip (17k)

  77. Having the Spirit. (156k) from "Old Paths” 1900AD edition. pdf (122k) zip (38k)

  78. England a Hundred Years Ago. (91k) [i.e. 18th century] pdf (82k) zip (19k)

  79. "Never Perish!" (255k) pdf (201k) zip (47k)

  80. Hold Fast. (1890AD) (170k) pdf (182k) zip (60k)

  81. Archbishop Laud. (133k) from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition. pdf (164k) zip (39k)

  82. Richard Baxter. (123k) from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition. pdf (142k) zip (34k)

  83. Happiness. (116k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (120k) zip (31k)

  84. Baptism. (141k) from "Knots Untied" 1900AD edition. pdf (126k) zip (31k)

  85. Apostolic Fears. (80k) from "Knots Untied" 1900AD edition. pdf (87k) zip (23k)

  86. Prayer. (125k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (120k) zip (34k)

  87. The World. (107k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (119k) zip (32k)

  88. Be Content. (56k) 1875AD edition. pdf (82k) zip (18k)

  89. Farewell to the Diocese. (34k) February 1st 1900AD, 4 months before his death. pdf (20k)

  90. Introduction. (89k) from "Light from Old Times" 1902 edition. pdf (81k) zip (28k)

  91. What do we Owe the Reformation? (123k) pdf (125k) zip (35k)

  92. Going to the Table. (161k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (116k) zip (39k)

  93. Regeneration. (99k) from "Knots Untied" 1900AD edition. pdf (121k) zip (27k)

  94. Prayer-Book Statements: Regeneration. (164k) from "Knots Untied" 1900AD edition. (pdf) (218k) zip (41k)

  95. Self-Exertion. (169k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (101k) zip (41k)

  96. Zeal. (118k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (113k) zip (26k)

  97. A Bad Heart. (72k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (60k) zip (18k)

  98. Regeneration. (1 of 3) (67k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (62k) zip (17k)

  99. Regeneration. (2 of 3) (105k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (68k) zip (19k)

  100. Regeneration. (3 of 3) (81k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (68k) zip (20k)

  101. The Sabbath. (238k) from "Knots Untied" 1900AD edition. pdf (157k) zip (43k)

  102. The Lord's Supper. (197k) from "Knots Untied" 1900AD edition. pdf (171k) zip (44k)

  103. Do You Want a Friend? (103k) from Home Truths 1857AD. pdf (74k) zip (29k)

  104. The Church's Distinctive Principle. (221k) from "Principles for Churchmen." 1900AD. pdf (127k) zip (45k)

  105. The Church's Comprehensiveness. (145k) from "Principles for Churchmen." 1900AD. pdf (79k) zip (32k)

  106. How Far May Churchmen Differ? (133k) from "Principles for Churchmen." 1900AD. pdf (88k) zip (32k)

  107. Can there be more unity among Churchmen? (93k) from "Principles for Churchmen." 1900AD. pdf (105k) zip (36k)

  108. Self Righteousness  (110k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (53k) zip (31k)

  109. Few Saved. (166k) from "Old Paths” 1900AD edition. pdf (136k) zip (30k)

  110. Saving Faith. (107k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (45k) zip (32k)

  111. Watch. (423k) with preface from Coming Events & Present Duties, On Prophecy. 1879AD edition. pdf (288k) zip (72k)

  112. Living or Dead? (228k) from Home Truths,1856AD. Fifth Series pdf (105k) docx (73k) zip (59k)

  113. Do You Have Peace? (127k) from Home Truths,1856AD. Fourth Series. pdf (186k) zip (50k)

  114. Holiness. (118k) from "Holiness" 1885AD 2nd edition. pdf (151k) zip (48k)

  115. The Best Friend (173k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (139k) zip (44k)

  116. Sanctification (192k) from "Holiness" 1885AD 2nd edition. pdf (174k) docx (54k)  zip (73k)

  117. Our Souls! (128k) from "Old Paths” 1900AD edition. docx (43k) rtf (128k) pdf (217k) zip (30k)

  118. Rich and Poor. (189k) 1853AD tract. docx (58k) pdf (201k) zip (41k)

  119. An Estimate of Thomas Manton. (189k) from vol II, Complete Works of Thomas Manton D.D.1871AD. docx (37k) pdf (131k) zip (41k)

  120. What Time Is It? (152k) being thoughts on Romans xiii. 12, 1854AD. docx (44k) pdf (227k) zip (29k)

  121. Forgiveness. (197k) from "Old Paths” 1900AD edition. docx (58k) pdf (91k) zip (40k)

  122. What Good Will It Do? (301k) Tract supporting establishment of Church of England 1872AD. pdf (108k) docx (76k) zip (52k)

  123. The Heart. (133k)  from "Old Paths" 1900AD edition. pdf (52k) docx (42k) zip (27k)

  124. What is Your Hope? (173k) A tract published 1856AD. pdf (109k) docx (54k) zip (37k)

  125. Have You the Spirit? 260k) A tract published 1854AD. pdf (127k) docx (64k) zip (46k)

  126. John Hooper (1mb) from "Bishops & Clergy of Other Days."1868AD pdf (1.1mb) zip (256k) docx (140k)

  127. Hugh Latimer (181k) from "Bishops & Clergy of Other Days."1868AD pdf (145k) docx (66k) zip (47k)

  128. A Word to the Churches. (116k) from "Home Truths" 4th series, 1856AD pdf (74k) docx (38k) zip (24k)

  129. What is the Church? (214k) from "Home Truths" 4th series, 1856AD pdf (146k) docx (69k) zip (46k)

  130. Richard Baxter. (181k) from "Bishops & Clergy of Other Days." 1868AD pdf (215k) docx (61k) zip (42k)

  131. Consider your Ways. (221k) from "Living or Dead?" series of "Home Truths." 1851AD pdf (77k) docx (53k) zip (39k)

  132. Samuel Ward. (195k) from "Bishops & Clergy of Other Days."1868AD pdf (91k) docx (53k) zip (36k)

  133. The Character of a True Christian. (164k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (70k) docx (40k) zip (27k)

  134. Wheat or Chaff? (181k) A tract published 1854AD. pdf (82k) docx (52k) zip (40k)

  135. Repent or Perish. (210k) from "Home Truths" 7th series, 1859AD pdf (88k) docx (57k) zip (41k)

  136. "He whom thou lovest is sick." (148k) from "Home Truths" 7th series, 1859AD pdf (63k) docx (44k) zip (31k)

  137. The Lord our Righteousness. (133k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (53k) docx (39k) zip (28k)

  138. Young Men Exhorted (377k) from "Home Truths" 4th series, 1856AD pdf (190k) docx (94k) zip (70k)

  139. The Grace of God in Vain. (94k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (39k) docx (38k) zip (23k)

  140. Scattered and Gathered. (129k) Sermon for promoting Christianity among the Jews, 1858AD. pdf (61k) docx (45k) zip (31k)

  141. The Unchanging Christ. (97k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (40k) docx (33k) zip (24k)

  142. "Where Art Thou?" (116k) A tract published 1850AD. pdf (54k) docx (43k) zip (31k)

  143. "Not Corrupting the Word." (72k) from "Home Truths" 7th series, 1859AD pdf (92k) docx (26k) zip (17k)

  144. Alive or Dead? (188k) from "Old Paths” 1900AD edition. pdf (224k) docx (54k)  zip (39k)

  145. What is Our Position? (107k) from "Home Truths" 7th series, 1859AD pdf (126k) docx (36k) zip (26k)

  146. No More Crying! (80k) for children from "Home Truths" 7th series, 1859AD pdf (107k) docx (28k) zip (17k)

  147. Soldiers and Trumpeters. (131k) from Home Truths,1905AD (?). First Series. pdf (157k) docx (42k) zip (33k)

  148. Charity. (119k) from "Practical Religion" 1887 4th edition. pdf (141k) docx (36k) zip (26k)

  149. The Holy Spirit. (199k) from "Old Paths” 1900AD edition.  pdf (120k) docx (54k) zip (38k)

  150. The Cost. (146k) from "Holiness" 1885AD 2nd edition. pdf (84k) docx (45k) zip (31k)

  151. Sin. (131k) from "Holiness" 1885AD 2nd edition. pdf (80k) docx (46k) zip (29k)

  152. Christ's Invitation. (103k) on Matt. 11:28, from "Old Paths” 1878AD edition. pdf (67k) docx (35k) zip (25k)

  153. Faith! (135k) on John 3:16, from "Old Paths” 1878AD edition. pdf (96k) docx (46k) zip (33k)

  154. Moses, an Example. (129k) from "Holiness" 1885AD 2nd edition. pdf (76k) docx (41k) zip (29k)

  155. The Privileges of the True Christian. (99k) from "The Christian Race and Other Sermons" 1900AD. pdf (65k) docx (31k) zip (21k)

  156. John Berridge and his Ministry (192k) from "The Christian Leaders of the Last Century" 1878AD edition. pdf (130k) docx (62k) zip (48k)

  157. Are You Forgiven? (116k) A tract published 1854AD. pdf (99k) html (81k) docx (38k) zip (27k)

  158. An Estimate of Thomas Manton. (88k) from the Works of Rev. Thomas Manton, 1871AD. pdf (61k) docx (35k) zip (22k)

  159. St. Peter at Antioch. (171k) from Home Truths,1856AD. 5th Series pdf (100k) docx (52k) zip (35k)

  160. "Give thyself wholly to them." (74k) from "Home Truths" 7th series, 1859AD pdf (45k) docx (28k) zip (16k)

  161. Rowland Taylor: Martyr. (112k) from "Facts and Men." 1882AD pdf (63k) docx (39k) zip (24k)