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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: John [Hardcover]

By John Charles Ryle (Author) & Jc Ryle (Author)
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Bishop Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels were first issued in 1856 and immediately met with a warm welcome from evangelical Christians of all denominations. In the 20th century the growing popularity of Ryle's spiritual approach has led to three reprints of the series in ten years. The author did not prepare the work for scholars, but instead that the volumes were for family and private use. 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 Saviour soon about to come again. Most Christians know little of Christianity but the skeleton of doctrines - I desire never to forget those 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."This volume covers the Gospel of St John.

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Studio: Lutterworth Press
Pages   426
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.21" Width: 4.92" Height: 3.02"
Weight:   2.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 26, 1987
Publisher   James Clarke Company
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0227678869  
ISBN13  9780227678862  

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John Charles Ryle Ryle was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He was ordained in 1842, eventually becoming Anglican Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 until shortly before his death.

John Charles Ryle was born at Macclesfield and was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a fine athlete who rowed and played Cricket for Oxford, where he took a first class degree in Greats and was offered a college fellowship (teaching position) which he declined. The son of a wealthy banker, he was destined for a career in politics before answering a call to ordained ministry.

He was spiritually awakened in 1838 while hearing Ephesians 2 read in church. He was ordained by Bishop Sumner at Winchester in 1842. After holding a curacy at Exbury in Hampshire, he became rector of St Thomas's, Winchester (1843), rector of Helmingham, Suffolk (1844), vicar of Stradbroke (1861), honorary canon of Norwich (1872), and dean of Salisbury (1880). In 1880, at age 64, he became the first bishop of Liverpool, at the recommendation of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year.

Ryle was a strong supporter of the evangelical school and a critic of Ritualism. Among his longer works are Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century (1869), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols, 1856-69) and Principles for Churchmen (1884).

John Charles Ryle was born in 1816 and died in 1900.

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Stunningly Beautiful  Feb 16, 2008
I wish I had a mentor like Bishop Ryle, to tutor me in theology and ethics. Here is the preciousness of a God-centered, people-loving preacher, whose preaching is full with the exaltation of the God-Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the call for "men everywhere to repent" and believe and savor Him. Isn't this what the gospel, the Old and the New Testament all about? In the text, Ryle takes a chunk of passage consisting of several verses, then draws a few lessons out of it that contains both theology; the doctrines of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, Election and perseverance of the saints, for example, AND the applications how we could use the lesson from God's Word to better commune and worship God, conduct our life and treat each other everyday without any jargons, yet stunningly captivating. Next, he expounds the passage verse by verse, not only through his own interpretation, but he also compares what others think; mostly from such heavyweights as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Beza, Melanchton, Chysosthom and some English-speaking preachers and theologians. He sometimes scrutinizes meticulously to the point that I think in some cases he overanalyzes. With all these said, without discounting the role of the Holy Spirit in granting the wisdom and discernment to understand the Scriptures which I consider crucial and must-have, I love what Ryle does here. This is why God gives teachers to the church. I reject the idea that all one needs is the Bible without having to learn from what others teach about biblical theology as arrogant, particularly if those "others" are the servants of God who have been proven solid in doctrinal faithfulness and ministry. If B.B Warfield spent his quiet time and prayed with Matthew Henry's commentary open, though I wouldn't do the same, but I would still study Ryle. It is worth your time and energy.
Very happy with my decision  Oct 6, 2007
I was very happy with the conditioon of the books and they were just what I was looking for . I couldn't have been more happy
Expository Thoughts - JC Ryle  Sep 14, 2007
Bishop JC Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels are excellent commentaries that will inform and provide a wealth of insight into the Gospels. Highly recommended.
The set of four hardcover volumes (Matthew & Mark, Luke, & two volumes of John) from Baker Books are attractively bound.
A set of seven paperback volumes (Matthew, Mark, two volumes of Luke & three volumes of John) are also available from another publisher, The Banner of Truth Trust. These paperback volumes can be purchased separately.
Apart from the binding and the number of volumes in each set, the only practical difference I can discern between the two is that the text in the Banner of Truth paperback volumes seems to have a lighter, but clearer, print.
Every preacher should own this set  Aug 19, 2000
The Bishop JC Ryle probably wrote these expository thoughts over a 100 years ago. But his comments on the text are timeless and very practical. He has a wonderful gift of being able to glean the messages and the points in each scripture. And he is a master at applying the scriptures to comtemporary life.

Having said that, like all other expositions of holy writ, you need to use Ryle's work judiciously. Every once in a while, he brings out points in a passage that may not be salient for the needs of your sermon. And he sometimes divides passages into smaller sections when you may choose to preach the larger section. But these are minor points. I can think of a number of times when my brain was fried and Ryle provoked my thinking and gave me some seminal expository thoughts. And that's exactly what the preacher needs.

J.C. Ryle in General  Mar 4, 2000
Having very carefully reviewed J.C. Ryle's commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel...and I do mean carefully, I have found him to be matchless for simplicity and depth of insight. I have begun St. John's Gospel and am unsurprised by this classical, pan-Protestant exposition of the Gospels. Here and there is an evangelical Anglican note or two. He appears to be arguing against the ritualist and Oxfordian movement in the Church of England at points, but in no way does this mar or obtrude into the exposition. Their are Puritan elements in the exposition as Ryle explores the soul and its responses to the claims of a sovereign Redeemer. He is an old-school, evangelical, Calvinistic Anglican. I would travel far and wide to hear him, were he alive today. Fortunately, we have his expositions of the Gospels. I look forward to giving the same careful analysis to John's Gospel (already begun) that I did with his exposition of Matthew's Gospel. What a beacon of clarity and poignancy not often heard in American pulpits.

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