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Expository Thoughts on Mark


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J.C. Ryle had three goals when writing his Expository Thoughts books: that they be used in family Bible study, a teaching tool for those visiting the sick or poor, or as a companion for private Bible study. They have achieved a higher end to those humble aspirations, and the Expository Thoughts on Mark is a great example. Ryle’s helpful commentary on the Gospel of Mark is filled with wonderful insight and practical observations.

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“Let us learn, in the first place, that Christ’s service does not exempt His servants from storms.” (Page 83)

“Repentance and faith were the foundation stones of Christ’s ministry.—Repentance and faith must always be the main subjects of every faithful minister’s instruction.” (Page 8)

“Finally, we learn from this passage, that our Lord Jesus Christ is exceedingly patient and pitiful in dealing with His own people.” (Page 85)

“The principal work of every faithful minister of the Gospel, is to set the Lord Jesus fully before His people, and to show them His fulness and His power to save.—The next great work he has to do, is to set before them the work of the Holy Ghost, and the need of being born again, and inwardly baptized by His grace.” (Page 5)

“A praying Master, like Jesus, can have no prayerless servants. The Spirit of adoption will always make a man call upon God. To be prayerless is to be Christless, Godless, and in the high road to destruction.” (Page 18)

  • Title: Expository Thoughts on Mark
  • Author: J. C. Ryle
  • Series: J. C. Ryle Collection
  • Publisher: William Hunt
  • Print Publication Date: 1859
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Mark › Commentaries
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T03:11:00Z
J. C. Ryle

J. C. Ryle (1816–1900) was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a Craven scholar. He was ordained in 1841 and became a leader of the evangelical party in the Church of England. In 1880, Ryle became the first bishop of Liverpool and also served as the dean of Salisbury. Ryle remained the bishop of Liverpool for 20 years.

Ryle was noted for his doctrinal essays and polemical writings. His bestselling titles include Expository Thoughts on Mark and Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots which can both be found in the J. C. Ryle Collection (18 vols.). He also contributed three volumes in the Crossway Classic Commentary Collection (13 vols.).



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  1. Matthew R. Funk
  2. James Clements

    James Clements


  3. Matthew John Buttner
    Everything by Ryle is worth reading. The man was a Puritan born out of time. I consulted volume when preparing a message in Mark and gleaned some gold nuggets. This would be a great commentary to read in your devotions since it is clear, concise, and applicational.
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