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T. Austin Sparks (1888 1971)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker T. Austin Sparks in text and pdf format. He was ordained as a Baptist pastor at the age of 24, and from 1912 to 1926 led three congregations in Greater London. During these years, he was also closely related to Jessie Penn-Lewis and her publication and speaking ministry, the "Overcomer Testimony."
Among the many books that he wrote, at least three are regarded as Christian classics: The School of Christ, The Centrality and Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ and We Beheld His Glory. The primary theme of Sparks' books is the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He mentored Watchman Nee for many years and was very influential in his understanding of the Church Life.
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"For the Glory of God"
From "The Work of the Ministry" - Volume 1.
"This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby" (John 11:4).
"He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face w ... read more
"How Know We the Way?"
From "This Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 3
"Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5).
The chapter in which the above words occur is a chapter of questions. Mental per ... read more
Eternal Union with Christ
We are going to resume our meditations on union with Christ. Having been occupied with Christ Himself, the meaning of Christ, seeking to set the background, lay the foundation, in some little understanding of His greatness and of His place, we now should ... read more
Faith's Persistency (1 Kings 18:41-44)
"Now Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower." So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth, and put his face between his knees. And ... read more
In the Book of the Acts
Lord, we have just asked Thee to do some very big things in us. We have asked Thee to completely change our minds about things. We have asked Thee to give us an altogether new idea of liberty and strength. We have prayed that Thou wouldest completely reve ... read more
In the Letter to the Colossians
[The following note written by TAS preceded this chapter in the magazine:
"Note: In the sequence of this series of messages, the next in order would be the Letter to the Philippians. This has been included in the other series - last month's issue, "Th ... read more
In the Spirit or in the World
"And there came one of the seven angels... and he spake with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and shewed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down ... read more
Power With God Exemplified in Job
Reading: Job 1:6-11; 2:9,10; 42:7,8,10
Jobs Spiritual History
Job is introduced to us as a man in great fullness: fullness of possessions and of wealth, fullness of good works and of personal righteousness, and standing before God in acceptance. Th ... read more
Power With God Exemplified in Moses
Reading: Exodus 32:31,32; 11-14; Numbers 14:11-20.
"Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before Me, yet My mind would not be toward this people" (Jer. 15:1).
God Seeking To Make A Man Utterly One With Himself
"Though Moses ... read more
Responsibility For What We Have (Luke 16:29,31)
"They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.... If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead" (Luke 16:29,31).
That is a strange parable, or illustration, that our Lord gave about the ri ... read more
The Cross And The Person Of Christ
It is of far-reaching importance and vital consequence to recognize that the Person of our Lord cannot really be known and understood apart from the Cross. It is equally of consequence to realize that the Cross is only really understood and adequately a ... read more
The Kingdom and the Church
"In those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:1,2).
"I... say unto thee, that I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail again ... read more
The Man in the Message
This is not intended to be a Life of the Apostle Paul, but has rather to do with the particular significance of this servant of Jesus Christ. While there are those vital and essential factors in his case which must be true of every servant of Christ, an ... read more
The Mystery of the Gospel
"The mystery of the gospel" (Eph. 6:19).
"I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).
"...in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things aft ... read more
The Operation of the Kingdom of God
In the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel by Matthew, which we may have open before us by way of reminder, we find the operation of the Kingdom illustrated in a sevenfold way.
THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM
I do not propose to attempt an exposition of th ... read more
Titles of the Risen Lord
Square brackets [ ] indicate interpolations, queries or corrections made by the transcriber that were not in the original spoken message.
We are today occupied with the Resurrection side of the Cross, and this afternoon Im going to ask you to consid ... read more
"I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18).
"Christ was faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if we hold fast our confidence firm unto the end" (Hebrews 2:6, R.S.V. margin).
"Christ Jesus... in whom each several building, fit ... read more
"A Candlestick All of Gold" The Cross in Relation to the Testimony
We have been occupied thus far with a re-statement of that testimony for which we believe the Lord raised up this instrumentality and this ministry at the beginning, now many years ago. To us, the purpose of the Lord in the ministry and in the corporate i ... read more
"A House of Prayer For All People"
Reading: 2 Chronicles 6; Isaiah 56:6-7; Mark 11:17; Ephesians 6:18.
"My house shall be called an house of prayer for all people."
The sixth chapter of the second book of Chronicles is a magnificent example and illustration of these words of the Pr ... read more
"A Man in Christ"
"I know a man in Christ" (2 Corinthians 12:2)
The object of our consideration is manhood in relation to the Lord's testimony, and for it we take a little phrase used by the apostle Paul about himself: "I knew a man in Christ". To it may be linked a f ... read more
"ACCORDING TO CHRIST" - Part 4
In concluding this brief series of editorials, for the time being, we are going to sum up this matter of the Church and the churches by looking more seriously at the great crisis or turning point which we have in the New Testament. ... read more
"ACCORDING TO CHRIST" - Part 1
(NOTE: During the many years of this spoken and printed ministry, very much has been said regarding the Church. This has led to not a few enquiries for advice from many who are in difficulty over this matter. Many of the enquirers ar ... read more
"ACCORDING TO CHRIST" - Part 2
The first part of this consideration has been a general survey and statement as to the nature and purpose of the Church (universal) and the churches (local). We proceed now to look at foundations, but some things already said need el ... read more
"ACCORDING TO CHRIST" - Part 3
The occasion of these editorials is a widespread and serious exercise concerning the nature of the local expression of the Church. As we pursue this enquiry we are getting ever nearer to the heart of the matter. The fragment at the ... read more
"Because of the Blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 12:1-12)
Reading: Zechariah 3:1-10; Revelation 12:1-12.
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death." (R.V.)
One clause of that verse sums up everything e ... read more
"By My Spirit" (Zechariah 4)
Reading: Zechariah 4
The golden lampstand which Zechariah saw was the symbol of the divine testimony, the out-shining of the glory of God. Lying behind all God's activities with men, the very reason for man's creation, is His desire to display His gl ... read more
From "A Witness and A Testimony" January 1962, Volume 40-1.
"...even Barnabas was carried away with their dissimulation." (Galatians 2:13.)
What a pity that such painful and unhappy incidents should have been placed on record for all time! What a ... read more
"I Have Loved Thee"
From "The Work of the Ministry" - Volume 2
Reading: Revelation 3:7-11.
You will notice that the words of our title are linked with the Lord's coming - "I come quickly". And with His coming imminent He addresses these words to His children. The is ... read more
"In the Likeness of His Resurrection"
It is important that we should recognise what a great scope and tremendous emphasis the subject of resurrection has in the Word of God. As a principle it is patent or latent, according to the measure of our discernment, from the beginning to the end of ... read more
"Looking Unto Jesus"
"Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Make level the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left" (Proverbs 4:25-27).
"Therefore let us also, seeing we a ... read more
"Loose Him, and Let Him Go!"
Reading: John 11:38-44
It is that last verse that we shall be considering especially:
"He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him and let him go. ... read more
"Nor... the Smell of Fire..." (Daniel 3:16-27)
Reading: Daniel 3:16-27 and I Peter 1:6-8 (ASV).
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, "0 Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the bur ... read more
"The Fruit of Conflict"
"Out of the spoil won in battles did they dedicate to repair the house of the Lord" (I Chron. 26:27). The margin gives a slight variation - "Out of the battles and the spoil did they dedicate to repair the house of the Lord."
The emphasis for this m ... read more
"The Lord is With Him" (1 Samuel 16:18)
"Then answered one of the young men and said, Behold I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is skilful in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and prudent in speech, and a comely person; and the Lord is with him" (1 Samuel 1 ... read more
"Thy Way Was in the Sea" (Psalm 77)
Reading: Psalm 77
The heading of this psalm shows that it was contributed by Asaph, who was David's choir master - the leader of the singers. Quite a number of psalms are attributed to him, and in this one he was in real trouble; he was a man of musi ... read more
"Whither the Tribes Go Up"
"Gather my saints together" (Psalm 1:5).
It was a beautiful thought in the mind of God when, in His Divine economy, He prescribed for the periodic convocations of His people. Away back in the time of Moses He commanded that all the m ... read more
"Ye Are My Friends" (John 15:13-16)
Among the various titles by which Christians were called in the New Testament surely the most wonderful is that given by the Lord Jesus - "Ye are my friends":
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are m ... read more
A Child Over the Nations
Reading: Jeremiah 1
This title has nothing to do with a youth's conceited idea of his own importance, but the very reverse of any such idea, for it indicates how God selected a weak and insignificant instrument through whom He could bring His own thr ... read more
A Decisive Step of Faith
Reading: Acts 3:1-21.
This is the first recorded miracle in the history of the church, and parabolically it embodies a good deal of what we have been considering, and I am going to take it in that parabolic form as an illustration of some of these matt ... read more
A Final Shaking
Lord Jesus Christ, we seek Thy Face. It is written, The Light of the Glory of God is in the Face of Jesus Christ. Oh, Thou, Who didst forfeit, for that one terrible moment, the Countenance of Thy Father in order that we might never come there, that we m ... read more
A God That Hideth Himself
"Verily, Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour" (Isa. 45:15).
It is as though the Prophet was suddenly overawed and struck with amazement at what he was being made to prophesy! In the midst of his ministry something of its ... read more
A Good Warfare (1 Timothy 1:18)
"This charge I commit unto thee, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that by them thou mayest war a good warfare" (I Timothy 1:18).
"Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou ... read more
A Jigsaw Puzzle
A Message to Young Christians - and Others
"In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. 2:21).
"...for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, ... read more
A Man After God's Heart
Reading: Ps. 89:19,20; Acts 13:22; Heb. 1:9; 1 Sam. 13:14.
The Bible abounds with men. It abounds with many other things; with doctrine, with principles; but more than anything else it abounds with men. That is Gods method, His chosen method, His prim ... read more
A Man in the Glory (Hebrews 2:5-12)
Reading: Hebrews 2:5-12.
This portion of the Scriptures is a condensation of all that the Bible, and especially the New Testament, is about. It is a strange thing to say, yet it is quite true, that at this late hour in the New Testament dispensation ou ... read more
A Ministry of the Significance of Christ
"And his father and his mother were marvelling at the things which were spoken concerning him; and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spo ... read more
A Model Prayer of Intercession
Reading: Nehemiah 1:4-11.
It seems to me as though this prayer can be gathered up in six different features, or characteristics, and you may discover what they are as we read together. "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down an ... read more
A New Day Foreshadowed
With chapter six the first section of the Gospel is concluded. This section is bound up with the word "Life." It has been made clear, and emphatic, that life is inseparably related to Christ. This declaration, with what was involved as to the death of C ... read more
A New Israel
Lord, not as a part of our program but from our very hearts we say, Break Thou the bread of life to me. Thou art the Bread of Life. Give us of Thyself this morning. May there be a true ministration of Christ in this hour. Send Thy Spirit, Lord, in a new ... read more
A Peculiar Treasure
"And the princes of the people dwelt in Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts in the other cities. And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to ... read more