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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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A Presentation of the Man
Reading: Revelation 1:12-17; Acts 17:31.
In our previous meditation, we were occupied with the fact that it is IN a man that God has determined to judge the world, and we were seeing something of Gods conception of the Man whom He has ordained to be ... read more
We have been seeing that in the dispensation of the Old Testament the Holy Spirit was operating as the Spirit of prophecy, making everything a prophecy. He was causing everything within the Divine economy to point onward, to imply something further, which ... read more
A Representation of Christ in Every Place
"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I also ... read more
A Revelation of What the Church Really Is
God’s method and means of fulfilling His eternal purpose is by way of “the church, which is His (Christ’s) body”. The Church is definitely stated to be “the fullness of Him that filleth all in all”. That universal fullness of Christ is determi ... read more
A River That Could Not be Passed Over: The Fullness of the Spirit
We are coming to the end of our time together, and that means that there is a very great deal in Ezekiel that we shall not be able to consider. So this morning I suggest that we give our attention to chapter forty-seven. As you know, this is the chapter o ... read more
A Saviour to the Uttermost (Hebrews 7:25)
"Wherefore also He is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7:25; RV).
Howsoever viewed, this is a great and heartening statement. The ability of our Lord J ... read more
A Special Vocation
"Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ... But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possessi ... read more
A Tragic and Instructive Episode
Reading: 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13, 16.
In tracing the history of the Ark of the Testimony we have been deeply impressed with its foreshadowing of the Testimony of Jesus in the New Testament. What a varied and instructive history that has been! In it ... read more
A Vessel for the Rights of God
I am going to enlarge upon one or two things which were little more than stated in our last meditation on The Christ, The Antichrist, and The church. We pointed out that there were three things which are common features of these.
Firstly, a parti ... read more
A Vision that Constitutes a Vocation
"For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him" (Acts 13:27).
We pointed out at the beginning of the previous chapter that ... read more
A Vital Ministry in a Day of Transition (Matthew 11:13-14)
''Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord'' (Malachi 4:5).
''For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John."
''And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to com ... read more
A Voice Which May Be Missed
"For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning Him" (Acts 13:27).
The above statement as a whole carries a significance which e ... read more
Abel and the Law of Life
Reading: Gen. 4:3-6, 8-10; I John 3:12; John 7:44; Acts 7:52; John 4:23; Romans 8:2.
In our previous meditation we were drawn to take account of the sevenfold working of the law of life. We spoke of the Lord Jesus as the prism of life, in and through w ... read more
Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91)
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1).
It is most instructive and inspiring to read the Psalms, when we remember that they would have formed the main spiritual food for the L ... read more
About Theodore Austin-Sparks
T. Austin-Sparks was born in London, England in 1888 and was educated in both England and Scotland. At the age of 25 he was ordained as a pastor, however, a few years later his "career" took a decidedly different direction when a crisis brought him to a ... read more
Abraham - A Great Pioneer
Reading: Hebrews 11:13-16
We return now to Abraham as one of the representative pioneers of the heavenly way. We begin by reiterating one thing which was so true of Abraham, but which must be true, and is always true, of every spiritual pioneer, of eve ... read more
Abraham and the Law of Life
Reading: Romans 8:2; Galatians 2:19-20.
The next aspect of the sevenfold law of life is represented by Abraham. We are introduced to Abraham at the end of the eleventh chapter of Genesis.
In speaking of that aspect of the law of life represented by ... read more
We are considering the deeper and fuller meaning of what came in on the day of Pentecost - the nature and order of an entirely new day in this world's history, that nature and order being essentially spiritual: a new order and character introduced by the ... read more
Adam and the Law of Life
Reading: Gen. 3:1-7; 22-24; Romans 8:1-2.
The longer one lives and the more one thinks about things, the surer one becomes that the supreme issue which governs everything between God and man is that of life. Our Scripture says here that life is a law, ... read more
All Things in Christ
We take the Epistles and we think of them as having to do within the building of the Church and the churches, the superstructure of Christianity, and so we take the technique of the Acts and the Epistles as a technique, as a system of doctrine and a syste ... read more
Alone? - Not Alone!
From "This Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 3
"I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord" (1 Kings 18:22).
"I, even I only, am left" (1 Kings 19:10,14).
"Yet will I leave me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not ... read more
An Apostle's Supreme Ambition (Philippians 3:10)
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death" (Philippians 3:10).
There are few words in his writings which reveal how committed to the Lord Jesus this man was. The ... read more
An Appreciation of T Austin-Sparks
Reprinted from "A Witness And A Testimony" magazine, July-August 1971.
After forty years of active association with brother Austin-Sparks in the things of God, it fell to me to lead the praiseful funeral service on April 19th, 1971 when a large num ... read more
An Ark of Acacia Wood
We are occupied with the greatness and the glory of Jesus Christ. So far we have been looking at this matter in a comprehensive way. We have been considering the immense vocation of the Son of God in this universe, and from the greatness of that vocation ... read more
An Impossible Situation was Turned into a Glorious Possibility by the Presence of the Lord Jesus
Well, it is very good to be here tonight, and we want to thank our dear friends for inviting us. And what we have just listened to forms a very good background to what I have to say to you.
In thinking about this feast today, and about a little word th ... read more
An Open Heaven
We have been led to think in these meditations about being in the School of Christ, where all the learning, all the instruction, all the discipline, is toward knowing Christ, learning Christ; not learning about Christ, but learning Christ. That is the poi ... read more
An Open Heaven (Revelation 22:4)
"His servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face" Revelation 22:4
With the book of Genesis and the book of the Revelation we have the whole bound of human history and, as we read through the Scriptures, the matter which governs in this long r ... read more
Apprenticeship for the Kingdom of God
And he goeth up into the mountain, and calleth unto him whom he himself would: and they went unto him. And he appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach (Mark 3:13,14).
The thought of apprenticeship i ... read more
Are You Risen-Ones With Christ?
Will you please turn to the Letter to the Colossians, chapter three, verses one through four. "If ye then be risen with Christ." That is how our translation puts it. But, literally, it ought to be in the form of a question. The question is: Have ye been ... read more
As It Was in the Beginning - The Cross
When we refer to the beginning meaning the beginning of Christianity we, of course, instinctively think of Pentecost, that advent of the Holy Spirit. We then proceed to think of the early record of the Holy Spirits Acts. For a return to or recove ... read more
Ascension And Glorifying Of The Lord Jesus
The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, until the day in which He was received up, after that He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom He had chosen (Acts 1:12).
... read more
Ascension and Glory
While much emphasis is laid upon the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, it is not generally realized that His ascension is no less important as a truth basic to our life in Him and for His universal purpose. In the fuller unveilings of spiritual li ... read more
Ascension Union With Christ
Reading: Ps. 24:3; Rev. 14:1-5; Ps. 122:2-4.
Who shall ascend...? Whither the tribes go up... for an ordinance (a testimony, R.V.M.) for Israel.
We continue for a little while in considering this matter of spiritual ascendency. It might help you ... read more
Aspects of the City
A few verses from two places, one in the Old and one in the New Testament. In the Old, the first book of the Kings, chapter 7:
"Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. For he built the House of the Forest of Le ... read more
Assurance as to God's Rest and Satisfaction in Christ
"...having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved... to the end that we should be unto th ... read more
Attaining Unto The First Three (2 Samuel 23:8-12,19)
"These are the names of the mighty men whom David had... Adino... Eleazar... Shammah" (II Sam. 23:8-12).
"(Abishai) was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three" (II Sam. 23:19).
We are not so much concerned at the moment w ... read more
Attainment by Discipline
Reading: Ps. 24:3; Rev. 14:1-5
We will say right away what it is that is really in view, so that you see what we are working unto. In a word it is this that God has always had in His mind and eye a people in absolute ascendency. You can change the wo ... read more
Battleground Of The Two Humanities
Lord, Thou knowest that this very act of prayer as we pause at this point is our acknowledgement and confession that we cannot go on without Thee, and we have no wish to do so. Lord, for the speaking of Thy truth, for the reception, understanding, and obe ... read more
Because He Saw His Glory - Part 1
Chapter 1 - The Answer To Disillusionment
"While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them" (or: "was hidden from them"). "But though he had done ... read more
Because He Saw His Glory - Part 2
Chapter 2 - The Purpose Of God
Keeping in mind the passages that we have been considering (Isaiah 6, 2 Chronicles 26, and John 12:37-41), let us try to summarise what we have been saying so far.
GOD REQUIRES A PEOPLE OF PURPOSE
We have note ... read more
Because He Saw His Glory - Part 3
Chapter 3 - Woe! Lo! Go!
Reading: Isaiah 6:1-5; John 12:41; Isaiah 6:6-14.
"These things said Isaiah, because he saw his glory; and he spake of him."
John was referring to the Lord Jesus - Jehovah of Hosts!
We have seen that wh ... read more
Beholding... Changed... Transformed...
"And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them; and His face did shine as the sun, and His garments became white as the light... and b ... read more
Bethany - The Lord's Thought For His Assembly
The upper room of the first chapter of the Acts corresponds with Bethany, the "house of figs", and Bethany with the upper room. We are going to take up that thought and, as the Lord helps us, follow it out to greater fullness. What is before us is the L ... read more
Bethel Gods House
The way from Gilgal leads to Bethel. From Gilgal alone! Because Bethel is the house of God. We only get to the house of God through the Cross.
What do we mean by the house of God?
The expression houses of God has created much confusion. It has giv ... read more
Born of God
"The power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also that which is to be born shall be called holy, the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
"As many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on ... read more
Bringing Forth The Fruits Of The Kingdom
"Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah: and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But ... read more
Building Upon Gods Foundation
We have seen that, with chapter 54 of Isaiahs prophecies, there commences a movement of God toward recovery and rebuilding. The Cross has cleared the way for this new prospect. From chapter 54 onwards, a number of bright, hopeful notes are struck. For in ... read more
BY MY SPIRIT
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
Captivity In The Lord (Ephesians 3:1, 4:1)
Read: Ephesians 3:1, 4:1; 2 Timothy 2:9 & 1:8.
There is a very real sense in which the Apostle Paul, in his own person and experience, was an embodiment of the history of the Church in this age. Indeed it would seem to be a principle in the Divine e ... read more
Christ - All, And In All (Colossians 1:18, 3:11)
"And He is the Head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence" (Colossians 1:18).
"Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, S ... read more