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T. Austin Sparks

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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The Overcomer
      Before we proceed to consider more definitely the nature of that ‘new cruse’ of which we have been speaking, a few further words on the relative aspect of this vessel are needed. In the Scriptures, as we have pointed out, it is clearly seen that all the r ... read more

The Parable of the Two Seeds
      Read: Matthew 13:24-30. I feel that the Lord has very definitely led me back to these parables of the Kingdom. Therefore, I can only give you what the Lord has told me to say. These seven parables in Matthew thirteen are a prophecy. The Lord Jesus was ... read more

The Pathway of the Lamb
      Reading: Rev. 14:1-5; John 1:29,35-37. This is the second actual view of the Lamb personally in the whole revelation. We were seeing in our previous meditation that the first is of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, taking us back to thos ... read more

The Peculiar Conditions of an End-Time
       Reading: Luke 2:25-38; I Cor. 10:11; Heb. 8:13, 9:26. We are being led at this time to take note of the fact that we are at an end-time, and that God does a peculiar work at such a time. Things become very strange and very difficult at an end-time; e ... read more

The Peculiar Conditions of an End-Time
      Reading: Luke 2:25-38; 1 Cor. 10:11; Heb. 8:13, 9:26. We are being led at this time to take note of the fact that we are at an end-time, and that God does a peculiar work at such a time. Things become very strange and very difficult at an end-time; eve ... read more

The People of God and Their Inheritance
      Reading: Joshua 1. "It came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or ... read more

The People That Do Exploits
      "But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits." - Dan. 11:32. That word "but" marks the climax. It is preceded by visions of the rise and fall of great world powers. Up to this point we see men and their individual influenc ... read more

The Persistent Energies of God Toward His End
      Let us turn to the Book of the prophecies of Ezekiel. To begin with, I am just going to give you a very broad outline of this book; however, let me say here that it is not my thought to study the whole of this book. I am just going to take out some of the ... read more

The Person, and the Work, of the Holy Spirit
       At the end of our introductory section, we asked the question: What is the ground of the Holy Spirit's work? For this should give us the answer to our previous question: Why, at a certain point in the early history of Christianity, was His work arreste ... read more

The Personal Greatness of the Son of Man
      "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John" (Rev. 1:1). At the beginning of the Book of the Revelation, w ... read more

The Pierced Ear of the Servant
      Reading: Ex. 21:5-6; Deut. 15:12-18. Here we have the ear of the servant, and right on the surface there lies the connection between love, the ear, and abiding service. Love here is connected with the bored ear, and becomes the basis of this continuous ... read more

The Place and Work of the Holy Spirit
      There is one line running right through this letter to the Galatians which seems to reveal perhaps the main factor in spiritual growth: the place and work of the Holy Spirit. We should do well if we were to follow that line through at this time. There are ... read more

The Place of God in His House
      Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7. “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twa ... read more

The Positive Nature of the Holy Spirit
      I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! (Luke 12:49,50). Being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart fr ... read more

The Power and Challenge of the Kingdom of God
      But I tell you of a truth (I tell you very definitely, emphatically, positively). There are some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:27). "The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, c ... read more

The Power and Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ
      Reading: II Peter 1:16-19 "Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: searching what time or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, ... read more

The Power of His Resurrection - Closing Scenes
      Reading: 2 Kings 13:14-25. In these verses we read of the closing scenes in the life of Elisha. There are three things which stand out. 1. The arrow of the Lord's deliverance. 2. The smiting of the ground with the arrows. 3. The body of the dead ... read more

The Prayer Beside the Altar
      That part of the gospel by John which we have now reached has come to be known under two titles: "The High Priestly Prayer" and "The Holy of Holies." We might well combine them and speak of John 17 as "The High Priest in the Holy of Holies." This ch ... read more

The Prayer of Our High Priest: Father, I Want My Whole Family to be There With Me
      Read: John seventeen. There is another prayer in the New Testament which the Lord Jesus gave to His disciples. That prayer is usually called the Lord's prayer. You remember that prayer, that it begins: "Our Father Which art in Heaven." But that pray ... read more

The Presence of the Lord is Power! The Presence of the Lord is Life! The Presence of the Lord is Holiness!
      We turn to the Letter to the Hebrews, chapter four, verse one through three, "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto ... read more

The Presence of the Lord: "The Lord is With Us"
      Reading: Exodus 25:8; John 1:14: "And let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." ... read more

The Principle of Resurrection
      "... and salt without prescribing how much" (Ezra 7:22). "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men" (Matth ... read more

The Principle of Travail
      The seed plot of this series of meditations is found in a little fragment at the end of the letter to the Galatians: “And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God”(Galatians 6:16). We will put alo ... read more

The Priority of the Kingdom
      "Be not anxious... which of you by being anxious... why are ye anxious? ...Be not therefore anxious... But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:25,27,28,31,33). Let us remind ourse ... read more

The Prize of the On-High Calling
      Reading: 2 Cor. 12:1; Phil. 3:12-14. The Overcomer's Declaration We are going to gather up what we have already said, and present it in a simple and definite way. In the words which we have read, penned by Paul to the Philippians, we have the Overc ... read more

The Prize of the On-High Calling
      Reading: 2 Cor. 12:1; Phil. 3:12-14. The Overcomer's Declaration We are going to gather up what we have already said, and present it in a simple and definite way. In the words which we have read, penned by Paul to the Philippians, we have the Overc ... read more

The Process of Reproduction
      Reading: Acts 10:1-11:18. The New Creation Man in Process of Formation Acts 10 follows on what we were considering in our last message. It concerns this particular dispensation or age of the Holy Spirit, and the specific object which the Holy Spirit ... read more

The Proclamation of the Kingdom
      "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). Let us first analyse this verse, noticing its particular words. "This Gospel [literally, 'go ... read more

The Purpose of Companions
      "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling" (Hebrews 3:1). "For we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end" (Hebrews 3:14). Our first thing to do is to consider briefly th ... read more

The Purpose of God
       It is of immense help, in contemplating the manifold activities and energies of God, to be able to gather everything into one inclusive, comprehensive, and concrete issue. The Bible, from Genesis to the Revelation, covers a wide range and includes a vas ... read more

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 noted, firstly, that, in relation to His ful ... read more

The Purpose of the Ages
      “...No one knoweth the Son, save the Father...”—Matt. 11:27. “...it was the good pleasure of God... to reveal His Son in me...”—Gal. 1:15,16. “...I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord...”—Phil. 3:8 ... read more

The Quality of Divine Life
      We have pointed out that the Greek word for disciple means 'a learner', but I want to make a correction to that. The Gospels were not all written originally in Greek, but in Aramaic, and in Aramaic the word 'disciple' does not mean a student, but an a ... read more

The Quest of the Eyes of Flame
       Reading: Revelation 1:1-20; 2:1. By way of a brief introductory word let us focus your attention upon what we feel to be the Lord's concern with His people at this time. In the second and third chapters of the Book of the Revelation we have the L ... read more

The Reinforcement of Spirituality
      In the life of the people of God, whether individually or corporately, there constantly occur times of crisis, or turning-points. The Old Testament describes many such times of particular and peculiar peril in the life of the Lord's people, and shows how ... read more

The Reiterated Appeal
      Very early in this letter to the Hebrews the writer, having made a many-sided and very great comparison and contrast between the greatest persons and things of the old dispensation and Jesus the Son of God, launches an inclusive appeal and warning in supe ... read more

The Relatedness of All Else
      Reading: Rev. 21:22; 22:3; Matt. 4:8-10; 1 Cor. 15:28. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." "... That God may be all in all." "... The Lord God the Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple thereof." In our prev ... read more

The Relationship Between The Cup and The Fire
      Reading: Mark 10:35-39; Matthew 26:27,28,39,42; Luke 22:20; John 18:11; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:26. I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be ... read more

The Release of the Lord
       That enlargement through straitening is an abiding law of the Kingdom of the Heavens in this age is a well-known truth. Its implications are various and its instances are numerous. One of its too oft-unrecognized implications is that efforts at enlargem ... read more

THE RELEVANCE OF CHRIST
      THE words "Christ shall be magnified in my body" (Philippians 1:20) not only provide the key to the epistle to the Philippians but also the secret of Paul's radiant and fruitful life. All through the four chapters he took pleasure in expressing his joy ... read more

The Relevance of Christ (Philippians)
       The words "Christ shall be magnified in my body" (Philippians 1:20) not only provide the key to the epistle to the Philippians but also the secret of Paul's radiant and fruitful life. All through the four chapters he took pleasure in expressing his joyf ... read more

The Responsibility of The Christian
      Our final word will be very simple, but I trust vital. I ask you to look again at the Letters to Timothy, with special reference to four very brief series, or groups, of fragments. Here is the first series: 1 Tim. 1:11: "...the gospel... which was ... read more

The Rest And The Courage Of Faith (Hebrews 4:9)
       "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (Heb 4:9). "So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief" (Heb. 3:19). "Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said u ... read more

The Resurrection or Spiritual Body
      The origin of the life of a child of God as such is spiritual—"that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6). The sustenance also of the life of such is spiritual. "As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eat ... read more

The Resurrection, Ascension and Exaltation of Christ
      We have now reached so far on in our consideration as to make wise and profitable a brief review before we take the next specific steps. We began these meditations by noting that the Bible focuses everything upon a primal rift and rupture in Heaven and ... read more

The Retrospective Feature
      I want at this point to return for a few moments to the matter of the boards of the Tabernacle, referred to in our first chapter, when we saw God's provision for reinforcing the corners, the turning-points, with an extra board. Turning-points or angles a ... read more

The Return of Grace
      We proceed to a further small fragment in this great matter which has been opened to us concerning the change from the old Israel to a new Israel, which was declared by the Lord Jesus Himself when He said to the leaders and representatives of the old Isra ... read more

The Revelation of the Father (John 16:1 - 17:26)
       Reading: John 16:1 - 17:26 I want you just to pass your eye over that prayer again - "He said, Father... O Father... I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them... As thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee... Father, that which thou hast given me... O ri ... read more

The Rights of God
      There are three short series of passages of Scripture in connection with each of these to which I would direct you at the outset. The Christ Col. 1:13-18; Heb. 2:5-10,16; Eph. 1:22; 4:10. The Church Eph. 1:22; 2:14-16; 3:20-21. The Antichrist ... read more

The Rights of God and Grace
      Reading: Luke 4:17–27. “And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to t ... read more

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