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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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The Rule of Heaven will Divide Between the Evil and the Good, Between the Leaven and the Unleavened Bread
The Gospel by Matthew, chapter thirteen, and verse thirty-three: "Another parable spake He unto them; 'The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened'" (ASV). This is the four ... read more
The Saving Power of Divine Vision (Proverbs 29:18)
(A Message as Spoken)
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" ("the people cast off restraint" - R.V.). (Proverbs 29:18).
That verse might be translated, "Where there is no vision, the people disintegrate" or "fall apart" or "go to pieces".
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The School of Sonship unto Adoption
READING: Rom. 8:14,17,19,21,23,29; Gal. 4:5-7; Eph. 1:5-6; Heb. 1:1-2; 3:6-8,14-15; 5:8-14; 12:5-7,9,11.
Continuing our contemplation of the spiritual house, we are now to consider the matter of the School of sonship unto adoption. I hesitate to go ove ... read more
The Sealing of His Brethren
...In whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom, having also believed, YE WERE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, WHICH IS AN EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE, unto the redemption of Gods own possession, un ... read more
The Secret Revealed
...it hath now been revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;
According to the purpose of the ages (R.V. margin) which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 3:5,11).
As we now arrive at the very heart of the whole matter, it ... read more
The Sending Out of Spies
We are continuing in the first five chapters of the Book of Joshua, but I want to read two verses from the New Testament:
"By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were swallowed up. By faith the wall ... read more
The Serpent, The Curse: Jesus Lifted Up
(6) The Serpent, the Curse: Jesus Lifted Up
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life" (John 3:14,15).
Here is the Old Testament backgroun ... read more
Reading: Isa. 52:13-15; 53:1-12.
"Behold, my servant..." (Isa. 52:13).
"Behold, the Lamb of God" (John 1:29).
"Behold, the man!" (John 19:5).
"Behold, your King!" (John 19:14).
We are going to be quite brief and simple in what we say in ... read more
The Servant's Continual Need of Grace
Reading: Luke 9:28-36; Matt. 17:1-9; Mark 14:66-72; 2 Pet. 1:18.
One would not put these Scriptures together in this way - for it would seem rather unfair to Peter - but for the fact that this account given in "Mark" of Peter's denial was virtually ... read more
The Servant's Hands
"Moses put of the blood... upon the thumb of their right hand" (Lev. 8:24).
"If thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off" (Matt. 5:30).
"Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities" (Acts 20:34).
"We toil, work ... read more
The Setting and Background of the Issue
Reading: Matt. 4:8-10; 1 Cor. 15:28; Revelation 21:22; 22:3.
"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."
Thes ... read more
The Shepherd of Israel
Reading: John 10
The heart of this chapter is in verse eleven: "I am the good shepherd". Let us put alongside of that the following passages of Scripture:
"Thou leddest thy people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron" (Psalm 77:20).
" ... read more
The Shining Face
Read: Daniel 1:8-16; Acts 6:15; 7:56
"When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face shone and sent forth beams by reason of his speaking with the Lord. When Aaron and all ... read more
The Shining Of The Light
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1).
We have said a good deal about the ground and nature of this light. We now go on to ask, and briefly to answer, the question: What is this light which ... read more
The Significance of Christ in His Cross
We have been giving ourselves to a seeking to see and to grasp something of the significance of the Lord Jesus Christ and His work in relation to the whole created universe. We are really gathered around one thing: that He is the key to everything and tha ... read more
The Significance of His Baptism
Reading: Luke 3:21-22; 4:1-12.
This section of Luke which we have read contains all the principles and elements of what we have been occupied with in this series of meditations - that is, the significance of Christ. Here we have the significance of Chr ... read more
The Significance of Levites in Relation to Heavenly Fullness
"And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it." (Joshua 3:3).
First of all, it is this fragment - "the ... read more
The Significance of the Death of Christ
"He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, yea, the death of the cross" (Phil. 2:8).
So far we have been occupied with that side and aspect of the Cross of the Lord Jesus that has to do with sin, and we have seen that sin is the basis and nat ... read more
The Significance of the Person and Ministry of the Apostle Peter
"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matthew 21:43).
"Ye are... a holy nation" (1 Peter 2:9).
Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-4.
We are going to be ... read more
The Situation and the Need
To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at Thee; (His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men) ... read more
The Soul and Deception
One matter upon which the Bible is unmistakably clear throughout is that of man's deception. All God's methods with man have had this fact behind them. With and ever since the Fall the race is regarded as being a deceived race. Not only was the race ... read more
The Soul, The Spirit and the Evil Spiritual Powers
This is not a treatise on demon-possession, although reference will be made to the unhappy reality.
At one point we have said that, in the Fall, the powers of evil entered into alliance with the soul of man by his complicity with Satan. Then we have so ... read more
The Sovereignty of the Lord in the Spiritual Conflict
"Why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords f ... read more
The Spirit as Light
"I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, that he may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be i ... read more
The Spirit of Christ's Character
"John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence" (Acts 1:5).
"They were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4).
"There is one body, and one Spirit... one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph ... read more
The Spirit of Glory (John 17:1)
From "The Work of the Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 2.
"These things spake Jesus; and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that the Son may glorify thee" (John 17:1).
"If ye are rep ... read more
The Spirit of the Bondservant
Readings: Matt. 20:25-28; John 13:16; Luke 19:17; Phil. 2:7-8; 2 Tim. 2:20-21.
These passages all bear upon the matter of service, and they deal with service from centre to circumference; that is, right at the centre in the matter of service the Lord J ... read more
The Spiritual Basis of the Christian Life
We today, as Christians, live in the full development of that which Paul feared. It is very largely - though, thank God, not wholly - present in Christianity today. But it is very necessary to recognise that this is always a persistent tendency in all Chr ... read more
The Spiritual Resources of the Church for its Heavenly Mission
"But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heav ... read more
The Spirit's Work in This Dispensation
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth. (John 14:16,17).
We are going to think about the dispensation of the Spirit. This is not something apart from what we hav ... read more
The Spoil of Battle (1 Chronicles 26:27)
"From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts to maintain the house of the Lord." 1 Chronicles 26:27.
From this passage of Scripture we gather that the House of the Lord is constituted out of our conflicts. The Lord builds from the fruit of conflic ... read more
The Starting Place of Heavenly Fullness
Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-10; 2 Kings 19:29-31; Isaiah 59:17; John 2:14-17
The word we see to be common to those passages strikes the keynote for our present meditation: The Zeal of the Lord, or: The way to Heavenly Fullness. Heavenly fullness in a very re ... read more
The Starting Point For The Working Of God
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18 to 2:2.
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the under ... read more
The State of the Wall
Now from Nehemiah's concern we move on to his action - for, as we have said, Nehemiah was no detached, negative critic of the situation. He was not just one who was pointing out all that was wrong, without knowing what ought to be d ... read more
The Stewardship of Ministry... The Steward's Vital Position
Reading: 1 Cor. 4:1-2; 1 Cor. 9:17; Titus 1:7-8; Col. 1:25; 1 Tim. 1:4.
The subject of our meditation is to be that of stewardship. A steward is a man who, on the one hand, stands in a living relationship to all that his Lord has, and, on the other han ... read more
The Stones of Testing
Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1959. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. Words which were not clearly discernible or questionable have been enclosed in [square] brackets.
Our meditation for a few minutes will be in th ... read more
The Strategy of God (Job 23:8-14)
From "This Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 3.
Reading: Job 23:8-14.
"He hideth himself" (v. 9).
"He knoweth the way that I take" (v. 10).
"He performeth that which is appointed for me" (v. 14).
The Initial Move with God
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The Street of Pure Gold (Revelation 22:1-2)
"And he shewed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,
in the midst of the street thereof" (Revelation 22:1-2)
Passing from the general description of the holy city in Revelation 21 the a ... read more
The Superiority of the New Position
We are now going to concentrate upon one aspect of the great transition: the superiority of the heavenly Israel to the earthly.
The writer of this Letter, whoever he was, was giving himself wholly to the immense superiority of what had come in with thi ... read more
The Superiority of the New Position (continued)
In our last message we only made a beginning with this matter - and when we say 'we made a beginning' as we come almost to the end of the Conference, it is quite evident that we are going to have twelve basketfuls over when we have finished! We really h ... read more
The Supernatural Birth and Works of Christ
The Bible is a record of the long history of the conflict between the natural and the supernatural. That will sound strange to many ears because the element of conflict is so often ruled out by the explanation or excuse: 'Well, it is only natural.' 'It ... read more
The Supernatural Death and Resurrection of Christ
From the supernatural birth and works of the Redeemer we move on to
The Supernatural Death of Christ
There has been a big move in recent times from that 'New Theology' (so-called) which pronounced the death of Jesus a death just like that of any o ... read more
The Supreme Importance of a Living and Clear Apprehension of Christ
Reading: 1 Corinthians 3.
These words are carefully chosen: the supreme importance of a living and clear apprehension of Christ. If it were necessary to show how supremely important that is, it could be done very easily without going outside of this fi ... read more
The Supreme Importance of Knowing Christ
From "The Work of the Ministry" - Volume 3
Reading: John 17:3; Philippians 3:8,10; John 15:15; 14:21.
"That they should know thee... and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ..." "That I may know him..." "I... will manifest myself unto him.. ... read more
The Supreme Importance of the Incorruptible
Incorruptible Characteristics of the Life of the Lord Jesus
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
The Lord Jesus was the embodiment of the incorruptible. Life and incorruption were embodied in Him in terms of manhood, as the true Man. We leave out of our pres ... read more
The Supreme Importance Of The Incorruptible
I would like at the very outset to seek to put into two or three concise statements what I believe to be the Lord's object for this time.
In the first place, God is supremely concerned with ultimate and time-outlasting values. Then, He would have thos ... read more
The Supreme Vocation (Daniel 10:1-21)
Reading: Daniel 10:1-21
From the tenth chapter of the Book of Daniel I want to take just this fragment from the nineteenth verse: "And he said, 0 man greatly beloved, fear not peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong."
And I want to add to that ... read more
The Sword of the Word, and Prayer
Reading: Judges 7:1-7. 1 Samuel 13:2-7, 19-23. Ephesians 6:17-18.
As we come to the end of our meditations on prayer there are just one or two further things that need to be said, and these are largely connected with the passages of Scripture given abo ... read more
The Testimony Of Jesus
We have seen that, at the end of the apostolic age, and with the close of the first Christian century, Christianity had completely changed. It had lost its primal, original character and nature. And it was in the consciousness of the onset of this change ... read more
The Testimony of Jesus
"For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, how that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the sam ... read more