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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 Testimony of the Blood (continued)
      There is nothing which Satan fears so terribly and contests so fiercely as a true and living testimony concerning the Blood of the Lord Jesus: not a teaching, doctrine, creed or phraseology, but that which is wrought out in the power of the Holy Spirit. I ... read more

The Testimony of the Blood (Revelation 12:9,11)
       "And the Lord said to the serpent... I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: He shall bruise thy head..." (Genesis 3:15). "... the old serpent... and they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and bec ... read more

The Testing of Self-Interest in the Servant
      Reading: 1 Kings 18:36-40; 19:2-5,9,15-16; Mal. 4:5-6; Matt. 3:1-6; 11:2-14; 14:3. Elijah and John the Baptist are in view in these passages of Scripture, and much for our help can be learned from their experiences. A Vital Ministry in a Time of Tra ... read more

The Testing of The Fire
      We return again to our basic passage of Scripture: "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! Think ye that I am come to give ... read more

The Things Which Befall Us
       "For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life: yea, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within o ... read more

The Three-fold Law of the Cross
      "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit." John 12:24. In these words we have the three-fold universal law of nature which is also the three-fold law of the Cross. This thr ... read more

The Throne - The Living Ones and the Wheels
      With the first chapter of Ezekiel's prophecies open before us, let us note how much it contains that is instructive and helpful in connection with the movements and ways of God in relation to the glory. As we pointed out in our last meditation, the key p ... read more

The Throne in Heaven
      Reading: 2 Kings 6:8-23. When we reach this part of the life of Elisha, we come to touch an ultimate feature of the power of resurrection. It relates to the Throne in heaven. That which comes out of the sixth and seventh chapters of the second book of ... read more

The Throne is Moving in Relation to the Divine Purpose
      We are still occupied with the preparations of the Lord's servant for his ministry, and yesterday morning we were considering the Throne above the firmament and the likeness of a Man upon it. As you will remember, we concluded yesterday by pointing out t ... read more

The Throne, The Holy Spirit, and Prayer Warfare
      "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name... and bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever" (Matt 6:9,13). "For thi ... read more

The Time In Which We Live (Ezra 8)
       An Appeal To The People Of God Ezra 8. The ground upon which we stand is very much more positive at this present time than even the Old Testament saints enjoyed, for we look back to Calvary’s triumphant accomplishment. Yet the Old Testament positi ... read more

THE TIME IS SHORTENED
      "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both those that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they pos ... read more

The Time is Shortened (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)
       "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both those that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they po ... read more

The Tragic Interlude
      We have mentioned that between the “before times eternal” and the first era of time there took place something which has affected in a tragic way the whole course of events. The Bible has much to say in relation to that, but Paul in his final three Letter ... read more

The Transcendent Thought of Sonship
      Having, in our consideration of the message of the "Letter to the Hebrews," identified the all-inclusive object as the fullness of Christ, we proceed to crystallize that object, or see that it is here crystallized, into the Divine meaning of sonship. Th ... read more

The Transition
      We have already seen that Peter, as the first of the twelve Apostles, represents the link between the former Israel, which forfeited the Kingdom of God, and the new Israel, which inherits the Kingdom. The Lord Jesus said to the Israel of old, in the culmi ... read more

The Travail of the Holy Spirit
      We are going to spend a little more time in the seventh chapter of the Book of Joshua. As you know, this chapter tells the story of a tragic defeat in the life of the people of God. There had been a wonderful experience of victory at Jericho, and that vic ... read more

The Triumph of Righteousness
      "My heart overfloweth with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. ... read more

The Triumphant Christ and His People
      There remains this one section where everything is gathered up into Christ and the believer. I do want that we should really understand what it is that the Lord is bringing us to in these days in which we are living; that is, to understand, and very cl ... read more

The Troubled Heart
      It is important, for obtaining the full value of the content of this chapter, that we recognize that the opening words throw back to and link up with what has preceded. Really, the narrative ought not to be broken into at this point. The link should be wi ... read more

The True Basis of Life for the Companions
      At this time I want to try and help young Christians in relation to two words which are the great words of the Christian life: 'heavenly' and 'faith'. You will have noticed, if you know the Letter to the Hebrews at all, that these are two of the most ... read more

The True Life and the False Life
      (A) THE TRUE LIFE AND THE FALSE LIFE As you know by now, we are occupied in these morning meetings with what we are taught through the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:3, that is, that the Holy Spirit is writing a spiritual biography of Jesus Christ in ... read more

The True Servant and the Grace of God
      "Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth" (Isa. 42:1). In our previous meditation, when we had seen the passing on into the Church of the great vocation, and were speaking about the electing of the Church in relation ... read more

The True Source of All Ministry... Union With Christ
      Reading: Leviticus 8:22-24; Romans 12:1-2; John 17:19. Referring to this passage in chapter 8 of the book of Leviticus, it is important to note what happened at that particular point in the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood. The ram ... read more

The Two Beginnings
      It would be a very wonderful thing if we could spend some time in seeing God's line right from the beginning up to Christ. There were many generations which came to an end, and in one place there is a large summary of what came and what finished. It says ... read more

The Twofold Main Objective
      “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strong holds); casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted agains ... read more

The Ultimate Criterion
      When, as we read at the beginning of the Bible, conditions were such as to make it possible for God to pass the verdict, "It is very good", then God was found present in communion and fellowship with man. We are not told very much about how He was prese ... read more

The Ultimate Meaning of the Cross
      "...this mind... which was... in Christ Jesus: who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in ... read more

The Unsearchable Riches
      We shall not get very far into the practical meaning and import of this great unveiling until we have the key in our hand. Once we have that key everything will be explained as to its purpose and value. Strangely enough, that key is in the form of a small ... read more

The Unveiling of Jesus Christ in the Heart
      Reading: Galatians 3; 5:13. Paul was continually growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, but it was a comprehensive knowledge or revelation which took him immediately away into Arabia for an extended period, that he might be occupied with its implica ... read more

The Vessel of the Testimony
      2 Cor. 4:1-7. More than once we have heard it said that what the world needs today is another Paul. But two things have to be said in answer to that statement. One is that another Paul, or even Paul himself, would hardly get a hearing in the Christian ... read more

The Victory of Jesus Christ
      Quite a large number of you were not with us this morning. The word then was foundational to what the Lord has given me for this conference. I will do my best, without wearying those who were present with a repetition, to help you all into the message. ... read more

The Victory Over the Powers of Darkness
      Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-15. "And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, “Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel,” And El ... read more

The Vine of God's Full Satisfaction
      Reading: John 15; Psalm 80:8,14; Isaiah 5:1,2; Jeremiah 2:21, 6:9; Ezekiel 15:1-6 The fifteenth step in the transition from the old Israel to the new is here in the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel by John: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the hus ... read more

The Vital Value of Understanding the Word of God
      Reading: Acts 8:1b,4,5,26-39. "Understandest thou what thou readest?" We have called these meditations 'Fundamental Questions of the Christian Life', which means that we are seeking to get to the real foundation and nature of the Christian life, ... read more

The Vocation of the Church
      "The gospel of the glory of the blessed God" (1 Tim. 1:11). "The gospel of your salvation" (Eph. 1:13). "The mystery of the gospel" (Eph. 5:19). We were speaking in our previous meditation about the testimony in Zion, "...whither the tribes go ... read more

The Voice of Ezekiel
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). We would remind our readers that these messages are constituted by a principle which governs so much of the Bible. It is that, deeper than the words of Scripture ... read more

The Voice of Ezekiel (Continued) I
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). Having laid the foundation for these messages, but making some essential distinctions and differences, especially regarding symbolism and reality, and mysticism ... read more

The Voice of Ezekiel (continued) II
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). If the prophecies of Ezekiel were read in the Synagogues, as no doubt they were, the hearers would hear a phrase three times repeated - "I have set thee for a s ... read more

The Voice of Isaiah
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up..." (Isaiah 6:1). "While ye have the light, believe on the ligh ... read more

The Voice of Isaiah (Continued)
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). "And unto them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah..." (Matthew 13:14). It is very impressive that the Prophet Isaiah is quoted so many times in the New Testa ... read more

The Voice of Jeremiah
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). "It shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and th ... read more

The Voice of Jeremiah (concluded) V
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). "Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute?" (Acts 7:52). Thus far we have been occupied with the many notes in the voice of the Prophet Jeremiah. ... read more

The Voice of Jeremiah (continued) I
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). The Quest For A Man "Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man... ... read more

The Voice of Jeremiah (continued) II
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). Two Realms of Glorying "Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man gl ... read more

The Voice of Jeremiah (continued) III
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). The Two Rolls (Jeremiah 36) When the Apostle Paul made this reference to the Prophets, he was bringing their ministry right up to date some seven hundred year ... read more

The Voice of Jeremiah (continued) IV
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). The Peril of Self-interest "Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not" (Jeremiah 45:5). When the Apostle Paul used the words of our title to t ... read more

The Voice of Jonah
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). All that the majority of Christians, and others, know about the Prophet Jonah is the quite general substance of the little book that goes by his name. It is that ... read more

The Voice of Micaiah
      "They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27). "How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?" (1 Kings 22:16). This is a thrilling story, a ... read more

The Voice of the Son of God
      Reading: John 5:25, 28; 11:43; 6:63, 65; 8:43; 10:4,5; 10:16. It is well known that with John 11 a transition has taken place. Up to chapter 10 a series of spiritual truths and principles has been very largely enunciated and made practical in relation ... read more

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