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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 Voices of the Prophets
"They knew not... the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath" (Acts 13:27).
"God having... spoken... in the prophets... in divers manners" (Hebrews 1:1).
Our object in these chapters will be to see what those divers voices and manne ... read more
A Peculiar Warfare
We come now to the warfare, the warfare related to the full testimony of the Lord or the Lord's testimony in fullness and completeness. Let me say again at once that this is a peculiar warfare. There is a warfare relating to the sal ... read more
The Waters of Jericho
Reading: 2 Kings 2:19-22; Romans 8:20-25, 1-2, 6.
While Elisha tarried at Jericho the men of the city came to him concerning the state of the waters, and the effect of that state upon all the fruit of the land, in that it fell before its time, and neve ... read more
The Way of its Attainment
Reading: Rev. 4:8-11; 5:1-14; 7:9-17.
Without attempting to go back over the ground which we have covered in these studies, I want to try, for a few moments, to indicate to you what it is that I feel the Lord has brought for our attention at this time. ... read more
The Way to Divine Knowledge
Reading: 2 Cor. 3; Rom. 8:19,29; 5:17-19; 3:12; 4:6; Gen. 2:17; 3:4-7.
In those passages you have the parts of a wonderful revelation. First of all, there is Gods thought and intention: His Son, His image, His fullness; the standard, the model, the co ... read more
The Way to God's End
We are not going to read at the moment, but we shall have the book of Joshua open before us, for reference as we go along.
THE END OF THE WAY
It is necessary for us at the outset, before considering the way to the end, to bring the end of the way ri ... read more
The Way to Gods Fulness
The Epistle to the Colossians is a wonderful unveiling of the fulness of God in Christ, while in the Epistle to the Ephesians we see the church as the fulness of Him Who fills all in all.
In Whom (in Christ) we have redemption through His blood, even ... read more
The Way to Heavenly Fullness - Part 1
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 Way to Heavenly Fullness - Part 2
The exemplification of this zeal in the life of Elisha
Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-10,14; 2 Kings 19:29-31; Isaiah 59:17; John 2:14-17.
The key to the life of Elijah may very well be found in this utterance of his: I have been very jealous for the Lord ... read more
The Way to Heavenly Fulness
Reading: 1 Kings 19:9, 10.
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the ... read more
The Well Within (John 4:14)
"The water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life." (John 4:14)
"And Isaac digged again the well of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them u ... read more
The Wisdom of the World
Reading: 1 Cor. 1:1-31, 2:1-5, 3:18-23.
As we meditate in the first letter to the Corinthians, it grows upon us that the background of the letter is represented by the word wisdom. It seems quite clear that it was that which took hold of the apostle ... read more
The Wisdom Which is From Above
Reading: 1 Cor. 2:1-16; 3:1-4, 18-23.
The real trouble at Corinth was that the habit of looking at everything as a philosophy, which had reached such a height of development amongst the Greeks, had been carried into the realm of Christianity, and Chris ... read more
The Wonderful Balance in the Life of the Lord
How poised He was, how balanced! Take the matter of mind, heart and will, and you find in His case those three were perfectly balanced. We are very different naturally.
I suppose people as a whole can be divided up into three classes. Firstly, those ... read more
The Wondrous Ways of God
From "The Work of the Ministry" Volume 1.
"Thy way was in the sea,
And thy paths in the great waters,
And thy footsteps were not known.
Thou leddest thy people like a flock.
By the hand of Moses and Aaron"
What a strange juxt ... read more
The Word, the Work and the World
(A message given to young Christians in October 1970)
From A Witness and a Testimony, Vol. 49 No. 5, 1971
I have been wondering if I could define and sum up your conference in three words, and I think I have them: the Word, the Work and the World. ... read more
The words once more
The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:27 NIV)
In the destruction of Jerusalem – toward which the Letter [to the Hebrews] pointed – the ... read more
The Work and the Workers
When the writer of the letter to the Hebrews had been saying many things, he evidently had a feeling that it all needed to be gathered up into one clear, precise statement, and so he wrote: "Now in the things which we are saying the chief point is this" ... read more
The World Need: "Life"
In this matter of the world need, everything can be gathered up in one word, "life." It does not matter where we look we find that that is the need.
We have witness borne to that fact in all directions, and we can gather those up int ... read more
The World Vision
Matt. 28:18. "All authority hath been given unto Me in heaven and on earth."
Matt. 16:15. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation."
Luke 24:48-49. "Ye are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send forth the pro ... read more
The "Mystery" Revealed
In the wonder and amazement of this unveiling we must be clear as to its exact nature and meaning. To do this we must put our finger upon key phrases which precisely embody and define it. We have found the statement which gives the ultimate and consummate ... read more
The 'Parchment', the 'Pen', and the Purpose
"For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:29).
"He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill a ... read more
The 'Plus' And 'Other' Of Heaven
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
The incorruptible characteristic of the life of the Lord Jesus upon which we shall dwell just now - all too insufficiently, I am afraid - is what I will call the 'plus' and 'other' of heaven. That is rather an awkward ph ... read more
Theodore Austin-Sparks: Reflections on his life and work
THEODORE AUSTIN-SPARKS, best known as TAS to those of us who knew and loved him, was a preacher and teacher who lived and worked for most of his life in the Forest Hill District of southeast London, England. With a high view of the Bible ... read more
This Matter of Christian Unity
By this shall all men know
(John 13:35). "That the world may believe
Unity as a Priority in Witness
Some battles are lost before a blow is struck or a shot fired. Others are only partly won and much enemy territory unoccupied bec ... read more
Having instanced the changed position which the resurrection of the Lord Jesus effected in the cases of Mary Magdalene and the two disciples on the Emmaus Road, we proceed to consider the case of Thomas.
If among the group of associates of Jesus there ... read more
Training in the House of God (Genesis 14:14)
"When Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan." Genesis 14:14
"His trained men, born in his house." This raises some interesting questions. ... read more
Truth in The Inward Parts (Psalm 51:6)
"Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts" (Psalm 51:6).
PSALM 51 might well have as its title DE PROFUNDIS.
It is here that the Psalmist reaches the deepest depths of sorrow and remorse. The bottom is touched when it is a question of "bloo ... read more
Men (and women) of stature
(Isaiah 45:14; Ephesians 4:13)
In whom the Cross has done a deep work as to self-interest.
Who are not so concerned to preach, or to try and influence others to a doctrine or theory, but whose main influence will be one ... read more
Vessels of Ministry (Hebrews 9:21)
"Moreover the tabernacle and all THE VESSELS OF THE MINISTRY he sprinkled in like manner with the blood" (Hebrews 9:21).
In thinking about that phrase, "the vessels of the ministry", I am impressed with the largeness of the number of vessels that th ... read more
Vital and Organic Union
"Every one... that doeth righteousness is begotten of him" (1 John 2:29).
"...Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (1 John 1:13).
"Of his own will he brought us forth [begat he us, A.V.] ... read more
Walking in the Power of God
READ: John 5.
KEY VERSES: 19, 20, 21 and 30.
In chapter 5 we are back again with Christ in Jerusalem. We must not miss the importance and significance of the visits to Judea and Jerusalem as recorded in "John." These visits have a relationship wit ... read more
We Beheld His Glory - Volume 1
READ: John 1:1-18.
"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt [tabernacled] among us... full of grace and truth." "The Word tabernacled among us full of grace and truth." The inside of the verse, as you notice, is a parenthesis: "...(and we beheld his ... read more
What Happens When We Become Christians
In these talks, we are seeking to be pre-eminently practical. That is, we are not occupied with the presentation of Christian doctrine in itself. Christian doctrine will be here, but we are not interested in presenting the doctrines of Christianity in the ... read more
What is a Christian? - Part 1
"And Agrippa said unto Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make me a Christian" (Acts 26:28).
Let us say at the outset that we are using the word "Christian" strictly according to what is found in the New Testament, and it is assume ... read more
What is a Christian? - Part 2
"Thou wouldest fain make me a Christian" (Acts 26:28).
"I heard a voice saying unto me... Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" (Acts 26:14).
The above words, spoken to the same man - Saul of Tarsus, later Paul the Apostle - in the first case by ... read more
What is Glory?
This is the last of our "Horizons", and the series ends just where it ought to end; that is, on the note of glory.
We will all be ready to admit that the Bible is bounded by the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is therefore impressive ... read more
What is the Church, and what are the churches?
(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 are in responsible posit ... read more
What is the Church? (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to co ... read more
What is the Kingdom?
"Verily I say unto you, There be some of them that stand here, which shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom" (Matthew 16:28).
"To whom he also shewed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appear ... read more
What is True in the Lord Jesus Has Got to be True in Us
Read: 1 John 1:1-5
We are continuing with our meditation in the First Letter of John. I hope you are not tired of reading the first verses of this letter. It is important for us to notice how John begins what he has to say. So will you please look at t ... read more
What Prophetic Ministry Is
Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15,18; Acts 3:22; 7:37; Luke 24:19; Revelation 19:10; Ephesians 4: 8, 11-13.
"He gave some... prophets... for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4 ... read more
What Seest Thou?
"What Seest Thou?"
"The word of the Lord came unto me, saying ... What seest thou?... The word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou?" Jeremiah 1:11,13.
"Then said the Lord unto me" Jeremiah 24:3
"The angel t ... read more
What the Wall Speaks Of
Reading: Nehemiah 5:2-6; Luke 4:14-21; II Kings 4:1-4.
In these messages we are allowing Nehemiah, that great servant of the Lord in the old dispensation, to illustrate for us, and to lead us in relation to, the recovering of the Lord's testimony in f ... read more
What Will God Do Next?
This is an inquiry, not a prophecy. That a new thing needs to be done by the Lord is a growing conviction of many of His servants and people. But is there any reason why we should expect a new movement or further step on the part of the Lord? The answer ... read more
When the Books Are Opened (Romans 16)
Reading: Romans 16.
An outstanding feature of this chapter is that people are appreciated as people. The Letter itself is a masterpiece of spiritual instruction, Paul's supreme exposition of the infinite range of redemption. The more striking, then, ... read more
Where Are You Looking?
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Make level the paths of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left. (Proverbs 4:25-27)
"Looking unto Jesus..." (Hebrews 12 ... read more
Where Christendom is Deceived
Perhaps the greatest failure to make the great discrimination with which we are concerned is in relation to the difference between mysticism and spirituality. It is here that not only the world is mistaken but Christendom is deceived. Indeed, an overwhelm ... read more
Where Psychology Fails
Many who read this will be familiar with the position of psychology, and it is just here that we find that point which makes all the difference between the natural, which keeps God out, and the spiritual, which gives Him His full place. For here we find t ... read more
Who are the Companions?
We come now to a more general look at the Letter in which our particular occupation is found, which particular matter we believe to be the concern of the Letter: the Letter to the Hebrews.
In the oldest manuscripts the title is just simply 'To the Heb ... read more