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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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Christ and His Church Incognito
...the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not (1 John 3:1).
In our pursuit of this enquiry into the differences between things now and as they were in the first years of Christianity let us at once make it clear that this is no idle wish to ma ... read more
Christ and the Rights of the Father
It is important to recognize that the Lord lived on this earth with a double purpose. For the first time there was a Man on this earth whose whole life was an expression of what God wanted, in Whom all the rights of God were fulfilled. This was what God h ... read more
Christ Corporate is the Church
Reading: John 4:19-23; Exodus 25:8:
"The woman saith unto Him, 'Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.' Jesus saith unto her, 'Woman, ... read more
When we were thinking about this matter in its wider range of the second man, the last Adam, our key phrase from Scripture was 1 Cor. 15:45 - "The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit." Then we proceeded to be occupied with the uniqueness of the Son of ... read more
Christ Formed Within
Reading: Galatians 3.
I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you Galatians 4:19.
The Resistance to Divine Purpose
As we continue our meditation in relation to spiritual growth, spiritual full growth, recognising, as we have sought to ... read more
Christ Greater Than All
Reading: Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17; 4:1-11.
We are seeing that the Holy Spirit is taking up the history of the Lord Jesus and is repeating it in the lives of His people, and we come to the next chapter of the biography that He is writing in the hearts of be ... read more
Christ in Heaven and Christ Within
"Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places" (Eph. 1:20).
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in ... read more
Christ in You
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the l ... read more
Christ is the Great Spiritual Order
Yesterday morning we took a general view of this House which was shown to Ezekiel. This morning we shall begin to consider it more in detail. We are going to return to chapter forty, verses three and four:
And He brought me thither, and, behold, there w ... read more
Christ Our Life
Reading: Acts 16:6-13, 16-19, 23-26. Philippians 1:1-2.
We are beginning a meditation in the Letter to the Philippians with its message as to how the Cross makes Christ our all, for that is what this Letter really does bring before us. Not any of us ca ... read more
Christ Our Life (Colossians 3:4)
One of the main objects of the Holy Spirit is to get believers really identified with Christ as the risen and exalted Lord, and to make His risen life real in their experience. As the age moves toward its consummation - the manifestation of Christ - two f ... read more
Christ Our Mind
The note in chapter two of the Philippian Letter is the Cross making Christ's mind ours - Christ our mind.
"...make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind." (verse 2).
"Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, existing in th ... read more
Christ Revealed as God's Pattern
For the many friends who have not been with us through the earlier gatherings, let me say the very briefest possible word by way of retrospect. We have been led at this time to be occupied with the revelation of Jesus Christ. We feel that the Lord has led ... read more
Christ Revealed as God's Provision
Now as we come to the close of this time together in which the Lord has been bringing anew into view the great end for which we, with all the saved, have been called - the great end of our salvation in the purpose of God, a very wonderful end - nothing ot ... read more
Christ Revealed as God's Purpose
The Lord has led us in these days to be occupied with the revelation of Jesus Christ. So far, John the apostle has been our interpreter. We are going now to allow Paul to say something to us about this matter.
I turn you, therefore, to his second lette ... read more
Christ the All-Dominating Object and Prize
What we have said about Christ as our mind leads us straight into chapter three of the Letter to the Philippians. Chapter three is the continuation of what is in chapter two. We recognize the convenience of chapter divisions, but we greatly regret them. T ... read more
Christ the Power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24, 2:2)
"But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks,Christ the power of God..." (1 Corinthians 1:24).
"For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2).
In many ways the explanation of Chris ... read more
Christian Service From God's Standpoint
What is the work of the Lord? What is Christian service from God's standpoint? It is contributing to the fullness of Christ. It is in the measure of each several part (of His Body) ministering to that end, that all things shall be summed up in Christ an ... read more
Christianity - A Process of Transformation
Reading: 1 Corinthians 2.
"We... are transformed into the same image"
(that is: 'We pass from one form to another')
2 Corinthians 3:18.
As I have moved about amongst Christians in many parts of this world, and in many situations, one thing has b ... read more
Christ's Message to Ephesus
Now I think we can tackle this matter of Ephesus. We've been marching round Ephesus so far, now we try to get inside. I'll just read a part of the message, the second chapter, the book of the Revelation: "These things saith he that holdeth the seven st ... read more
Christ's Message to Laodicea
"For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea..." Col. 2:1.
"I bear him witness, that he hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea... Salute the brethren that are in Laodicea... And when this epistle hath ... read more
Churches and Workers
We have laid great emphasis upon the fact that, in the beginnings, everything was under the government of the Holy Spirit who had taken over the whole purpose of God and was its custodian. As in the case of the tabernacle of old, the complete pattern was ... read more
Coming Down From God Out of Heaven (Revelation 21 & 22)
THOUGHTS ON THE NEW JERUSALEM
Reading: Revelation 21 & 22
The next great event in God's calendar is the return in glory of His Son Jesus Christ. It is the consummation of that coming and the final revelation of the glory of Christ which is shown t ... read more
Coming to the City
Up till now we have been making our way toward the city. Now we arrive, so I want you to open your Bibles at the twenty-first chapter of the Book of the Revelation:
"And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made read ... read more
Conclusion. The Basis of All
Having pointed to the inclusive goal, we cannot close without a further special emphasis upon the inclusive basis. The question that will be in most minds is, How shall all this be made good in the Church, the churches and the individual? There is an answ ... read more
Conformed to the Image of His Son
"Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned: - for until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned fro ... read more
"And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up into the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and dazzling ... read more
We began these messages with a fresh contemplation of the greatness of Christ; and then we went on to remind ourselves that everything which has to do with the realization of God's purpose in creating man, and this world, and its universe, is a matter of ... read more
Creational and Racial Union
2. Creational and Racial Union
"If any man is in Christ, there is a new creation" (2 Cor. 5:17, R.V. margin). (Note the translation, a correction and an improvement upon the King James' Version.)
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Je ... read more
Crucified to the Religious World (Galatians 6:14)
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).
It is interesting to notice the particular way in which the Apostle speaks of the world h ... read more
1 Chron. 11:1-3; 1 Sam. 16; Acts 13:21,22
No one will dispute Davids right to be included in the list of leaders in divine history. It was just a matter of Davids having to come to the function because God willed it. Everything conspired to prevent i ... read more
David's Mighty Men (2 Samuel 21:18-22)
"And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant. And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of J ... read more
Death and Resurrection
Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1965. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. Words which were not clearly discernible have been enclosed in [square] brackets.
Now, Lord, we have been reminded of that great occasion when T ... read more
It is a fairly far cry from Joshua to the Judges, and there is a terrible lapse from those days of triumph and conquest, as there was at the close of the apostolic days. The book of Judges is perhaps the most tragic book in the Bible.
We ... read more
Defeat at Ai
We are going at this time to be in the seventh chapter of the Book of Joshua, which chapter, as you will know, contains the story of Israel's defeat at Ai, but before we go on with that I want to refresh your memories with words from the Letter to th ... read more
Dependence Upon God
Reading: 1 Kings 17:17.
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of th ... read more
Discipline, Provisioning And Flexibility
Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3,4).
In these well known words of P ... read more
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the garden of God" (Revelation 2:7).
"And he shewed me a river of water of life, bright as c ... read more
Divine Life and Deliverance from Bondage to Sin and Death
Reading: John 5:1-18.
We have pointed out that the key to these signs is to be found in the reaction which took place toward them, and that is true in this case. Let us look at a few of the features.
First of all, we must note the Jewish setting of ... read more
Divine Life by Spiritual Sight
Reading: John 9.
We have pointed out that with the sign of the feeding of the five thousand Jesus entered upon a new phase of His ministry, that is, upon the phase of conflict. There arose a great deal of conflict out of that work, and from that time H ... read more
Divine Life, Unlimited by Time and Space
Before we go on to the next of these signs I just want to put in an important word. This does not mean that anything else that is said is not important, but this must be important as the beginning of anything that we say.
When we say so much about this ... read more
Divine Life: All-Sufficient and Inexhaustible
Jesus said: "I came that they might have life" (John 10:10). Paul said: "That life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God" (Galatians 2:20). "It is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me" (Galatia ... read more
Divine Life: Overcoming Death in its Fullness
Reading: John 10:40-11:57.
You will recognize that with this story, or incident, we are at the last stage in the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. He had left Judaea because the Jewish rulers were planning to kill Him, but now He boldly returned to ... read more
Divine Life: Triumphant Over Natural Forces
The matter with which we are occupied in these days is the training of disciples. One of the passages which was at the foundation was: "Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these a ... read more
Elisha and the Sons of the Prophets
Reading: 2 Kings 2.
In this chapter Elisha comes into view in relation to the sons of the prophets. They also are mentioned more than at any other time, and on quite a number of occasions they are in evidence in relation to him and his ministry. This h ... read more
Emptying Unto Fulness
Reading: He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things Ephesians 4:10.
We have been seeking already to see that into that last clause of a parenthesis the Lords servant has packed the might ... read more
For some time past the Lord has been laying the message of this book upon my heart, and I believe the time has come for that message to be brought anew to His people. I believe that in this book there is that which can touch the need at this present time ... read more
Equipment for the Ministry
"And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent... but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue" (Exodus 4:10).
"And the Lord... said go, and thou shalt save Israel... And he (Gideon) said, Oh, my Lord... behold... I am the least in my f ... read more
Explanation of the Nature and History of "This Ministry"
With the expanding and strengthening of this ministry there is an increasing enquiry and request for some concise statement as to its spiritual history and nature. This need seems also to be accentuated by a growing misunderstanding and misrepresentatio ... read more
Eyewitnesses of His Glory
Reading: Matthew 17:1-21
"For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when ... read more