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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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Isaac and the Law of Life
"But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life. For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:22-23. R.V.)
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It is Real Worship to be Broken Before the Lord
I want to say just a brief word again about the Lord's Table. I would like to read three passages of Scripture:
"For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; an ... read more
Its Heavenly Aspect
We are going, as the Lord enables us, to meditate afresh on the Body of Christ. We know, when we want to have the larger unfoldings of this "Mystery" where to turn; we instinctively turn to the Ephesian letter. In this letter we note, first of all, the ... read more
In the first message of this series we laid the Scriptural foundation with John 4:21,23, Matthew 18:20, Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 15:17. We concentrated our attention upon the very great significance of three words spoken by our Lord to the Samaritan woma ... read more
Its Present Bearing on Life
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? (Ps. 24:3).
Thou shalt bring them in, plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, the sanctuary, O ... read more
Jacob and the Law of Life
Reading: Gen. 28:16-17,19; Gen. 31:13; 35:1,6-7; 29:15-18; Col. 1:24.
We come now to the sixth of these operations of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, and we are brought to Jacob. We come to see the working of the law of life in another a ... read more
Jacob and the Law of Life (continued)
Reading: Genesis 28:10-12,19; John 1:47; Genesis 31:13; 35:1,6,7; I Corinthians 1:20; 2:14.
We have been considering the sevenfold operation of life as represented for us in the book of Genesis by seven persons. In our previous meditation, we arrived a ... read more
James - The Lord's Brother
Read: John 7:5; 1 Cor. 15:7; Gal. 1:18,19; Acts 12:17, 15:13, 21:18.
Let us remind ourselves of the particular object that we have in view in this message on Horizons. We are pointing out that Resurrection - the Resurrection of Christ - sets the sphere ... read more
Jerusalem in Relation to Universality
READING: Isa. 52:1, 7-8, 14-15; Acts 2:5, 7-11; 10:11-16, 34-35.
Let us remind ourselves that Jerusalem, in the Word of God, especially stands for the Church. It is an inclusive and comprehensive representation of the Church; and what we are seeking to ... read more
Jesus Came to Form a New Heavenly Israel
We began last night by pointing out a very great truth. It is: that all the teaching and all the works of the Lord Jesus when He was on earth related to one of the greatest crises in history. That crisis was the removal of Israel as a nation from the eyes ... read more
Jesus, as the Light, Brings to Light the Works of the Devil in Order to Destroy Them
I am going to continue this evening where we left off last night. We will read again the first five verses of the First Letter of John:
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upo ... read more
John 11 and 12.
READING: John 11 and 12.
"Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou believedst, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" (John 11:40).
"And Jesus answereth them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified" (Joh ... read more
READING: John 13:1-17; Leviticus 8:24; Exodus 30:18-21; Romans 6:4, 8:1,2,4; 1 Corinthians 3:3; Ephesians 4:1,2, 5:2; 1 John 2:6.
There are several preliminary observations to be made in approaching the message in John 13.
Firstly, the end of John c ... read more
READING: John 21.
It is fairly generally agreed that this part of John's record is a kind of after-inspiration. The main narrative closed with the comprehensive statement of 20:30,31.
We have to try to see why John should have had this reaction fro ... read more
John Set Out to Confirm the Faith of Believers in a Difficult Day
We are going to be occupied with the First Letter of John. I want to read the first five verses of chapter one:
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have ha ... read more
Jordan - A Change of Situation
Reading: Joshua 3; 4:1-9.
The passage of Jordan, about which we read in these verses, is a consummate presentation of what the Lord is saying to us in this series of studies. It must be quite clear to us, as we read it, that it represents a profoundly ... read more
Joseph and the Law of Life
Reading: Romans 8:2,17. Philippians 3:10.
We now come to the last of the seven out-workings of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. We have followed the stages of that operation as illustrated for us in men in the book of Genesis, from Adam t ... read more
In our quest for instruction in leadership which the Scriptures contain, there is a wealth of teaching given in our second great Old Testament instance, namely Joshua.
Oshea Joshua Jehoshua Jesus means The Lord the Saviour.
Joshua, like th ... read more
JudasThe Indwelling of Satan in its Outworking. 2. The Heavenly ManThe Indwelling of God
Reading: John 13:2133; Eph. 3:1719; Col. 1:2527.
We are to view the Lord Jesus in relation to the first Adam, and all that came in through that which happened with the first Adam in his fall, not only as this has reference to man and his condition, ... read more
Knowledge of Christ
There is a very old hymn called "Tell me the old, old story". When we have sung "Tell me the old, old story" so heartily, we are confronted with the most difficult thing that has ever been called for by angels and men. To put the story of Jesus and Hi ... read more
Knowledge of Christ After the Spirit
I am continuing for a little while our previous meditation. We were thinking of the uniqueness of the Son of Man, and seeking to see how Christ is the Divine meaning to and of a new race, a new creation; how in the new creation it is God's intention and ... read more
For that the leaders took the lead... bless the Lord (Judges 5:2).
While there are few things fraught with more difficulties, perils and involvements than leadership, there are few things more vital and necessary. The fact of leadership needs no argu ... read more
Leadership and Ministry (Judges 5:2)
"For that the leaders took the lead... bless the Lord" (Judges 5:2).
While there are few things fraught with more difficulties, perils, and involvements than leadership, there are few things more vital and necessary. The fact of leadership needs no ... read more
Learning by Revelation
"In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, whereon was as it were the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appea ... read more
Learning the Truth
"Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered unto him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in ... read more
Learning Under the Anointing
Reading: Matt 11:29; John 1:51; Matt 3:16; John 1:4; Rom 8:2; 2 Cor 3:16-18.
The School of Christ; that is, the School where Christ is the great Lesson and the Spirit the great Teacher; in the School where the teaching is not objective but subjective, ... read more
Let the House be Builded - Part 1
Chapter 1 - The Eternal Conception and Decision
Reading: Ezra 6.
Christianity has many aspects and Christian people are occupied with those various aspects; such as evangelism, teaching, building up of believers, or contending for the faith. Th ... read more
Let the House be Builded - Part 2
Chapter 2 - The Continuous Controversy and Conflict
It is a matter of very simple evidence and observation that the first three chapters of the Bible have not been passed before all the elements of conflict and controversy are met with. And from t ... read more
Let the House be Builded - Part 3
Chapter 3 - 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 ... read more
LET US RUN
"Let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:3).
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?
Even so run, that ye may attain" ... read more
Let Us Run (Hebrews 12:3)
"Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:3).
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run, that ye may attain" (1 C ... read more
"Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be mine own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is mine: and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou ... read more
Life in the Spirit
"And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him; and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, ... read more
Life in the Spirit
"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him; and lo, a voice out of the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son, in ... read more
Life is the Basis of Everything
We will turn to the First Letter of John. And as this is the last of our evenings together on this letter, we come to the last chapter of this letter. Chapter five and verses nine through thirteen.
"If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God ... read more
Life Only Comes From Life
We are now drawing this series of considerations on Life to a close, although the subject is so much greater than we could ever compass. For, as we have said, it compasses the whole Bible, from first to last; and the Bible is the history of God's relatio ... read more
Life Triumphant Over Death
You will notice that the two main parts of the chapter are the feeding of the multitude, and the discourse of the Lord upon Himself as the Bread of Life.
In seeking to recognize the great truths and their laws as brought before us in the Gos ... read more
Life, The Criterion
"The tree of life also in the midst of the garden" (Gen. 2:9).
"The tree of life, which is in the garden of God" (Rev. 2:7, margin).
"The tree of life" (Rev. 22:2,14).
Thus the Bible, first and last, makes life its horizon. It would not be wro ... read more
Light Through Death And Resurrection
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And nations shall c ... read more
Living "Before the Lord" and "Unto the Lord"
"But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child... And the child Samuel grew on, and increased in favour both with the Lord, and also with men. And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli... And (Eli) said, What is the thing that the L ... read more
Living "In the Heavenlies"
Reading: Eph. 1:3,20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12; 1:6,9-10; 3:11,21.
In meditating on the subject of spiritual enlargement as seen in Paul's epistles, when we pass into this letter to the Ephesians we come into an entirely new realm. It is like passing from one ... read more
Reading: Eph. 2:4; John 13:1-17.
"Jesus... having loved his own that were in the world, he loved them unto the end... he... riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments; and he took a towel, and girded himself. Then he poureth water into a basin, ... read more
Love the Supreme Test of the Church
"His great love wherewith he loved us" (Eph. 2:4).
We come now to the close of the New Testament, the consummation in the book of the Revelation. A great deal of reading ought to take place at this point for which we have not the time. Will you open ... read more
Made Free by the Son
Let us look at verses 32 and 36. These give us a key to the chapter:
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
"If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
That speaks to us of freedom by knowle ... read more
Man Now Another Species than God Created
The above heading may be a little startling, but it will be as well for us at an early stage to realize that we are dealing with a matter of the most serious character. It is not merely that at some point man had a lapse, took a wrong turning, or became a ... read more
Manhood In Relation To The Lord's Testimony
Reading: 2 Corinthians 12
In pursuing this matter of life and incorruption, we shall now consider particularly a little phrase used by the Apostle Paul about himself, occurring in 2 Corinthians 12:2: "I know a man in Christ". "A man in Christ." I w ... read more
Man's High Prospect and Destiny
"What is Man?" Psalm 8:4-6. - Hebrews 2:5-8.
That nocturnal meditation and contemplation of the Psalmist, which led him to ask this question and to answer it by placing man at the centre of the universe, has bounded all the ages, gone back to the ete ... read more
Mans Way vs. Gods Way (Isaiah 55:8,9)
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8,9).
There are two kinds of st ... read more
"Or are ye ignorant, brethren (for I speak to men who know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth? For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is ... read more
Mentality of the Spiritual Warrior (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
"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 strongholds); casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted again ... read more