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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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Mentality, Or Attitude Of Mind
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
Ministering to the Deliverance and Life of the Elect
"...unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 ... read more
Ministering to the Glory of God
"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil... Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and he said unto him, All these thin ... read more
Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and encamped beside the spring of Harod: and the camp of Midian was on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And the Lord said unto Gideon, The pe ... read more
More Pioneers of the Heavenly Way
"God did send me before you to preserve life"
"God sent me before you to preserve... a remnant"
It is clear from this double statement - "God sent me before..." - that Joseph was one of God's pioneers of the heavenly way. His history ... read more
Reading: Hebrews 11:24-27, 13, 16.
God has one great desire - to have what may be termed a 'a people of His best'. Until He has such a people, He will never be wholly satisfied. There may be those who will accept His 'second-best' - for He surely o ... read more
Moses - Leadership
Having introduced this matter of leadership in a more-or-less general way, we now proceed to look into it more closely in order to learn from Bible examples the principles which are basic to it and the features which delineate it.
Before coming to our ... read more
We repeat what we have said in other connections, that we are not writing even an abbreviated biography of the case on hand, nor are we engaging in an exposition of the book bearing his name. Everything is concentrated in the one matter of leadership. The ... read more
No Church or Christianity Without the Holy Spirit
Reading: Acts 1:1-5.
"Jesus... was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen... and, being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for ... read more
Noah and the Law of Life
As we move on in these meditations, there are two other passages of the Word of a basic character which I want to bring to you. One is in I Pet. 3:20-21.
"... once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, whe ... read more
Notes on the Book of Ruth - Part 1
In a peculiar way, largely because of its comprehensiveness and conciseness, this book sets forth what was brought before us at the beginning of this conference: faith, through adversity, unto enlargement, establishment, and life. That would be so apparen ... read more
Notes on the Book of Ruth - Part 2
And so it says — "They went of the country of Moab." Why? They’d heard good news of the resurrection, and believed it, and acted upon it. They didn’t say, "Oh, that’s all talk; don’t believe that’s true. That’s only a rumor."
No, they bel ... read more
Notes on the Book of Ruth - Part 3
It is a glorious thing, dear friends, isn’t it, to really apprehend that our Lord Jesus hasn’t any pre-occupations, where we are concerned. We are His only occupation. Where He is untrammeled by other considerations, and all personal interests have co ... read more
Obedience to the Word of God
These messages and this ministry are based upon a three-fold supposition, or assumption:
1. That you have a very real concern to know the will of God.
2. That you are quite prepared to consider anything that may be a help to you in that direction.
... read more
On Knowing the Lord (Philippians 3:10)
"That I may know....." - Phil. 3:10.
"Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know Me." - John 14:9; (A.S.V.).
Phil. 1:10; Heb. 8:11; I John 2:20, 27.
It is of the greatest importance for the Lord's children to recognize fully that, a ... read more
Oneness With God in a Crisis Regarding the Natural Man
"Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees... And Terah look Abram his son, and Lot the son of H ... read more
Oneness With God in His Method and in His Power
(We are now coming near to the end of these meditations. We have been occupied with the spiritual journey of the Christian life from the world, through its various stages, until it reaches the heart of God, each stage and phase being some further aspect o ... read more
Oneness With God in His Passion
"And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham; and he said, Here am I. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him ther ... read more
Oneness With God in His Purpose
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6).
"But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them which were under th ... read more
Oneness With God in His Repudiation of This World
NOTE. The following message is the first of one of the series given at the conference in Switzerland this year . It is printed here practically as it was spoken. In due course we expect that the whole series will be published in book form.
"Dids ... read more
Oneness With God in the Heavenly Nature of Everything
"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in te ... read more
Oneness With God in the Heavenly Nature of Everything (Continued)
"And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith, received not the promise, God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about ... read more
Our Anchorage - The Love of God in Christ Jesus
Reading: Romans 8:31-39
Our hearts have been directed to the glorified Lord Jesus, as the object and as the inspiration of Christian life, endurance, and service. We have looked at Him on the Mount of Transfiguration, and have seen a little of what tha ... read more
Our Heavenly Vocation
Reading: Matthew 3:13-4:11
As you know, we are in these mornings occupied with the Holy Spirit's biography of Jesus Christ which He is writing in the spiritual history of believers. Last time we commenced a new chapter in this biography, the chapter w ... read more
My word to you is one of reminding you of the ministry which we have felt to be committed to us by God. It is but one among many given to His people, but it is one which is fulfilled with an ever increasing sense of its necessity.
May I say again, in ... read more
Reading: Isa. 1:9; Rom. 9:27,29; 11:2-5,26; Isa. 8:17,18.
After long and very deep exercise of heart and weighing things solemnly before the Lord, I am led quite strongly to the conclusion that His message for us at this time, and not for us only, but ... read more
You see, the Remnant and Overcomers have as their function to be God's vantage ground in a day of widespread spiritual declension and failure, to be vantage points, that upon which God can act and say. Here is my thought positively expressed; here is th ... read more
Overlaid with Pure Gold
Now we come to the second thing about the ark. We have seen that the ark was made of acacia wood, and that it was overlaid with pure gold. If you make a study of gold in the Bible you will see that it always speaks of glory, and you will also see that God ... read more
Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1958.
In the letter to the Hebrews chapter 3 and the first verse:
"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, even Jesu ... read more
The next peak on this skyline which is the Divine Horizon is Pentecost. What a link in the mountain-chain setting for the significance of Christ "Pentecost" is! It is necessary to hold strongly in mind the fact that Pentecost stands very closely related ... read more
Years ago I was unquestionably stretched out to the full for God's best (as I trust I am now), and there was no doubt whatever as to my devotion to the Lord. I was right in the full tide of every kind of evangelical activity, and especially in conventions ... read more
Persons, Ministries, Functions
In order to deal with the roots of division we must know what and where the roots are. They are only known by their fruits, and are themselves so often unseen or unrecognized. So we must go back to Corinth.
When we look more carefully at that wretched ... read more
PETER AS REPRESENTATIVE
The occasion of these editorials is a widespread and serious exercise concerning the nature of the local expression of the Church. As we pursue this enquiry we are getting ever nearer to the heart of the matter. The fragment at the head is, we trust becom ... read more
Pioneers of the Heavenly way
We will put it this way. The great need of Christians today is to be recovered for the full heavenly thought of God. They have settled down to something less. They have become involved in something less and largely other. It has always been like that. The ... read more
Possessing the Inheritance
We have pointed out that the whole of the New Testament is the spiritual and present-time counterpart of the book of Joshua. Beginning with the setting aside of one nation, and its loss of the inheritance through unbelief, we are shown the bringing into b ... read more
Power With God Exemplified in Daniel
"And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, when a land sinneth against Me by committing a trespass, and I stretch out mine hand upon it, and break the staff of the bread thereof, and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast ... read more
Power With God Exemplified in Noah
"And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, when a land sinneth against Me by committing a trespass, and I stretch out My hand upon it, and break the staff of the bread thereof, and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast; ... read more
Power With God Exemplified in Samuel
"Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before Me, yet My mind would not be toward this people" (Jer. 15:1).
"Moses and Aaron among His priests, and Samuel among them that call upon His name; they called upon the Lord, and He answ ... read more
Practical Devastation Of Our Old Humanity
Lord, we know that we have just used the words which one of old, long time ago, used, but did not understand that it was the Lord speaking. He thought it was a man, though a man of God, until he was brought face to face with the fact, no, it is not man th ... read more
Prayer as Warfare
Reading: Nehemiah 4:9,17,20. Ephesians 6:18.
The Christian life has very often been likened to a warfare, and the appeal has been made to 'come and join the ranks and enter into the battle of the Lord.' But there is an irregularity about such an appe ... read more
Prayer as Warfare (continued)
Reading: 1 Kings 18:30-32, 36-38, 42-45. James 5:17-18. Ephesians 6:18.
We note that what is true of the enemy's activity along the line of prevention of prayer is also true along the line of interruption of prayer. I do not only mean that while you a ... read more
Prayer is the Basis of Everything in our Life with the Lord
Chapter nine of the Book of the Acts, at verse ten through twelve, "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, 'Ananias.' And he said, 'Behold, I am here, Lord.' And the Lord said unto him, 'Ar ... read more
Priesthood and Life
What is a priest? He is not an official or a member of a religious caste, but a man who withstands death and ministers life. The one all-inclusive issue of the ages, the great purpose of God from eternity to eternity, can be described in New Testament lan ... read more
Reading: Numbers 7:1-84.
The first thing that becomes apparent from the record in this chapter is that the Lord's people, as represented by their princes - the princes of all the fathers' houses, you notice - are looked upon as a princely people. God ... read more
Reading: 1 Kings 18:17-21.
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy fathers house, in that ye have forsaken the commandmen ... read more
Putting on the New Man
Reading: Rom. 5:12,1519; Eph. 4:13,2024; Col. 3:911.
Here the Word says we have put off the old man, or more literally, that we have laid down or laid aside the old man. The same word is found in Hebrews twelve, verse onetherefore... lay aside eve ... read more
Re-integration of All Things Through the Cross
In this concluding chapter we shall make little further reference to Isaiahs prophecies. We shall seek first of all to sum up, or review, the whole matter that we have been considering, and then to present a few additional thoughts arising out of the Let ... read more
Recovery of Lost Testimony
As we move into the next and succeeding chapters of Isaiahbeing now, as I have said, on the positive, the resurrection side, the constructive side of the Crosswe find that one thing comes very much into view: namely, the recovery of Gods testimony in t ... read more
Release by Illumination
In this quest for the secrets of power and effectiveness as characteristic of things in the book of The Acts, we are seeing that these secrets are so largely found in what happened in the apostles themselves, not in a complete system of teaching and pra ... read more
Remembering and Forgetting (Deuteronomy 8)
Reading: Deuteronomy 8.
"And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God hath led thee..."
"Brethren, I count not myself yet to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the ... read more