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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 Church to Be In
God’s purpose is to sum up all things in Christ. It is a Person filled full, enlarged, and all-comprehending. The greatness, the magnificence, the universal fullness of Christ is God’s goal. Again, it is not sufficient that we see the purpose, basic a ... read more
The Church: Its Birth, Vocation And Completion
Why the Church?
The greatest concern or interest of God is His Son. The second greatest interest or object with God in this universe is the Church. And in the Scriptures those two are put together. Here is the statement:
He... gave Him to be head o ... read more
The Church's Vocation
"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 thing ... read more
The City - The Seat of Heavenly Government
"Thus saith the Lord God: This is Jerusalem: I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are round about her" (Ezekiel 5:5).
We have traced Jerusalem from Melchizedek, king of Salem, to David, the great king, and then on to the Book of ... read more
The City Which Hath Foundations
READING: Hebrews 11:10; Ezekiel 5:5.
Our object is to see that because Jerusalem is so closely related to God, indeed has been brought into being by Him, her values must be pre-eminently spiritual and divine. Back of her history there lie those element ... read more
The Climax of the Way of the Lamb
Reading: Revelation 19:1-10.
As we pursue our consideration of this matter of the followers of the Lamb, we come to the part which relates to the climax of that path, the climax of the way of the Lamb the climax of the Cross. But here it becomes nece ... read more
The Coming Again Of The Lord Jesus
So we come to the last note of the octave of redemption: The Coming Again of the Lord Jesus. No attempt has been made to give a comprehensive presentation of any one of these aspects of redemption, but only to provide, if possible, a concise answer to the ... read more
The Coming of the Crowning Day
Peter, Paul, James and John all point us onward to the crowns which God offers to His servants. In each case the thought is related to an ordeal, whether it be a fight, a race or a trust. Three crowns are spoken of - the crown of righteousness, the crown ... read more
The Companions as the Bride of the Lord
(Earlier we said that we should be dealing with the Bride more fully later. We come now to a consideration of this matter.)
"For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is thy redeemer" (Isaiah 54:5).
" ... read more
The Company on Mount Zion
"And l saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty and four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as ... read more
We shall, by the Lord's enabling, go on with our consideration of the Church, the Cross, and the Spiritual Conflict.
So far we have been occupied with the Cross and the Church; in the first place seeing that the Cross, in the mind and purpose of God, ... read more
The Conflict (continued)
The True Nature of the Church
That makes it necessary to say just a few words here in parenthesis about the true nature of the Church. What is the Church? Well, to begin with, it is the spiritual relatedness of the children of God. That is the first, s ... read more
The Conflict Against the Fulfilment of the Purpose of God
He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things (Ephesians 4:10).
He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the ... read more
The Conflict of The Ages
Reading: Acts 12.
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!
In our first message we were mainly occupied w ... read more
The Consecrated Ear
Reading: Lev. 8:22-24,30; 14:25-28.
The Blood Touched Ear
In the former of these two passages we read of the consecration of Aaron and his sons, and the placing of the blood upon the tip of their right ears - the ear consecrated by means of the bloo ... read more
The Consummation of the Ages - The Purpose of God in the Eternal Government of this World
We concluded our last chapter with the words: "The last movement before 'I come quickly' MUST be a Christ-movement." If this book of "the Revelation" is finality, then it is - in that very connection - the book of the fullness and finality of Jesus ... read more
The Continuation of the Conflict in Relation to the Church as the Corporate Company
We have said enough to make it abundantly clear that there is an age-long battle for spiritual life, and that, if that life can be arrested in its manifestation, its expression, it will be so arrested. There is a great power and force working by the instr ... read more
The Continuation of the Conflict in Relation to the Individual Believer
We are seeking to take a further step in the apprehension of what is related to this great and pressing matter, and are going to deal with the continuation of the conflict, with reference to its nature and its sphere.
THE NATURE OF THE CONFLICT
The ... read more
The Continuing Need For Adjustment
From time to time, right through the ages, those who have stood in quite a definite relationship to the things of God have either been seduced, or have drifted, or have for some reason come to fixed and systematized positions as to the ways, works, and ... read more
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 then onward, right through the Bible, those elements of confl ... read more
The Contrast Between the Old Dispensation and the New
"For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him" (Acts 13:27).
In a way, that verse is the key to the whole of the book of t ... read more
The Controversy of Zion
Reading: Hebrews 12:22; Isaiah 34:8.
"Ye are come to Zion."
"For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, the year of recompence in the controversy of Zion."
What is the controversy of Zion? It is nothing other than the controversy for the life ... read more
The Corporate Expression of the Heavenly Man
Reading: Eph. 3:1721, 4:110.
The fact that the Lord Jesus is the Heavenly Man is touched upon at various points in this reading. Here in chapter four we have the statement that He... ascended far above all the heavens... while all that follows in t ... read more
The Corporate Vessel (1 Corinthians 12:12)
There are two titles or designations of the Church, which are, to my mind, supreme amongst the designations. The first is "Christ": "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also i ... read more
The Creation and Consecration of the Ark
We are occupied at this time with the greatness and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are seeing how that greatness and glory is represented to us in the Old Testament by means of the ark of the covenant. We have begun to look at the journeys of the ... read more
The Creation Motivated by the Love of God
"...but God, being rich in mercy, for HIS GREAT LOVE wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved)" (Eph. 2:4-5).
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wil ... read more
The Crisis as to the Earthly and the Heavenly
Reading: Numbers 13:1-3, 17-23, 27-33; 14:1-3.
We have been considering the fact and nature of the heavenly way. The Bible begins with the creation of the heavens and the government of the heavens. It ends with the emergence from heaven of that which h ... read more
The Crisis of Our Times
We remember, O Lord, that it is written: He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. By the Word of the Lord were the heavens, the earth, created. Our prayer, Lord, is that Thou would speak acts. That Thy Word may be Thine act. Not just ... read more
The Criteria of Livingness - Function and Energy
5. Function and Energy
In a living organism like the human body these two things are so evidently characteristic of life: namely, specific function and vital energy. Of course, we refer to a normal and healthy body. As we have before pointed out, tha ... read more
The Criteria of Livingness - Growth
Having briefly touched upon the first evidence of life, that is: freshness or newness, we proceed to note the second, namely, growth. We have seen that the essential difference between the animate and the inanimate, a living thing or a rock - for instance ... read more
The Criteria of Livingness - Reproduction
Having noted that essential evidence of life which is organic relatedness, we naturally move to the law of reproduction. When God united man and woman in "the grace of life", He immediately said "Be fruitful, and multiply".
Reproduction is the law, ... read more
The Criterion of Livingness
Having laid a foundation, and given good ground for the conclusion that life is the horizon of God's work in nature and grace, we take a phrase from that introduction as the key to much more - that is, the Criterion of Life. So we proceed to consider the ... read more
We have said that these eight aspects, or notes, in the scale of redemption, succeed one another in a harmonious sequence, each one following the other and leading to the next. Our answer to the first question Why the incarnation? was threefold: the ... read more
The Cross and Conformity to Christ
eading: Romans 6.
What we in glory soon shall be
It doth not yet appear;
But when our blessed Lord we see
We shall His image bear.
[Behold, What Love by M.S. Sullivan]
The words upon which we have based our meditations correspond with tho ... read more
The Cross and Ministry
The second letter (to the Corinthians), as we know, is the ministers' letter! It tells us what a minister is from the Divine standpoint when the Cross does its work. Moses, the minister of God, is brought very much into view, ministering in the old cove ... read more
The Cross And The Church
Having dealt with the four intersections on our diagram - the Cross and the Person of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the So Great Salvation, and the Coming Again - we proceed to note that these pass into and through - in the first place - the circle marked the ... read more
The Cross And The Church (continued)
In our consideration of the Church we have on several occasions used the word "expression," thus noting the difference between the heavenly conception and nature, and the practical application. This latter is of very great importance, and it is here tha ... read more
The Cross and the Deliverance of the Mind
There are few, if any, more malignant causes of spiritual paralysis than a mind unrenewed or unguarded. We learn by bitter experience that the main objective of the adversary as the most important means to his ends is the mind. Nine-tenths of the troubl ... read more
The Cross and the Disruptive Power of Sin
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up" (John 3:14).
"Jesus therefore said, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as the ... read more
The Cross And The Holy 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" (Matt. 3:16).
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, havi ... read more
The Cross and the Holy Spirit
Reading: Isaiah 61:162:1a.
We come now to yet a further aspect of this so many-sided fruit of the Cross of the Lord Jesus. We remember that the first three verses of this sixty-first chapter of Isaiah, so full, were taken up by our Lord Jesus Himself. ... read more
The Cross And The Lord's Coming Again
This is no more a treatise on the Second Advent of Christ than a former chapter was on the Holy Spirit. Our specific object is to point out the connection between the Cross and the Coming. This will be seen to be the fourth and final intersection on our d ... read more
The Cross And The Nations
Having seen that the first sphere in which the Cross has its expression in its various relationships is the Church, we now come to its place in the nations of the world. It must be recognized at the outset that, in the intention of God, the Cross does not ... read more
The Cross and the New Man
By the simple diagram herewith inserted, [Click here] we have attempted to set forth the inner history of man both from God's standpoint and his own.
Firstly, we have man "in the day that God created" him (Gen 5:1). His threefold nature is defined. ... read more
The Cross And The Satanic Kingdom
Following closely upon what we said at the end of our last chapter, we come to the place and meaning of the Cross in the realm of principalities and powers, world rulers of this darkness, and hosts of evil spirits in the heavenlies (Eph. 6:12).
Again, ... read more
The Cross And The "Far Above All" Heavenlies
Perhaps one of the most mysterious statements in the Bible is that made by Paul in the "Ephesian Letter" (3:10) that "how unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenlies might be made known through the Church the manifold wisdom of God."
A ... read more
The Cross and the "So Great Salvation"
The third section of our diagram deals with the "so great salvation" (Heb. 2:3); a phrase which at once sets forth its comprehensiveness and inclusiveness. Under that term we gather the various words which represent its many-sidedness: Substitution; Rep ... read more
The Cross in Relation to the Issue of Life
Reading: Deuteronomy 30.11-20; Hebrews 2.14-15; Revelation 1.18; Philippians 3.10.
The matter which we now have before us is the relationship of the Cross to the manifesting of life. It is very important for us to be clear as to what that relationship ... read more
The Cross: The Basis of the Church
"And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealti ... read more
The Cross: The Basis of the Church (continued)
The God-ward Aspect of the Cross
The Cross first of all has its God-ward aspect or direction; that is, the Cross secures God's rights in righteousness. There is no hope of any Divine purpose being realised, there is no hope for the Church to become an ... read more