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T. Austin Sparks

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.

SermonIndex Recommends these books by T. Austin Sparks:
Daily Open Windows: Excerpts from the Messages of T. Austin-Sparks
Discipleship in the School of Christ by T. Austin Sparks
More of Christ: From "The Stewardship of the Mystery" by T. Austin Sparks

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The Crossing of the Jordan
      We are considering the greatness and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ as represented in the ark of the covenant, and we now leave the wilderness and come to the crossing of the Jordan. Thus we have open before us the Book of Joshua, especially the first thr ... read more

The Crown of the Incorruptible
      "An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you..." (1 Peter 1:4) The verdict of the long run, that is, what abides as incorruptible when all else has passed, is the verdict upon life and work. How muc ... read more

The Crown Of The Incorruptible
      "Our Saviour Christ Jesus... abolished death, and brought life and incorruption to light" (2 Timothy 1:10). "Now unto the King of the ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory unto the ages of the ages" (1 Timothy 1:17; R.V. ... read more

The Crowning
      "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me the Crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day; and not to me only, but also to all them t ... read more

The Cry of the Prophets for Holiness
      "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). We were taking note, in our last chapter, of a contrast which ... read more

The Cup of the Lord
      Will you please turn to the First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter ten, at verse sixteen, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion of the blood of Christ?" Chapter eleven, at verse twenty-five, "In like manner also the cup, after su ... read more

The Dispensation of the Spirit
      With the phase of John's revelation of spiritual truth that is marked, in our arrangement, by the beginning of Chapter 16, we are presented with an immense development. It is nothing less than the grand turning point in the dispensations. There is here c ... read more

The Distance of Difference
      “It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea” (Deut. 1:2). “Thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God hath led thee these forty years in the wilderness” (Deut. 8:2). This is not a new thought. We are fam ... read more

The Divine Basis of All Acceptable Prayer
      As we contemplate the great ministry of prayer, I think it would be most helpful if at the outset we were reminded of the Divine basis of all acceptable prayer. Before we come to what may be more technical we must recognize the spiritual foundation of pra ... read more

The Divine Discontent.
      The first part of this consideration has been a general survey and statement as to the nature and purpose of the Church (universal) and the churches (local). We proceed now to look at foundations, but some things already said need elucidating and enlargin ... read more

The Divine Purpose and Principles Governing the Christian Life
      It is most important that we should be alive to the fact that the Christian life is governed by purpose. The thought of 'purpose', indeed that very word itself, is much in view in the New Testament. Most of us are familiar with one statement relating th ... read more

The Divine Purpose from Eternity
      Reading: Ps. 89:19-20; Acts 13:22; Heb. 1:9; 1 Sam. 13:14. The Bible abounds with men. It abounds with many other things; with doctrine, with principles; but more than anything else it abounds with men. That is God's method, His chosen method, His pri ... read more

The Divine Purpose in the Continuation of the Conflict
      Reading: Judges 1:1-26; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 6:12; Exodus 23:29,30. We come to a closing word on this matter, the nature of which is indicated by what is contained in the passages we have read. The first thing we have to grasp fully is the fac ... read more

The Divine Reaction
      Let us consider a little further some of the indications of the existence of a real crisis at the time when Paul wrote these letters to Timothy. We have noted the first feature of that crisis in the imminent departure and withdrawal of Paul himself from t ... read more

The Divine Resource
      In thinking about Timothy as himself a symbol of the need, and of God's method of meeting it, we noted, on the one side, the neediness of Timothy - how he is presented in these letters as one in need in every way - and, on the other side, the urge that t ... read more

The Ear for the Lord Alone
      Reading: Rom. 12:1; Ex. 21:5-6; Deut. 15:12-18; Lev. 8:22-24,30; 14:28; Isa. 1:4-5; Rev. 3:20-22. You will have noticed that, in all these passages, reference is made to the ear. There is the bored ear of the servant, the consecrated ear of the priest, ... read more

The Earthly Life Of The Lord Jesus
      When we ask the question: Why the earthly life of the Lord Jesus?—it is clear that that question implies and contains within itself other questions. For instance: Why was it necessary for Him to be here for something over thirty-three years? Again: Why wa ... read more

The Entry Into The Land
      Reading: Deut. 1:2-3, 8:2; Heb. 3:19, 4:1. We have been thinking of the distance of difference between Christ and ourselves. In virtue of the shed and sprinkled blood, Israel had been brought out of Egypt and made the people of God; they were the Lord’ ... read more

The Era of the Hidden Secret
      “In other generations was not made known unto the sons of men.” “From all ages hath been hid in God” (Eph. 3:5,9). “Which hath been hid from all ages and generations” (Col. 1:26). It will be noticed that we have chosen the alternative word to the one ... read more

The Era of the Hidden Secret
      “In other generations was not made known unto the sons of men.” “From all ages hath been hid in God” (Eph. 3:5,9). “Which hath been hid from all ages and generations” (Col. 1:26). It will be noticed that we have chosen the alternative word to the one ... read more

The Essential Newness of the New Creation - Part 1
      "Thou hast heard it; behold all this; and ye, will ye not declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, which thou hast not known. They are created now, and not from of old; and before this day thou heardest them not; lest ... read more

The Essential Newness of the New Creation - Part 2
       Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21. "For the love of Christ constraineth us..." (verse 14). "...that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him..." (verse 15). Those are the two fragments which will govern our meditation: ... read more

The Essential Seal and Constitution of the Christian Life
      Reading: Acts 18:24-19:6a. "Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed?" Let it be said at once that we are not here attempting to expound the person and work of the Holy Spirit, but are seeking to emphasize the importance of the Holy Spirit ... read more

The Essential Service of the Church
      Reading: Ephesians 4:7-13. Now we come to the essential service of the church in relation to the divine end “That he (Christ) might fill all things”. We saw that that is the divine purpose, fixed in eternity, unalterable and undefeatable. We saw tha ... read more

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. There are movements entirely devoted to the study of proph ... read more

The Eternal Prospect of the Christian
      We saw at the beginning that the Christian life is not something which just springs up in this particular era - the Christian era, as it is called - but that it dates right back to eternity past. We saw that it was designed by God in His eternal counsels ... read more

The Eternal 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). “And 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, ... read more

The Exaltation of God's Son
      Reading: 1 Chron. 22:1-19; 28:5-7; 29:20, 22-25, Acts 2:30-36; 7:47-49, 1 Pet. 2:4-5; Heb. 3:6; 12:5,9; Eph. 1:20-23. I have been very much occupied of late with this matter of sonship in the House of God, and am led to the conclusion that something of ... read more

The Exaltation of the Lord Jesus and Spiritual Fulness
      "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever" (Matt. 6:13). We have kept closely in relation to that statement the earlier words from chapter 3 concerning our Lord Jesus when coming up out of the water at His baptism, when the heav ... read more

The Exemplification of this Zeal in the Life of Elijah
      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...” (1 Kings 19:14). I think those two words explain Elijah ... read more

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…” (1 Kings 19:14). I think those two words explain Elijah — ... read more

The Experience of Ministry... Pictured by Elijah
      Reading: 1 Kings 17. What we have in view, of course, in the first place, is the servant of the Lord. Once more God is found reacting to a state of things amongst His Own people, rising up in Divine discontent, and, as always, laying His hand upon an i ... read more

The Fact and Nature of the Heavenly Way
      "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things make it manifest that they are seeking aft ... read more

The Faith
      "Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses" (1 Tim. 6:12). "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept t ... read more

The Father of Glory... The Lord of Glory... The Spirit of Glory
      In pursuing the matter which has been before us, I want to call to your remembrance three fragments of the Word: "For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and which ye shew toward all the saints, cease not ... read more

The Features of the Overcomer
      READING: Rev. 3:7-13; 21:1-4. You will notice in the passage in chapter 3 of the Revelation, that the overcomer is to have the name of the City of God written upon him. "He that overcometh... I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of t ... read more

The Fellowship of His Sufferings
       "The Sufferings Of Christ Abound Unto Us" 2 Cor. 1:5 Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 2 Corinthians 6:8-13; 2 Corinthians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 There is a very great deal summed up in the passages we hav ... read more

The Final Message of God
      Preamble The "Preface" to any book is intended to serve the purpose of letting its readers know what the writer has to say as to his purpose in writing, and anything that does not really form a part of the subject matter. While it ought to be regarde ... read more

The First Adam and Last Adam
      "So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45). We are brought to the consideration of the Lord Jesus in the redemptive plan of God, and we want to begin with Him in ... read more

The First Adam and the Last
      "So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit... The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly ... read more

The First Movement
      "And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?" (Nehemiah 6:3). "And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I ... read more

The Food Question
       In times of national emergency one of the most vital considerations, and one that very largely governs the issue, is that of the food supply. To conserve it is a primary feature of both defence and aggression. To keep it from falling into the enemy's ha ... read more

The Forty Days
      “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what will I, if it is already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” (Luke 12:49, 50). (The real sense of the first sentence is perhaps better given in ... read more

The Foundation Law of God's New Israel
      “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on hi ... read more

The Foundation of All - the Lamb of God
      Let me remind you of the all-governing truth which we are considering - that is, what God is doing in this dispensation in which we live. We must be completely clear as to what it is that God is particularly concerned with at this time in the world's his ... read more

The Foundation of Faith
      “When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed… he shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:10,11). “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they are Abraham’s seed, ... read more

The Foundation of Recovered Testimony
      In our first chapter our main point was that this book of the Revelation is, in its first section, a call back to a position which had been lost by most of that representative body of first Christians. The first chapter must be read in that light, and it ... read more

The Foundation of Spiritual Education
      Reading: Eze 40:2-4; 43:10-11; Matt 3:17; 11:25-30; John 1:51; Luke 9:23; Eph 4:20-21. The basic word out of those read, for our present purpose, is Mat 11:29—"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me." Learn of me. The Apostle Paul, in a slightly ... read more

The Foundation that is Laid
      Reading: Rom. 8:19,29: 1 Cor. 3:1-3; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 3:26-27; 4:6,19; Eph. 1:5, 18-19; 3:18-19; 4:13; Phil. 3:12-14; Col. 1:28; Heb. 5:12-14; 6:1. This selection of passages is quite sufficient to show that the dominating objective of the Lord for Hi ... read more

The Fulfilled Law
      Reading: 1 Kings 8:5-11 At last the ark of the covenant had arrived at its destination. Amid scenes of great rejoicing it had been brought "to its place" and left there under the wings of the cherubim and surrounded by clouds of divine glory. "There wa ... read more

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