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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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      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 ... read more

The Full Stature Of Manhood
      "I know a man in Christ..." (2 Corinthians 12:2) "...till we all attain unto... a full-grown man... the stature of... Christ" (Ephesians 4:13) "Not unto angels did He subject the world to come, whereof we speak. But one hath somewhere testified ... read more

The Function of the Son of God
      "Who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power" (Hebrews 1:3). "The god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glor ... read more

The Fundamental Importance of an Adequate Apprehension of Christ
      Reading: Matthew 16:13-15. 'Who do you say that I am?' The answer that each one of us is able to give to that question will reveal the measure of our own spiritual life. Let me say, however, at the outset that, although our Lord was undoubtedly se ... read more

The Fundamental Matter of Worship
      We are occupied with what is represented by a clause in a statement made by Nehemiah when, being invited by his enemies, in their subtlety, to come and meet them in some place apart, in order to ensnare him, he said: "I am doing a great work, so that I c ... read more

The Glory
      We have said much in these evenings about the Kingdom, but, of course, as is always the case in these conferences, we have twelve basketfulls over and we have more at the end than we had at the beginning. Someone said to me this evening: 'We had better s ... read more

The Glory of Christ the Vine
      READING: John 15. Considering the subject of this part of our Lord's discourse on the way from the upper room to the Cross, we have to bring into the foreground the governing object of all these discourses, and indeed of all that is reported and recor ... read more

The Glory of God in Resurrection
      Reading: John 11, Ezekiel 37:12,13, Isaiah 11:11, Romans 9:27-29 In order to see the setting of this point it is necessary first to look back to what is marked as chapter 10: "They sought again to take him (Jesus): and he went forth out of their hand ... read more

The Glory of God's Sabbath
      "The Gospel of the glory of the blessed God" (1 Tim. 1:11). "The gospel of your salvation" (Eph. 1:13). "The mystery of the gospel" (Eph. 6:19). "The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good ti ... read more

The Glory of Life Triumphant Over Death
      Reading: Isaiah 8:16-9:2. "Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwelleth in mount Zion." Let us be reminded that we are here concerned with fullness; it is that ... read more

The Glory of the Lord
      Reading: Ezekiel 1 "Above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone; and upon the likeness of the throne was a likeness as the appearance of a man upon it above" (Ezekiel 1:26). "T ... read more

The Good News of a Satisfied God
      "...according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" (1 Tim. 1:11). " whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, - in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with ... read more

The Governing Law of Divine Love
      Reading: John 1:4; 2:3; 3:3; 4:13-14; 5:5-9; 6:33-35; 9:1-7; 11:1-6, 17,21,23,25-26. A ZERO POINT ALL these passages which we have read are really a sequence. They are the outflow of the first. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." ... read more

The Governing Law of the House of God
      READING: Ezek. 47:1-12; 1 Pet. 2:4-5 We are not going forward now with a further consideration of the major features of the spiritual house of God, but are leaving that for another time. We are going to bring those features already considered to the me ... read more

The Government of Love
      Reading: Revelation 21 and 22. We have now reached the end, with this symbolic or pictorial presentation of what constitutes God’s end: and it is surely very impressive, and a very significant thing, that, as we come to the end and are given to see the ... read more

The Great Distinguishing Mark Between a Legal System and a Spiritual Life is by Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ
      Read: Galatians We covered so much ground in more than an hour yesterday morning that it is quite impossible to go over it all again. All we can do is just remind you of the great matter which is engaging us at this time. We have said that this matter ... read more

The Great Divide and the Great Transition
       Among the games that used to be played at parties there was one like this. A large circle was formed by the company present, and then someone began by whispering something to the next person. This was passed on right round the circle. The last person of ... read more

The Great Inheritance
      “And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). “…to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the ... read more

The Great Invitation
      We turn now to Luke 14, to what is called the story of the Great Supper and the Great Invitation. It might be thought that this story has very little relationship to what we have been considering. But I want to correct that idea immediately and to say tha ... read more

      Reading: Philippians 3:1-16 THE Philippian letter begins with Paul's statement, "For to me to live is Christ", and then goes on to express his ambition to know the Lord more and more, with his determination to pursue that knowledge as a coveted priz ... read more

The Great Prize (Philippians 3:1-6)
       Reading: Philippians 3:1-16 The Philippian letter begins with Paul's statement, "For to me to live is Christ", and then goes on to express his ambition to know the Lord more and more, with his determination to pursue that knowledge as a coveted prize ... read more

The Great Transition
      “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). “But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, wh ... read more

The Great Transition
      Much has been written, and is still being written, about the difference in the progress of the Gospel in the first three decades of Christianity and the much longer time since. That the progress then was nothing less than phenomenal is impossible to deny. ... read more

The Great Transition (continued)
      That all the elements of a great transition were present in those first years following the resurrection and ascension of the Lord and the advent of the Holy Spirit, is unmistakable. Although those immediately concerned and in responsibility were not f ... read more

The Greatest Need of the Times
       If we were asked what we feel to be the greatest need of the time, in the light of our far-flung travels this year, first as far East as India, and then over U.S.A. and Canada, we should say with strength: the greatest need of the times is a movement of ... read more

The Greatness and Glory of God's Name
       There are certain truths and concepts which dominate the whole Bible, and which are gathered into a single word. They are like a bunch of keys which, if you possess them, unlock the entire revelation of the mind of God. The most inclusive of these is th ... read more

The Greatness of Christ
      Reading: "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascen ... read more

The Greatness of God's Grace in Jesus Christ
      Reading: Psalm 51 "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star" (Revelation 22:16). I think it is a very wonderful thing that the Bible almo ... read more

The Greatness of the Church
       There is a painful slowness amongst Christians to apprehend the great purpose and intent of their salvation, to know and to understand the nature of their high calling; and it is in this connection that there is a great divide between the people of God. ... read more

The Ground of the Revealing of the Arm
      In this fifty third chapter of Isaiah (with which we include the last three verses of chapter 52), we believe there are to be found certain Divine thoughts, Divine laws, Divine principles, of abiding and universal application, upon which the Arm of the Lo ... read more

The Healing of Naaman
      Reading: 2 Kings 5. While, strictly speaking, this incident has its place within the realm of the salvation of the sinner, it has general principles of a wider scope and fuller application, and therefore becomes a matter for the serious consideration o ... read more

The Heavenly Man and Eternal Life
      It is Christ as the Heavenly Man that is our consideration at this time, and we have been seeing that the main spring of the being of the Heavenly Man is eternal life. “In Him was life...” (John 1:4); “ the Father hath life in Himself, even so gave H ... read more

The Heavenly Man and the Word of God
      Reading: Matt. 4:4; John 6:63,68, 8:47, 14:10; 1 Pet. 1:23,25; Heb. 4:12,13; 1 John 4:17. You will notice that what is said in the first four of these passages arises out of the fact that the Lord Jesus was the Heavenly Man. In the temptation in the wi ... read more

The Heavenly Man and the Word of God (Continued)
      Reading: John 1:14, 14:10; Col. 3:16,17; Rev. 19:13. In the course of our previous meditation, we noted the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Word of God and the Heavenly Man, and before we pass on to further considerations it may be well to sum u ... read more

The Heavenly Man as the Instrument of the Eternal Purpose
      The Heavenly Man personally is presented to us by the Apostle John in a fuller way than by any other of the New Testament writers. Paul advances to the corporate Heavenly Man. That does not mean that Paul does not present the personal Heavenly Man, for he ... read more

The Heavenly Man as the Source and Sphere of Corporate Unity
      Reading: Eph. 4:1–16,30–32; Ps. 133. Here we have a Psalm which, on the one hand, presents an imperfect or partial entering into the spirit of the blessing of which it speaks, and, on the other hand, a prophecy; a type and prophecy of the full blessing ... read more

The Heavenly Man—The Inclusiveness and Exclusiveness of Jesus Christ
      We have under consideration a phrase from the Letter to the Ephesians, “ALL THINGS IN CHRIST”: “...unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ...” (Eph. 1:10). That is the great general vision that is occupying us, and ... read more

The High Priest of the Israel of God
      Reading: John 13:1-16 If there were space I would turn you to the Old Testament and we would read together four passages which relate to the making and setting up of the laver in the court of the tabernacle. You will remember that the Lord commanded Mo ... read more

The History of the Ark
      We have been considering the greatness and glory of Jesus Christ, and have been looking at this matter through the ark of the testimony in the tabernacle of old. We have seen the glory and greatness in the materials of the ark, and in relation to the merc ... read more

The Holiness of Zion's Hill
      Reading: Ps. 24:3-5; Rev. 14:1-5. We have been occupied with what we have called “spiritual ascendency” — “Who shall ascend...?” What does it really mean? How does it concern us? The answer will come to us in some such form as this. First of all, the w ... read more

The HOLY Spirit
      "The Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name..." (John 14:26). "John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit..." (Acts 1:5). We are now going to think about the Holy Spirit as the 'S ... read more

The Holy Spirit Came Especially for the Purpose of Creating a Spiritual Order of Things
      This morning we come to what I feel to be one of the most important messages that we have been giving. We have been seeing that the Letter to the Galatians is a concentration of the great change which took place with the coming of the Lord Jesus. That is, ... read more

The Holy Spirit Creates In Us Tremendously Strong Desire For Everything God Has
      I am going to continue this evening where we left off last Saturday night [19th meeting]. So I would ask you just to turn again to the passages of Scripture which were before us then. In the Gospel by John, chapter sixteen, at verse seven, "Nevertheless ... read more

The Holy Spirit in Relation to the Exaltation of the Lord Jesus
      "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

The Holy Spirit in the Life of a Child of God
       From "This Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 3. "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature... And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the ... read more

The Hope of Israel
      "The Hope of Israel". That phrase employed by the Apostle Paul was used to sum up the whole substance and issues of his life-ministry (Acts 28:20). You will observe that in the defense made by Paul before Agrippa he narrated the story of his life as a J ... read more

The House Not Made With Hands
      "Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that ha ... read more

The House of God
      Reading: Ezekiel 40:2-4; 43:10-11. You remember it was at the time when everything which had formerly been God's means of setting forth in type His thoughts in the midst of His people, had been broken down and lost, and the people were far out of touc ... read more

The House of God: The Greatness of Christ and His Church
      We return this morning to that which was revealed to the Prophet Ezekiel; and I am sure that as you have read these six chapters (Eze. 40-46), you have found very great difficulty in getting a clear picture of the whole. I have tried many times to draw a ... read more

The Immense Significance Of Jesus Christ: Crucified, Risen, And Exalted
      Lord, when we say to Thee, “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law,” Thou knowest that the most “wonderful” Thou canst show to us is Thy Son; and so, not things, but Him. Open our eyes that we may see Him this morning. It is ... read more

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