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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 Immense Significance of the Christian Life
      There are many misconceptions as to what the Christian life really is. I shall, however, not say very much about this negative side - that is, as to that which is either mistaken, confused or inadequate. The best way of dealing with all such difficulties ... read more

The Imperative Dynamic of Christian Service
      Reading: John 21:15-17. "Lovest thou me?" In reading these verses, it is difficult not to believe that the Lord Jesus had in mind something that happened earlier, and was probably referring to it. I mean the incident recorded in Matthew 26:33: "P ... read more

The Importance and Value of God-given Vision (Revelation 21:9)
       "Come hither, I will show thee..." (Revelation 21:9) At times of crisis in the Church's history there has always been one factor which has been decisive; that is, the presence or absence of God-given vision. Again and again, such vision has been, by ... read more

The Importance of Being in the Spirit
       The phrase "in the Spirit" occurs several times in the book of the Revelation. It represents the way of escape for the Lord's people from the oppression of the earthly conditions which surround and beset them. John, being so oppressed on the island of P ... read more

The Importance of Vision
      Reading: Luke 2:25-38. We were noting in our earlier meditation that Simeon embodies all that relates to an end-time, and that in an end-time a peculiar set of conditions arises. On the one side, there is a sense of disintegration with regard to what h ... read more

The Incarnation
      As we take up these meditations, let me utter a brief word of caution. We are not just embarking upon some ‘line of truth’—a theme, a subject. The fact is that there is no ‘truth’ apart from the Lord Jesus Himself, and the truth is in Him, not about Him. ... read more

The Incarnation and Life on Earth
      "The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam a life-giving spirit" (1 Cor. 15:45). "The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven" (1 Cor. 15:47). A Perfect Example of the New Creation Man Now we want to go on ... read more

The Incense-Bearer (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)
       "...and by me sends forth the knowledge of Him, a stream of fragrant incense, throughout the world. For Christ’s is the fragrance which I offer up to God, whether among those in the way of salvation, or among those in the way of perdition; but to these ... read more

The Incentive to Maturity
      Reading: Romans 8:19,29; 1 Cor. 3:1-3; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 3:26; 4:6,19. We have already pointed out how much there is of strength and urgency in the New Testament concerning full spiritual growth. Indeed, more than ninety percent of the New Testament is ... read more

The Incorruptible Characteristic Of Union with God As Father
      Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10 We came in our last chapter to the point where we were found committed to investigate, to enquire, and seek to know, what were and what are the incorruptible characteristics of the life of the Lord Jesus, because the real valu ... read more

The Inheritance of Jesus Christ
      Revelation of Jesus Christ. That is to be the object of our occupation at this time and while it will come to us through the book which bears that name, it is not the book, as such, that we are to study but that central, inclusive, underlying theme - reve ... read more

The Intrusion of Natural Life in the Service of God
       We have been at pains to show that Christianity has become very largely another Judaism, an outward system and a historic tradition. But it has become more than this. In its principles, methods, and means, it has largely become conformed to this world o ... read more

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

The Issue Of Spiritual Sight
      Reading: Num. 24:3-4; Mark 10:46, 51-52; 8:23-25; John 9:1, 7, 25; Eph. 1:17-19; Rev. 3:17; Acts 26:17-18. At the outset of our previous meditation we were speaking of the root-malady of our time, which is spiritual blindness. We took those passage ... read more

The Issues of Love
      In our previous meditation, we arrived at the consummation in the book of the Revelation, and we were taking note of the wonderful truth that is in the first three chapters of the book of the Revelation, the whole question is the question of love, love re ... read more

The Key Of Faith
      "After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." And Abram said, "O Lord God, what wilt Thou give me, seeing I go childless, and he that shall be possesso ... read more

The Key of Faith (concluded)
      Reading: Genesis 15:5, 17:1-8; Romans 4:17-24; Hebrews 11:8-10; Revelation 21:9-18, 22:1-2. We were speaking about God's governing thought of enlargement, bringing to remembrance His words to Abraham concerning the immense increase which He purposed f ... read more

The Kingdom And The Cross
      We have explained that the word 'Kingdom' means the sovereign rule of God, and because the words 'the Kingdom of God' occur so frequently in the New Testament I am sure no one will think that the sovereign rule of God only began in New Testament times ... read more

The Kingdom of God
      We have tried to impart to you something of our strong feeling that we are at a very critical point in the spiritual history of this universe. To anyone who is observing the movement of these times, very little argument or evidence is needed to be brought ... read more

The Kingdom of God
      "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). Overshadowing and encompassing all else in the Bible, and especially in the new Testament, is the phr ... read more

The Kingdom Of Life In Conflict With The Kingdom Of Death
      "And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden" (Genesis 2:9). "And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dre ... read more

The Kingdom Of Light In Conflict With The Kingdom Of Darkness
      "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light" (Genesi ... read more

The Kingdom of Satan and its Overthrow
      "And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore..." (Matt. 28:18-19). "...and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that work ... read more

The Kingdom, and Entrance Into It
      "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). "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women th ... read more

The Knowledge of the Glory of God
      "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 Lamb
      Reading: Rev. 14:1-5; Acts 2:23; Eph. 1:4-11. “These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth” (Rev. 14:4). In our previous meditation our time was occupied with identifying the one hundred and forty-four thousand followers of the Lamb. ... read more

The Last Journey of Elijah with Elisha
      Reading: 2 Kings 2:1–15. “And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, “Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel.” And Eli ... read more

The Law of Renunciation
      "Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of a bondservant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fash ... read more

The Law of the House (Ezekiel 43:1-12)
       Reading: Ezekiel 43:1-12 At a time when the temple in Jerusalem was in ruins, Ezekiel the prophet was shown a spiritual temple, measured out by a man with a golden measuring rod. The measurements were all exact; the prophet was led in, led through, l ... read more

The Law of the True Manifestation of Christ is the Law of Death and Resurrection Union with Christ
      Reading: John twelve, verses twenty to twenty-six: "And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: the same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. ... read more

The Liberty of Sons
      "Paul, an apostle (not from men, neither through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead)... I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. For neither did ... read more

The Light of Life
      "And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shined with his glory. And the glory of Jehovah came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward ... read more

The Light of the City
      READING: Rev. 21:10-11,18,21; 22:1; Gal. 4:25-26. The word "clear" occurs on more than one occasion in those passages, and synonymous words are there, such as "pure gold," "as transparent glass." These words suggest the idea of light. They are as ... read more

The Link Between Elisha and Elijah
      The second book of Kings has very largely to do with the life and ministry of Elisha, the prophet; and Elisha undoubtedly brings before us the Old Testament illustration and type of the Church living and working in the power of resurrection. We are famili ... read more

The Local Expression of the Church
      Before leaving our consideration of the Church, I feel strongly that I should say a few things of vital importance as to a true local expression of the Church. I know only too well how difficult it is to find or secure any such TRUE expression, but that i ... read more

The Lord Will Never Have Mixture in Our Life or in Our Work For Him
      We are going to read again the fourth chapter of the Gospel by John. (And the reader will benefit from reading this chapter). I want to turn you again, especially to verse twenty-three in that chapter: "The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worship ... read more

The Lord's Attitude To His Children In Adversity (Isaiah 63:9)
       "In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old" (Isa. 63:9). The first clause of that verse is what will occupy ... read more

The Lord's Recovery Movement
       On the whole today, the Lord’s full thought and conception is not the general thing among His people. The testimony of the Lord has largely broken down, and the great multitude called by His name are governed and manipulated and controlled by something ... read more

The Lordship of Christ
       From "The Work of the Ministry" - Volume 3 The Key to Fullness Reading: Acts 2:23-25, 34-36, 41; 3:13-15; 4:8-12; 5:30-32; 9:4-6; 10:36. As we read these passages, we cannot fail to see that one note runs through them all - one triumphant note ... read more

The Lord's Need of a 'Zion' People
      "Let mount Zion be glad, let the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of thy judgments. Walk about Zion, and go round about her; number the towers thereof; mark ye well her bulwarks; consider her palaces: that ye may tell it to the generation following. F ... read more

The Lord's Table and the Companions
      Reading: Exodus 12:1-16, 21-24. Luke 22:1,7,8,14-21. We have been seeing something of what the Lord is seeking in the way of companions of a heavenly calling. We have also been seeing how the Israel of old failed Him in that respect and how, in the tim ... read more

The Lord's Travail
      We continue our consideration of, and meditation concerning, the significance of the Apostle Peter and his ministry. As we have seen, and shall continue to see, he was the one who introduced the new dispensation, and fulfilled in himself the work of the L ... read more

The Lord’s Assembly
       Reading: Exodus 35 This and the following chapters give us a comprehensive representation of Christ as tabernacling among His people; they are a typical setting forth of the body of Christ, the Church; and they are a most valuable disclosure of the s ... read more

The Lord’s Government of the Ear and the Hand
      The Lord is to have supreme control of the ear. We must come on to the ground where the ear is dead to every other controlling voice, every other governing suggestion, and is alive unto God, and unto God alone. It is quite clear that, in some way, the ... read more

The Love of God
      "And he that spake with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length thereof is as great as the breadth; and he measured the city with the reed, twelve ... read more

The Maintaining of the Lord's Testimony on the Earth
      Reading: 1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:9-15 (1st part); Acts 1:1-3; John 11:44. These passages of Scripture, taken from the Old and the New Testaments, are a part of a revelation of the Lord's will as to the maintaining of His own testimony on this eart ... read more

The Making of a Prophet
      Prophetic ministry is something which has not come in with time, but is eternal. It has come out of the eternal counsels. Perhaps you wonder what that means. Well, we remember that, without any explanation or definition, something comes in right at the ... read more

The Man Child
      Reading: Revelation 12:1-12. Sonship in Representative Fullness Here we have, I believe, the whole matter of sonship gathered into representative fullness. This son, this man child, is sonship in representative fullness: that in which all the princi ... read more

The Man in the Glory
      "And 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." Ezek. 1:26. "And behold, six men ca ... read more

The Man Upon the Throne Governs Everything
      Now we return to the prophecies of Ezekiel. You will remember that yesterday morning we began to consider the preparation of the prophet for his ministry, and we spoke about the opened heaven: "the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God." Now thi ... read more

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