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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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Why the Prophet's Message is not Apprehended
      Reading: Acts 13:27, 15; II Corinthians 3:14-18; Isaiah 53:1. The prophets were read, as Paul points out here, every Sabbath. It was the fixed custom to read the law and the prophets every Sabbath, and it may be pointed out that it was not just at one ... read more

Wings (Deuteronomy 32:11,12)
       ''As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, So the Lord alone led him '' (Deut. 32:11,12) The Lord' s mind for His people is that they shall have wings, wings that c ... read more

Within Christianity There is Great Mixture
      We are coming back to Matthew's Gospel, and this evening we are going to be occupied with Matthew 13:31 and 32, "Another parable set He forth before them, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in ... read more

World Domination or Dominion?
      In the course of our lifetime we have beheld a new phenomenon, or the return of an old one. It is the meteoric rise of dictators. We say truly when we say that this has been phenomenal. In a few short months, from nowhere and nothing, from ostracism, r ... read more

Zion: the Embodiment of the Spiritual Values of Jesus Christ
      Lord, we are subjects of Thy pity, of Thy compassion; and this morning we do not even know what to ask of Thee, for we perhaps do not really know our truest need. We think we know sometimes. There are things which are very real to us as needs; but, Lord, ... read more

"A Candlestick all of Gold"
      We are going to look at the fourth chapter of Zechariah, which features in a remarkable way conditions and Divine aims in the ‘end times’. There are striking similarities in it, as we shall see, to certain things mentioned in the first chapters of the Rev ... read more

"A Candlestick All of Gold" Its Character and Form
      Reading: Rev. 1:12-20. In our previous meditation, we said that there are three things about the candlestick. One is its function, another its character and a third its form. We have already considered its function. Let us proceed to say a little about ... read more

"A Candlestick All of Gold" Its Function
      Reading: Ex. 25:31-40; 37:17; Zech. 4:1-7. "And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold." (Ex. 25:31). It is the latter part of the sentence that is the more important - "a candlestick of pure gold," but there is something very significant and i ... read more

"A Candlestick All of Gold" Its Testimony
      Reading: Ex. 25:31-40; Zech. 4:1-7. Let us here say a word quite briefly as to the two places in which this candlestick is presented. In Exodus we have the beginning of things; the Lord is setting up His testimony originally, bringing it in for the fir ... read more

"A Candlestick All of Gold" The Church as the Vessel of the Testimony
      In our previous meditation, we were occupied with the ultimate meaning and nature of that testimony which in God's thought is primary, and fundamental, but, so far as the Church is concerned, is that toward which the Lord is working - namely, the fulness ... read more

"A Sign"
      Having laid the foundation upon which to build, we proceed with the superstructure. We have noted that the Holy Spirit is committed to make real, in history, in an elect people, and in individual Christians, the meaning of the Man in the Throne (Ezek. 1:2 ... read more

"A Sword Shall Pierce Through Thy Own Soul"
      Will you please turn to the Gospel by Luke, chapter two, verse twenty-five: "And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon." And verse thirty-five, "Yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts ... read more

"A Vessel... Meet for the Master's Use"
      "These were the potters... there they dwelt with the king for his work" (1 Chronicles 4:23). "But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand" (Isaiah 64:8). "The word which came t ... read more

"A Wall Great and High"
      "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and shewed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were a jasper stone, clear as cry ... read more

"A Watchman"
      It is not too strong a thing to say that, in human life, everything hangs on a sense of purpose. Lose that, and we lose all motive and incentive in living and working. A distinguished psychologist and psychiatrist has said that about a third of his cas ... read more

"According to Christ"
      In concluding this brief series of editorials, for the time being, we are going to sum up this matter of the Church and the churches by looking more seriously at the great crisis or turning point which we have in the New Testament. From what we can dis ... read more

"Another Vessel"
      "Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought his work on the wheels. And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it" (Jerem ... read more

"As It Was in the Beginning..."
      There are probably few fragments of liturgy more subject to repetition than that from which the above first part is taken. At the same time, it may be an example of the ignorance and meaninglessness with which many phrases are constantly used in Christian ... read more

"As It Was in the Beginning..." (continued)
      We have seen that the “beginning” relates to the earliest part of New Testament times, not even to the latest parts of the New Testament. The latest writings are characterized by correctives, recalls and appeals for recovery, showing that all too soon in ... read more

"Behold My Servant"
      "Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. A bruised reed will he ... read more

"Behold... A Man": Everything is Measured, According to This Man
      Now the prophecies of Ezekiel, which begin with chapter forty. As you read the following six chapters, beginning with chapter forty, you notice that this chapter and this section begins with a new date. When the Prophet Ezekiel gives us a date, it usually ... read more

"Called According to His Purpose"
      "But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand" (Isaiah 64:8). "Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. B ... read more

"Clear as Crystal"
      "...and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius" (Revelation 4:3). "Having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were jasper stone, clear as crystal... And the building of the wall thereof was ... read more

"For the Sake of His Name"
      We are going to return to the parables of the Kingdom for a little while this evening. The Gospel by Matthew, chapter thirteen, verse forty-four, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his j ... read more

"Full of Grace and Truth"
      READ: John 2:1-11; 1:14,16,17. "Manifested his glory," "(and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." Following very closely upon our meditation in chapter 1, we proceed to a further emphasis u ... read more

"Have You Understood All These Things?"
      We will read again the Gospel by Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses one through three: "The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a ship, and sat; and t ... read more

"He Loved Them Unto the Uttermost"
      We will read a few verses from the Gospel by John, chapter thirteen, verses one to twenty. You have had it announced that tomorrow night there will be a love feast, but I want to say that the true love feast is tonight. We all believe that the Lord's Tab ... read more

"He Wrought His Work on the Wheels"
      "The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought his work on the wheels" (Jeremiah 18:1-3). ... read more

"I Will Not Offer Unto the Lord That Which Cost Me Nothing"
      Read: I Chronicles 21:1,7-30. I think that you will probably all know that this threshing floor of Ornan became the site of the great temple. It was the place where the great temple built by Solomon was constructed. And this setting up of the altar the ... read more

"In the Likeness of His Death"
      It has often been pointed out that the death of Christ had, and has, a twofold aspect. Firstly, there is the substitutionary, which is unique, isolated, and conclusive. Nothing can be added to that, nor can it be shared in its vicarious and redeeming effi ... read more

"In the Likeness of His Resurrection"
      "That in my dying flesh the life whereby Jesus conquered death might show forth its power" (2 Cor. 4:11 - Conybeare). Let it be immediately understood that, while resurrection as a whole may be here mentioned and ranged, it is not the future resurrec ... read more

"Jesus Christ... Both Their Lord and Ours"
      Dear friends, it is not my intention to keep you very long. Indeed, I think I shall not say much to you this evening, but there is one thing I must say. How very grateful I am for the opportunity that this love feast has given me. It has given me the oppo ... read more

"Lovest Thou Me?"
      Reading: John 21:15-23 We are now nearing the end of our contemplation of "His great love," and we shall conclude with a word on the way of love. It is still through the Apostle John that the message is coming to us. His writings are the last of the ... read more

"Neither... Nor... But..."
      "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father... But ... read more

"Not by Might, Not by an Army, Not by Power, But by My Spirit, Saith the Lord of Hosts"
      Read: Zechariah 4 That whole chapter centers in one verse, and that is verse six. "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, "This is the Word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of ho ... read more

"Over All - Faith," and a Final Consideration
      READING: Eze. 43:1-2,4-5,7; Eph. 1:12, 3:21; 5:25-27; Col. 1:27; 1 Pet. 4:14; Heb. 10:37-39; 11:1. In these meditations, we have been looking at some of the major features of God's spiritual house in which we who are the Lord's are living stones. We ... read more

"Some Better Thing"
      In our last chapter we came to the matter of "completeness" as the governing object of the faith of all those mentioned in Hebrews 11. "Apart from us they should not be made perfect (complete)." Now we take that up in relation to the clause which prec ... read more

"That the World may Believe"
      We have said that Christianity as it now is has set up an entirely false basis — an impossible basis — of Christian unity, and divisions among Christians are viewed and judged from a standpoint which is utterly wrong. That standpoint is the one that views ... read more

"That They May Be In Us"
      Will you please open your Bible to the New Testament. Firstly, in the Gospel by John, chapter seventeen and verse twenty-one. You know that this chapter contains the prayer of the Lord Jesus just before going to the Cross. In that prayer we have those wor ... read more

"The Lord is There"
      Now this morning we have to bring these studies in Ezekiel to a close, and I think we cannot do better than come right to the end of the book itself. The last clause of this book reads like this: "And the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord ... read more

"The Lord is There"
      When we speak of anything being a criterion, we mean just what the dictionary gives as the definition, i.e., 'the principle taken as the standard of judging'; 'any established law or principle by which propositions or opinions are compared, in order to ... read more

"The Most Important Thing is Spiritual Understanding"
      We are going to read the Word of God in the Gospel by Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses one to seventeen: "The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a s ... read more

"The Spirit Himself"
      "The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirits" (Rom 8:16). We have said many things about man's spirit, but, when we have said all that can be said, we really get nowhere until we give the full place to the Holy Spirit. The most perfectly ar ... read more

"Them That Have Faith." "Now Faith..."
      You will have read many books and heard many addresses on the classic Hebrews eleven: "The heroes of faith"; "The Roll-call of the Faithful"; and it is doubtful whether this chapter has ever been dealt with, in whole or in parts, without examples of a ... read more

"This Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom
      As this is the last meeting of these series this week, it will be necessary for us to do a little reviewing of what has been said. Not very much, but just enough to be able to go on from where we left off last night. But before we come to that I want to t ... read more

"This One Thing I Do"
      We are going to read some Scriptures in the Word of God: "And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a ... read more

"To Be Conformed to the Image of His Son"
      "And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it" (Jeremiah 18:4). We are going to consider the next movement into God's Mind as represented ... read more

"To Whom is the Arm of the Lord Revealed?" The Cross
      Most of us, as the Lord’s people, would probably agree that there is at the present day a very great need for the Lord to show His power. That might be a personal confession: we would each say, individually, ‘There is a great need for the Lord to do somet ... read more

"We... Beholding... The Lord Are Changed Into the Same Image"
      "And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it" (Jeremiah 18:4). (So we are occupied at this time with the second vessel being made by the P ... read more

"Who Shall Ascend?"
      “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?” (Ps. 24:3). “And I 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 Fathe ... read more

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