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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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Faith In Relation To Life
      Reading: Romans 4:16-25. We are being led to see the relationship of faith to three things. Firstly, faith in relationship to enlargement. We have taken note that God's thought revealed for His people is enlargement unto His own fulness. "All the ... read more

Faith Operating in a Dark Day (Jeremiah 32:17)
       Our motto for 1970 circles round the declaration of Jeremiah in chapter 32, verse 17 of his prophecies: "Ah, Lord Jehovah... there is nothing too hard (wonderful) for thee." This declaration was made in circumstances of extreme difficulty. Recall that s ... read more

Faith Unto Enlargement Through Adversity
      Reading: Psalm 118. "Oh give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His lovingkindness endureth for ever. Let Israel now say, That His lovingkindness endureth for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, That His lovingkindness endureth for ever. Let ... read more

Faith's Persistence. A Factor in the Making of a Servant
      Reading: 1 Kings 18:41-44. In this small fragment we have crowded two of the major things in the spiritual life and experience of the people of God. One is the fact of the seemingly slow and hidden ways of God; the other is the demand for faith to be f ... read more

Features of Spirituality
      We have seen that, in the Old Testament dispensation, the tribe of Levi occupied a distinctive spiritual place. They were different; they were marked off by certain very important spiritual features and factors. In our last study we were seeking to show w ... read more

Features of the Overcomer (continued)
      We follow on where we broke off the last meditation, and complete what was not completed then. From Genesis 22 (Mt. Moriah) Jerusalem does not come into view again until the book of Judges is reached. Immediately after the death of Joshua, Judah and Si ... read more

Fellowship Between Christ and His Church in Testimony
      Reading: John 17 Keeping this chapter well before us, let us turn to two other passages: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; he who was manifested in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached among the nat ... read more

Foundation Truths (1 Thess. 1:9:10)
       "Ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10. Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians has been divided into five short chapters ... read more

From Bondage to Freedom
      Reading: John 8:12-51. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (verse 32). "If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (verse 36). These verses speak to us of freedom by knowledge of the truth. You ... read more

From the Individual to the Corporate
      READING: John 10. At this point in the Gospel of John we find ourselves in the presence of a distinct transition. Up to this point, everything has been individual; a long series of individuals or individual cases have been in view. At this point a chan ... read more

From the Wilderness to the Land
      From A Witness and A Testimony magazines, 1943-1945 T. Austin-Sparks was born in London, England in 1888 and was educated in both England and Scotland. At the age of 25 he was ordained as a pastor, however, a few years later his "career" took a decided ... read more

Functional Union
      "For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office: so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another" (Rom. 12:4,5). "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all th ... read more

Gather My Saints Together
      “Gather my saints together unto me, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice” Psalm 50:5. “Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him...” 2 Thess. 2:1. "Not forsaking ou ... read more

      Judges 6 In one of his concise and terse messages, speaking of leaders and followers, Dr A.W. Tozer said: “When our Lord called us all sheep, He told us that we should be followers; and when Peter called some shepherds, he indicated that there shoul ... read more

Glory Only in the Newness of Resurrection Life
      Reading: John 11 We turn again to this eleventh chapter of the Gospel by John, and I would remind you that this chapter represents the culmination of the life, teaching and works of the Lord Jesus during the days of His flesh. This is quite evident, fo ... read more

God Has Shown Us the Pattern: He Has Shown Us That Pattern Who Is Christ In Perfection
      As this is the last of these series of special morning meetings, I think that it would be most helpful if, at the beginning, I were just to go right back and remind you of the ground which we have been covering. We commenced with saying that Christianity ... read more

God has something to say
      God has something to say right into our hearts by bringing His Son here into this world from infancy onward and having that life here in a world like this for thirty-three years. He is working out something, is doing something, and He is doing that in the ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 1
      Chapter 1 - 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 ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 2
      Chapter 2 - The All-Inclusive Object So far we have been mainly negative in our approach to the "Letter to the Hebrews," albeit seriously so, and we shall find it necessary as we go on to constantly strike the note of what God's mind concerning Hi ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 3
      Chapter 3 - The Transcendent Thought of Sonship Having, in our consideration of the message of the "Letter to the Hebrews," identified the all-inclusive object as the fullness of Christ, we proceed to crystallize that object, or see that it is her ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 4
      Chapter 4 - How Life is Maintained - The Principle of the New Covenant In our last chapter we laid special emphasis upon the necessity for everything to be preserved in life, as against even Christianity becoming resolved into another system of "d ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 5
      Chapter 5 - "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 ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 6
      Chapter 6 - "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 ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 7
      Chapter 7 - The Approaching Great Shaking As the writer of this letter (to the "Hebrews") approaches its conclusion; after repeatedly giving great and terrible warnings as to the peril of failure to apprehend the full purpose and meaning of God in ... read more

God Hath Spoken - Part 8
      Chapter 8 - The Reiterated Appeal Very early in this letter to the Hebrews the writer, having made a many-sided and very great comparison and contrast between the greatest persons and things of the old dispensation and Jesus the Son of God, launch ... read more

God Needs Gideons
      "And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might... have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I...? And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee." Judges 6:14-16 Gideon lived at a time when so much ... read more

God's Call to the Life Above (Psalm 125:1-2)
       "They that trust in the Lord Are as mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, So the Lord is round about his people, From this time forth and for evermore." Psalm 125:1-2 Psalms 120 to 13 ... read more

God's End and God's Way
       "Having made known unto us the mystery of His will... to sum up all things in Christ... according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His will... He put all things in subjection under His (Christ's) feet, and gave Him to be ... read more

God's Eternal Thought of Sonship
      Ultimately it is sonship which represents and embodies all God's thought. So the one thing that is constantly reiterated about Solomon is sonship. ''Solomon thy son shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his ... read more

God's Mind About the Church
       In the Divine scheme of things it is the Church which has the ultimate effect in the spiritual realm. I mean that individual Christians, though they may be born again, as individuals will not get very far in touching the outermost realm of spiritual for ... read more

God's New Israel - Part 1
       Part 1 - What Seest Thou? "What Seest Thou?" "The word of the Lord came unto me, saying ... What seest thou?... The word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou?" Jeremiah 1:11,13. "Then said the Lord unto me" Jer ... read more

God's New Israel - Part 2
       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 s ... read more

God's New Israel - Part 3
       Part 3 - 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, an ... read more

God's New Israel - Part 4
      At the commencement of these messages we made one statement which was to cover all that follows. That declaration was that the New Testament is built upon the ground of the Old Testament; that is, that what God was doing in a temporal and earthly way then ... read more

God's New Israel - Part 5
      “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

God's Present Purpose
       It would be helpful for us to be reminded of the special nature of this dispensation, which embraces the period from the ascension of the Lord Jesus to His coming again; and it is well for us to be reminded (since it is a tragedy that the Lord’s people ... read more

God's Thought-Intention Concerning Manhood
       "Ye must be born anew (from above)" (John 3:3). "…till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). "Ye have put of ... read more

God's Answer to Every Challenge
      As a matter of both interest and further instruction, we could follow our recent course and bring under consideration other typical characters to show what resurrection means in the totality of human categories. But we did not set out to study human life ... read more

God's Beloved
      "...but God, being rich in mercy, for HIS GREAT LOVE wherewith he loved us..." In our previous meditation, we were seeking to point out that, although this whole vast universe has behind it a mind, a reason, a design, a plan, a will, a fiat, yet back ... read more

God's End is Always Present in His Beginnings
      The principles that we were considering this morning are the key to the Book of Ezekiel in a special way. We begin this evening by indicating one of those principles in another way - God's end is always implicit in all His beginnings. Thus, we have Genes ... read more

God's Everlasting, Unchanging Love
      We have been moving round a center and viewing it from different angles, in different relationships. The center is given to us in Eph. 2:4 - "His great love wherewith he loved us." GOD'S GREAT DECLARATION We are now coming to look at one of the m ... read more

God's Full Intention Governs Everything That He Does
      We are going to occupy the first part of this morning with preparation for what we are going to consider later, and I want to speak now about some principles of Biblical interpretation. It is very important for us to be able to know how the Bible is to be ... read more

God's New Israel
      At the commencement of these messages we made one statement which was to cover all that follows. That declaration was that the New Testament is built upon the ground of the Old Testament; that is, that what God was doing in a temporal and earthly way then ... read more

God's Standard
      Reading: Revelation 1:1-18. “…He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness in THE MAN WHOM HE HATH ORDAINED; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31, marg. ... read more

God's Standard of Judgment
      Reading: Revelation 2:3 Seven is the governing number of this whole book of the Revelation. We have the seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven angels, seven spirits of God, and so on. We know that seven is the number which spea ... read more

God's Ways Are Different From Our Ways
      Well, I can only repeat the words of my wife by saying, how glad I am to be with you again! The very precious times that we had together on my last two visits have remained fresh as a very joyous remembrance. But I want to thank you, dear friends, for the ... read more

God’s Answer to a State of Declension
       We have observed that, when the Divine thought as represented by the temple and Jerusalem was forsaken and lost and the glory had departed, Ezekiel was given and caused to write the vision of a new heavenly house, a house in every detail measured and de ... read more

God’s Higher Order of Man (1 Corinthians 15:45-49)
      I think there are a lot of Christian people who have the idea that what God is seeking to do through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus in atonement for sin - in the salvation and recovery of man from his lost state - is to get him back to the place wh ... read more

God’s Means of Achieving His Purpose
       By what means does God reach His end in His people? What is God’s means of achieving His purpose? It is by the Spirit of sonship through the Cross. There is no hope of reaching God’s end, or of even taking the first step in that direction, without th ... read more

God’s Rights in His House
      God’s rights concerning His house have always been challenged. God had created this earth as a place where His rights would be recognized. That is why He gave man certain commandments. He gave them to man to bring him to the place where he would respect G ... read more

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