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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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Golden Snuffers
       Reading: Exodus 37:17-24. "And he made the lamps thereof, seven, and the snuffers thereof, and the snuff-dishes thereof, of pure gold." We have here the great vessel of light and testimony in the candlestick, which quite clearly is Christ in corp ... read more

Government by the Holy Spirit
       We are considering the deeper and fuller meaning of what came in on the day of Pentecost, the nature and order of an entirely new day in this world's history, that nature and order being essentially spiritual. A new order and character introduced by the ... read more

Graduation from the School of Sonship
      READING: Rom. 8:19,21-23, Heb. 1:2; 2:5-8, 9-11; 3:1,7-8; 12:5-6; Rev. 12:5. In our previous meditation, we were occupied with the School of sonship unto adoption. We are now going to follow that on to the next stage. We were seeing a little of the ... read more

Great Truths and Their Laws
      READ: John 3:1-9. In resuming our meditation in this Gospel, the matter which comes immediately before us for our consideration is GREAT TRUTHS AND THEIR LAWS. Every Divine Truth Is Governed by a Law It is very important that we should always bea ... read more

      To those who have a knowledge of the Bible it is evident that the whole of the Scriptures open up along the four lines that we have indicated; namely that 1. God is a God of order; 2. Satan is the prince of a world under divine judgment, and the nat ... read more

Has it Come From Heaven by the Spirit of God?
      There may by one or two who have joined us this morning who have not been with us on these other mornings this week. For their sake and for the sake of all of us, may I just repeat what it is that is occupying us at this time. We are all aware that during ... read more

      From the latter days of the Apostles till now, the history of Christianity is a history of prisons. This history is not of literal or material prisons, though there have been not a few of these. It is a history of prisons, which are the result of man's lo ... read more

He Must Reign
      "He must reign, till He hath put all His enemies under His feet" (I Corinthians 15:25). In these past messages our eyes have been turned to that Throne that was seen by Ezekiel through the open heaven, with the 'appearance as of a Man upon it above ... read more

Heart-Revelation of ''The Mystery'' (Ephesians 1:9)
       ".......making known unto our; the mystery of His will....'' (Eph. 1:9) '' that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery of Christ... to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God." ... read more

Heart-Revelation of "the Mystery"
      "...making known unto us the mystery of his will..." (Eph. 1:9). " that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery... my understanding in the mystery of Christ... to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages ... read more

Heavenly Features in the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Church
      Rev. 21:9-11. In this passage we see the Apostle was carried away in the Spirit into a mountain great and high, and shown the New Jerusalem "coming down out of heaven...." Rev. 3:12. "I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the cit ... read more

Hindrances to Fullness of Life
       While it is true that every spiritual blessing is a gift of grace and not something to be merited, it is equally true that no blessing is entered into without a real challenge, demanding a genuine and honest proof that we mean business with God. The his ... read more

His Excellent Greatness
      Reading: 1 Kings 4:1,7,20–34, 10:1–9; Matt. 12:42. Some of the passages which have provided the background for our meditations have referred very definitely and precisely to the excellence and exceeding greatness of the Lord Jesus. One basic passage of ... read more

His Fullness Is Linked to the Church
      Next to the revelation of Christ personally in His greatness, the revelation of the Church is bound up with our practical progress toward fullness. Paul has a far greater fullness in his writings than any other Apostle, and this is mainly due to the speci ... read more

His Place - By the Love of the Father
      Having, in our last meditation, covered the ground of the greatness of Christ in the Scriptures as the meaning of all things, the idea and nature of all things, and the final test of all things, we now go on to consider 2. His Place - By the Love of th ... read more

His Uniqueness
      "So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam... a life-giving spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven" (1 Cor. 15:45,47). "Wherefore we henceforth know no man after the flesh: even ... read more

Horizoned by Christ
      "...this is he which is ordained of God to be the Judge of the quick and dead" (Acts 10:42). ("...he is the one who has been designated by God as Judge of the living and the dead" N.E.B.) "...he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the ... read more

Horizoned by Glory
      Having defined and explained what glory is, it becomes necessary and imperative to take notice of how serious and solemn the glory is. God is "the God of Glory"; therefore, to meet the glory, or to be where the glory is, is a very serious matter. It ... read more

Horizoned by Purpose
      The consideration upon which we now enter follows immediately upon the former one, or runs parallel to it, namely 'Horizoned by Christ'. When we speak of purpose being the horizon of all things, there is no contradiction of the other. We are not chan ... read more

Horizoned by Resurrection
      Romans 1:4 (1 Corinthians 15:1,12-22,45; 2 Corinthians 5:14-18). "Declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead." The word 'declared' or 'designated' there is the verb horizo, i.e., "horizoned the Son by resurrect ... read more

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 "dead works". For, what the writer (of the Epistle to the Hebrews) said was nec ... read more

How to See the Glory of God
      Reading: John 11. Out of that chapter we will just pinpoint two verses: "But when Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby" (verse 4); "Jesus saith unto he ... read more

Human and Religious Blindness, and Heavenly Sight
      (12) Human and Religious Blindness, and Heavenly Sight Reading: John 8:12-9:41 It is a pity that these chapters are divided, because in chapter nine Jesus is showing the truth of what He has been saying in chapter eight in a very practical way. I ... read more

In His Letter to the Colossians
      As we come to this letter to the Colossians, by way of laying a foundation we will read some verses from the matchless first chapter. "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be fil ... read more

In His Letter to the Corinthians
      We now pass to the letters to the Corinthians, and, again following our method, we seek to find that which will sum up all that these letters contain. After all the details, all that goes to make up these letters - and it is quite a lot - we ask: 'What d ... read more

In His Letter to the Ephesians
      "...the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation..." (Eph. 1:13). "...the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, whereof I was made a minister..." (3:6 ... read more

In His Letter to the Ephesians
      "...the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation..." (Eph. 1:13). "...the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, whereof I was made a minister..." (3:6 ... read more

In His Letter to the Galatians
      We now pass into the letter to the Galatians, where we actually have the phrase which is basic to this consideration - "the gospel which I preach". The phrase is found in the second chapter and the second verse, and in another form in chapter one, verse ... read more

In His Letter to the Philippians
      Continuing our enquiry into what the Apostle meant by his words "the gospel which I preach", we take in our hands the little letter written by Paul to the Philippians. Although this was one of the last writings of the Apostle - it was written from his i ... read more

In His Letter to the Romans
      "...the gospel which I preach..." (Gal. 2:2). "Now I made known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you..." (1 Cor. 15:1). "For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after ... read more

In His Letter to the Thessalonians
      "...our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance (1 Thess. 1:5). "...having suffered before, and been shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we waxed bold in our God to speak unto ... read more

In His Letters to Timothy
      "...the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" (1 Tim. 1:11). "Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but suffer hardship with the gospel according to the power of God..." (2 ... read more

In Relation to His Knowledge
      "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2:16-17). ... read more

In Relation to His Power
      "Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God ... read more

In Relation to His Resurrection-Ascension
      "Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God" (John 20:17). "For the death that he died, he died unto sin onc ... read more

In Relation to Spiritual Sight
      Reading: Mark 10:46-52. THE WHOLE RACE IN ADAM BORN BLIND What is in view here is the question of sight. In our earlier meditations we were occupied with the matter of seeing the face of God. In different ways we have sought to show that, in Adam's ... read more

In Relation to the Race as God Intends it to be
      "And the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David: Is it a small ... read more

In Relation to the Race as it is
      "And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever - therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to ... read more

In the Gospel by John
      Lord, every day brings its fresh need. We feel that as we proceed in this thing together, our need becomes still greater. A little while and this time will be closed; therefore, it becomes so necessary that Thou dost work hard to get that which is in Thy ... read more

In the Gospel by Luke
      We do have very much for which to praise Thee, Lord, and our sense of continued need does not take from our thanksgiving. We do have to testify that Thou has been very merciful and very faithful with us. Having received the help which comes from God, we c ... read more

In the Gospel by Mark
      Lord, Thou art the only Heavenly Teacher; none teacheth, Lord, like Thee. We cannot teach unless Thou teach us. We are here this morning as Thy disciples, those who are to be taught by Thee, take Thy Word and open it to us. Open our ears to hear, give us ... read more

In the Gospel by Matthew
      Now, Lord, we pray that as we are gathered together in body, Thou wouldest gather us together in Spirit. If our minds are not gathered together, draw them now to Thyself. Lord Jesus, Thou art the center of our lives, help us to forget everything but Thyse ... read more

In the Letter to the Ephesians
      It is not our intention to enter upon a general exposition of this Letter. Our present concern is with some of the questions which it raises in the light of history, and that history at, and from, the time when the Letter was written. Firstly, there wa ... read more

In the Letter to the Galatians
      Familiarity with this part of the New Testament, as it does with so many things, has resulted in the loss of the tremendous impact which it had when first written, read, and circulated. In its nature, its purpose, and its necessity there is nothing in the ... read more

In the Letter to the Romans
      Our hearts are very much out to Thee, oh Lord, concerning this hour. Thou hast been very gracious to us during these days. We can see that having received the help which comes from God, we continue until now. Our confidence is that having helped, Thou wou ... read more

In the Letters to the Corinthians
      We have, in these messages, been seeing that each part (book) of the New Testament has a particular aspect of Christ to present for the Church in this dispensation. The writer in his apprehension of Christ has this burden and urge, and when we have read a ... read more

In the Letters to the Corinthians (continued)
      We have seen that, in the Letters to the Corinthians, the Christians are spiritually in the position corresponding to that of Israel in the wilderness. That means that we have to see how Christ is applied to that situation. Every part of the New Testament ... read more

In the Train of His Triumph (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

Intelligence And Diversity In Unity And Unity In Diversity
      “That no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). A. Intelligence The next of the vital factors in our spiritual warfare that we are to consider is the matter of Intelligence. The above ... read more

Is Christianity a Legal System on the Earth, or is it a Spiritual Movement From Heaven?
      We are asking the Lord to help us in these mornings to consider some of the most vital matters of our Christian life. In our New Testament we have a number of documents. But amongst those documents, there is one which stands related to perhaps the most vi ... read more

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