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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 Anointing: Light Within Our Dwellings (1 John 2:27)
       When will the Lord's people, who have the Scriptures and who know the Scriptures so well in the letter, when will they come to realize and to recognize that if truly they have been crucified with Christ, if they have died in His death and have been rais ... read more

The Answer To Disillusionment
      "While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them" (or: "was hidden from them"). "But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they believed ... read more

The Apocalyptic Method - A Challenge to Christian
      "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John" (Rev. 1:1). Yes, we are in the Book of the Revelation, the mo ... read more

The Apostle Paul
      "Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ”(1 Cor. 11:1). When a man says such a thing as this he assumes a very heavy responsibility. He involves Christ in his conduct, and for anyone to take his advice and then go wrong, would mean that Chr ... read more

The Appeal of God's Full Thought
      Reading: 1 Cor. 1:1-10. Two things remain to be said about this introductory section to this letter. One is that it represents the position of the Lord’s people in Christ. Quite clearly all that is said there does not directly apply, so far as conditio ... read more

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 Christ, he gathers all up into a prophetic fo ... read more

The Ark of Glory
      Reading: 1 Samuel 4:10-11, 17-22. "And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the adversary's hand" (Psalm 78:61). We have been occupied with the greatness and glory of Jesus Christ as represented in the ark of the testimony. A ... read more

The Ark of the Testimony
      "Who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 1:2). "I John, your brother and partaker with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patience which are in Jesus, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the w ... read more

The Authority is Invested in the Man on the Throne
      As you know, this first section in chapters one through three deals with the preparation of the Lord's servant for his ministry. So far we have considered firstly the prophet in himself and then the opened heaven, and then we have gone on with the vision ... read more

The Basis Of Oneness
      Now, seeing that it is set forth as being so, that we are together, we want to see something more of the ground of this oneness. I think perhaps we could be helped most by reminding ourselves of the 23rd chapter of Leviticus, the chapter which contains th ... read more

The Battleground of the Soul (Matthew 16:13-25)
       Reading: Matt. 16:13-25; Luke 22:31-34. "Blessed art thou, Simon... My Father (hath revealed it unto thee)" (Matt. 16:17). "He... said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan" (Matt. 16:23). "Simon... Satan asked to have you... but I made supplic ... read more

The Beginning of a New Humanity
      Referring back to our original definition and reminding ourselves that the word 'horizon' is the English form of the Greek word horizo, and that it is applied to Christ twice in the book of the 'Acts' (10:42, 17:31), its definite meaning being: 'to m ... read more

The Belovedness of Christ
       Reading: Exodus 32:1-6, 15-29; Malachi 2:4-6; 3:1-3; Numbers 4:1-3; Luke 3:23. The matter of the priestly service or ministry of the people of God, the service of God in terms of priestliness, is one which has been on my heart for a considerable tim ... read more

The Belovedness of Christ
      Reading: Exodus 32:1-6,15-29; Malachi 2:4-6; 3:1-3; Numbers 4:1-3; Luke 3:23. The matter of the priestly service or ministry of the people of God, the service of God in terms of priestliness, is one which has been on my heart for a considerable time no ... read more

The Blessedness of the Unoffended
      To read a very familiar portion of the Word, from the second chapter of the book of the Kings, the second book of the Kings, the second chapter: "And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with El ... read more

The Blue of Heaven
      I would ask you to turn to God's picture book, the Old Testament, in two places: "And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue" (Exodus 28:31). "Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of ... read more

The Body of Christ: Its Heavenly Aspect
       We are going, as the Lord enables us, to meditate afresh on the Body of Christ. We know, when we want to have the larger unfoldings of this "Mystery" where to turn; we instinctively turn to the Ephesian letter. In this letter we note, first of all, the ... read more

The Bride
      “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2). “Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, an ... read more

The Bringing in of a Man
      "The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam a life-giving spirit" (1 Cor.15:45). A Lost Impact We are going to be occupied with the meaning of Christ. Before we come immediately into touch with that matter, there are a few preliminary ... read more

The Burden of the Valley of Vision (Isaiah 22:1)
       Reading: Isaiah 22:1 The word ''burden'' here just does mean a load or weight, as much as a man can carry. Thus the Prophets felt what the Lord had shown them to be something that weighed heavily upon them and often overwhelmed them. The prophetic ... read more

The Burning Fire of the Spirit - Part 1
      Will you read with me from the first chapter of the book of the Revelation. Book of the Revelation, chapter 1. Read the first clause and then pass to verse 4: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ... John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you, ... read more

The Burning Fire of the Spirit - Part 3
       This evening, leaving aside very much that might have been said as right out of the first chapters of the book of the Revelation, I'm going to confine myself to a word on the first clause of the book, "the Revelation of Jesus Christ". The Revelation ... read more

The Burning Fire of the Spirit - Part 2
      We come back again to the book of the Revelation. Chapter 4, second half of verse 5: "There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne which are the seven Spirits of God." Chapter 1 at verse 4: "Grace to you and peace, from Him which is, and wh ... read more

The Capture of Jericho
      We come to the sixth chapter of the Book of Joshua. This chapter contains the story of the capture of the city of Jericho, and is one more chapter in the story of the greatness and glory of the Lord Jesus as represented by the ark of the covenant. You wil ... read more

The Cause And Ground Of Blindness
      But if the ministration of death, written, and engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which glory was passing away: how shall not rather the ministrat ... read more

The Centrality And Supremacy Of Christ (Galatians 1:15,16)
       “It pleased God… to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him” (Gal.1:15,16) 1. Everything Tested by Inwardness Since Paul’s day so very much of Christian activity has been the furthering of a movement, the propagating of a teaching, and the f ... read more

The Centrality and Supremacy of Christ as "Head of All Principality and Power"
      Reading:Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13; 2:10,15. In a previous meditation it was Christ's centrality and supremacy in the light of the individual which occupied us; then it was His centrality and supremacy in the Church, which ... read more

The Centrality and Supremacy of Christ to the Church Which is His Body
      Reading: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21; Colossians 1:18. The second realm of the centrality and supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ is that of the Body, the Church. First of all let us take note of exactly what is said in this verse. "He is the head of the body ... read more

The Centrality and Supremacy of Christ to the Individual Believer
      Reading: Hebrews 1:1-14. We now go on to the second of the aspects of "Christ in you" and come to the familiar words of Gal. 2:20. "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me: and that life which I no ... read more

The Centrality and Supremacy of Christ to the Individual Believer
      Reading: Hebrews 1:1-14. We now go on to the second of the aspects of "Christ in you" and come to the familiar words of Gal. 2:20. "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me: and that life which I no ... read more

The Centrality and Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ
      Reading: Colossians 1:9-29. The clause in the thirteenth verse very largely represents what has been laid on my heart for this time: "The Son of his love"; then that which follows, the position which He occupies according to the will of the Father - ... read more

The Challenge of Love
      "...His great love, wherewith he loved us" (Eph. 2:4). "The love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us" (Rom. 5:5). "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another... We love, ... read more

The Challenge to and Exposure of the Jewish Rulers
      These chapters, read as narrative, might be thought to be historical in the sense of giving an account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, but there is that which is much more and much deeper than that. Indeed, the true meaning and value is not the his ... read more

The Change Made by Resurrection
      Reading: Mark 16:9; John 20:1,11-18; 1 Cor. 15:3-8. The forty days after the Resurrection established a new spiritual régime. The end of the phase of Christ's earthly life has - from some standpoints and in some ways - to have "Failure" written over ... read more

The Changed Position of the Companions
      As a subject, we have pointed out that this is a key to the whole of this Letter to the Hebrews, which is an appeal for companions of Christ, and for companions of a heavenly calling. We have also said that this Letter is a summary of the whole of the New ... read more

The Character of Jesus Christ
      "I turned to see the voice which spake with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the midst of the lampstands one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, girt about at the breasts with a golden girdle. An ... read more

The Character of the Gospel
      "...THE GOSPEL OF THE GLORY OF THE BLESSED GOD, which was committed to my trust" (1 Tim. 1:11). "In whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION, - in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit ... read more

The Character of the Lord's Vessel of Recovery
      Reading: Isaiah 58:6-14. We come now to the second thing, the vessel of recovery; for it is the recovery of the full and complete testimony according to God's mind which is represented by the work of Nehemiah, especially the recovery of the testimony ... read more

The Chief Occupation of a Disciple
      In this initial chapter we shall be laying the foundation for what is to follow. Later we shall be breaking up the whole ground that we shall be covering now, and we shall get to the real application of the Lord's Word, but this chapter will be of a gene ... read more

The Church - Its Nature, Principles and Vocation
      Next to the Person of Jesus Christ the Church has been, and continues to be, the great battleground of history. So much so is this the case that an ever-increasing number of books, journals, periodicals, 'Councils', 'Convocations', discourses, etc., a ... read more

The Church - The Anointed Vessel
      In the Scriptures there are many ways in which the Holy Spirit's work is spoken of. There is the 'receiving'; the 'filling'; the 'baptizing'; the 'enduing'; the 'gifting'. It is not our purpose to consider the meaning of this variety of express ... read more

The Church - Transition from the Natural to the Spiritual
      After having read this chapter of John, we should immediately add Hebrews 13:20: "Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, even our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every ... read more

The Church According to God's Thought
      Our hearts have been directed anew to the relationship between the Cross, the Church, and the spiritual conflict, and what we are seeing in the first place is that, in the purpose of God, the Cross is intended to lead directly and immediately to the Churc ... read more

The Church According to God's Thought (continued)
      Well then, if the Church is the Divine outcome of the Cross, it must define the nature and meaning of the Cross. What does the Cross do? What is the function of the Cross? We have viewed that in three directions in our previous meditation - God-ward, man- ... read more

The Church According to God's Thought (continued) II
      The Cross Removes the Curse of Babel May I just say a word or two more before we close? The Cross removes the curse of Babel. What is Babel, or Babylon, which is the full-grown Babel? Well, first of all, it is that principle of man's saving power as r ... read more

The Church and the World
      In our quest for the secrets of the power in the church “As it was in the beginning” — that is, in the years immediately subsequent to the great Pentecost — it is inevitable that we come to its relationship to the world. This inevitability is forced upon ... read more

The Church as a Functioning Body
      Reading: John 4:20-24; Matt. 4:8-10; 2 Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:4,8,15; 19:20; 20:4,5; Eph. 3:21. We shall be considering certain features of the church as a functioning Body, and the first of these, and the all-inclusive one, is worship. When we come to ... read more

The Church in the Spiritual Realm
      Although we have said a great deal about spirituality, and that as to the new man and our spirit, I have not failed to recognise that all this is perfectly meaningless unless we know the Holy Spirit Himself. I trust that no one will have the impression th ... read more

The Church is Essentially Supernatural
      When our Lord made the great pronouncement about His Church: "...I will build my Church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it", He intimated three things. One, that He would build a definite entity called His Church. Two, that that Church ... read more

The Church Local
      It is of considerable importance to note that, although the “Letter to the Ephesians” is a majestic presentation of the Church in its entirety, ranging every dimension of the eternities and realms and ages and setting forth the profound councils of God, t ... read more

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