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ArticleThe Relevance of Christ
      The words "Christ shall be magnified in my body" (Philippians 1:20) not only provide the key to the epistle to the Philippians but also the secret of Paul's radiant and fruitful life. All through the four chapters he took pleasure in expressing his joyful appreciation of the relevance of Christ, and his passionate desire that this might become evid ...read
SermonThe Removing of Those Things That Are Shaken
       Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1958. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. The letter to the Hebrews, chapter 12 at verse 26: "Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth th ...read
ArticleThe Rest And The Courage Of Faith
       "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (Heb 4:9). "So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief" (Heb. 3:19). "Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee ...read
ArticleThe Revelation of the Father
       Reading: John 16:1-17:26 I want you just to pass your eye over that prayer again - "He said, Father... O Father... I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them... As thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee... Father, that which thou hast given me... O righteous Father." "I manifested thy name... I made known... thy name", and, quite evidently, from th ...read
SermonThe Riches of His Grace
       (A message given at the Eastern States, U.S.A. Convocation in 1966) "In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7). In his Letters the Apostle Paul uses the word 'riches' some thirteen times. Each occasion has a context which is deeply valuable. From these w ...read
SermonThe Saving Power of Divine Vision
       (A Message as Spoken) "Where there is no vision, the people perish" ("the people cast off restraint" - R.V.). (Proverbs 29:18). That verse might be translated, "Where there is no vision, the people disintegrate" or "fall apart" or "go to pieces". Whether that be the right translation or not, it is quite true in fact. Where there is no vision, ...read
ArticleThe Seamless Robe
       "They part My garments among them, and upon My vesture do they cast lots." Psalm 22:18 (A.R.V.). "The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also the coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore one to another, "Let us not re ...read
ArticleThe Seen and the Unseen
       (The 1928 Motto) Faith is the victory that overcometh and "faith is the conviction of the reality of things not seen." If this is true then the secret of victory is the capacity for and the deliberate persistence in looking - not at things seen but at the "things not seen." So it has always proved to be in the history and experience of God's pe ...read
ArticleThe Sentence of Death
       "Yea, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves but in God, which raiseth the dead.... Always bearing about in the body the deadness of Jesus that the Life also of Jesus may be manifest in our mortal body" (2 Corinthians 1:9, 4:10). "The sentence of death in ourselves" - That is the very b ...read
ArticleThe Servant and Service of the Lord
       Reading: Exodus 21:1-6; Deuteronomy 15:12-17; Leviticus 8:14-28; Isaiah 50:4-5. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father i ...read
ArticleThe Servant of the Lord
      In choosing a model of a servant of Christ, we instinctively turn to St. Paul. He seems to us to be the most outstanding in every way, and from the greatness of his achievements, the success of his methods, the amazement of his endurance, and his dominating objective, we must get back to his own conception of himself as a worker. He has given us t ...read
ArticleThe Service of God
       "To serve the living... God" (1 Thess. 1:9). 1. The Service - What It Is If the service of God is to be as immediately and fully fruitful and effectual as it can be it is essential that we should have its nature clearly defined. If asked what the service of God is, many different answers would be given. Christianity has - on its practical sid ...read
ArticleThe Shining Face
       Read: Daniel 1:8-16; Acts 6:15; 7:56 "When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face shone and sent forth beams by reason of his speaking with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, behold the skin of his face shone, and they feared to come near him. Ex ...read
ArticleThe Silence of Sovereignty and the Action of Faith
       "And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord w ...read
ArticleThe Silver Trumpets of Redemption
       Reading: Numbers 10:1-10 There is a great deal about trumpets in the Bible: indeed the word occurs about a hundred times. This suggests that God has something to say to us on this subject, especially to His servants. This is our privilege as ministers of Christ, to sound forth the clear message of salvation like silver trumpets. We notice that ...read
ArticleThe Spirit in Prison
      The history of Christianity from the latter days of the Apostles is the history of prisons. Not literal, material prisons, though there have been not a few of these, but prisons which are the result of man's inveterate habit of taking hold and bringing into bondage. How many times has the Spirit broken loose and moved in a new and free way, only to ...read
SermonThe Spirit of Glory
       From "The Work of the Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 2. "These things spake Jesus; and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that the Son may glorify thee" (John 17:1). "If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are ye; because THE SPIRIT OF GLORY and the Spirit of God res ...read
SermonThe Spirit of Service
       Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in April 1959. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. The book of Exodus chapter 32 and verse 32: "Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written". And in the letter to the Romans chapter 9 and verse 3: "For I could wis ...read
ArticleThe Spoil of Battle
       "From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts to maintain the house of the Lord." 1 Chronicles 26:27. From this passage of Scripture we gather that the House of the Lord is constituted out of our conflicts. The Lord builds from the fruit of conflict. Thus it was in the temple, given through David to Solomon. When that temple was completed it s ...read
SermonThe Stones of Testing
       Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in 1959. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. Words which were not clearly discernible or questionable have been enclosed in [square] brackets. Our meditation for a few minutes will be in the book of Joshua, chapter 4: "And it came to pass, when all the nation were clean passed over t ...read

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