THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST
By T. Austin Sparks
CONTENTS AND SYNOPSES
A Series of Addresses
CHAPTER I. THE FOUNDATION OF SPIRITUAL EDUCATION
The object of our schooling is first comprehensively presented
The pre-eminent mark of a life governed by the Spirit
The challenge and meaning of an open heaven
The 'other-ness' of Christ
The impossibility of reaching God's standard ourselves
A final word and exhortation
CHAPTER II. LEARNING THE TRUTH
"I am ... the Truth"
The need for a true foundation
Living by the truth
The abiding need of faith
CHAPTER III. LEARNING BY REVELATION
God's answer to a state of declension
Christ Known only by Revelation
Revelation bound up with Practical Situations
CHAPTER IV. THE HOUSE OF GOD
Bethel - The House of God
The Corporate House of God
The Laying on of Hands
CHAPTER V. THE LIGHT OF LIFE
The Purpose of God
The Place of the Shekinah Glory
No Place for the Natural Man
How we get the light of life (a) The crisis;
How we get the light of life (b) The process
CHAPTER VI. AN OPEN HEAVEN
All things in Christ
The need of a new set of faculties
The breaking of the self-life
A new prospect for a new man
The mark of a life anointed by the Holy Spirit
CHAPTER VII. LEARNING UNDER THE ANOINTING
The meaning of the Anointing
"Lordship" and "Subjection"
The first lesson in the School of Christ
The Spirit's Law or instrument of instruction
CHAPTER VIII. THE GOVERNING LAW OF DIVINE LOVE
A zero point
The governing law - The glory of God
PREFACE TO THE THIRD AND REVISED EDITION
The ministry contained in this little book has been wrought on the anvil of deep and drastic dealings of God with the vessel. It is not only doctrinal; it is experiential. Only those who really mean business with God will take the pains demanded to read it. For such, two words of advice may be helpful.
Firstly, try to remember all through that the spoken form is retained. The messages were given in conference, and the reader must try to get into the spirit and mind of listening, and not only reading. In speaking, the messenger can see by the faces before him where repetition or reemphasis or fuller elucidation is called for. This explains much that would not be the character of a precisely literary production. It has its difficulties for readers, but it also has its values.
Then, my advice is that not too much, indeed not a lot, should be attempted at once. Almost every page requires thinking about, and weariness can only overtake if too much is read without quiet meditation.
Of all the books that have issued from this ministry, I regard this one as that which goes most deeply to the roots and foundations of our life in Christ with God.
May He make the reading of it result in a fuller understanding of the meaning of Christ.
LONDON, July 1964