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Precious Seed

David Gooding and John Lennox
Paperback, 144pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly Street West, Port Colborne, ON, Canada L3K 6A6. Price £6.95 ISBN 978-1-882701-41-0

This is a reprint of a book first published in 1997 and contains a series of seventeen articles initially published in the Russian Teacher’s Newspaper Uchitelskaya Gazeta. The preface indicates that the purpose of those articles was to explain the ‘technical terms that the Bible uses in order to define its basic doctrines’. Corresponding to the number of the original articles, there are seventeen chapters in the book that take the reader, in a logical and orderly way, through the fundamental truths of the Christian faith regarding salvation.

It begins with a consideration of the holiness of God followed by a chapter focusing upon the subject of sin. In subsequent chapters the meaning of certain key biblical words and terms are clearly explained such as reconciliation, justification, redemption, repentance, eternal life, and sanctification. Four of the chapters focus upon the theme of faith, establishing that to believe in Christ is not a ‘leap in the dark’ but an intelligent response to very clear evidence. Two chapters deal with final judgement and contain a very clear exposition on what is embraced in the ‘second death’ and why that judgement must be eternal.

Throughout the book these important themes are clearly expounded and there is no shortage of very relevant and simple illustrations to help the reader to understand what is being taught. In a day when one fears that the truth of these fundamental doctrines is not always appreciated or understood as they should, this is a most helpful and instructive book, one that should not only be read by every believer but also retained on the bookshelf for reference.

[Our thanks to Richard Catchpole, South Norwood, London, UK, for this review]

There are 31 articles in
ISSUE (2009, Volume 64 Issue 1)

Abortion and Contraception - a Bilblical Perspective

Albion Hall, Gloucester

Are you responding to pressures or priorities?

Bits & Bobs

Christ Loved the Church

The Christ of Prophecy (1/2)

Deborah - a mother in Israel (4)


Enjoy your Bible

The Enthroned One

Gospel Work and other Activities

In Remembrance of these things

Key Bible Concepts

The Kingdom of God in the preaching of the Lord Jesus

The latter days of King David

Lessons from Antioch (2)

Matt. 11.29

Numbers 13. 30

The Parable of the Good Samaritan - Part 1

Perfect in Christ

Question Time

Rebuilding the Gates (3)

Religious Liberty in the Workplace

Should Christians observe the Sabbath?

The Fragrance of Christ in the Levitical Offerings

Views from the News

Walking with God

Where are the young Men?

Wine and Fish (1)

Yorkshire Christian Camp

Young people tempted by strong peer pressure

This article is not part of a series

There are 22 articles by this author

Treasury of Bible Doctrine

A selection of letters





Personal and Practical


Treasury of Bible Doctrine

Treasury of Bible Doctrine

Circumstances for Adoption

What God hath Joined

What the Bible Teaches – Song of Solomon and Isaiah


What the Bible Teaches – Joshua, Judges and Ruth

The Jericho Sanction

Day by Day – Paradise to the Promised Land

Take the Challenge

Enjoy your Bible

Key Bible Concepts

Choise Gleanings 2010 - Daily Devotional Planner

Day by Day – Pictures and Parables