Indispensible Ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Head Covering - Romel Ghossain

John Scarsbrook, Killamarsh, England

Precious Seed

Paperback, 142 pp,
Published by Decapolis Press, Pitcot Farm, Pitcot Lane, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Radstock BA3 4SX, England.
Price £6.00
ISBN 978-1871642-51-3.

A book that brings together these three important strands of truth is quite rare, unless it is dealing with church truth as a whole. However, in this relatively short book, the writer covers what might be described as important first steps in the life of every believer. Although there are some aspects that might owe more to the provenance of the book, the writer is to be commended for providing something that is a clear communication of truth.

This is a book that will challenge. Believers who are somewhat bound by tradition may be concerned to read in relation to baptism, ‘Our custom is somewhat different to the New Testament example and I fear that this is sometimes a hindrance in proclaiming the gospel to every creature’. Equally, the section ‘Who should NOT be baptized?’ is an issue seldom considered, but dealt with in this book. Of any believer that remains unbaptized, the writer warns that in procrastination, ‘They will also become less sensitive to the commandments of scripture and find more obscure reasons not to be baptized’. To those about to be baptized, the writer says, ‘With every decision there are responsibilities and consequences, whether good or bad, and with baptism it is NO different. Therefore . . . at least be acquainted with the significance and responsibility of baptism’. It is in this context that Ghossain argues that, ‘A baptized believer has “put on Christ”. Just as clothing identifies the type of person I am, the believer’s label of clothing is Christ!’ Sadly, those who put off their baptism may well do so because they are not prepared to manifest that complete change of life that baptism symbolizes.

In the section on the Lord’s Supper, there are also some challenging topics: my attire; the language I use; and my punctuality. As with the writer’s treatment of baptism, there are also some issues that are not usually considered. For example, Ghossain offers advice when, ‘In some countries and parts of the world, believers cannot gather on a particular day or time’.

This book has much to offer that will be of help to those seeking guidance on these three important subjects. Some may not agree with everything that is said, but the breadth of treatment, and the honesty of the approach, is to be commended.

There are 26 articles in
ISSUE (2015, Volume 70 Issue 2)

A Word for Today - Torah

Abraham, God's Friend

The Believer as a Steward

Bits & Bobs - No Big Bang?

Christ a Greater than Solomon - Part 2

Earthquakes of Scripture - Part 1

Editorial -

Ephesians - Part 2: Chapter 1 vv 15-23

God Loves the Widow

The God of all Comfort

The Gospel and the Old Testament - Part 2

Indispensible Ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Head Covering - Romel Ghossain

Learning to Lead – Next Generation - David Clarkson and Stephen McQuoid

The Lord is Risen

Miracles and the Revelation of God - Part 2

Much Ado About Nothing - Part 2

Of No Reputation - Stephen Grant

Question Time - What is the most effective way of teaching God’s people?

Reaching out with the Gospel - Market Stall Work


Summerhill Home Aberdeen - Fifty Years Of Care For God’s Elderly People

The God of the Second Chance - The Story of how God Called Me

The New Calvinists, Changing the Gospel - E. S. Williams

Their Finest Hour - Esther

Travel with Jonathan Edwards – A God-centred life, an enduring legacy

Views from the News

This article is not part of a series

There are 59 articles by this author

The Privilege

The Responsibility

The John Ritchie Library

The Church at Philadelphia

The Days when the Judges ruled (1)

OTHNIEL - the Lion of God (2)


Deborah - a mother in Israel (4)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/1)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/2)

ABIMELECH the ‘Bramble King’ (6)

JEPHTHAH - A Man of Contradictions (7)

SAMSON - A model of Inconsistency (8/1)

Samson a model of inconsistency


The Throne of His father David

Church Gatherings - Part 1

Church Gatherings - Part 2 - Teaching and being taught

Church Gatherings - Part 3 - The Breaking of Bread

Developing and renewing eldership

Manasseh and Amon

Josiah - Part 1

Josiah - Part 2

Jehoahaz to Zedekiah

Poisoned Soul – the deadly effects of bitterness - Paul Young

Living with the glory of the Lord – Ezekiel’s Prophecy - Malcolm Davis

Indispensible Ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Head Covering - Romel Ghossain

The New Calvinists, Changing the Gospel - E. S. Williams

Learning to Lead – Next Generation - David Clarkson and Stephen McQuoid

Travel with Jonathan Edwards – A God-centred life, an enduring legacy

Their Finest Hour - Esther

A Study of First Thessalonians: The Model Church, Gary McBride

The Riches of Divine Wisdom, David Gooding

Wisdom for Fools – 101 Proverbs to Live By, Shane Watson

Then came a Rich Man of Arimathea

Looking for the Glory – An Exposition of the Epistle to Titus - Adam D. Thropay

If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse Bill and Irene Ridgeway

Nathan the Prophet

Gleanings from the book of Ruth - Alex Dryburgh

How to Master the Bible - Martin Anstey

The Land and People of Israel, what does the future hold? - Drew Craig

Stories from Luke’s Gospel - Robert Craig

TheExtent of the Atonement - James Morison

TheNature of the Atonement - James Morison

Day by Day – Through the Bible Edited - Ken Totton

Insects of the Bible - Tom H. Ratcliffe

Precious Seed 70th Anniversary Edition

Beginnings: Old Testament Overview Volume 1 - Richard Catchpole

Christian Frontline Series: The Christian and Money - Hansruedi Graf

God’s weeping prophet and wayward people: Jeremiah’s prophecy and Lamentations - Malcolm C. Davis




Pocket Commentary Series – 1st John

New Treasury of Bible Doctrine: ‘Things most surely believed’

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs: The Wise Man and His Companions - Part 2

False Apocalypse, False Gospel, False Witnesses - Donald C. B. Cameron.

The People’s Bible – The remarkable history of the King James Version - Derek Wilson