Twenty-One Years Ago

John Heading, Aberystwyth

Category: Editorial

It is with thankfulness that we acknowledge the goodness of God in the production and distribution of Precious Seed over the past twenty-one years. To launch a new magazine in the difficult days immediately after the second world war was a tremendous undertaking, an undertaking initiated by a few brethren who, trusting in God, had a love for His truth. They recognised the great need (still with us today) for a reaffirmation of New Testament Church Principles with a view to their practical expression in assembly life and service. Of these brethren only four now remain on the Committee; the others, with one exception, are now with the Lord. The one exception, Mr. H. C. Roles, regretfully resigned because of business pressures. The first meeting to discuss the possibility of producing a new magazine took place in the Octagon Chapel, Taunton, Somerset, on April 21st, 1945, and in September of that year the first issue of Precious Seed was printed and distributed. This first issue exceeded 2,000 copies, all of which had been asked for; the same thing is true of the 17,500 copies printed today. We have always refrained from any indiscriminate distribution of Precious Seed; copies are only sent to those who wish to receive them.

After twenty-one years, the policy of the magazine remains the same; it is, as stated in each issue, “A magazine for encouraging the study of New Testament Church Principles and stimulating interest in Gospel work in the British Isles”. It is our conviction now, as it was then, that well-balanced instruction in New Testament Church teaching is essential if the special testimony committed to assemblies is to be maintained. Nor have we forgotten other vital aspects of Christian doctrine and practice, as the recently published Index to the 1945-1963 issues will show. Our interest in Gospel work is seen in the Reports Section, a section that is intended to report, not only encouragements and difficulties experienced in Gospel testimony and ministry meetings, but new (and at the same time, spiritual) ideas and methods of service in these particular fields. It is clear that if new converts are to be brought into local assemblies, evangelistic work must be encouraged.

At the moment, we are considering ways and means of expanding the usefulness of Precious Seed. Meanwhile, if magazine correspondents know of assemblies new or old who wish to receive copies of the magazine, the Secretary, Mr. C. Gahan, would be glad to have the information. Revised orders for the magazine should be sent to Mr. A. G. R. Jones as soon as possible, in order that the mailing list can be revised for the November-December issue. Copies of back numbers for readers wishing to consult special articles, or as a medium of information for the benefit of possible new readers, may be freely obtained from Mr. E. London. A useful companion to Precious Seed, the recently printed Index, can be obtained from Dr. J. Heading at sixpence per copy.

Finally, we would record our grateful thanks to the very many readers who have encouraged us with their letters of appreciation, and to those especially who have enriched the pages of Precious Seed with their literary contributions.

There are 8 articles in
ISSUE (1966, Volume 17 Issue 5)

Administration in God's Building - 1 Cor. 4

Be Ye Holy For I Am Holy (2)

Events in Heaven with the Saints

Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities

Heroes In History (1) - Abraham


Paul's Seven Men

Twenty-One Years Ago

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There are 66 articles by this author

The Merchants and the Children

The King and the Multitudes

Fruitfulness and Repentance

Communicating Spiritual Things by Spiritual Means

Service with Tears

Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

Divine Assessment and Witness

Epaphras, a Faithful Minister of Christ

Paul’s Charge to Timothy, The First Epistle to Timothy

Prophecy and the Present Age

Groupings Amongst Men

The Rapture and Subsequent Events

Summary of Daniel and Revelation

The Four Kingdom Amongst Men

Apostasy and Its End

How I was called to Salvation and Service - Introduction

Divine Involvement in Assembly Service

Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Understanding 1 & 2 Chronicles - The House of God and its Service

Do You Pray for the Lord’s Servants?

Greater Than

Conversion, Baptism and Service

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly

Luke’s Life of Christ

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly (Part 2)

Prayer, Power, Plenitude, 1. 15 to 2. 10

Position, Privilege, Peace, 2. 11-22

Prisoner, Promise, Preaching, Prayer, Eph. 3. 1-21

Practical: Prophets, Pastors, Perfecting, 4. 1-16

Practical Conduct - Part 1: 4. 17-32

Practical Conduct - Part 2: 5. 1-20

Personal Relationships in the Family, 5. 21 to 6. 9

Power, Protection, Prayer, 6. 10-24

Parents and Children

Daily Bible Readings

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 1)

What the Bible Teaches Vol. 6 John

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 2)

The Maturity of Writer and Readers

Giving and Keeping

Purpose, Predestination, Pleasure, Praise, 1. 1-14


As Unknown and yet Well Known

The Beauty of the Assembly

The Holy Assembly


Zion (2)

Are You a Trustee?

The Lord's Titles


The Mount of Transfiguration

Genealogy of the Priests

Both Small and Great

Book Reviews

The Unity of the Godhead

Book Reviews


Book Review

Letters of Commendation - Additional Notes

How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles

Twenty-One Years Ago

They Continued Steadfastly

Book Review

Matthew 21 - The Context of the Chapter

The Vineyard and the Stone

Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22. 1-14