After a 3-part blog series on the life of Samuel Pearce, Evan Burns at Gospel Worthy wrote the following summary:
(1766-1799), was born on July 20, 1766, in Plymouth. His father, William Pearce (d. 1805) was a silversmith and a deacon of the Baptist church in Plymouth. In 1792, the Spirit of God regenerated Pearce’s heart under the preaching of Isaiah Birt (1758-1837). A year later, he was baptized on his seventeenth birthday (July 20, 1783), and he became a member of the congregation in Plymouth.
At nineteen years old, Pearce received a call from his church to pursue ministry of the Word, and he studied at Bristol Baptist Academy from August, 1786 to May 1789. He quietly consecrated himself to faithfully study and prepare for the ministry. His piety was described as “serious, industrious, docile, modest, and unassuming” (Works, III, 370). Redemption themes were the roots of his zealous spirituality. “Christ crucified was his darling theme, from first to last” (Works, III, 431). He was clearly heavenly-minded, and he saw every experience as a window of the soul through which he would look for foreshadows of heaven. Pearce’s friendships were built around a “kindred piety” (Works, III, 372).
While ministering at Cannon Street Baptist Church in Birmingham (1789-1799) Pearce burned with affection for God. “The governing principle in Mr. Pearce, beyond all doubt, was holy love” (Works, III, 429). His hunger for God was commonly expressed in such sentiments: “I want more heart religion; I want a more habitual sense of the Divine presence; I want to walk with God as Enoch walked” (Works, III, 372). His heart was enflamed with missionary zeal because of the beauty he beheld in the cross. Pearce was most enthralled with God when he was most active for God. Having been disallowed by the Baptist Missionary Society to serve as a missionary in India, his piety revealed a “singular submissiveness to the will of God” (Works, III, 392) as he contentedly stayed home to preach and promote the mission. He encouraged a joyful embrace, not a glum acquiescence, of God’s mysterious providence. The sovereignty of God was not merely a soteriological doctrine; it was the kindling of his piety.
Pearce died an early death, and being impressed with this young man’s unabated holy affections for God, Andrew Fuller wrote his memoirs. “Like Elijah, he has left the ‘chariot of Israel,’ and ascended as in a ‘chariot of fire;’ but not without having first communicated of his eminently Christian spirit. Oh that a double portion of it may rest upon us” (Works, III, 368).
For Further Reading: Andrew Fuller, Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Pearce (Works, III, 368–446).
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