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Loving God and Neighbor with Samuel Pearce (Haykin)

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Lexham Press

The love of God and neighbor is the heart of the Christian faith. Forgotten saint Samuel Pearce teaches us how to live a life faithful to the greatest commandment.

Pearce was a Baptist pastor known in eighteenth-century England for his moving preaching and strong, pious character. In his short life, he supported believers in his own parish as well as in the many cities where he preached and helped send missionaries. Yet his personal faith, founded on the "holy love" of God, formed his most compelling witness to the world. In Loving God and Neighbor with Samuel Pearce readers will learn from his example what it looks like to love God and neighbor—in good times as well as challenging and seemingly mundane ones.


  • Introduction
  • “Life in a Dear Dying Redeemer”
  • “A Zealous Lover of Christ”
  • “Labors of Love”
  • “My Lovely Sarah”
  • “Meddle Not with Political Controversies”
  • “Call Forth the Fruitfulness”
  • “Salvation Entirely by Grace”
  • “The Religion of the Heart”
  • “I Ever Wish to Make My Savior’s Will My Own”
  • “Surely Irish Zion Demands Our Prayers”
  • “The Religion of the Cross”


Michael A. G. Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He is author of numerous books, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church. 

Jerry Slate is pastor of Berean Baptist Church (Hiram, GA). He is contributing author to The Glory of God Among All the Nations.



Pearce’s short but radiant life demonstrates how much the Lord can do through one person wholeheartedly given to God’s cause.

Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI


Michael Haykin and Jerry Slate show how Pearce's lived theology led him to become an advocate for the global advance of the gospel. Contemporary pastors who are committed to global missions will be encouraged by the model Pearce set for Great Commission pastoral leadership.

Nathan A. Finn, Provost and Dean of the University Faculty, North Greenville University


The kind of substance that continually nourishes.

–Tom J. Nettles, Emeritus Professor of Church History, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY


This account of Pearce’s relatively brief but fruit-filled life will leave you hungering for more of his great God.

C. Jeffrey Robinson, Sr., Senior Editor for The Gospel Coalition


Beautifully written.

 –Peter Morden, Senior Pastor at South Parade Baptist Church, Leeds


A great treasure.

 –Kurt M. Smith, Pastor of Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Remlap, AL