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Grace Theological Seminary Professor Matthew Harmon Receives “Top Book” Recognition

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

By Liz Cutler Gates,

A book by Grace Theological Seminary faculty member, Matthew Harmon, has been named among The Gospel Coalition’s Top Books of 2015. Harmon’s commentary on Philippians cited as being “evangelical scholarship” at its best. Read the complete list and reviews by clicking here. A portion of the article appears below.

Graphic courtesy of The Gospel Coalition.

Bible and Theology

Winner: Matthew Harmon, Philippians (Mentor)

Earlier this year I was preparing to teach through Philippians, so I picked up several commentaries. I had never heard of Matthew Harmon. Within the first few weeks of teaching, though, his became the first resource consulted. By the end, it was sometimes the only one. Academically informed, clearly written, and pastorally insightful, this is evangelical scholarship at its best. The volume is filled with helpful outlines, charts, and suggestions for gospel-driven application.

Read the complete list and reviews by clicking here.


Friday, April 12th, 2013


Above everything, we desire a man who has a genuine walk with God. We want a man who does truly love Him “with all his heart and soul and mind and strength.” Also, we want him to have agreement with our church doctrinal statement.  In regard to his public ministry, we want a man who is fully committed to teaching God’s Word with a goal that people clearly understand what He is saying and how it should impact their lives.  In regard to shepherding, we want a man who really loves people and evidences a genuine concern for their welfare.
  1. Meets the qualifications of an elder (1 Tim 3; Titus 1).
  2. Is married, and whose wife supports his ministry.
  3. Is thoroughly prepared academically, preferably with an MDiv degree from a biblically faithful seminary.
  4. Has the ability to lead a youth/student ministry.
  5. Is capable of giving Biblical counsel.
  6. Has the ability to preach at morning services periodically.
  7. Has the ability to teach in various situations such as ABFs.
  8. Is passionate for discipleship.
  9. Has a heart for evangelism, outreach and world missions.
  10. Has a desire to minister and visit church members of all ages.
  11. Will live in relatively close proximity to the church building
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Friday, April 12th, 2013

We are an independent, Bible-teaching church looking for a dedicated, full-time Youth Pastor who has a passion for reaching and disciplining junior and senior high youth for Christ. Please visit for more information about us, and review the following job description, qualifications, and doctrinal statement. HuntersCreek Youth Pastor Job Posting (click here for details)

Youth Pastor Job Description
To reach and disciple 7th–12th grade youth for Christ through intentional evangelism1, relational discipleship2, solid Bible teaching3, sincere shepherding4, exemplary living5, loving correction6, and equipping for and involvement in ministry7. This work is to be done in cooperation with their parents and a team of committed adult leaders, and with the goal of making fully-devoted, fruit-bearing disciples of Christ who are well-grounded and prepared to defend their faith and impact their world for Christ. 1 2 Tim. 4:5; 2 Matt. 28:19-20; 3 2 Tim. 4:2-4, Titus 1:9; 4 1 Pet. 5:2-4; 5 1 Pet. 5:3, Phil. 4:9; 6 2 Tim. 2:24-26; 7 Eph. 4:11-16

Youth Pastor Qualifications

  1. Has a sincere and evident love for God and His Word
  2. Demonstrates genuine love and care for others
  3. Has a strong desire and passion to reach and disciple junior and senior high youth
  4. Must be in agreement with the doctrinal statement of Hunters Creek Community Church
  5. Must be able to work under and in agreement with our Senior Pastor
  6. Meets the qualifications of godly leadership listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 4:12, and Titus 1:6-9, thus demonstrating spiritual and emotional maturity that teens will be inspired to emulate
  7. Background is above reproach, and has high recommendations from others, including pastors and other church leaders, co-laborers in ministry, teens, and parents of teens
  8. Prefer someone with a bachelor’s or master’s degree that has provided sufficient ministry preparation from a Biblically-based Christian college, university or seminary
  9. Is ordained or interested in pursuing ordination
  10. Prefer someone with previous experience and success working in youth ministry
  11. Is an enthusiastic and engaging teacher and speaker who knows how to connect with teens and ignite their passion for Christ
  12. Prefer a married man whose spouse has a strong desire to work alongside him, as a youth leader, in ministering to the youth and their families
  13. Is a servant-leader who demonstrates initiative, values input, ideas, and suggestions, and involves others through delegation
  14. Knows how to have fun with teens while maintaining respect as their leader
  15. Is approachable, easily engages in conversation, and enjoys reaching out to people of all ages
  16. Intends to settle in with a long-term commitment, believing that longevity will give increasing strength and depth to their ministry, and will contribute to the overall health and stability of the church

If interested, please send your resume, testimony, doctrinal statement, philosophy of ministry, and a personal/family photo to: or to…

Hunters Creek Community Church
Attn: Youth Pastor Search Committee
2471 Metamora Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446.

Further information, including more specific responsibilities, will be sent for you to review and respond to if we want to proceed.

FGBC Vision 2020

Monday, July 18th, 2011

E-Net (a network of Equipping Churches), is dedicated to awakening churches to the challenge of equipping ALL the saints for the work of the ministry, seeing every believer become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness in Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16). E-Net is the result of the work of an enduring visionary leadership community that was initiated at the 2010 FGBC Conference in Cincinnati Ohio focusing on the leadership development dimension of our commitment to common ministry. For more information go to

FGBC – Vision 2020 Announcement

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Caribbean Vision Ministries works in Haiti, Trinidad and in South Florida and has been a valuable training and communication link to many of our Haitian pastors. Caribbean Vision is applying for formal recognition by the FGBC as a Cooperating Ministry. For more information go to

FGBC Announcement

Friday, July 8th, 2011

“The nominating committee of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is pleased to present the 2011 ballot of nominees to the <a href=”

>Fellowship Council</a>: Dan Thornton, Matt Wheelock, Christian Becker, Richard Todd, Jason Carmen and Tim Hodge. For more information on each nominee go to

Vision 2020 FGBC Leadership Conference

Monday, July 4th, 2011

George Bullard will be present for the Vision 2020 Leadership Conference in Wooster, OH Monday and Tuesday, July 25th and 26th to offer on-site coaching for senior or solo pastors, church staff teams, or other configurations of  church leaders present for this gathering. Register now to get your preferred time. Go to to discover the details.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Vision2020 Leadership Conference announces a line-up of more than 30 seminars, workshops and network meetings. Seminars target leadership development and integrated ministry as well as practical ministry workshops and even an off-site missions trip.

Go to for the complete list.

FGBC Northwest Focus Retreat

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Attention FGBC pastors and leaders in the Northwest and Alaska! The Northwest Focus retreat is just a few weeks away.  Last year’s Northwest Focus was incredible!  Thanks so much for all who came.

This year Dan Allan and Tony Webb will take us through a study of Ephesians 3:16-19. The feedback from “Fully Alive” retreats this year have been very affirming.  Here is one report:

‘…I work in a prison [full-time profession… not at Martinsburg GBC] . Prison staff must constantly “watch the back” of my their fellow co-workers so that all will go home safely. Sometimes in ministry we feel alone. It is comforting to know that there are others, working for the kingdom, wrestling with the same issues that I am. It is because of the security of this support system that I can step out on the ministry ledge and grasp what it means to be “fully alive”.’  (more at

We hope to see you there – May 16-18 at Clear Lake.

Register online at

PS: Not from the Northwest? Why not come, see a beautiful part of the country, and meet leaders from the NW.  Camp Clear Lake is located in the Cascade Mountain Range between Mt Rainier and Mt St. Helens. You WILL meet God there!

Dr. Matt Harmon Has Dissertation Published

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Dr. Matt Harmon, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, recently had his dissertation published, titled “She Must And Shall Go Free”. His own blog offers this description:

“Scholars have long recognized the importance of Paul´s citations from the Pentateuch for understanding the argument of Galatians. But what has not been fully appreciated is the key role that Isaiah plays in shaping what Paul says and how he says it, even though he cites Isaiah explicitly only once (Isaiah 54:1 in Galatians 4:27). Using an intertextual approach to trace more subtle appropriations of Scripture (i.e., allusions, echoes and thematic parallels), Harmon argues that Isaiah 49-54 in particular has shaped the structure of Paul´s argument and the content of his theological reflection in Galatians.”

A further description may be accessed at his blog at