Dr. Tim Gombis: The Identity of Disciples in the Gospel of Mark

By Bailie Rouse on February 25, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Tim Gombis taught on how the Gospel of Mark constructs the identity of disciples. The Scripture already assumes that we do not know our true identity. Our identities are constructed by the surrounding culture and conferred on us by family members. The Gospel of Mark invites believers to reflect on how we construct our identities from fears, false hopes and desires for self-preservation.

In Mark 8, Jesus asks Peter, "Who do you say I am?," and Peter responds, "You are the Messiah." Yet when Jesus predicts His death, Peter is upset that Jesus says He must go. Jesus rebukes Peter because he had his mind set on only self-preservation, human concerns and false hopes. He did not have in mind the Lord's concerns.

Jesus invites us to consider the false constructions that have developed our identity from a place of fear and false hope, and rather we should discern how the gospel informs us of who are identity is in Christ. Dr. Gombis closes the chapel in a moment of reflecting Mark 3:13-18.

Listen to the full sermon below.

About the Speaker

Dr. Tim Gombis is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Tyndale Fellowship and the Institute for Biblical Research. He received both his M.Div. and Th.M. from the Master's Seminary and his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews. His research interests include the Gospel of Mark, Paul's letters and theology and encounters between biblical theology and contemporary culture and politics. He has written "The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God" and "Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed."

In his spare time, Dr. Gombis enjoys hiking, golf, following the Chicago Cubs and reading about ancient Greek and Roman history.

Categories: Chapel, Discipleship, Ministry