Dr. Timothy Gombis : An Appropriate Care, Part 1By Bailie Rouse on January 24, 2020
This week in chapel, Dr. Timothy Gombis kicked off the spring semester chapel theme: An Appropriate Care. It's about how we get along with one another, the church living in community. Dr. Gombis taught from Colossians 3:12-17, which calls us to live in community with one another as one body. Paul speaks to the Colossians regarding the importance of the body of community life, and this is essential for us to consider how we can embody community here in the seminary and in our churches.
When Paul writes to the Colossians he sees their fundamental identity found within the community. In the ancient world, all identity was constructed in community, and the Colossian community saw themselves not as a bunch of individuals, but rather as a unit that put together for community.
In Colossians 2:19, Paul emphasizes that Christ is the head of the whole body, which is supported and held together by ligaments and sinews. As believers, we are called to support one another and hold together as ligaments and sinews. We experience a great challenge in this regard because of our individualistic age, we see ourselves disconnected from others. It is necessary for us all to embark and engage in a posture of repentance and to see ourselves as vitally connected to one another. We receive our life from God through one another.
Listen to the fuller 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.