Workshop 2 - Discipling Towards Spiritual Maturity
Ps Sebastian Quek
Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Synopsis:In his book The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling, John Stott says:
“When I was travelling in the 1990s in the interests of the Langham Partnership International, I would often ask an audience how they would summarize the Christian scene in the world today. I would receive a variety of answers. But when invited to give my own answer to the question, I would sum it up in just three words, namely ‘growth without depth’.
“There is no doubt of the phenomenal growth of the church in many parts of the world. The statistics of church growth are amazing. ‘Explosion’ is not too dramatic a word to describe it. For example, the church in China has grown at least one hundred fold since the middle of the twentieth century. More Christian believers now worship God every Sunday in China than in all the churches of Western Europe put together.”
“At the same time we should not indulge in triumphalism, for it is often growth without depth.”
The goal of discipleship is spiritual maturity — maturity unto Christ-likeness (Gal 4:19). There is a crisis in the Church today, a crisis of extended spiritual infancy and immaturity. Spiritual immaturity will lead a believer not just away from being a true disciple of Christ, but something far worse, something more insidious namely, pseudo-discipleship, the appearance of being a true disciple. This workshop seeks to explore the goal of spiritual maturity, and the issue of spiritual apathy which is the genesis of spiritual immaturity.
Speaker's BioPastor Sebastian is an advocate and solicitor for more than 20 years. He accepted Christ in 1973 through Mr Sankaran from Campus Crusade for Christ. Married to Stephanie, he and his wife joined Covenant EFC in 2004 and was a Board Member from 2008 to March 2017. He was the chairman of the ACKCentre Fundraising Project and pioneering District Mentor of our third worship centre, Covenant East. A board member of Global Alliance, he is passionate about authentic discipleship and intentional disciplemaking especially in the context of mentoring, coaching, counselling, marriages and leading silent retreats and trips to Israel. As an affirmation of his pastoral work in the marketplace, Pastor Sebastian was installed as a lay pastor of Covenant EFC on 29 May 2016.