‘Grow’ is the mindset of an established believer growing strong in wisdom and service. They have made a decision to believe, discovered what it means to be a Christian, and they’ve redeemed their life in submission to Christ’s teaching. At this point, the established Christian continues growing in wisdom and service because, as Christians, we never complete our journey. We are always seeking to draw closer to Jesus and know him more. For the church, this is a continuation of preaching and teaching them to obey everything Christ has commanded (Acts 14:21-22; Mt 28:20), with more emphasis on truly strengthening the souls of the established disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. From the standpoint of the established believer, this is the process of growing strong in wisdom and service. The established believer knows that life doesn’t get easier just because they believe. A believer may have peace; but trials, tribulations, and suffering are still a big part of our lives and through continued growth God develops our character and prepares us for entering the kingdom.
‘Grow’ is the next step in the discipleship cycle. In the context of ordered learning where discipleship is cumulative, it is important that any discipleship curriculum ensure that an established believer can grow strong in wisdom and service because we know that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. An effective curriculum will enable the established believer to continually grow and be transformed (head, heart, and hands) in a community context and with accountability.