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Grounded FOR LIFE All loving parents desire that their children grow up to be responsible, mature adults with a solid foundation to live life well. Not only do we want our children to have “deep roots”, we desire for them to be grounded for life… that is, grounded for the duration of their life, but also grounded to experience the abundant life that is offered through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But how do we help children establish such a solid foundation in such a turbulent world? We have a plan. Grounded for Life is Sugar Hill Church’s comprehensive plan for developing graduates who are followers of Christ into college and beyond. The plan is centered on nine Biblical principles that we feel are essential for children to learn and for graduates to have ingrained in their lives. These principles speak truth in three key areas:

IDENTITY | MATURITY | RESPONSIBILITY This comprehensive discipleship plan really begins in preschool, and continues into college and beyond. It is based on the premise that the home and the Church are the foundational units ordained by God to make disciples. It also serves as a guide for our programs and for the wise use of our resources. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you as we develop students who are Grounded for Life! Know that we are here for you, and please don’t ever hesistate to contact us!

Chuck Allen (770) 945-5092 @achuckallen

Tripp Atkinson (404) 989-8749 @trippatkinson

IDENTITY Heart Change

Our identity not only affects how we see ourselves, but also our entire worldview. An identity grounded in Jesus Christ is necessary to experience abundant life. One’s identity is formed in Christ through salvation, authentic worship, and active obedience.


Mind Change

Growth is obviously essential to life. We are called to continual growth in Christ, which produces “spiritual fruit.” Marks of maturity include consistent growth, wise choices, and Godly relationships.


As a responsible follower of Jesus Christ, we must demonstrate faithful obedience to His commands. We are called to sincere stewardship, selfless service, and missional living.

The 9 Principles IDENTITY Salvation

God loves you and wants a PERSONAL relationship with you.

I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. - John 5:24

Authentic Worship

God calls you to a life of authentic worship.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for o et them e a livin and hol sacri ce the ind he will nd accepta le his is tr l the wa to worship him. - Romans 12:1

Active Obedience

God created you to live under authority.

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. - Romans 13:1-2

MATURITY Consistent Growth

To spiritually grow, you must be spiritually fed.

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation... - 1 Peter 2:2

Wise Choices

Today’s choices determine your future... CHOOSE WISELY!

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. - Ephesians 5:15-17

Godly Relationship

Your life will be significantly shaped by your relationships.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. - Proverbs 27:17

RESPONSIBILITY Sincere Stewardship

Everything you have is from the Lord; manage His resources accordingly.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. - 1 Peter 4:10

Selfless Service

God has uniquely gifted you to serve others.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45

Missional Living

True purpose is found in making disciples.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20

Small Groups Small Groups are vitally important to our vision for students to be “Grounded for Life.” Designed to implement the targeted teaching of our GFL Spiritual Growth Plan, Small Groups provide a safe environment for students to connect with others, talk about God’s Word, have fun, and learn truth to be well equipped for living life well. Small Groups are divided by grade and gender (Senior Small Group has co-ed teaching time) and meet Sunday mornings from 11:00am to 12:05pm. On the following pages you will see our entire Grounded for Life curriculum plan for 6th - 12th graders.

Foundations First Semester The Basics of the Faith (5 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5

In the Beginning Sin Redemption New Life Telling the Story

NEW. | 30 Day Devotionals (5 Weeks)

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10

First Things First Knowing God What It Means to Follow Living the New Life What Now? / Next Steps

The Church (5 Weeks)

Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

The Church / Welcome Home The Big Deals Why Is Baptism So Special? The Lord’s Supper: More Than a Snack In Church “Behind the Scenes” of SHC

Building Habits (10 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10

Knowing Jesus / Building Wise Habits The Bible Prayer Worship Giving Fellowship Scripture Memory Evangelism Examples of HABITS: Daniel, Esther, Peter Just Like Jesus: Representing Jesus Every Day

The 2nd Greatest Story (5 Weeks)

Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

What Is a Testimony? Writing Your Story I am Second My Hope Sharing Your Story

Second Semester

First Semester The Story (5 Weeks)

7th Grade Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5

Creation The Fall The Rescue The Restoration The Story We Live / The Story We Share

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Beware! Are You Sending the Right Message? Do You Need a Friend? Who’s Running For President? Can You Keep a Secret? Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall Kindness: It Can Make All the Difference Is Pure Better? The Big Deal About Sex Finding Your Worth He’ll Take You... Where?

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

What Does It Take to Be a Man? Walking With Confidence Hanging With God at the Mall What Would “God’s Strongest Man Contest” Look Like? How to Keep the Girls and Not Lose God Start Winning the Battle Against Lust Learning to Walk the Path of a Man Don’t Pass the Buck, Step Up! Take the Lead Final Word, Get the Right Tools

I.D.entity: Discovering Who God Created Me to Be (3 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3

Who I Am (Colossians 3:17, Romans 12:1-2) Who I Am Not (Galatians 1:10) What I Am Created to Do (1 Corinthians 12:12-21)

The Purpose of Ministry (2 Weeks)

Wk #4 Wk #5

Learning to Love God Learning to Love Others

Discovering Your Ministry (8 Weeks)

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13

What the Bible Says About Ministry Discovering How God Has Shaped You for Ministry Gifts Test Spiritual Gifts Heart Abilities Personality Experiences

Secrets to Praying Well (2 Weeks)

Wk #14 Wk #15

Why We Pray How to Pray

Discovering Your Identity (10 Weeks) For Girls

Discovering Your Identity (10 Weeks) For Boys

Second Semester

Identity First Semester Becoming a World Class Christian (3 Weeks)

8th Grade Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3

What On Earth Is God Doing? How to Get In On What God Is Doing What It Takes to Be On Mission For God

The Life of Paul: A Look At Someone On Mission (10 Weeks)

Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13

Acts: A Changed Life (Acts 9:1-22) The Gospel In Action: Relationships (Romans 1:8-17) The Gospel In Action: Righteousness (Romans 3:21-28) The Gospel In Action: Unfailing Love (Romans 8:31-39) The Gospel In Action: Missions (Romans 10:8-15) The Gospel In Action: Sacrificial Living (Romans 12:1-13) An Inward Look: Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) An Inward Look: Rising Above (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) Growing Up In the Faith: Never Too Young (1 Timothy 4:11-16) Growing Up In the Faith: God’s Word In Our Lives (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

Jonah (2 Weeks)

Wk #14 Wk #15

Running From God A Compassionate God

Worship: That Thing We Do (4 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4

Worship - Why It Matters, Part 1 Worship - Why It Matters, Part 2 The Big Picture, Part 1 The Big Picture, Part 2

Discovering My Life Mission (4 Weeks)

Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8

Discovering My Life Mission God’s Purpose for My Life Jesus’ Mission on Earth Living a Life Outside Myself

Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Fear God Follow Jesus Holy Spirit Fellowship Teaching Prayer Communion

Second Semester

BASIC (7 Weeks)

First Semester Share Jesus Without Fear (5 Weeks)

9 th Grade Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5

Develop a Heart to Share Jesus Learning a Way to Share Jesus Responding to the Challenge to Share Jesus Being Obedient to Share Jesus Let’s Do This!

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Understanding Our Battle Avoiding Self- Destruction Avoiding the Destruction of Others Guarding Your Mind Guarding Your Heart Guarding Your Body Looking for Love In the Right Places If You Desire Other Women Look Out! (Internet, Selfies, and Sexting) Getting Your Questions Answered

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Where Are We? How We Got Here Choosing Authentic Manhood The “M” Word Setting Your Defenses Sexual Honor Look Out! (Internet, Selfies, and Sexting) Ready for the Challenge Don’t Keep It to Yourself Getting Your Questions Answered

Know Who You Really Are (2 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2

Who Defines You? (1 Samuel 16:7) Protect Your Identity (1 Samuel 17:12-51)

Why I Believe What I Do (7 Weeks)

Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9

How to Study the Bible: The Power of the Word, Part 1 How to Study the Bible: The Power of the Word, Part 2 How to Study the Bible: Who Can Study the Bible? How to Study the Bible: A Practical Guide Bible Study: Other Methods My “Adult Christianity” (J. Budzizewski) Big Boy / Big Girls Conversations and Q&A

Psalms: Interacting With An Awesome God (6 Weeks)

Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Turning to God (Psalm 3) When God Lifts You Up (Psalm 30) Dealing With Sin (Psalm 51) When God Seems Distant (Psalm 22:1-5) Walking the Right Way (Psalm 101) A God Who Watches Over Us (Psalm 138)

Every Young Woman’s Battle (10 Weeks) For Girls

Every Young Man’s Battle (10 Weeks) For Boys

Second Semester

Maturity First Semester

10 th Grade

Destinations: The Path Principle (4 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4

The Path Principle Looking Ahead Lean Not Attention Deficit Disorder

The Book of James (4 Weeks)

Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9

Persevere In Your Faith (James 1:1-18) Display Your Faith (James 2:14-26) Watch Your Words (James 3:1-12) Control Your Selfishness (James 4:1-17) Stay on Track (James 5:1-20)

Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

The Question The Alternatives A Question of Time A Question of Morality Wisdom for the Asking The Best Decision Ever

Integrity: Standing Firm in Tough Times (3 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3

Develop Discipline and Work Ethic (Daniel 6:1-5) Integrity Under Fire (Daniel 6:6-17) Integrity Can Lead to Blessing (Daniel 6:18-28)

Understanding World Religions (6 Weeks)

Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9

Atheism (Romans 1:19-20) Judaism (Acts 2:36-39) Islam (Mark 8:27-29) Eastern Religions (John 14:6) Mormonism (John 1:1-18) Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Science, Unification Church, Scientology, Wicca, New Age, Transcendental Meditation, Baha’i

Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Introduction: The Centerpiece Part 1: The Person of the Cross Part 2: The Purpose of the Cross Part 3: The Power of the Cross The Final Victory Unity at the Foot of the Cross

ASK IT: The Question That Will Revolutionize How You Make Decisions (6 Weeks)

Second Semester

The Power of the Cross (6 Weeks)

First Semester

11 th Grade

Do Hard Things: Rebelling Against Low Expectations (6 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6

Most People Don’t / The Birth of a Big Idea The Myth of Adolescence / A Better Way The First Scary Step / Raising the Bar The Power of Collaboration / Small Hard Things Taking a Stand / Generation Rising A Thousand Young Heroes / Word... Rebelutionaries

The Book of Nehemiah (3 Weeks)

Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9

A Life Interrupted (Nehemiah 1) Responding With Action (Nehemiah 2) Leading the Way (Nehemiah 3 and 4)

Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Radical Abandonment Radical Grace Radical Focus Radical Strategy Radical Vision Radical God

Wk #1 Wk #2 Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5

Oppression What God Hates Joining the Fight Against Injustice God’s Vision Brings God’s Provisions Do It Now

The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Share Your Faith (6 Weeks)

Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11

The Power of Illustrations (Intro, Ch. 1-2) Can God Be Good If Terrorists Exist? (Ch. 3-4) Jesus, Buddha, or Muhammad? (Ch. 5-6) The Resurrection (Ch. 7-8) What Would Machiavelli Do? (Ch. 9-10) Are We An Accident? (Ch. 11, Final Thoughts)

1 & 2 Timothy Study (4 Weeks)

Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

1 Timothy, Part 1 1 Timothy, Part 2 2 Timothy, Part 1 2 Timothy, Part 2

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream (6 Weeks)

Second Semester The Justice Mission (5 Weeks)

Responsibility First Semester

12 th Grade

Intro (2 Weeks)

Wk #1 Wk #2

Dream Session College Intro

Revelation Study (4 Weeks)

Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6

Revelation, Part 1 Revelation, Part 2 Revelation, Part 3 Revelation, Part 4

Generation Change (Financial Peace University Study) (9 Weeks)

Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

BE Who God Created Lesson 1: Be Yourself Lesson 2: Be Realistic Lesson 3: Be Aware DO More With Your Money Lesson 1: Do the Details Lesson 2: Do the Math Lesson 3: Do Your Part GO Write Your Story Lesson 1: Go Debt Free Lesson 2: Go to Work Lesson 3: Go the Distance

Wk #1 Wk #2

180 God v. Evolution

Wk #3 Wk #4 Wk #5 Wk #6 Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12 Wk #13 Wk #14 Wk #15

Principle #1 (Relationship With God) Principle #2 (Spiritual Growth) Principle #3 (Missional Living) Principle #4 (Wise Choices) Principle #5 (Friendships) Principle #6 (Education) Principle #7 (Stewardship) Principle #8 (Dating) Principle #9 (Future) Principle #10 (Accountability) Writing The Plan The Panel Transitions

Wk #7 Wk #8 Wk #9 Wk #10 Wk #11 Wk #12

Second Semester Knowing “Why?” (2 Weeks) The Plan (13 Weeks)

At the conclusion of The Plan study during a student’s Senior year, they will have had the opportunity to leave Student Ministries with a personali ed and speci c plan or spirit al rowth e ond i h School. Before graduation, students compare personal action steps for each principle in The Plan, and together as a group the students decide on the most practical and helpful action steps for each principle. We provide each Senior student with a bundle of nice booklets that contain their group’s copy of The Plan. Before students graduate, we also encourage them to identify a circle o ve people that can hold them acco nta le to their plan their rst ear o colle e n m er o st dies have shown that students who have accountable relationships with 3-5 adults while in colle e are si ni cantl more s ccess l thrivin spirit all than those who do not.) We suggest their “5” include a parent (or two), a senior adult, past/current mentors (small group leaders), as well as a peer that they admire spiritually. eali in the si ni cance o s ch an important milestone, we make a big deal of High School graduation at Sugar Hill Church. We have a special Graduate Recognition day where students are celebrated and encouraged by their church family. As a part of this special day, graduates invite their families, close friends, and their “5” to a banquet where they are further celebrated by our whole Sugar Hill Students team and the rising Senior class. At this banquet, graduates share The Plan booklets with their “5” and begin receiving encouragement to thrive as they enter the posthigh-school world. This event puts the exclamation point on our preparation of students to be Grounded for Life! @SHStudents @sugarhillstudents SugarHillStudents

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2016 GFL Booklet  
2016 GFL Booklet