Basketball and the Gospel: The Vision of James Naismith


BASKETBALL AND THE GOSPEL • The Vision of James Naismith

In 1891, James Naismith was charged with creating a new indoor game that would be good physical exercise and keep the interest of his rambunctious students. That game was basketball. But to Naismith, basketball was more than just a game. It’s true value came in developing Christian character by teaching life lessons through sport. Many years later Naismith wrote, “Whenever I witness games in a church league, I feel that my vision, almost half a century ago, of the time when the Christian people would recognize the true value of athletics, has become a reality.” This season, players explore how the game of basketball teaches us to live in a way that is full of character so that we attract people to Jesus and his Gospel message.

Based on the book, Basketball: Its Origin and Development by James Naismith


devotions curriculum in pdf format

Boys & Girls Basketball • Elementary
Kindergarten through 5th grade

Boys & Girls Basketball • Middle & High School
6th through 12th grade


10 DEVOTIONS FOR $99.00

Origin and Rules of the Game
The Man Who Invented Basketball • Proverbs 16:3
No Running With the Ball • Galatians 5:13-15
A Good Clean Sport • Micah 6:8
Placement of the Goals • 1 Samuel 17:50
The Dribble • Matthew 10:39
The Officials • 1 Peter 2:13
Practice and Training • 1 Timothy 4:8
The Ten Second Rule • Galatians 6:10
The Pivot • Act 3:19
Penalties • Romans 5:8 • Invitation to Trust and Follow Jesus


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The Values of Basketball
Initiative • Isaiah 6:8

Agility • Joshua 1:8

Accuracy • Proverbs 4:25

Alertness • Matthew 24:44

Cooperation • 1 Corinthians 12:27

Skill • Colossians 4:12

Reflex Judgement • Proverbs 4:7-8

Speed • Philippians 3:14

Sportsmanship • 1 Peter 2:12

Self-Sacrifice • Hebrews 10:12 • Invitation to Trust and Follow Jesus

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HOW IT WORKS

SAY
Engage players with a relatable story or question.
THINK
Encourage them to ponder the Bible verse and what it would look like on the court/field or in their daily life.
ACT
Challenge players to take action demonstrating their faith in real ways.
PRAY
Use the prayer suggestion, your own prayer, or ask for a volunteer to pray to close the devotion.

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LETTER FROM A COACH

Dear Team Sports Devotions,

I coach middle school basketball and cannot begin to thank you enough for these devotions. They are very well done. You have the right mix of current basketball players and history that draws the boys into the discussion from the beginning, and then you make it very relatable to the scriptures. READ MORE

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