The Game Plan: Jesus Is God’s Winning Plan

5 day sports camp curriculum

This series has been designed to work for ANY TEAM SPORT. Every devotion is sports-related without being sports-specific.


A game plan is a carefully thought-out course of action worked out in advance for winning a specific game. The coach establishes a game style that best suits his team. He considers the tendencies of the opposing team and comes up with a strategy. He brings in the right substitutes at the right time and sometimes incorporates a trick play to change the momentum of the game. A good player trusts and follows the game plan down to the very last play, even when things seem impossible.

God made a world of beauty and order for his creation to enjoy. Everything was exactly as it should be until Adam and Eve believed a lie and introduced sin and death into God’s good world. But God had a winning plan to bring back the goodness of the garden. He put his plan into place by developing a substitution strategy which temporarily covered up the destructive effects of sin. Then, in a dramatic trick play, God himself stepped in to deal with evil once and for all in a surprising way. During sports camp, players will learn how Jesus is God’s winning plan, the one who leads us into victory over the power of sin.

“He poured his grace on us. By giving us great wisdom and understanding, he showed us the mystery of his plan. It was in keeping with what he wanted to do. It was what he had planned through Christ. It will all come about when history has been completed. God will then bring together all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Ephesians 1:8-10

devotions curriculum in pdf format

Elementary • Kindergarten through 5th grade

Middle & High School • 6th through 12th grade


DAY 1: Game Day Routine
God’s game plan begins with a good world where routines help Adam and Eve live well and enjoy God.
DAY 2: Understanding Your Opponent
A tough opponent causes Adam and Eve to doubt God’s goodness and turn against him. Their sinful choice spoils everything.
DAY 3: Substitution Strategy
God implements a substitution strategy to temporarily cover up the destructive effects of sin.
DAY 4: Pulling Off a Trick Play
God himself unexpectedly steps in to deal with evil once and for all. This is the game changer.
DAY 5: Celebrating the Victory
We are victorious because God declares us to be right with him and his Spirit helps us become more like Jesus.
Deciding to Trust and Follow Jesus: A Prayer


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Why Use Team Sports Devotions?


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



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