New Xulon book for VBS and Youth Leaders provides a mission to win , Disciple, and encourage youth for Jesus Christ through object lessons, sports, and good clean fun.
Mark Wright also conveys the rich Christian heritage that many Christians and the sports industry have overlooked in the founding of basketball by its founder Dr. James Naismith.
The book is a fun yet enlightening action filled Vacation Bible School or youth oriented book filled with great analogies of man's three parts, which are body, soul, spirit. He makes a uniquely creative comparison to a basketball which also features three parts: outer covering, inner liner, and the air. There is God's team and the Devil's team. Both want to win. The star player is Jesus Christ. God the Father is the Coach. The Holy Spirit is the water, air, and ball boy. God's Word is the referee. There are also cheerleaders. The opposing team has the Devil as the coach. Death is the star player, along with time marking each second and minute. The book has 5 scenes that are easy to learn and put together for a great VBS or Youth Program. Each scene is progressive starting with Christ's sacrifice, then sanctification, salvation, stewardship, and service to Him. Mark also includes a few memories about his mission trip to the Philippines, where 100+ youth and adults professed Christ as their personal savior. In addition Mark includes the biography of Dr. James Naismith, a wonderful Christian coach and the founder of the game of basketball. Mark's burden for the youth was given to him many years ago and he is convinced this book along with God's Word, His Spirit, and a burdened heart can bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. "My personal opinion is we need to get back to the basics of loving people as Jesus loved people on this earth and He still does today."states the author." The skits are purely parabolic and that is the way our Lord reached people and taught His disciples. And the Great Comission is just as relevant to God as it was 2,000 years ago. Some methods may change, but the message is the same." This book has had 2 years of field testing with local churches and has also been taken on the mission field and proved successful. Also there are numerous reports from missionaries that a lot of believers that made professions of faith are still attending church on the mission field.