The Salvation message
By Nichole Marcell
Teaching young children to share the story of Christ can be challenging. Even if a child encounters Jesus and experiences His great love for him, he may still have trouble articulating what he perceives. A simple yet often effective method which can be used to teach our children how to share the Gospel is a salvation bracelet. These are great for wearing and sharing.
A salvation bracelet is a bracelet made up of knots and beads, each representing a specific part of the Gospel story. The black bead represents sin which separates us from God. (Romans 3:23) The red bead illustrates that Jesus shed His blood and died for us. (Romans 5:8) The white bead signifies that “though our sins be like scarlet, they will be white as snow,” reminding us that we are clean in Christ. (Isaiah 1:18) Next, the green bead tells about growth in our lives as the Spirit produces fruit. (Galatians 5:22,23) Lastly, the yellow bead reminds us that we have a home in Heaven for all eternity with Christ where there are streets of gold. (Revelation 21:21) The knots before the black bead and after the yellow bead stand for the truth that all things were made by God, for God. (Colossians 1:16)
Another way to encourage children to share their faith is as simple as creating homemade coloring books with them. Years ago, when my children were young, we stapled copy paper together and used cardstock for the outer covers to make a book. Then, we drew the story of creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the pages. Each child received two books. One they kept and colored. One was to give away. They were instructed to share the story of the Gospel by using the colored pictures as guidelines and to give the uncolored book to the one they shared the Gospel with so they too could color the story of Christ. Sharing God’s love can be simple!
Praying that you and your children will share God’s message of love with those around you!