Salvation Bracelet

Written by Sarah Provost
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What is a salvation bracelet? The concept was originally developed by a Baptist Church in North Carolina a few years ago as a visual aid to devotion and witness, much like the Catholic rosary. The idea spread quickly: as of July 2004, Oak Grove Baptist has received over 55,000 requests for the bracelets from 110 countries. The bracelets they send, for free, are made of string and colored wooden beads, but salvation bracelets are now being produced in gold and crystal, with gemstones replacing the simple wooden beads.

The concept behind the salvation bracelet is that each color corresponds to a specific passage in the Bible having to do with salvation. The original salvation bracelet begins with a knot representing birth. Next is a yellow bead, representing God's love (John 3:16). A black bead follows, representing man's sin (Romans 3:23). Next to that is a red bead, which stands for the blood of Jesus shed for man's redemption (Romans 5:8). Another knot is next, which stand for a decision that must be made, whether or not to accept Christ.

The next bead is white, and represents forgiveness (1 John 3:5). A blue bead stands for baptism (Acts 2:41) and a green bead follows, for growth (2 Peter 3:18). The bracelet is completed with a knot that represents death.

Commercial Salvation Bracelets

Upscale variations on the salvation bracelet are available, with Swarovski crystals or gold or silver beads spacing colored gemstones. Most of these vary slightly from the original, often ending with the yellow or gold bead as a symbol of heaven. In that case, the first bead, representing God's love, is often purple.


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