If you are preparing to lead a craft time during a Christian summer camp or during your church's Vacation Bible School, consider showing campers how to make a "faith necklace." There are many ways to make a faith necklace, so the design is up to you. However, many faith necklaces use the same beads and symbolism. A faith necklace reminds a child of his faith through the symbolism of coloured beads.
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Red beads symbolise Christ's blood. Christ died a horrifc death on a cross to redeem all the world's sin. A Bible verse tied to Christ's sacrifice is Romans 5:8-9, which reads, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us ... we have been justified by his blood ..."
White beads represent repentance. When someone turns away from sin and turns to God, he can pray a prayer asking God to forgive him. God forgives and makes the person "white as snow." Psalm 51:1-2 is a verse connected to the cleansing God performs in a person's life. It reads, "Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin."
Black beads symbolise sin, or any act or thought that separates people from God. Original sin is the term used to describe Adam and Eve's first sin the Garden of Eden and points to the need for Jesus Christ, who came to redeem the world of sin through death on the cross. A Bible verse often attached to sin is Romans 3:23, which reads: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Blue beads symbolise a Christian's baptism. Baptism is regarded as an outward, visible act of obedience after someone has made an internal commitment to Jesus Christ.
Green beads represents growth. As a Christian studies the Bible and makes a committment to follow God's way, his faith grows.
Gold beads symbolise eternal life. Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are promised eternal life in Heaven with God. A common verse associated with eternal life is John 3:16. It reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
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