Grownup Gospel Bracelets

gospel bracelet guide with printable handout

Who remembers making one of these gospel bracelets as a kid in VBS?

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While the knotted leather and plastic beads were tres chic in the 90s, they aren’t so fashion forward for the modern millennial.

The message behind these bracelets is just important now though as it was when we were kids. It’s amazing how many people who consider themselves Christians cannot explain the gospel if asked. T

hese bracelets help remind ourselves of what the gospel is, and make it easy to share with others. So with some updates, here is a grownup gospel bracelet suitable for even the most hipster Jesus lover.

How to make a grownup gospel bracelet:


  • Bracelet elastic
  • 1 black bead
  • 1 red bead
  • 1 white (or clear) bead
  • 1 blue bead
  • 1 green bead
  • 1 yellow bead
  • 7 spacer beads
  • 12-30 filler beads depending on size


  • Cut the elastic to to fit around your wrist with plenty of length to tie off
  • String your beads onto the elastic
  • You can use spacer beads or not, style of beads is totally customizable
  • You can also add a cross charm between the red and black beads if desired
  • Tie off your bracelet, be sure to do at least 5 tight knots
  • Trim off extra elastic
How to make a grown up version of the VBS gospel bracelets

Gospel Bracelet Bead Meanings:


Our sin, which separates us from God.

Romans 3:23 (NASB) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”


The blood of Christ, Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave, paying the price and penalty for our sin. He provided the only way to God.

Romans 5:8 (ESV) “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”


Salvation, When we turn from our sins and accept Christ as our Savior, He cleanses us of our sins, making the way for new life in Him.

1 John 1:9 (ESV) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”


Baptism and the Holy Spirit, We are baptized as a representation of the death of our old selves and the resurrection of our new selves in Christ.

Romans 6:4 (ESV)We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

God gives His Spirit to always be with us and guide us.

John 14:16-17 (ESV)And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”


Newness of Life, God places new desires in our hearts and equips us to live in righteousness with Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”


The Kingdom of Heaven and eternity with God. Eternity with God in His Kingdom is both a future promise and a present reality.

John 17:3 (ESV) “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Revelation 21:1-6 (ESV) “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more…”

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