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For years, many Christian teens wore "What Would Jesus Do?" jewelry--bracelets they would look to before making big decisions. Now a new bracelet called the Power Band is gaining in popularity among young evangelicals. The text below is adapted from their literature. Want the bracelet, but don't need the recruitment script? Skip straight to the words in bold to find out which bead goes where.

If someone has just asked you about your bracelet, you can say: "This bracelet is called a power band, because it symbolizes what's necessary for a person to live a life of power and purpose. May I tell you about it?"

KNOT. This knot represents the day you were born and the fact that God loves you. In the Bible Jesus is quoted as saying " . . . I have come that they (you) might have life, and might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) In other words, God meant our lives to be full and meaningful.

Why do you think most people don't experience God's power and purpose in their lives?

BLACK BEAD. This black bead represents sin. The Bible says, "All have sinned (including me and you) and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Because of our sin we are cut off from God's power and purpose for our lives.

How do you think it is possible to be restored to God's power and purpose for our lives?

RED BEAD. This red bead provides the answer. The Bible says, "God demonstrates His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Jesus Christ, God's son, rose from the dead after three days, proving He truly was God's Son and that the penalty for our sins was paid. This is why Jesus could say, "I am the way, the truth and life; no one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6).

WHITE BEAD. This white bead represents a life cleansed of sin. Acts 3:19 tells us how this is possible. It says, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that He will forgive your sins. If you do, times of spiritual strength (power) will come from the Lord." The Bible promises that, "To as many as will receive Him (Christ), He gives the power to become children of God." (John 1:12)

To receive Christ we must turn away from our sin, ask to be forgiven and give control of our lives to Jesus.

Does what I have been saying make sense to you? Is there any reason why you would not be willing to receive Christ right now?

Let's pray right now and you can repeat after me, expressing your desire to God! Pray this prayer: "Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness from You. I believe You died on the cross and rose again from the dead that I might have eternal life. I turn from my sins and ask for forgiveness from You. Right now I invite You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord."

Congratulations! You have just made the most important decision of your life. This is only the beginning of living with God's power and purpose.

BLUE BEAD. The blue bead represents baptism, which represents our new life in Christ.

GREEN BEAD. The green bead represents growth. When we are part of a church, we learn how to grow in our new life along with other Christians (2 Peter 3:18).

By the way, could I pick you up and bring you to my church this Sunday?

GOLD BEAD. This yellow or gold bead symbolizes the gold of Heaven. The Bible tells us, those who received Christ have eternal life and will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

KNOT. This knot represents the end of our lives. Everyone will one day die and stand before God to be judged (Hebrews 9:27). The knot also reminds us that we can be sure we will never again be separated from God after we have accepted Him as our Savior.

I would like to give you this power band as a reminder of your decision to follow Christ and live a life of power and purpose.

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