Backwards Dinner Devotional

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This is an idea of a devotional that we used for our group in addition to the backwards dinner post on egadideas.com.

For our backwards dinner, we developed a menu to use as a devotional. each course represents something in the Christian walk. The courses are listed as follows and for each course there are several Scripture verses. At each house we assigned different verses to different kids and they looked them up and read them aloud. As each one was read, the youth tried to guess what each course represented. (on the menu, it was left blank and they could fill it it. ex: 1st course: dessert = ___________ )

Here goes:

1st course: Dessert = Heaven
Genesis 1:1
Matt. 4:17
Luke 23:43
1 Thessalonians 4:17
John 14:1-4
Romans 8:17

2nd course: Side Dish = side blessings from God
Mark 3:1-6
Luke 21:33
Luke 12:22-23
John 10:10
1 John 2:15

3rd course: Main Dish = personal walk with God
Luke 9:26
1 Peter 4:16
2 Tim 4:1-2
Matt. 4:3-4
Matt. 28:19-20

4th course: Soup = missions; Salad = growth
Soup: Revelation 14:6-7, Philippians 2:5-11, Acts 14:21-23
Salad: Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

5th course: Appetizers = salvation
1 Tim 2:5
John 3:16
Romans 3:23
Romans 10:9-10

The point of this devotional was, 1) to offer them salvation at the end, once they had eaten and were filled, they could learn that they could “never hunger” by giving their lives to the “bread of life” (John 6:35). 2) to share with them that as much as you would probably like, you can’t go from salvation (appetizers) straight to heaven (dessert). You need to run the race as God has planned for you. Many times we fill up on side dishes (side blessings) and forget about our personal relationship with the KING.

We hope that this devotional will bless you and serve you.

To God be the Glory.