Guest Blog by new D-group apprentice leader
Last week we kicked off our two new Disciple Groups! In this blogpost, Paul Hendrix, who is serving as a D-group apprentice leader along with his wife Annabelle, reflects on the first meal & meeting of the Boston-Edison Neighborhood D-group.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)
We had our first meeting of the BoEd D-group this past week. During prayer requests, it became clear that our church was becoming more and more a reflection of Revelation 7. A few women in our group are first year residents, ER doctors. They were focused on their upcoming board exams, and so they were asking God for wisdom during the test. A lifetime of achievement, work and preparation bottled up into an eight-hour exam. Contrast that with a kid from our neighborhood who asked God to help him see his next birthday because he couldn’t shake the feeling that he wouldn’t live to see it.
I was hit by the fact that only the gospel has the power to reconcile all these people together in one room. I mean we had doctors, a lawyer, a public ivy-league trained pastor with a sweet Detroit tattoo, kids and young men from the neighborhood, homemakers, a former professional hockey player, and a teacher, all sitting together talking about Jesus. We had people who lived their whole lives in the neighborhood, some who moved there, and others who drove in from the suburbs. The common thread was Christ.
We see in Revelation 7 that ultimately, people from every walk, from every background, from every corner of the earth will come together and worship him. And this happens to us no matter which side of the tracks we hang our hats because we all desperately need reconciliation that only comes from Christ. It is exciting to see this verse become a reality right before our eyes, and I am pumped to see our church become more and more a reflection of the ultimate party described in Revelations 7, “…every nation, tribe, people and language…”.
*The pictures below were taken by the Riverview Church video/photography team during a recent visit. The images are of Paul & Annabelle, Austin & Stardust Klint (the other new D-group apprentice leaders) other Restore peeps, the pastor with the goatee known throughout central Detroit, & neighbors.