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Maple Avenue Bible Church

"Glorifying God by proclaiming and living the truth in Jesus' name"

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The Mission of MABC:  "Glorifying God by proclaiming and living the truth in Jesus' name"
 
The Vision of MABC: 
Our Vision is a church that worships Jesus in a reverent and friendly atmosphere, is Christ-centered, mission-motivated, Bible-based, family-oriented, prayer-powered, and
Equipped to:
  • Express personal love and praise for Jesus
  • Share Jesus in daily life
  • Encourage and teach new believers
  • Fellowship and show love for each other
  • Respond lovingly and faithfully to ministry opportunities 


A Message from our Senior Pastor, Gene Reitz
Welcome to the website of Maple Avenue Bible Church!  MABC was established by a number of committed pioneer families in 1954.  It is our desire to help everyone develop a genuine relationship with God through a thorough understanding of His Holy Word as we continue to provide a solid Biblical foundation for all who attend.  We trust that God's love is seen in and through us as we endeavor to reflect the character of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
After ten years of serving in ministry in Hudsonville, MI, I accepted the Senior Pastor position at MABC in 2003.  I was raised in a non-Christian home and was encouraged to attend church with my brothers and sisters even though my parents did not attend.  I always considered myself "religious," but at the same time was unsure of my relationship with God until the gospel was shared with me.  By God's grace, a sinful, selfish individual became a forgiven child of God!  This began my journey to follow Christ, and I sensed a calling into ministry in 1990.  I completed my theological training and ordination through the Christian & Missionary Alliance in 1994.  With a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, I have a heart for sharing Christ with those in prison and am thankful that God has given me the opportunity to ministry at the Lenawee County Jail since 2004.
 
The Lord has blessed my wife Robin and me with four wonderful children and together we consider it a privilege to serve the Lord with our church family at MABC!
 
-Pastor Gene Reitz
 
 

Our Core Values
 
WE ARE COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE IN THESE BIBLICAL VALUES:

 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”   Colossians 3:23

 

GODLY SUBMISSION

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. (Hebrews 13:17-18)

 

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good. (Titus 3:1)

 

INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with

one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

(1 John 1:7)

 

SPIRIT LED INVOLVEMENT

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives

them to each one, just as he determines.

(1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

 

SINCERE WORSHIP

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks

to him and praise his name. (Psalms 100:4)

 

FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live

in it. (Psalms 24:1)

 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. [7] Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. [8] And God is able to make

all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that

you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

 

LOVING EVANGELISM

Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:37-38)

 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

NURTURING THE FAMILY

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (Colossians 3:18-21)

 

SYSTEMATIC DISCIPLESHIP

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Ephesians 4:11-12)

 

EARNEST PRAYER

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

(Colossians 4:2)

 

PLANNED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)

 

CHRIST-LIKE CHARACTER

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

 

CARING BENEVOLENCE

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (1 John 3:16-17)