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What is a Mini-Series?
A Mini-Series is a small subset of lessons from a major series which covers a particular subject or book. The class numbers will be in reference to the major series rather than the mini-series.

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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Matthew (2013)

Matthew (2013)

September 2013 - March 2018

Note: Classes in this series are arranged with the most recent class appearing first.

True stories of the lives of famous people quickly move to the top of the best sellers' charts. Listen to this series about the engrossing story of the life of Christ as told by a once-hated tax collector, Matthew. See how his emphasis is on Christ as the promised Messianic King. Find out about the not-to-be-missed practical ways this Gospel can impact your life.

Video DVDs of these lessons can be ordered here and here.

To view all video Bible studies in the Matthew series, click here.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Passage: Matthew 27:11-14 & John 18:28-19:6
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 2 secs

What do you think about Jesus Christ? C.S. Lewis said there are only three choices. Either He’s the Lord, or He’s a lunatic, or He’s a liar. Listen to this lesson to learn about how the religious leaders of His day plotted to come up with a crime to convince a Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, that Jesus had committed treason. See how Pilate tried to get out of making a judgment call by sending Jesus to Herod Antipas. Just as the people in those days had to choose where they stood in the case of Jesus Christ, each of us must make a decision now.

Also includes Mark 15:1-5 and Luke 23:1-12.

Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Passage: Matthew 27:3-10 & Acts 1:18-19
Duration: 48 mins 48 secs
When Judas was remorseful over his betrayal of Jesus, did that mean he was saved? Listen to this lesson to learn that the Bible says salvation comes by faith alone in Christ alone and not by regretting or feeling sorry for our sins. Find out the differences between remorse, regret, and repentance. See that Judas admits his guilt to the Chief Priest but not to God. Find out the significance of Judas’ throwing the pieces of silver in the temple and how this was a fulfillment of prophecy. Hear about some alleged contradictions in this incident and how they are resolved. Learn that suicide is like all sins and has been paid for by Christ on the Cross.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:69-75 & Mark 14:66-72
Duration: 48 mins 58 secs
How would you like the low point of your spiritual life to be recorded in the Bible so all generations can read about it? Listen to this message to learn that the lesson here is that our failures as believers can always be forgiven by God’s grace. Hear Jesus’ prediction to Peter and Peter’s arrogant boasting about how he would never deny Christ. See that, in effect, Peter and the other disciples are denying that Jesus is omniscient. Hear about spiritual vampires and decide if you share any of their traits. Remember that this incident shows that there’s no sin we can commit that can’t be forgiven by the grace of God so we can be restored and continue our spiritual growth.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:57-68 & Mark 14:53-65
Duration: 54 mins 10 secs

What should you do when you are accused of something unfairly? Listen to this lesson to learn that no one has ever been treated more unjustly than Jesus Christ when He was arrested and put on trial on trumped-up charges. Hear who was on the “kangaroo court” who wanted to kill Him and were seeking people willing to lie against Jesus. See His example of a relaxed mental attitude which shows confidence that God is always in control even when injustice is taking place. Get a clear picture of Christ’s love for us as He allowed Himself to be spat on, hit, and ridiculed on our behalf.

Also included in this class is Luke 22:54, 63–65.

Click on the Notes link below to view the list of 22 Rules Broken at Yeshua’s Trial.

Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:57 & John 18:12-14
Duration: 43 mins 35 secs

What arrogance! It’s hard to comprehend how people could have put the Son of God, Jesus Christ, on trial, but it happened! Listen to this message to hear how Christ’s first trial was held by the high priest, Annas, who was the leader of a crime family who sought witnesses to prove the innocent Christ’s guilt. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, stood in the presence of the darkness of religious leaders, confident and unafraid. Today He challenges each of us in the same way. What is your response to Him?

This lesson also includes John 18:19–24

Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:47-56 & Mark 14:43-52
Duration: 49 mins 44 secs

When is it justified to defend yourself against government authority? Listen to this lesson to learn that there are instances when defense is legitimate but that Jesus Christ chose to submit to unfair authority. Find out how Jesus identifies Himself as God and how His voice affected the crowd. See how Peter reacted and hear what Jesus meant by His warning to Peter. Find out five prophecies that were fulfilled which gives us the confidence today that we can always depend on the Word of God.

This lesson also includes Luke 22:47–53 and John 18:2–11.

The notes link below includes “The Betrayal and Arrest” chronological reading of this event that Dr. Dean developed at the beginning of this class.

Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:47-56 & Mark 14:43-52
Duration: 52 mins 3 secs

Listen to this lesson to be transported to a time in the Garden of Gethsemane when Satan, having possessed Judas Iscariot, believes he has triumphed over God and won the angelic conflict at last! See how Jesus shows that God is in control when He identifies Himself as “I AM” and goes toward the mob. Find out there were many illegalities in Jesus’ arrest. Learn the nature of Judas’ kiss of betrayal. Understand that when we face our own adversities we can be confident that God is always in control.

This lesson also includes Luke 22:47–53 and John 18:2–11.

The notes link below includes “The Betrayal and Arrest” chronological reading of this event that Dr. Dean developed at the beginning of this class.

Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 57 mins 33 secs
“Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder.” If that old gospel song sounds like your life lately, listen to this lesson about how Jesus handled His tremendous unique testing on His way to the Cross and during His crucifixion. See the solution that Jesus always used when tested. Find out that the Cross was not Satan’s plan so he attacked Jesus to try to get Him to avoid and reject it. Learn that we are not to engage Satan but are to follow Jesus’ instructions to the disciples to watch and pray. Hear five things we need to learn to apply the prayer solution in our life as we realize that God has given us the assets we need to pass our tests when we are walking in the Spirit.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 53 mins 44 secs

Includes a remembrance of West Houston Bible Church organist Sally Davis.

Click the notes link below to view Dr. Dean's “Harmony of Jesus in Gethsemane” document.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was referring to when He fervently prayed that God would take the cup from Him in Matthew 26? Listen to this lesson to understand that the cup is a frequent figure of speech throughout Scripture. See how it refers to judgment in the Old Testament. Find out that in this instance it has a deeper meaning than references to Jesus’ general suffering and mission on the Cross. Learn how it is a challenge to discipleship for believers. In addition, discover an appreciation of the value of art from the Middle Ages and renaissance, which portrays the content of the Bible.

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 1 hr 54 mins 34 secs

What are the worst problems you have ever suffered in life? No matter how horrendous, none compare with what Christ faced in the Garden of Gethsemane. Listen to this lesson to learn how Jesus prayed during His adversities. Hear about the hypostatic union and how Jesus has two natures in one Person eternally. Learn the answer to the question of whether Jesus had a will of His own in His humanity. Recognize that in order for us to know God’s will we must study God’s Word.

Click the notes link below to view Dr. Dean's “Harmony of Jesus in Gethsemane” document.