Dr. Robert L. Dean, Jr. is pastor of West Houston Bible Church in Houston, Texas.
Before coming to West Houston Bible Church, Dr. Dean was the Pastor of Preston City Bible Church in Preston, Connecticut. Prior to that he had served churches in both the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas and has over 35 years of pastoral experience.
Dr. Dean is a much sought after Bible teacher both in the United States and overseas. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Faith Evangelical Seminary and is the Chairman of the Governing Board for Chafer Theological Seminary.
Dr. Dean trained for the ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Th.M. in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies and later returned to pursue a Ph.D. in theological studies with an emphasis in Historical Theology. He also earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (1987) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Seminary (2002). In 1988 he was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America, and in 1989 was listed in the Who's Who in American Christian Leadership.
His academic training in Greek, Hebrew, theology, philosophy, and history enables him to study the Bible in the original languages and show how these eternal truths are as vital today as always.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:45-49 & John 19:25-30
Duration: 50 mins 14 secs
Why did Jesus go to the Cross and die? Listen to this message to hear about the significance of Jesus’ spiritual and physical deaths. Understand what it means when the Bible says we need to have faith in Christ’s death on the Cross. See that it’s not a special kind of faith but the simple act of believing and that it’s the object of our faith that is important. Hear about some Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled about Christ’s death. See how the illustration of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the bronze snake, and Christ saying He is the Bread of life all portray the simplicity of salvation and that it is for every member of the human race.
Thu, Feb 15, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:3-6
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 41 secs
What does it mean when the Bible says that believers are to be a “distinct people”? Listen to this lesson to learn that it’s our thinking that needs to be different from those around us. See that when we study the Word of God and walk by means of the Holy Spirit our thinking is transformed from human viewpoint to divine viewpoint. Find out what Peter means when he refers to the Gentiles. See the importance of not being influenced by the “spirit of the age”. Hear a report on the missionary work that took place in Brazil last fall when Jeff Phipps and Ray Mondragon went there.
Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 4:1-12
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 37 secs
What makes people fall apart and act in devastating ways that cause havoc? Listen to this lesson to hear how two Israelites went into panic mode and tried to curry David’s favor by beheading King Ishbosheth and bringing the head to David. See how David reacted because he was waiting for God to promote him. Find out about a prophecy that said Israel’s rulers would come from the tribe of Judah, including the Messiah. Learn about four possible meanings for the word “Shiloh” and which one is the most probable. Understand that just like David, we don’t need to force things to happen in our lives but we need to take care of the responsibilities we have and let God bring His plans for us to pass at the right time.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:45-49 & John 19:25-30
Duration: 49 mins 15 secs
If someone freely paid a debt you owe, think how grateful you would be. Listen to this lesson to hear about the second three hours when Jesus was on the Cross and the unique suffering He endured on our behalf. Hear about the four women who witnessed Christ’s crucifixion. Find out about the three hours of darkness that veiled Jesus while God the Father imputed the sins of all mankind to Him and the meaning of a judicial separation that takes place between the Father and the Son. Because of what Christ accomplished on the Cross we can put our faith in Him for our salvation.
This lesson also includes Mark 15:33-36 and Luke 23:44-45a.
Thu, Feb 08, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 30 secs
Do you realize you have to “get over yourself” if you want to lead a spiritual life that gives you happiness on this earth and rewards in eternity? Listen to this lesson to learn that all of us have a sin nature that causes us to be self-absorbed and self-indulgent. Also, we are surrounded by demonic thinking which feeds our lust patterns. See that the answer lies in immersing ourselves in the Word of God as we walk by means of the Holy Spirit. Hear nine points on how we can grow spiritually and become mentally tough and ready to face the challenges that come our way.
Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 3:1-39
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 50 secs
If you like epic family sagas filled with revenge, intrigue, and chaos, listen to this message which tells the true events of what happened in Israel after the death of Saul. Learn how God’s sovereignty means that His plans will always be fulfilled in spite of wrong human decisions. See if polygamy was ever approved in the Old Testament. Find out the importance of the line of Judah and how God’s planned future for it will occur as promised. See that in spite of all of men’s attempts to make history go their way, God will always win so we can relax and trust Him.
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:41-44 & Mark 15:29-32
Duration: 45 mins 19 secs
How do you react when people mock what you believe and make fun of you? Listen to this lesson to hear how Christ handled the ones who mocked, reviled, and taunted Him at His Crucifixion. Find out that there are seven different mocking events, both on the way to the cross and when Jesus was hanging on it. See that He did not answer them back when they ridiculed Him and spit on Him and hit Him. Learn that mocking someone means you feel disdain for that person and when you’re mocking the Creator of the universe you become a fool. See that the way Jesus handled His treatment led to others believing on Him as the Messiah. Only when your soul has been strengthened daily by learning the Word of God can you have joy, stability, and contentment when suffering.
The Jesus' Hours on the Cross chart Dr. Dean referred to during this class is available for download from Rose Publishing.
Thu, Feb 01, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 55 secs
Did you know that what goes on between your ears is what shapes your life? Listen to this lesson to learn that you are fighting mental battles daily. See that your sin nature or human viewpoint is warring against God’s revelation in His Word which is Divine viewpoint. Learn about eight lust patterns that want to run amok in your soul and find out what God has designed for Christians to counter them through means of the Holy Spirit. Realize that the solution is always focusing on our mental attitudes and using our volition to choose to walk with God.
Tue, Jan 30, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 2:10-32
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 43 secs
Have you ever grappled with whether revenge and vengeance are always sins? Listen to this lesson to learn when they are wrong and when they are legitimate acts of justice. See what the Bible means when God says that vengeance is His and He will repay. Find out that what motivates us to want to get even with someone and be vindictive is always arrogance. Learn that instead of personal vengeance we should put the individual who has wronged us in God’s hands and apply love and forgiveness.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:35-44 & Mark 15:24-32
Duration: 45 mins 59 secs
Do you find it difficult to listen to the excruciating events of the first three hours Jesus hung on the cross? Listen to this lesson to hear the epic true story as Jesus’ hands and feet were in horrific pain as the nails pierced the skin. Understand that it was not this physical suffering that paid the penalty for our sins. Learn about the two others who were crucified at the same time and see that they were probably rebels like Barabbas. Hear the first saying of Jesus from the Cross which emphasized His forgiveness for those who did not truly understand what they were doing. Learn that the sign they put over Him identified what the charges were against Him. Realize that Jesus was able to rest in God’s provision as a demonstration that we should have a like mental attitude when we are suffering.
The Joel Kramer videos Dr. Dean mentioned in today's Bible class are available here:
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre