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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.

Robert Dean

Robert Dean

Role: Pastor

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.

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Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 57:2-11
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 32 secs

Over and over in the Bible we are told to trust God. How do we do that? Listen to this lesson to hear four things we need to do to start down the path of relying on God for everything. See that we must switch our thinking from focusing on our problems to God’s loving kindnesses by reading in the Psalms about God’s wonderful works as expressed through His names. When we truly trust God we can rest and relax because we know that God has a plan and He’s carrying it out and we have nothing to fear.

During this class Dr. Dean mentioned a new book authored by Dr. Thomas Ice called The Case for Zionism: Why Christians Should Support Israel.

Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:15-22
Duration: 50 mins 45 secs
What can believers in the Church Age take from Jesus’ Olivet Discourse? Listen to this lesson to learn that all believers will be removed from the earth before the Tribulation occurs. Hear six questions that need to be answered in this passage. Find out what the “abomination of desolation” is and Jesus’ instruction to the Jews in Judea at that time who are told to flee to the mountains without grabbing their bug-out bags. As believers today we can see that just as God will provide for those who obey Him in the Tribulation, we will always be provided for whatever the circumstances.
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:13-17
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 33 secs

Do you have trouble believing in the goodness of God when you see all the bad things that are happening in this world? Listen to this lesson to hear how we can know about and have confidence in the goodness of God. Beginning with God’s creation, see how its beauty illustrates His goodness to mankind. Find out that His character or essence is an all-encompassing goodness that we can rely on. As Christians living in a hostile culture, see the importance of being able to explain God’s goodness and His plan of salvation to those around us.

During this class Dr. Dean briefly discussed apologetics. Additional material on apologetics is available in the following resources:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Tue, Feb 07, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 57:1
Duration: 59 mins 43 secs
Who do you go to when you have a problem? Listen to this lesson to see that God wants us to cry out to Him in times of trouble. See how David called to God for mercy when he was being pursued by his enemies. See that we need to know God’s promises so we can claim them and can present our cases before God. Hear ways that we can learn to be like David and pray about all our needs. In times of trouble relax in God as baby birds rest in the care of their mother's wings.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:9-14
Duration: 52 mins 27 secs
What does tribulation mean? Listen to this lesson to learn there are several meanings to the word, including adversities that believers have in the Church Age but in the future there will be tribulation like nothing the world has ever seen. See that this horrific time is for Israel. Find out why Satan intensifies anti-Semitism during the last three and a half years of these seven years. Find out that the antiChrist is lawless and hear the promises of hope which refer to the time when Christ returns at His Second Coming.
Thu, Feb 02, 2017
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 58 secs
What does the Bible teach us about immigration and borders for a nation? Listen to this lesson to see that the Scriptures address these issues fully. See that there are basically two ways to interpret anything and that words in the Bible have meaning. Understand how the Bible explains the origin of human government and that its basic responsibility is to protect its citizens. Find out that liberals take verses that apply to individuals and use them as government mandates. Guard against the danger of misapplying compassion.

Tue, Jan 31, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:6-10 & Psalm 52:1-9
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 15 secs
How do you try to solve problems in your life? Listen to this lesson to learn that you need to turn to God and ask for His help when you are facing troubles and adversities. Hear how David was facing a very evil man who was boasting and seemed all-powerful. Find out that God will not allow this man to prosper for long. When you find yourself being mistreated unfairly by someone, turn this problem over to God and He will judge, break down, and destroy your tormentor and be a blessing to those who are doing what is right.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:4-8
Duration: 59 mins

Why is it important to study Bible prophecy in the Church Age? Listen to this lesson to hear several reasons including that it gives us confident hope, endurance, and motivation to walk by the Holy Spirit. Learn about the five major discourses of Jesus in Matthew which all involve the coming Kingdom. See that Jesus’ last instruction was that His words were to be taught to all believers. When you study prophecy you come to understand that we do not have to be shaken or fearful or worried at all because God is always in control.

Click to access the Different Dispensational Interpretations of Matthew 24 that Dr. Dean referenced in this class.

Dr. Steve Austin's article entitled: Are Earthquakes Signs of the End Times?

Gordon Franz's article entitled Earthquakes: On the Increase? or Warning of Judgment to Come?

Thu, Jan 26, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:10-14
Duration: 56 mins 14 secs
You would never think of starting a raging out-of-control fire in your neighborhood, would you? Listen to this lesson to learn that that the Bible tells us that our tongue starts fires when we gossip, slander, and malign others. See that evil words that spew out of our mouths come from our sin nature and are destructive to us and to the object of our anger. Hear a listing of types of sins of the tongue, including lying, yelling, flattery, judging, and bitter rants. As we move on in this chapter we begin a study of suffering unjustly. Find out that we are always to be ready to explain what we believe to unbelievers.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 56:5-13
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 14 secs
Have you ever wished that you didn’t need to fear anything because someone more powerful than all your troubles had your back? Listen to this lesson to learn that David explains how God is that One and He cares for you. See that faith conquers fear when our faith is in God. Find out some of the ways we suffer from our enemies by their plans and verbal abuse. In times of trouble remember that we are never alone because God pays very close attention to all of our heartaches.