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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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Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Passage: Matthew 25:1-13
Duration: 55 mins 54 secs
Do you consider yourself wise or foolish? Listen to this lesson to learn about Jesus’ parable about 10 bridesmaids, five who were wise and 5 who were foolish. Find out who the bridesmaids represent and what is the significance of the oil for their lamps. See that the context of this parable, like the others in the Olivet Discourse, is referring to Jews and not to the Church Age. Learn that the whole point of this parable is to warn the Jews of coming judgment at the end of the Tribulation which they need to be prepared for. By implication, see that today we should believe in Christ and be prepared for the coming Rapture.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 43 secs
What can mankind understand from observation and logic? Listen to this lesson to learn that while we can learn many things, we are dependent on revelation from God to understand truth. See that the Bible contains this truth while apologetics is concerned with why we believe what we believe. Hear how it is a myth that science and Christianity are at war with each other. Learn that God created facts and man was created to understand God’s communication in the Bible.

Click here to view the video uploaded by The Bible Society of Egypt entitled "Forgiveness Incarnated."

Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
Duration: 55 mins 4 secs
How can we know if we are doing the will of God? Listen to this lesson to hear nine principles that can help us make biblical decisions. Learn about the different kinds of God’s will and how each impacts us. See that since the canon of Scripture was completed, God no longer gives direct revelation to people as He once did. As you contemplate decisions in your life, make choices from the standpoint of wisdom, which is the skillful application of the Word of God to your circumstances.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:45-51
Duration: 42 mins 20 secs
How do we know what date Easter comes each year? Listen to this lesson to learn that not all Christians celebrate on the same day. Find out the reasons and how the controversies separated churches. Hear the parable of the wicked and righteous servants which Jesus told to His disciples. See that the imagery is of a homeowner who is trying to keep his family safe. Since he doesn’t know when danger will occur he has to always be prepared. Learn that the thief refers to unbelievers who will be judged at the Second Coming of Christ which will surprise them because they are not prepared.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 14 mins 18 secs
Many unbelievers have reasons why they say they can’t believe in God. Are you able to answer their objections in a thoughtful way? Listen to this lesson to learn that apologetics is a study of ways to defend the truth of God’s Word. Learn that evidences are tools that we can use when talking to unbelievers. See why only divine revelation is sufficient to learn about God. Find out how the Bible consistently presents a rational case for why we should believe in the truth of God’s Word beginning in Genesis.

Additional information on apologetics by Charlie Clough is available here:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:32-44
Duration: 48 mins 9 secs
Is the Rapture going to happen during this generation? Listen to this lesson to learn that in the parable of the fig tree Jesus is not talking to Church Age believers but is referring to Jews in the Tribulation. See the fallacy of trying to set dates for the Rapture and the Tribulation. Learn the meaning of “day and hour” and how Jesus was referring to His humanity when He said He didn’t know the timing. Find out how Jesus compares the circumstances of His Second Coning to Noah’s Flood as they were both times of judgment.
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 54 secs

Do you have a ready answer when someone asks you why you believe in God? Listen to this lesson to hear how to defend that the Scriptures are the only truth. Learn what facts are, how they can be interpreted differently, and how we can apply logic and rationalism, which is our common ground with unbelievers. Learn what evidences are and hear four basic elements in apologetics. Do not be in a hurry but find out where people are in their thinking and take them to the next step.

Additional information on apologetics by Charlie Clough is available here:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Tue, Apr 04, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 16 secs
How does God guide and direct us? Listen to this lesson to see that in the age in which we live God directs us through His Word. Hear five principles we should know about what God’s will is for our lives and some misconceptions about knowing His will. See that our purpose in life is to first trust in Christ as our Savior and then grow spiritually with a willingness to serve Him.
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:29-33
Duration: 56 mins 56 secs
Nearly everyone is interested in what will happen in the future but there is little agreement on the subject. Listen to this lesson to hear about two future events, one only for believers and the other for all the inhabitants of the earth at the time. Find out that Jesus is talking about His future return to earth in the Olivet Discourse. Hear the distinctions between the Rapture and the Second Coming and that our response should be a reminder that all believers should be living their lives in light of eternity.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 34:8-22
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 11 secs

Out of the Depths - Part 3

Part 3 of Dr. Dean on the Psalms at Tucson Bible Church