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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.

God's Plan for the Ages - Dispensations (2014)

God's Plan for the Ages - Dispensations (2014)

March 2014 - January 2015

This series an is update from Dr. Dean's Dispensations and Covenants (2000) series, now including video and graphics.

The one doctrine that has opened up the Scriptures to the largest number of people is the doctrine of dispensations. Many people have indicated that when they heard the doctrine of dispensations, God's plan for the ages, everything in the Bible began to make sense.

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

Dr, Dean has put together a suggested reading list on Dispensationalism. Click here to download the document.

To view all video Bible studies in the God's Plan for the Ages - Dispensations series, click here (Vimeo) or here (YouTube).

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Tue, Jun 03, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 52 secs
If you want to know the future, don't bother looking in a crystal ball. Instead turn to God's Word where He has laid out His plan for the ages. Listen to this lesson to learn about two of the unilateral covenants God has made with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Understand the significant facets of the Land Covenant and that there are promises and rewards for obedience and punishment for disobedience. See how it will be fulfilled in its entirety at the Second Coming of Christ. Move on to the Davidic Covenant which reveals who will govern the land God has promised. Learn the identity of David's descendant who will reign forever. Experience a deeper level of faith as you accept that what God has promised He will fulfill.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014
Passage: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 24 secs
"Extra! Extra! Read all about it! God has made a New Covenant". This was the prophet Jeremiah's announcement. Who is the New Covenant with? Does it include Christians today? Listen to this lesson to explore the many Old Testament scriptures talking about a future New Covenant. Trace its history from the first mention of it down through the ages. Find out what it will be like and who it will include. See how the recipients will not need to study the Bible because they will have all knowledge. Find out how their suffering will prepare them for universal obedience. Believe that this covenant will be the fulfillment of the promises God has made to Israel and rest in the assurance that God always fulfills His promises.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014
Passage: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 38 secs
Many Christians today talk as if they're living during the time of the New Covenant. Listen to this lesson to see what the Scriptures have to say about this. See what it means when it says believers are the ministers of the New Covenant. Get a glimpse into Covenant theology's teaching that the Church is the new Israel and how this belief has led to anti-Semitism. Accept that a literal interpretation of Scripture shows that the New Covenant is with the House of Israel and the House of Judah and will not be in effect until the return of Christ at the Second Coming.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 48 secs
"Come quickly. Jesus of Nazareth is in town." If you had lived when Jesus was alive on this earth, would you have dropped everything and hurried to hear Him declare He was the Son of God? Or would you have just shrugged Him off as another off-beat preacher? Listen to this lesson to learn that the three and a half years of Jesus' earthly ministry were different from any other period in human history. Learn why this event is a distinct dispensation and how Jesus demonstrated His divinity as He performed the miracles that established His Messiahship.
Tue, Jul 01, 2014
Passage: Acts 2 & Joel 2
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 57 secs

Bible interpretation is a subject that fills thousands of books and libraries around the world. One area is the subject of whether the writers of the New Testament shed clarification when they quoted Old Testament scriptures. Listen to this lesson to learn that there are four main schools of interpretation. Hear examples in the New Testament where two of these are illustrated. Learn about major scholars in this field and how you can delve into this subject more fully. Appreciate the many ways the scriptures teach patterns and types about the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For additional information on Midrash/Pesher and Hermeneutics, please see Arnold Fruchtenbaum's paper from the 2009 Chafer Conference.

Tue, Jul 08, 2014
Passage: Matthew 2
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 10 secs
Get ready to tackle important principles that show how Old Testament scriptures are interpreted in the New Testament. Build on last week's lesson to review two methods of interpretation and continue on to two more methods. Find out that the authors had a single intent when they wrote scriptures and how the Holy Spirit applied these in a fuller sense in the New Testament. Learn that there's no such thing as a partial fulfillment of the scriptures. See the difference between typology and application. As you drill down in these areas, allow this understanding to increase your confidence in the inspiration of scripture.

For additional information on Midrash/Pesher and Hermeneutics, please see Arnold Fruchtenbaum's paper from the 2009 Chafer Conference.

Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Passage: Acts 2
Duration: 56 mins 17 secs
What a triumphant turn of events happened soon after Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. No more bothering with animal sacrifices. Ditch the dietary laws and enjoy some ham and bacon. But much better, enjoy all the benefits of God's amazing grace. Listen to this lesson to learn about the dramatic changes that characterize the present time called the Church Age. Grasp the importance of the baptism, indwelling, and filling of the Holy Spirit. Embrace the necessity of walking by means of the Spirit for spiritual growth. Marvel at the much anticipated Rapture when all Church Age believers will receive their resurrection bodies.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Passage: Matthew 16:13-19
Duration: 59 mins 56 secs
Who doesn't love a good mystery but what does it mean when the Apostle Paul calls the Church Age a mystery? Listen to this lesson to learn that he isn't referring to a "whodunit" type mystery. Instead, the mystery was that for thousands of years no one knew about the Dispensation of Grace which would follow Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Get a clear understanding that there was a distinct break with the Age of Israel when the Church Age began, including a new unity of Jews and Gentiles, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every believer, and the emphasis on being a testimony in the Angelic Conflict.
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 46 secs
Now's not the time to give in to discouragement or feeling sorry for yourself. Instead experience the tremendous realities of the time in which we live when all believers are indwelt by God the Holy Spirit and are in union with Christ. Listen to this lesson to learn that the Christian life is a supernatural life filled with blessings and challenges. Understand that in the Church Age we have a completed canon of Scripture and all believers are priests and ambassadors representing God to mankind. Determine to pursue spiritual maturity as you learn about the many benefits and responsibilities of being a member of God's Royal Family.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 56 secs
Since Christians today no longer sacrifice animals at the temple or follow Old Testament rituals, how do they grow to spiritual maturity? Listen to this lesson to learn the five distinct roles of the Holy Spirit in every believer's life. See that it is only during the Church Age that every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and understand the unique characteristics of how we are to live our lives. See that spirituality and carnality are mutually exclusive and let us not squander or waste these tremendous assets God has given us.