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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.

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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Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 22 secs
What evidence can we use when defending Christianity to unbelievers? Listen to this lesson to learn about apologetics, which is a defense of the truth of the Bible. Understand that the purpose of apologetics is not to win an argument but to win over others so they can change their minds. Hear ways to talk to unbelievers by understanding the common ground we share. See several objections to learning apologetics and understand that we are commanded by God to be ready to answer unbelievers.

Additional information on apologetics by Charlie Clough is available here:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 49 secs
What kind of problems have you been facing this week and what did you do about them? Listen to this lesson to see that the first thing Christians should do when they have difficulties is turn to God in prayer to ask for divine guidance. Learn three things we need to keep in mind about God’s guidance in the Old Testament. See that God knows not only what actually happens but what could have happened and what should have happened. See how God gave David direct guidance and today we have the completed Word of God to find answers.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:29-31
Duration: 48 mins 44 secs
What is the Day of the Lord? Listen to this lesson to hear that the Day of the Lord is used in a general sense as a day of judgment in the Old Testament and also as a specific climatic event when Christ returns to judge the earth. Find out a chronological order of a number of Old Testament judgments. Hear about the cosmic disturbances that accompany the Day of the Lord. Understand that no one gets away with wrongdoing even though it may appear so at the time, but that Christ will eventually judge all sin and evil.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Passage: 1 Timothy 3:16-17
Duration: 46 mins 11 secs
Is the Bible the inspired Word of God or does it just contain the word of God? Listen to this lesson to hear an introduction to the 2017 Chafer Conference. Understand what a Biblicist is and what is meant by inerrancy and interpretation. Find out what is the history of the "battle for the Bible" and what dual authorship and inspiration means. If you’d like to understand why people think the way they do in politics, religion, and education today listen to the contents of the 2017 Chafer Conference.
To listen to this conference as an audio podcast, copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software.
www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2017chaferconf.xml
 
Thu, Mar 09, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 57 secs

Do you become flustered when someone asks about your beliefs, especially someone who is hostile to you? Listen to this lesson to see that we need to be ready to answer everyone who asks us. Find out what apologetics means and the importance of it. Understand that this is a strong stand for the truth of the Scriptures and not an apology for what we believe. Imagine yourself as a missionary trying to tell someone about the gospel who believes in a perverted pagan worldview.

During this class Dr. Dean discussed apologetics and referenced some additional material by Charlie Clough on the subject:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Tue, Mar 07, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 142:1-7
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 18 secs
When you feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you and you’re overwhelmed by all your problems, where should you turn? Listen to this lesson to learn that reading the psalms that David wrote when he was persecuted by Saul are a good place to go. Find out that we can apply the problem solving devices in prayer and that our default position should always be to turn to God. Learn that there’s nothing wrong with crying out to God because that is acknowledging our absolute dependence on Him. Hear five points on depression and see the role anger plays when we’re depressed.
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
Passage: Matthew 24:23-31
Duration: 58 mins 58 secs
Does the Bible mean what it says and should we take it literally? Listen to this lesson to hear how precise the directions are to the Christian Jews living in Judea when they are told to flee. Find out the significance of Jesus’ warning about false messiahs and false prophets. Hear a description of the powerful, dramatic coming of Christ when He returns to the earth. Learn what the gathering by the angels is and see that our response should be to realize God is in control of history and will fulfill all His promises.
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