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.
Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:5-12
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 9 secs
Have you ever had a special charm that you wished would bring you luck? Listen to this lesson to hear how the people of Israel tried to use the Ark of God as their “rabbit’s foot”. Learn what a phenomenal piece of ancient furniture this was and how God gave explicit directions for how it was to be constructed and cared for. Hear about a number of events involving the Ark of God that occurred, some of which involved God’s judgment because the people showed disrespect. Find out David’s plans for bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem but how he did not follow God’s instruction to carry it on poles and it resulted in the death of one man. Learn from these examples that God is a righteous, holy God and does not need any help.
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:50-56 & 1 John 2:2
Duration: 56 mins 28 secs
How many supernatural events can you name that occurred the day of Christ’s crucifixion? Listen to this message to learn about these events, including complete darkness in the area and dead people leaving tombs and walking in the streets. Learn the meaning of Christ’s propitiation on the Cross and how it satisfied God’s Righteousness and Justice. See how the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant spoke of this and of unlimited atonement for all mankind. Learn that the issue at salvation is now belief in Christ’s work alone.
The combined reading for today's class is available on the Notes link below.
Tue, Mar 20, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:5-25
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 20 secs
What lessons can we learn from King David as He begins to take over ruling Israel? Listen to this message to see that David was obedient to God’s instructions on how to rule, unlike King Saul. See why David chose Jerusalem for the capital of the country, recognizing that it was there that Abraham had obeyed the Lord. Find out David’s two areas of weakness and how they impacted his life in many negative ways. Learn why polygamy was never approved by God. Accept that just as it was God who promoted David, He is working out His plans in our lives today.
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Passage: Colossians 2:12-14 & Ephesians 1:7
Duration: 48 mins 54 secs
Think about opening an envelope and expecting a big bill you owe and instead you read, “Paid in Full”. How happy you would be! Listen to this lesson to learn about a much larger sin debt that Christ paid for you on the Cross. Find out that the sin debt has been cancelled and hear four categories of forgiveness including legal forgiveness for all mankind, application of that forgiveness at the moment you believe in Christ, and confession afterwards when you commit sins. Understand that sin is no longer the issue but that the focal point is believing that Christ paid for all your sins. Since He is capable of solving the sin problem, we can trust Him to solve all our problems in life.
Also includes Colossians 1:14.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 1:18-19
Duration: 43 mins 55 secs
Why is Christ called our Redeemer? Listen to this lesson to learn that Christ redeemed us by paying our debt on the Cross. See that just as the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, every human born is a slave to their sin nature. Hear eight points how Christ paid the penalty for our sins. See that we can add nothing to gain our freedom because it was already paid in full so sin is no longer the issue. When we trust Christ as our Savior we are to live for Him in a way that brings glory to God.
Thu, Mar 08, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:5-6 & 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 26 secs
Are you ready to think about something that can change your life? Listen to this lesson to learn what the Bible says about how everyone of us, believer and unbeliever, will stand before God one day and give an account of our time on earth. Find out that there are nine judgments mentioned in the Bible and that Jesus Christ, who became a man and lived on earth, will be the judge. See what takes place at the Bema Seat of Christ and learn that this judgment is for believers only to determine their rewards. Find out that the issue at the Judgment Seat of Christ is how faithful a believer was. Accept the challenge of living each day in the light of eternity so you will receive the promised rewards.
Tue, Mar 06, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:5-12
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 29 secs
Great cities have come and gone over the course of human history but one city has a distinction above all others. It is God’s favorite city and its name is Jerusalem. Listen to this lesson to hear the fascinating true story of how this ancient city in Israel is unique from all other cities. Trace the first mention of Jerusalem in the Old Testament and follow its course until the time when David was king. See how he gave his military incentives to capture it from the Jebusites. See the details of its geography and water supply and how it changed over the years. Marvel that Jerusalem is the center of God’s plan of salvation for the human race and that His plans for the city will be fulfilled.
Sun, Mar 04, 2018
Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:21 & Isaiah 53:5-63:6
Duration: 46 mins 6 secs
Are you ready to explore the astonishing substitutionary atonement of Christ on the Cross? Listen to this lesson to learn that Christ’s death on the Cross was the payment for our sins and the concept was first introduced in the Bible when God clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins. See how we can do nothing to gain fellowship with God because we are unrighteous, but the Lord Jesus Christ cleansed us through His sacrifice. While Christ paid the price for the three problems facing the human race, it is only when we trust in Him as our Savior that these solutions are applied to us personally.
Thu, Mar 01, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:5-6
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 50 secs
Are you living your life like a foolish person or a wise person? Listen to this lesson to learn what Peter is saying to new believers as he describes the Christian lifestyle as compared to their former ways of debauchery and reckless living. Understand the contrast between being drunk with wine and walking by means of the Holy Spirit. See how he warned them to expect to be ridiculed, falsely accused, and persecuted by those who don’t believe in Christianity. Understand that while it may not seem fair or just they are not to worry or seek revenge. God will hold everyone accountable and judge them someday.
Tue, Feb 27, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 21 secs
Do you feel uncertain about the future in the chaotic times in which we live? Listen to this lesson to hear a reassuring glimpse into God’s master plan for the human race. See that He has made complete provision for us, His sheep, and that He is our Shepherd. See that the example of what a leader should be is that of a shepherd who protects and feeds his sheep. Learn that we are fed by the Word of God. Hear the prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, as they describe the false shepherds of Israel whose neglect caused the sheep to be scattered. Find out that in the New Testament Jesus Christ is called the Good Shepherd who always cares for believers in every way.