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.
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:45-49 & Mark 15:33-36
Duration: 47 mins 31 secs
How did God prepare the human race to understand Jesus Christ paying the price for our sins? Listen to this lesson to hear four Old Testament pictures that portray Christ’s sacrificial death. See the emphasis of the furniture and articles in the tabernacle, especially the bronze altar and the laver. Find out the necessity for substitutionary blood sacrifices as depicted in the furniture in the Holy of Holies. As you understand the Old Testament types, realize that only Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross could solve the sin problem once and for all.
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:3-6
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 11 secs
Once we’re Christians sin isn’t much of a problem, right? Wrong! Listen to this message to hear about the sins that Christians face that war against their souls. See that when we succumb to those sins we develop “black holes” in our soul that destroy our stability and contentment. Hear about the six sins that Peter describes which are caused by our own lusts and corrupt our thinking and distort our values. Find out that the solution to these sins is confession, studying the Word of God, and walking by means of the Spirit.
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:1
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 16 secs
Since the Bible says that Christians have their citizenship in Heaven, does that mean we shouldn’t be involved in politics in our nation? Listen to this lesson to learn ten reasons why Christians have a responsibility to perform the duties of a citizen. Keep in mind that God instituted human government. See why we are commanded to pray for our leaders. Learn the importance of family in the Bible and the phrase “my bone and my flesh”. Find out three reasons why Israel was ready to accept David as their leader.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:45-49 & John 19:25-30
Duration: 50 mins 14 secs
Why did Jesus go to the Cross and die? Listen to this message to hear about the significance of Jesus’ spiritual and physical deaths. Understand what it means when the Bible says we need to have faith in Christ’s death on the Cross. See that it’s not a special kind of faith but the simple act of believing and that it’s the object of our faith that is important. Hear about some Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled about Christ’s death. See how the illustration of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the bronze snake, and Christ saying He is the Bread of life all portray the simplicity of salvation and that it is for every member of the human race.
Thu, Feb 15, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:3-6
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 41 secs
What does it mean when the Bible says that believers are to be a “distinct people”? Listen to this lesson to learn that it’s our thinking that needs to be different from those around us. See that when we study the Word of God and walk by means of the Holy Spirit our thinking is transformed from human viewpoint to divine viewpoint. Find out what Peter means when he refers to the Gentiles. See the importance of not being influenced by the “spirit of the age”. Hear a report on the missionary work that took place in Brazil last fall when Jeff Phipps and Ray Mondragon went there.
Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 4:1-12
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 37 secs
What makes people fall apart and act in devastating ways that cause havoc? Listen to this lesson to hear how two Israelites went into panic mode and tried to curry David’s favor by beheading King Ishbosheth and bringing the head to David. See how David reacted because he was waiting for God to promote him. Find out about a prophecy that said Israel’s rulers would come from the tribe of Judah, including the Messiah. Learn about four possible meanings for the word “Shiloh” and which one is the most probable. Understand that just like David, we don’t need to force things to happen in our lives but we need to take care of the responsibilities we have and let God bring His plans for us to pass at the right time.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:45-49 & John 19:25-30
Duration: 49 mins 15 secs
If someone freely paid a debt you owe, think how grateful you would be. Listen to this lesson to hear about the second three hours when Jesus was on the Cross and the unique suffering He endured on our behalf. Hear about the four women who witnessed Christ’s crucifixion. Find out about the three hours of darkness that veiled Jesus while God the Father imputed the sins of all mankind to Him and the meaning of a judicial separation that takes place between the Father and the Son. Because of what Christ accomplished on the Cross we can put our faith in Him for our salvation.
This lesson also includes Mark 15:33-36 and Luke 23:44-45a.
Thu, Feb 08, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 30 secs
Do you realize you have to “get over yourself” if you want to lead a spiritual life that gives you happiness on this earth and rewards in eternity? Listen to this lesson to learn that all of us have a sin nature that causes us to be self-absorbed and self-indulgent. Also, we are surrounded by demonic thinking which feeds our lust patterns. See that the answer lies in immersing ourselves in the Word of God as we walk by means of the Holy Spirit. Hear nine points on how we can grow spiritually and become mentally tough and ready to face the challenges that come our way.
Tue, Feb 06, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 3:1-39
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 50 secs
If you like epic family sagas filled with revenge, intrigue, and chaos, listen to this message which tells the true events of what happened in Israel after the death of Saul. Learn how God’s sovereignty means that His plans will always be fulfilled in spite of wrong human decisions. See if polygamy was ever approved in the Old Testament. Find out the importance of the line of Judah and how God’s planned future for it will occur as promised. See that in spite of all of men’s attempts to make history go their way, God will always win so we can relax and trust Him.
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:41-44 & Mark 15:29-32
Duration: 45 mins 19 secs
How do you react when people mock what you believe and make fun of you? Listen to this lesson to hear how Christ handled the ones who mocked, reviled, and taunted Him at His Crucifixion. Find out that there are seven different mocking events, both on the way to the cross and when Jesus was hanging on it. See that He did not answer them back when they ridiculed Him and spit on Him and hit Him. Learn that mocking someone means you feel disdain for that person and when you’re mocking the Creator of the universe you become a fool. See that the way Jesus handled His treatment led to others believing on Him as the Messiah. Only when your soul has been strengthened daily by learning the Word of God can you have joy, stability, and contentment when suffering.
The Jesus' Hours on the Cross chart Dr. Dean referred to during this class is available for download from Rose Publishing.