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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, Feb 01, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 55 secs
Did you know that what goes on between your ears is what shapes your life? Listen to this lesson to learn that you are fighting mental battles daily. See that your sin nature or human viewpoint is warring against God’s revelation in His Word which is Divine viewpoint. Learn about eight lust patterns that want to run amok in your soul and find out what God has designed for Christians to counter them through means of the Holy Spirit. Realize that the solution is always focusing on our mental attitudes and using our volition to choose to walk with God.
Tue, Jan 30, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 2:10-32
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 43 secs
Have you ever grappled with whether revenge and vengeance are always sins? Listen to this lesson to learn when they are wrong and when they are legitimate acts of justice. See what the Bible means when God says that vengeance is His and He will repay. Find out that what motivates us to want to get even with someone and be vindictive is always arrogance. Learn that instead of personal vengeance we should put the individual who has wronged us in God’s hands and apply love and forgiveness.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:35-44 & Mark 15:24-32
Duration: 45 mins 59 secs

Do you find it difficult to listen to the excruciating events of the first three hours Jesus hung on the cross? Listen to this lesson to hear the epic true story as Jesus’ hands and feet were in horrific pain as the nails pierced the skin. Understand that it was not this physical suffering that paid the penalty for our sins. Learn about the two others who were crucified at the same time and see that they were probably rebels like Barabbas. Hear the first saying of Jesus from the Cross which emphasized His forgiveness for those who did not truly understand what they were doing. Learn that the sign they put over Him identified what the charges were against Him. Realize that Jesus was able to rest in God’s provision as a demonstration that we should have a like mental attitude when we are suffering.

The Joel Kramer videos Dr. Dean mentioned in today's Bible class are available here:
The Praetorium
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Thu, Jan 25, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 57 secs
If your life needs to change, your thinking needs to be changed. Listen to this lesson to hear the truth that will open your eyes and change your life. Find out that having the right mental attitude is of supreme importance. Learn that it is by studying the Word of God and walking by means of the Spirit that we learn the standard of God’s thinking called Divine viewpoint. See that Jesus Christ is our example and it is by arming ourselves with Scriptures that we are trained and begin thinking about the things God wants us to think about. Understand that we are to demonstrate in our lives that God’s viewpoint is right and resolve that we are no longer going to handle our problems by sinful thoughts and actions.
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 2:8-11
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 29 secs

Note that the initial blue screen on the video incorrectly identifies this class as lesson #177 instead of #117.

Why does the Holy Spirit pull back the curtain on the chaos and sinful events conspiring after Saul’s death? Listen to this lesson to learn what happens when sin natures are in control. See the contrast here with David who mirrors God’s mercy and kindness to people. See the importance of knowing the geography of the area in order to follow the occurring events. Find out that when family loyalty is stronger than loyalty to God there are tragic consequences and fragmentation. Understand that a nation cannot have stability when it is in arrogance and rebellion and the only solution is to submit ourselves unto God.
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Passage: Matthew 27:31-35 & Luke 23:26-33
Duration: 56 mins 2 secs

Salvation is a free gift from God, isn’t it? Listen to this lesson to learn the intense and deeply disturbing price the Lord Jesus Christ paid when He took the punishment for our sins. Follow as Jesus struggles to carry His cross on the road to Golgotha and hear how He gave a compassionate warning to the “daughters of Jerusalem”. Find out what horrors transpired as He was nailed to the cross and how our response should be to live for Him to bring Him glory.

The combined Scripture reading for today is available in the Notes link below.

Tue, Jan 02, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 2:1-7
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 24 secs
Are there any decisions that are too small to bother God about? Listen to this lesson to learn that David sought God’s guidance in everything. See the contrast between the wisdom of David and the foolishness of Saul and his followers. Find out that the providential sovereignty of God is always working behind the scenes but never interfering with man’s volition. Find out that we no longer have special revelation but need to rely on the wisdom we find by learning God’s Word and applying it to our lives.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
Passage: John 19:1-14 & Matthew 27:22-26
Duration: 52 mins 35 secs
Was Pilate as guilty as the religious leaders for sending Jesus to be crucified? Listen to this lesson to learn that Pilate allowed himself to be influenced by the angry mob because of fear of Caesar. Find out why he ordered Jesus to be scourged and what a cruel and painful punishment that was. See why the Roman soldiers put a crown of thorns and a purple robe on Jesus. Learn the meaning of the mob saying that Jesus’ blood was on them and on their children’s heads and how that verse has been wrongfully used to lead to Christian anti-Semitism through the ages. Marvel at the love Jesus displayed when He allowed Himself to be put to death in such a violent manner in order to take our punishment.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-2
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 7 secs
So you’re facing mistreatment and persecution. What does God’s Word teach us about handling this problem? Listen to this lesson to learn that our example should be the Lord Jesus Christ. See that we are told to “arm ourselves” mentally. Hear several concrete ways this can be accomplished in our lives through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and see several verses that demonstrate ways to do this. Find out what it means to “cease from sin” and how we need to resolve mentally that we no longer will handle situations by our sin natures.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017
Passage: 2 Samuel
Duration: 57 mins 47 secs

Get ready for a quick overview of the book of 2 Samuel centering on David as the king of Israel. Learn that it is divided into three basic parts: blessing, discipline, and six episodes. Like any modern drama, hear about power lust, intrigue, and murder, but see how throughout it all David keeps his loyalty to God and is dependent on prayer. Learn about the center of the book involving two events that shape the rest. Hear six provisions of the Davidic Covenant and the eternal aspect of it. Find out the importance of kindness and graciousness which David showed to his enemies.

The outline for 2 Samuel is available in the Notes link below.