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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, Nov 02, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:18
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 8 secs
Begin this class with a few moments celebrating the Houston Astros winning the 2017 World Series and then hear about the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which was a policy statement concerning Israel’s right to a homeland. In this third chapter of 1 Peter be reminded that Jesus is the pattern for how to react when suffering unjustly. See eight different meanings for the word spirit and which one best fits this context. Realize that we will face opposition but we can be encouraged because Jesus Christ defeated it all on the Cross.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:16-24
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 25 secs

When did you last take time to recall God’s goodness to you and His answers to your prayers? Listen to this lesson to learn how David described all God had done for him. Hear about the waters of Shiloah which speak of God’s protection. Find out the difference between the free gift of imputed righteousness and experiential righteousness which we earn by walking by means of the Holy Spirit.

During this lesson Dr. Dean referenced an article on the Reformation by Barna Group. You can view it here.

Dr. Dean also recommends that you view a video about Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Gihon Spring which he discussed this evening. The video is located here.

Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:47-56 & Mark 14:43-52
Duration: 52 mins 3 secs

Listen to this lesson to be transported to a time in the Garden of Gethsemane when Satan, having possessed Judas Iscariot, believes he has triumphed over God and won the angelic conflict at last! See how Jesus shows that God is in control when He identifies Himself as “I AM” and goes toward the mob. Find out there were many illegalities in Jesus’ arrest. Learn the nature of Judas’ kiss of betrayal. Understand that when we face our own adversities we can be confident that God is always in control.

This lesson also includes Luke 22:47–53 and John 18:2–11.

The notes link below includes “The Betrayal and Arrest” chronological reading of this event that Dr. Dean developed at the beginning of this class.

Thu, Oct 26, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:18
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 56 secs
What does it mean to have peace with God? Listen to this lesson to learn that God reconciled mankind to Himself through Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross. See that because of being reconciled to God man is able to approach God and trust Christ as his Savior. See how Christ handled His unjust suffering as He died for our sins. Learn that it’s only when we believe in Christ that we experience reconciliation. Find out the meaning of the ministry of reconciliation and why we are to be ambassadors for Christ.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:7-15
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 4 secs
Does God intervene in human history in answer to prayer? Listen to this lesson to learn instances of God’s intervention. Hear four different parts of prayer that we can utilize in our personal prayers. See that our prayers are not to be designed to get God to give us what we want but are to change us to think like God thinks in the Word of God. Hear how David expresses God’s power as He rules His creation in amazing ways throughout Scripture. Learn about Bible believing scientists who made tremendous scientific discoveries throughout history.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 57 mins 33 secs
“Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder.” If that old gospel song sounds like your life lately, listen to this lesson about how Jesus handled His tremendous unique testing on His way to the Cross and during His crucifixion. See the solution that Jesus always used when tested. Find out that the Cross was not Satan’s plan so he attacked Jesus to try to get Him to avoid and reject it. Learn that we are not to engage Satan but are to follow Jesus’ instructions to the disciples to watch and pray. Hear five things we need to learn to apply the prayer solution in our life as we realize that God has given us the assets we need to pass our tests when we are walking in the Spirit.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:18
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 55 secs
When was our sin cancelled? When we trusted in Christ as our Savior or when Christ died on the Cross? Listen to this lesson to gain an understanding of the doctrine of atonement. Learn the meaning of how and when our debt was cancelled and its importance. Hear four components of this forgiveness. Marvel at all that Jesus Christ accomplished for the human race on the Cross and the opportunity we have to accept this great salvation.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:6-15
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 4 secs
What does the Bible teach about Sheol? Listen to this lesson to learn at least three meanings of the word, only one of which refers to a specific location. See that the word should not be translated as hell. Find out what we’re to do when we are deeply distressed. See what David means when he refers to God’s temple and compare and contrast God’s heavenly temple with His earthly temple. Marvel that when we pray to God He hears and answers us.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 53 mins 44 secs

Includes a remembrance of West Houston Bible Church organist Sally Davis.

Click the notes link below to view Dr. Dean's “Harmony of Jesus in Gethsemane” document.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was referring to when He fervently prayed that God would take the cup from Him in Matthew 26? Listen to this lesson to understand that the cup is a frequent figure of speech throughout Scripture. See how it refers to judgment in the Old Testament. Find out that in this instance it has a deeper meaning than references to Jesus’ general suffering and mission on the Cross. Learn how it is a challenge to discipleship for believers. In addition, discover an appreciation of the value of art from the Middle Ages and renaissance, which portrays the content of the Bible.

Sat, Oct 14, 2017
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 59 secs
Memorial service for Sally Davis, WHBC organist. Jan. 18, 1930 - August 25, 2017