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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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Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Duration: 52 mins 3 secs

Who owns the legal title deed to the most hotly contested piece of real estate in the world? Again and again we are told that Israel “illegally occupies” this territory and that their communities in Judea and Samaria “violate international law.” But is this true? This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in England, the first time in history that a nation recognized the right of the Jewish people to their historic homeland. But what legal impact did this declaration have?

In this lesson you will understand what happens when history is ignored. Discover that at the end of World War I the Ottoman Empire broke up. New nations were formed which had never before existed. Learn how these new borders and nations came into existence. In England Arthur Balfour had already seen his declaration seeking a homeland for Jews become policy. But this declaration had no legal force.

In this study Dr. Dean will explain how the British government’s policy became international law and established the legal foundations for Israel’s title to all of the land west of the Jordan River. It is not Israel, but the Palestinians who are the illegal occupiers who violate international law.

This session was presented at the 2017 Israel Today Symposium at Temple Shalom, Dallas, Texas.

Thu, Aug 03, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 27:57-28:8
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 30 secs
How do you think you would have reacted if you had been one of the witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ after His death on the Cross? Listen to this lesson to learn about the many witnesses who saw Jesus alive. See that it only takes two or three witnesses to confirm the truth of a matter. Hear the only two options for an explanation of the empty tomb. When witnessing to unbelievers remember there is ironclad proof that Jesus rose from the dead and that gives us confidence for our own resurrection someday.

This lesson also references Mark 15:42-16:14; Luke 23:50-24:43; John 19:38-20:29.

Dr. Dean referenced a document on the post-resurrection appearances of Christ during this class. You can download it here.

Tue, Aug 01, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 28:6-25
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 43 secs
How can we trust God when everything is going wrong in our lives? Listen to this lesson to see that we need to take the time to study the truth of God’s Word to be prepared for the difficult times. See that Saul is determined to make God guide him but he goes about it in a wrong way. Hear what a necromancer does and why Saul hoped to get some help from her. Find out if the woman was responsible for bringing Samuel back from the dead. Learn three reasons why Samuel was brought forward. Be reminded that our role is to orient to God’s ways and not to try to make God orient to ours.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 43 mins 5 secs
Is there a pattern we can follow when we find ourselves in severe pressures and adversity? Listen to this lesson to learn that Jesus set the pattern for believers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Find out that even though Jesus was impeccable, without sin, He still had human emotions. Learn that He never chose to go against God the Father’s will. Realize that we face a choice like His. Will we operate independently of the Father’s will or will we trust God and apply His Word?

Also includes Luke 22:39-46

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

Thu, Jul 27, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 27:57-28:8
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 24 secs
What evidence is there that Jesus was resurrected? Listen to this lesson to learn that there is evidence in the way the tomb was sealed by a large stone and a wax seal. Find out about the condition of the grave clothes that were found. See how we know the guards over the tomb were not just temple guards but a minimum of eight or more Roman soldiers. Learn the importance of the many witnesses. Realize that the reality of the resurrection is at the heart of the Christian message.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 28:3-8
Duration: 53 mins 40 secs
How should believers handle their fears? Listen to this lesson to learn there is a right and a wrong way. See that Saul chose the wrong way and turned to the occult which was forbidden. Find out that the emotion of fear is basic to our sin nature and is the first emotion mentioned in the Bible. Hear principles on fear that teach us how to handle our fears in wisdom. Instead of listening to our fears, we should base our actions on what the Word of God says.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 54 mins 53 secs
Do you wonder why Jesus was so overwhelmed with sorrow in the Garden of Gethsemane? Listen to this lesson to learn what the cup means in this passage. Find out that when Jesus was going to be made sin for us it affected His humanity in a deeply emotional way that did not involve sin. See that all believers stumble at times, even strong ones like Peter. Learn that if any of us deny Christ we will be denied rewards but not lose our salvation. Allow this lesson to teach us the importance of organizing our lives around learning and applying the Word of God.

This class also includes parallel passage Luke 22:39-46.

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 27:57-28:8
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 56 secs
How much do we know about the burial of Christ after His crucifixion? Listen to this lesson to learn that we have more written evidence of this burial than of the burial of any other figure in ancient history. Hear the accounts in the four Gospels and learn who Joseph of Arimathea was. See that the spices and linen strips wound around Jesus made a tight body cast. Learn how the religious leaders insisted on securing the tomb and how large the stone was. Realize that there is overwhelming evidence of Jesus’ burial after His death erasing all doubts that He was truly dead.

Includes references from the following passages: Matthew 27:57-28:8; Mark 15:42-16:14; Luke 23:50-24:43; John 19:38-20:29

Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 28:3-8
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 32 secs
Can Christians become involved in the occult world? Listen to this lesson to learn about mediums and spiritists and the many synonyms for the demonic creatures. See that seeking answers from the dead carries the death penalty from God. Hear a list of the deeds of the spirit world that God forbids. Hear about two kinds of idolatry and how all of us are drawn to it to some degree. Learn that the ultimate issue is to get our answers from God’s revealed Word only.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:30-35 & Luke 22:24-37
Duration: 51 mins 10 secs
Can we do something so terrible that God can never forgive us? Listen to this lesson to learn that every sin mankind has ever committed or will commit was nailed to the Cross without exception. Because of God’s grace we are never without hope for forgiveness. See how the disciples were concerned about who would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus’ surprising answer about serving others. Just like the disciples all of us are going to fail, but there is always forgiveness by God’s grace when we confess our sins.