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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, Aug 10, 2023
Passage: Philippians 2:5-11
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 46 secs

Do you know what hypostatic union means? Could you explain it to others? Listen to this message to learn how the early Church fathers struggled with this doctrine after the death of the last Apostle, John. Hear about a number of them, beginning with Clement and their vague explanations which were influenced by Greek philosophy. See these earliest attempts to put into words an understanding of the Trinity and the necessity for Christ to be both fully divine and fully human in order to be the Mediator between God and man.

Dr. Dean recommended that you visit the Builders of Israel website for more information about our upcoming Evangelism & Apologetics seminar.

Sat, Aug 12, 2023
Passage: 1 John 1:9
Duration: 25 mins 46 secs
What if we sin after we’re saved? If this thought bothers you look at the memory verse for today to see that God has answered this question. Find out that when we name or confess our sins we are instantly forgiven.
Sun, Aug 13, 2023
Passage: Ephesians 4:30
Duration: 1 hr 41 mins 45 secs
Are you confident you’re saved for all eternity? Listen to this message to learn that at the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit sealed you, making your salvation secure. Learn six principles about the Holy Spirit showing that He is a Person, not just a force. As believers in the Church Age, understand that the Holy Spirit indwells you and fills you with God’s thoughts when You walk with Him and study God’s Word.
Tue, Aug 15, 2023
Passage: Genesis 3
Duration: 1 hr 14 mins 19 secs

Do you wonder why we live in such a world of confusion and chaos? Listen to this message to see what happened to the God-ordained social structures after the Fall. See how man’s responsibility to make good choices was corrupted by the hopelessness mankind felt, leading to a constant search for something to deaden the pain and bring pleasure. Find out how marriage between one man and one woman changed to alternative types of “marriage”. Then see how the family became a source of rivalry and disaster as the members were corrupted by sin. Realize that God’s solution of trusting in Christ’s death on the Cross is the only solution.

If you'd like more information about Builders of Israel click here.

Thu, Aug 17, 2023
Passage: Philippians 2:4-8 & Philippians 2:9-11
Duration: 55 mins 43 secs
Test yourself to see what you understand about Christ’s deity and humanity in one Person forever. Listen to this message to see how Christ was fully divine before He came to this earth. See how He limited His divine powers while on this earth. Find out that He is our example of what it means to be humble, which He demonstrated by submitting to God the Father’s authority all the way to the Cross and how He was exalted as a reward. Be challenged to be obedient to God’s Word as you walk by means of the Holy Spirit as an act of humility on your part.
Sun, Aug 20, 2023
Passage: 1 Peter 2:2
Duration: 14 mins 55 secs
What should be our first priority as a believer in Jesus Christ? Our memory verse tells us we must focus on studying the Word of God so we can grow to maturity spiritually.
Sun, Aug 20, 2023
Passage: Ephesians 4:30
Duration: 1 hr 52 mins 19 secs
What guarantee do you have that you’re saved? Listen to this message to learn that Scripture says when you trust in Christ for your salvation, the Holy Spirit seals you as a down payment guaranteeing your eventual redemption when you receive your resurrection body. Hear a number of facts about what it means to be sealed and ways it is important to you in your spiritual life. Look forward to the day when you receive an inheritance from God.
Tue, Aug 22, 2023
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 56 secs
When there is a contradiction between what science says and what the Bible says which do you believe? Listen to this message to hear three basic ways Christians handle this conflict, only one of which is the correct way. Find out that the first way is to believe that science is always right. Learn about the problems that come from this fallacious view. Secondly, believe that the Bible and science are equally true so the Bible has to be reinterpreted. Find out many examples of how this belief is carried out, including doubts about biblical genealogies. Be ready next week to hear the accurate view that we can always trust what the Bible says.
Sun, Aug 27, 2023
Passage: 2 Peter 3:18
Duration: 18 mins 16 secs
When we face challenges and adversities in life, what are we to do? See that we are to learn God’s Word so we can stay balanced and stable as we grow in a way that glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.
Tue, Aug 29, 2023
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 26 secs

On every side we and our children are bombarded by lies and distortions of the truth. How do we counterattack? Listen to this lesson to learn that this is a spiritual warfare that is resolved in the mind. The first step must be to accept that only the Bible is absolute truth and when there is a contradiction, we must evaluate the matter based on biblical truth. Hear a number of ways to do this and important links that answer some of our questions biblically.

During this lesson Dr. Dean mentioned several websites with biblical training materials for children (and adults):

Answers in Genesis:
Creation Ministries International:
Institute for Creation Research:
Creation Research Society:
Creation Moments:
Master Books:
Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE)