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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, Nov 05, 2023
Passage: Ephesians 5:3-5 & 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 29 secs
Warning! Believers who do not grow spiritually shall not have an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. Listen to this message to see the meaning of this warning and whether it applies to salvation or to a special inheritance in the Millennial Kingdom. Find out that the life a believer lives should be in contrast to that of unbelievers, both in thinking and in actions. See the inheritance promised to all believers and the inheritance that is rewarded to those who walk by means of the Spirit.
Tue, Nov 07, 2023
Passage: Genesis 1-11
Duration: 1 hr 21 mins 59 secs

The Bible teaches that we are all one race. So where does racism come from? Listen to this message to hear about a time when God intervened in human history and scattered the people of the earth by confusing their language. Find out that Nimrod was a mighty world leader who rebelled against God and led the people in building the Tower of Babel. See that racism came from the sin natures of people who made derogatory comments about people who differed from themselves. Learn that God’s desire is for all people to seek Him and our mission, as believers, is to reach everyone with the gospel.

Make sure you also check out the additional slides regarding Apeman and that the Chinese probably came from Ham. That information is available in the Text: notes link below.

During this Bible class Dr. Dean recommended the following website articles:

Genesis According to the Miao People

The Discovery of Genesis by C H Kang and Ethel R Nelson

Genesis and the Mystery Confucius Couldn't Solve by Ethel R Nelson and Richard E Broadberry

Sat, Nov 11, 2023
Passage: Nahum 1:7
Duration: 22 mins 44 secs
In these troubled times do you wish you had protection you could depend on? Our memory verse today promises that God protects those who trust in Him and He punishes their enemies. We don’t need to be afraid of anything.
Sun, Nov 12, 2023
Passage: Ephesians 5:3-5 & 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Duration: 40 mins 53 secs
When you try to live the way the Bible says Christians are supposed to live do you find yourself sinning and it feels like you’re sinking into quicksand? Do you ever fear you’ve lost your salvation? Listen to this encouraging message to learn that just as you didn’t have to perform any good works to be saved, your sins cannot cause you to lose your salvation. See that everything depends on Christ’s death on the Cross and not anything we do. Understand that although we can do nothing to earn salvation, we can lose rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ based on the life we live.
Tue, Nov 14, 2023
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 31 secs
Where can we find answers to vital issues confronting us today? Listen to this lesson to learn about seven current controversies and where to find their origins and solutions in the Word of God. Hear a brief quiz concerning these issues and what aspect of God’s revelation is relevant for each. See how all are related to the Fall and the corruption that followed mankind’s fall. Understand that you have a choice to make when confronted with these problems. Either try to solve them from human thinking or turn to God’s Word for answers.
Thu, Nov 16, 2023
Passage: Philippians 2:12-16
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 28 secs
Does your life shine like a light in the darkness of this evil world? Listen to this message to learn that as Christians we are to be the light of the world. Learn what Scripture teaches about light and darkness. See that God is light and light is a metaphor for His character and His revelation of truth. Find out that Satan, on the other hand, is evil and exemplifies all that is dark in the world. When we trust in Christ we are born into God’s light and can grow in that by studying His Word and applying it to all we do.
Sun, Nov 19, 2023
Passage: Philippians 4:11-12
Duration: 13 mins 22 secs
Our memory verse today, Philippians 4:13, tells us we can do all things through Christ? What does that mean? When can we claim this promise? Find out the two verses above, Philippians 4: 11 and 12 answers our questions. See that it refers to God’s perfect provision whatever our circumstances. Our needs will always be met.
Sun, Nov 19, 2023
Passage: Ephesians 5:3-5 & Deuteronomy 18:1-2
Duration: 52 mins 4 secs
Why is it important to learn what inheritance meant in the Old Testament? Listen to this message to see that inheritance referred to giving someone a possession. Using Abraham as an example, hear about the time God made a covenant with him, unilaterally giving Abraham a land to possess. Find out that some groups of Israelites lived in the land but did not have a portion they possessed. Understand that all believers in the Church Age have a guaranteed inheritance, but only those who grow spiritually will receive special rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Tue, Nov 21, 2023
Passage: Genesis 12
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 1 sec
How did God reach out to the human race after the tower of Babel? Listen to this message to learn that God chose Abraham to be the patriarch of a new nation that would be responsible for blessing the whole world. Find out about the eternal covenant God gave to Abraham and the three eternal promises it contained. Realize that God is always working out His plans for human history.
Sun, Nov 26, 2023
Passage: Job 5:9
Duration: 25 mins 42 secs
Have you ever read the book of Job in the Bible? It concerns why good people suffer. Learn about the terrible things that happened to Job although God had saidJ he was a good man. Our memory verse today tells us that when God allows suffering for our benefit He always delivers us in difficult situations.