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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 29, 2024
Passage: Philippians 3:4-6
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 34 secs
How did the many rituals and traditions of Judaism develop in the centuries prior to Jesus’ birth? Listen to this message to hear a detailed history of the period which included the Maccabean Revolt and the rise of the Herodian dynasties. See the key sects of the Scribes’, Pharisees’, and Sadducees’ origins and how this led to a belief that righteousness could be achieved by one’s own good deeds. Appreciate how Paul deftly debunks this belief.
Sun, Mar 03, 2024
Passage: Hebrews 13:8
Duration: 10 mins
Are there too many changes in your life going on and you feel shaky and uncertain? Our memory verse today reminds us that God is immutable which means He is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Sun, Mar 10, 2024
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Duration: 24 mins 24 secs
Have you ever wondered how you can obey biblical commands to rejoice when you’re not happy? Our memory verse today is short and reminds us that we are to give thanks for everything. That gratitude will lead us to rejoice in the Lord. Also, listen to Pastor Dean explain the many benefits of Bible memorization.
Sun, Mar 10, 2024
Passage: Psalm 118:1-29
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 56 secs
What does Psalm 118 reveal that is relevant for the Lord’s Table? Listen to this message to hear a message about a psalm that celebrates God’s goodness to Israel and all mankind. Find out the many ways God provided for us and why no believer ever needs to be afraid. See the meaning of the Chief Cornerstone.
Tue, Mar 12, 2024
Duration: 1 hr 14 mins 15 secs
Can history be explained by human actions alone or is God in control? Listen to this lesson to learn that God chose Israel to be His special nation and it is the centerpiece of world history through the ages. Find out the purpose of the Mosaic Law and how the Ten Commandments were guidelines for how His people were to relate to God and how they were to relate to one another. Learn about the covenants both the permanent ones and the temporary ones.
Thu, Mar 14, 2024
Passage: Philippians 3:7-9
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 35 secs
What does arithmetic have to do with our salvation? Listen to this message to learn that we are declared righteous based on faith alone in Christ alone and not on anything we can add of our own works. See how the Apostle Paul’s many outstanding accomplishments and genetics were only losses when it came to his spiritual destiny.
Sun, Mar 17, 2024
Passage: Numbers 23:19
Duration: 16 mins 37 secs
If you want stable and reality-based thinking, focus on our memory verse today. It reassures us that we can always trust what God has promised because of His steadfast love based on His omniscience. He will do what He says He will do. Hear an illustration from the life of Balaam.
Sun, Mar 17, 2024
Passage: Ephesians 5:15-18
Duration: 1 hr 54 mins 19 secs
Why is there so much confusion about the meaning of the filling of the Holy Spirit? Listen to this message to learn that the command to be filled with the Holy Spirit is a Greek idiom that appears only once. Find out several other phrases of being filled which use different Greek words. See that understanding this is critical to our spiritual growth.
Wed, Mar 20, 2024
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 39 secs
Was the Law given to the Israelites a harsh list of dos and don’ts? Listen to this message to learn that it was given by a loving Father to His sons to show them how to relate to Him and to others around them. Find out that they were to obey it from their hearts to show their gratitude for what God had done for them and not just to obey it externally. Understand that in the New Testament we are given mandates we are to obey in the same manner.