Roger Forster has been studying the Bible for many years, and we are privileged to have a rich store of his teachings that expound and interpret the word of God with clarity. We have drawn together recordings from our long-running Bible School and other occasions on almost every book of the Bible. Use the links below to navigate to what you want to listen to or download.
Law: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
History: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
Wisdom: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
Gospels and Acts: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.
Pauline Epistles: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.
General Epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.
Creation, rebellion and God’s preparation for the arrival of Jesus
The beginning. The story of creation and how man rebelled against God. Answers many questions we have about how things began and why the world is like it is. 22 recordings
God’s plan to save the world begins with Him calling a nation of His people into being to live His way. The story of how God saved His people Israel from being wiped out by slavery and oppression. 18 recordings
This book gives us all the laws that God’s people had to follow to be a just, fair, healthy, spiritually clean and faithful society. 17 recordings
This book tells us about the 12 different tribes of Israel and their different jobs and leaders and the part they had to play in God’s people. 16 recordings
Moses reminds the people of Israel of the laws they should be following and shows them that when they are disobedient they are judged and the surrounding nations swoop in to destroy them. 22 recordings
The story of how God raised up Joshua, a man of faith, to take over the leadership of God’s people after Moses and take them into the land God had promised. 17 recordings
Israel had turned away from God and everyone did what was right in his own eyes. There was no real leadership, but God kept raising up different leaders, or judges, to save His people from their oppressors and turn them back to Him. 9 recordings
This is the story of a Moabite woman, not one of God’s people, and how she ended up marrying an Israelite. She became the great grandmother of King David, whose family line led to Jesus many generations later. A promise of God’s salvation touching not just Israel, but gentiles (non-Israelites) too. 6 recordings
This tells the story of the birth of Samuel the prophet and how he anointed the first king over Israel, Saul, who turned away from God and so God raised up David to be a hero among God’s people and fight to save them from God’s enemies. 4 recordings
After Saul dies, David becomes king over Israel, but he has many enemies who continually plot against him. 10 recordings
David’s son Solomon becomes king next. He asks for special wisdom from God and therefore becomes very successful. He builds a beautiful temple for the worship of God. After Solomon dies, Israel divides into the northern (Israel) and southern (Judah) kingdoms. A series of kings take on Israel, others Judah, all doing evil in God’s eyes. God raises up the prophet Elijah to warn His people to turn back to Him. 3 recordings
Elijah passes on his prophetic and miraculous anointing to Elisha who continues to help God’s people and warn the rulers to worship God. More wicked kings come and go – only two are considered righteous in God’s eyes. 6 recordings
This book takes us back to David’s time, with genealogies of who is related to who in the different tribes of Israel, and recaps stories from David’s reign with new stories and details thrown in. 2 recordings
Like 1 Chronicles, we go back to Solomon’s reign and learn new things about the families involved with God’s people at the time. Then we see how during the reign of the wicked kings, Israel is overthrown by foreign invaders; God’s temple is pulled down and God’s people are sent into exile. 2 recordings
While God’s people are in exile, God causes the foreign king to allow the Israelites to rebuild their temple in Jerusalem. They manage it despite opposition, and God raises up Ezra to restore the law and temple worship practices to Israel. 2 recordings
After the temple is rebuilt, God stirs Nehemiah to pray that the exiles might return to Jerusalem and be God’s people again. So, he ends up getting permission from the foreign king to rebuild the city. It is a huge, demoralising job, but in spite of their enemies, they manage it. 4 recordings
God raises up Esther from the Jews living in exile in Persia to marry the Persian king, and in that position she is able to risk her life to plead the cause of Israel and save her people from exploitation and oppression by the Persians. 3 recordings
The story of a man who loves and serves God so much that the devil hates him. Satan challenges God that people on earth only serve Him when He blesses them, so God allows Satan to test Job’s faithfulness. There are many big questions in the book about how suffering, but ultimately Job finds God sustains him and restores to him more than he lost. 5 recordings
Songs and poems of praise and cries of help to God, used as worship. 8 recordings
Wise sayings from King Solomon that teach us about God’s ways to live life and how to value what is truly important in the short time we have on earth. 2 recordings
More wise sayings observing how life without God becomes empty and meaningless. 1 recording
Song of Solomon
A love poem between the king and his new bride. A celebration of love, sex and marriage between a man and a woman. 4 recordings
This book contains the prophecies of Isaiah to Judah and Israel while the kingdoms were divided. There are many prophecies about Jesus’s coming. 18 recordings
Lamenting prophecies about the way God’s people have turned their backs on Him, and the consequences of it. 14 recordings
Sorrowful reflections on the state of God’s people, but hope shines through that maybe God will show mercy. 3 recordings
Ezekiel has wild prophecies of divine glory. He sees pictures of the Holy Spirit rushing out into all the earth and is prophesying pentecost. He also sees the temple being rebuilt in a heavenly perfect form, a glimpse of God’s kingdom to come in Jesus. 2 recordings
Daniel, an exiled Jew, is raised up by God to govern Jerusalem while it is captured by the Babylonians. He prophesies to many foreign kings and some even turn to worship God. Later he has prophetic visions about God’s kingdom coming in Jesus to overtake all earthly kings and kingdoms. 5 recordings
In order to make the people and listen, God calls Hosea to prophetically marry a prostitute who keeps running away with other men, but he continually takes her back. Hosea explains that Israel is like the prostitute, running after other gods, but God is faithful. He calls Israel to repent and love God again. 1 recording
The prophet Joel looks forward to the day when God’s Spirit is poured out on the earth in such great measure that everyone can be a prophet and everyone can experience God and know His presence and life, not just the special, holy prophets of the past. 1 recording
God is particularly displeased with the injustice that Israel are inflicting on people in exploitation and selfishness. Amos prophesies that the Lord is fed up with them pretending to be religious, but acting unjustly. 1 recording
Through Obadiah’s prophecies, God warns Israel that their pride will come before a fall. They cannot go on acting wickedly forever. 1 recording
Jonah is sent to prophesy to a foreign nation to show them that God is not just God of Israel, but of the whole world. He is very scared to speak out for God and tries to run away, but God catches up with him in the belly of a fish and he ends up being obedient. 1 recording
At first Micah prophesies more bleak news for Israel because of its unfaithfulness towards God, but then he sees further into the future and talks of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem and the happy future coming for God’s people after Jesus arrives. 1 recording
This book was written by a prophet crying our to God on behalf of God’s people because they were being attacked by a wicked nation called Nineveh. God promises that he will end Nineveh’s cruelty and look after His people. 1 recording
This prophet complains to God about two things – first of all, why do good people suffer? Secondly, why do wicked people seem to get away with it? God shows him how He is with His suffering people and promises that He will finally bring judgment on wicked people, and justice will be done. 1 recording
ZephaniahGod warns that it isn’t just the enemies of Israel who are punished for their wickedness, but God will punish His own people when they behave badly too. They must be humble and repentant. But God only acts with anger and punishment because He loves people and wants them to be saved from the destruction of their sin. Recordings for Zephaniah are coming soon.
The people return to Jerusalem after exile. They are poor and oppressed and Haggai prophesies that it is because they have only been concentrating on restoring their own homes and not the temple. Even though this one isn’t as grand as the first, God promises it will be greater. 1 recording
God showed Zechariah lots of things about the future to encourage His people. He prophesied the coming of Jesus and His death. He showed how Jesus would be both a priest and a king at the same time, even though both jobs were separate in the law. 2 recordings
God promises He will visit His people, and that first a prophet will come to prepare the way and help people to repent from their sins. This will mean good news for those who want to please God, but bad news for those who want to go their own way. 1 recording
Jesus, the early church and the first Christian teachings
Jesus’ disciple Matthew gives an eye-witness account of the events of his birth, life, death and resurrection, and lots of his teachings. The book has an emphasis on Jesus as a king bringing in a new kingdom. 18 recordings
An account of the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, written down by a scribe on behalf of one of Jesus’ closest disciples, Peter. This fast-paced book emphasises Jesus’ healing, miracles and encounters with demons. 7 recordings
Luke, a physician who was Paul’s companion in the book of Acts, records his account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Written in a more historical and methodical way than the other gospel accounts, the book focuses on the humanity of Jesus and recounts in detail his encounters with individuals. 9 recordings
An account of the ministry, trial, death and resurrection of Jesus, written down by one of Jesus’ closest disciples. It contains lots of theological images like light, darkness, heaven and earth, and focuses on the miraculous signs that Jesus performed, and what they tell us about his mission and our future hope as Christians. 13 recordings
‘The Acts of the Apostles’ is an account written Luke, gospel writer and travelling companion to Paul. It tells of the apostles’ deeds and the birth of the church, and shows us how the gospel message spread from the Jews to the Gentiles (non-Jews) across the world. 14 recordings
Paul writes to a church in Rome explain the theology of the faith, particularly about the role of Israel in God’s purposes, now that Jesus has come to invite everyone, Jews and Gentiles, to be saved and experience church life and worship together. 18 recordings
The church in Corinth was encouraged by Paul in matters of personal holiness and conduct towards one another in the church. This letter also teaches on the use of spiritual gifts. 10 recordings
Paul follows up on his letter to Corinth with an encouragement about the future, Jesus’ return and the resurrection of the dead. He urges them to live with eternity in mind so they can be among the first to be raised when Jesus comes again. 4 recordings
Paul writes to a church in Galatia, teaching them not to live out a legalistic faith, but to walk by the power of Spirit. He tells them what a life full of the Holy Spirit will look like. 4 recordings
The church in Ephesus gets a comprehensive view from Paul of the church - how God sees it, what its role is in His purposes for the world, how it should be structured and function, and where leadership comes from. He also demonstrates how to pray for one another in church life. 6 recordings
Paul writes from prison in Rome to a church in Philippi. He writes first hand on how to rejoice under pressure and urges the church to keep running hard after Jesus even though they face persecution, because God will reward them for their faithfulness. 2 recordings
The church in Colossae gets a reminder from Paul of how amazing Christ is and what He has accomplished on the cross and through His resurrection. Paul warns the church not to get taken in by people who follow ancient traditions of worship but don’t focus on Christ and gives practical advice about relationships and how to treat one another. 5 recordings
Paul’s correspondence with a church at Thessalonica sees him spurring them on to endure their persecution. He tells them not to worry about people who have died because they are with the Lord and he reminds them Jesus will come again - and they will know when it happens! 2 recordings
2 ThessaloniansAnother letter to the church in Thessalonica - Paul says the wickedness and persecution they are experiencing will not go on forever, and will not be unpunished. People in the church were confused about the second coming; some thought it had happened already, others thought it would happen very soon. Paul explains that Jesus has not returned yet, and they must keep working for Him until He does. Recordings for 2 Thessalonians are coming soon.
Paul writes to Timothy, a young man he has mentored. He warns Timothy not to listen to false teachers and be led astray. He says Timothy can set an example to the church even though he is young and advises him on practical problems his church was experiencing. 4 recordings
In another letter to Timothy, written in prison, Paul says what an encouragement Timothy is to him and asks him to visit. He reminds him not to be deceived by the false teachers and urges him to be a good hard worker for God. 3 recordings
Paul writes to his friend Titus on Crete to advise him about leadership in the churches there. He shows him how to choose appropriate leaders and what qualities he should be looking for in those he appoints. 1 recording
Paul writes a short, personal letter to Philemon, advising him about a situation. Philemon had a slave who had run away, but who had now become a Christian. Paul was sending him back to his master who was also a Christian and advising him on how to handle the dynamic of their new relationship in Christ. 1 recording
This book teaches lots of theology about how Jesus fulfils the Old Testament prophecies and sacrifices. It talks about the priestly ministry of Jesus, and how He has made a way for us to come close to God and bring God and man together. 10 recordings
The half brother of Jesus writes about enduring under persecution, how to treat the rich and the poor in the church, how important it is to guard our tongues and how to pray with faith. It talks about faith and works and how we need both in the Christian life. 1 recording
Peter writes an open letter to all Christians, and teaches us how to suffer. It reminds us how Jesus suffered, and urges us to be like Him. It reminds us of all God’s promises to us for the future and shows us how to take hold of them now. 1 recording
Peter’s second letter encourages Christians to be patient and wait for Jesus to come back. Even though He seems to be taking a long time, God iswaiting for as many people to get saved as possible. Peter encourages Christians not to follow false teachings. 5 recordings
Jesus’ beloved disciple John writes this letter to all Christians, teaching about God’s fatherly love towards them and how they are His children. He encourages them to love one another and walk in the light, and ask Jesus’ blood to cleanse them if they are falling out. 7 recordings
John writes this letter to reiterate that we should love one another, and reminds us not to believe lies about Jesus. 1 recording
A personal letter to Gaius commends him for being a faithful disciple and encourages him over some problems he is facing in his church, promising to visit him soon. 1 recording
Another of Jesus’ half brothers Jude writes to a church troubled by some evil men. He encourages them how to handle this and explains some of the spiritual dynamics behind the problem. 1 recording
John received powerful visions while he was praying, and put them down on paper to write Revelation. He writes of the future, what will happen when Jesus comes again, when we are resurrected, when Satan is punished and when God judges everybody on earth. The visions see the future new heaven and new earth when all evil has been wiped away, with Jesus at the centre of everything, where we can worship Him forever. 4 recordings
Examining the structure, content and themes of the biblical narrative, and how God’s strategy can be seen working throughout the scriptures. 2 recordings