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Paulís Second Missionary Journey - Part 1

Acts 16



Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Paulís Second Missionary Journey - Part 2 (Acts 17-18)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Opening Prayer


The Second Act (Acts 11:19-26)
    Who is the chief missionary and where is his home base in the first half of the book of Acts?
      Acts 8:14, 25
    What city becomes the new center for missionary efforts in the second half of the book of Acts?
      Acts 11:19-21
    Who were the first leaders of this church of Gentiles?
      Acts 11:25-26
    How did their roles change after this first year?
      Acts 13:2-3
    What was the work to which I have called them and how did it differ from Peter's?
      Galatians 2:8-9

The First Journey (Acts 13-14)
    Where was the first stop on this first missionary journey?
      Acts 13:4 (4:36-37)
    What significant conversion took place on Cyprus?
      Acts 13:5-6, 9, 11-12
    What subtle, but important, change occurred by the time Barnabas and Paul reached Perga?
      Acts 13:13

    Where did they go next and what did they do there?
      Acts 13:14-15, 42
    What happened when they came back the next sabbath as requested?
      Acts 13:44-46, 48
    Did they ignore the Jews from this point on?
      Acts 13:50-51; 14:1
    What did they do when they were physically threatened in Iconium?
      Acts 14:4-7

    How did things change in Lystra after they were treated as gods when Paul healed a lame man?
      Acts 14:19-20
    After making disciples in Derbe, did they keep going east to avoid their enemies?
      Acts 14:21-22
    What did Saul and Barnabas do after completing their journey?
      Acts 14:26-28

The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1)
    What happened during this two-year stay in Antioch?
      Acts 15:1-2
    How did Paul and Barnabas react to the Judaizers pushing for all Christians to be circumcised?
      Galatians 2:5

    After much discussion (v7) and support by Peter and James, what did the church council do?
      Acts 15:22-23
    What did the letter say?
      Acts 15:24-29
    What did these four postal workers do after delivering the letter?
      Acts 15:30-35

Can't We Just Get Along? (Acts 15:36-41)
    What made Paul and Barnabas decide to hit the road again?
      Acts 15:36
    What problem arose with this suggestion?
      Acts 15:37-38
    With the recent experience of handling conflict, were they able to come to an agreement?
      Acts 15:39a

    How did God make good out of this human evil?
      Acts 15:39b-41
    Was Mark ever able to get back in Paul's good graces?
      2 Timothy 4:11

Train an Apprentice (Acts 16:1-3)
    After rejecting Mark as an apprentice, who did Paul find to train for leading the next generation?
      Acts 16:1-2
    What did Paul find necessary before taking Timothy with him?
      Acts 16:3
    Didn't this contradict with his arguments against circumcising in Jerusalem? Why did he do it?
      1 Corinthians 9:19-23
    Did Timothy's uncircumcision indicate he had not been raised as a Jew?
      2 Timothy 3:15

    Did Timothy become a Christian during this visit by Paul to Lystra?
      2 Timothy 1:5
    Did Timothy meet Paul's expectations better than his earlier apprentice, Mark?
      Philippians 2:22
    Did Paul officially ordain Timothy into service?
      2 Timothy 1:6

Roadblocks (Acts 16:4-10)
    What was one of the purposes for visiting the churches founded on the first journey?
      Acts 16:4-5
    Did Paul then take the natural route west into Asia to Colossae and Ephesus?
      Acts 16:6
    Was this mysterious guidance pushing them eastward into Bythinia?
      Acts 16:7-8
    Was this a sign to travel southward on the coast of Asia?
      Acts 16:9
    Who joined Paul , Silas and Timothy in Troas?
      Acts 16:10
    Troas - Full name was Alexandrian Troas, named after Alexander the Great
      Philippi - Named by & after Alexander's father, Philip of Macedon, who fortified it
      Thessalonica - Named after Alexander's sister Salonika
    Barclay - It may be well that there came to Paul the vision of Alexander, the man who conquered the world, and that this new vision gave Paul a new impulse towards making one world for Christ.

Lydia, The First European Convert (Acts 16:11-15)
    Where did they go to follow their call in Macedonia?
      Acts 16:11-12
    Note: Luke apparently stays in Philippi until Paul returns on third journey (16:40; 20:5-6)
      With the text Luke gives Philippi, he may have lived there & met Paul on trip from Troas
    As a Roman colony, Philippi had few Jews & no synagogue. Where did Paul go on the sabbath?
      Acts 16:13
    Who became the first new Christian in Europe?
      Acts 16:14-15

Reaching a Lower Class (Acts 16:16-24)
    What happened one day as they went to the riverside?
      Acts 16:16-17
    What did Paul do when this began to interfere with his proclamation of the gospel?
      Acts 16:18
    Was everyone happy for the freedom Paul gave this girl through the power of Jesus' name?
      Acts 16:19-21
    How did the magistrates and people respond to these accusations?
      Acts 16:22-24

Suffering for the Gospel (Acts 16:25-26)
    How did Paul and Silas respond to their mistreatment and pain?
      Acts 16:25
    How could they praise God even when they were tortured and wrongfully abused?
      2 Timothy 1:11-12; 2:8-10
    How did God intervene?
      Acts 16:26

Winning the Middle Class (Acts 16:27-34)
    Faced with receiving the punishment of escaped prisoners, what did the guard do?
      Acts 16:27
    How was the jailer's fate changed?
      Acts 16:28-29
    How was the jailer's fate changed even more importantly?
      Acts 16:30-34

An Official Embarrassment (Acts 16:35-40)
    How long were Paul and Silas to spend in jail for disturbing the peace?
      Acts 16:35-36
    How did Paul use his punishment to build respect for him and the new church in Philippi?
      Acts 16:37
    How did the local magistrates respond to this news that could get them into alot of trouble?
      Acts 16:38-39
    Did Paul and Silas take the upper hand or did they leave as requested?
      Acts 16:40

Closing Prayer



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