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Paulís Second Missionary Journey - Part 2
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If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
The First Journey (Acts 13-14)
Where did Paul and Barnabas go on their first missionary journey? = Mainly Galatia
Acts 13:4-6a, 13-14; 14:1, 6-7 = Cyprus, Perga, P. Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe
Why was Paul's custom to go first to the synagogues in the towns where he traveled?
Romans 1:16 = Gospel...is for salvation...first for the Jew, then for the Gentile
How were they received in these places?
Acts 13:50; 14:5, 19 = Antioch - expelled, Iconium - plot to kill, Lystra - stoned
Did this opposition convince them to stop? = Filled with joy over those who were reached
Acts 13:51-52; 14:6-7, 20-21a = No, they just moved to a new city and started over
Did the fierce opposition at least keep them out of those towns?
Acts 14:21b-23 = No, they returned through the same towns fortifying the churches
After encouraging the new churches, did they head straight home and stop witnessing?
Acts 14:24-26 = They headed straight home, but stopped & witnessed along the way
Beginning The Second Journey (Acts 15:36-40)
Did Paul and Barnabas have a specific itinerary for their second journey?
Acts 15:36 = Only to check up on the churches they had planted
Why didn't they end up going together to check up on the churches they had planted?
Acts 15:37-39a = They had an argument over Mark and never worked together again
How did God make good out of this human evil? = Both went to their home towns first
Acts 15:39b-40 = The split resulted in two missionary teams going two directions
The Traveling Party Grows (Acts 16:1-10)
What path did Paul and Silas take on this journey to strengthen the churches?
Acts 15:41-16:1a = Syria to Cilicia to Derbe to Lystra
Who joined Paul & Silas in Lystra and how did Paul prepare him for the work ahead?
Acts 16:1b-3 = Young Timothy, Paul circumcised him so Jews wouldn't be irritated
After revisiting the towns in Galatia, did Paul have an itinerary of places to go?
Acts 16:4-9 = If he did, he didn't get to use it - Holy Spirit led him to Greece
Who joined Paul , Silas and Timothy in Troas?
Acts 16:10 = Luke ("we") - Paul maybe found this doctor to help his thorn in the flesh
A Spectrum in Philippi (Acts 16:11-24)
Where did they go to follow their call in Macedonia? = Samothrace - mountainous island landmark
Acts 16:11-12 = 2 day sail across Aegean to Philippi - Neapolis was port for Philippi
Who became the first new Christian in Europe? = Purple dye gathered by drop from shellfish
Acts 16:13-15 = Lydia, a wealthy woman at riverside on Sabbath (no synagogue)
Were only wealthy people in Philippi reached by Paul's outreach?
Acts 16:16-18 = A young slave girl was freed of a demon by the name of Jesus Christ
How were Paul and Silas thanked for setting this girl free from the demon?
Acts 16:19-24 = Owners rebelled, P&S flogged & imprisoned, legs spread painfully
Suffering for the Gospel (Acts 16:25-26)
How did Paul and Silas respond to their mistreatment and pain?
Acts 16:25 = Singing hymns of praise late into the night - dark, stuffy inner dungeon
How could they praise God even when they were tortured and wrongfully abused?
2 Timothy 1:11-12; 2:8-10 = Paul found it an honor to suffer for his work in the gospel
How did God intervene? = An earthquake that opened doors & chains would cause a cave-in
Acts 16:26 = God freed by opening doors & releasing chains, quake was side product
Winning the Middle Class (Acts 16:27-34)
Faced with receiving the punishment of escaped prisoners, what did the guard do?
Acts 16:27 = He started to kill himself - a noble response for Romans
How was the jailer's fate changed?
Acts 16:28-29 = The prisoners had not escaped and stopped him from suicide
How was the jailer's fate changed even more importantly? = Saved his life eternally
Acts 16:30-32 = He and his family became Christians
What outward indication do we have that this middle class man had been changed?
Acts 16:33-34 = He washed their wounds, was washed of his wounds, shared meal
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 = A public flogging and one night in jail was their punishment
How did Paul use his punishment to build respect for him and the new church in Philippi?
Acts 16:37 = Said he was Roman citizen; illegal to punish citizens without Roman trial
How did the local magistrates respond to this news that could get them into alot of trouble?
Acts 16:38-39 = They apologized and asked P&S to leave quietly
Did Paul and Silas take the upper hand or did they leave as requested? = ~2 months in Philippi
Acts 16:40 = They left after first meeting with and encouraging the church
Where did they go? = P to Amphipolis - 33 mi; Am to Apollonia - 27 mi; Ap to Th - 40 mi
Acts 17:1 = Down the Egnatian Way - 100 miles despite pain from flogging & stocks
Via Egnatia - Great Roman road from Adriatic Sea to Aegean Sea = 3 long days of walking
Thessalonica (Acts 17:2-9)
Thessalonica - Capital of Macedonia, Main Street was part of Egnatian Way
Strategically located, Linked agricultural interior with sea routes to the east
What was Paul's first approach in Thessalonica and why? = as his custom was
Business center rivaled only by Corinth, Diverse population around 200,000
Acts 17:2-4 = Reasoned, explained & proved gospel in synagogue 3 weeks
Did Paul witness day and night or only on the Sabbath? = Tent maker
1 Thessalonians 2:9 = Apparently worked full-time, witnessed when he could
Did Paul get any financial help from anywhere to help him maximize his time sharing the gospel?
Philippians 4:15-16 = Yes, new Christians in Philippi sent help
Why did he stop teaching in the synagogue every Sabbath after 3 weeks?
Acts 17:5-7 = Jews started riot & charged treason; RSV: men who have turned the world upside down
What did the politarchs (name for magistrates in Macedonia) decide to do?
Acts 17:8-9 = Made Jason post a bond guaranteeing Paul & Silas would stop
Was Paul happy to leave this city that rejected him? = Written while in Corinth 6 months later
1 Thessalonians 2:17-18 = No, he wanted to go back but couldn't because of decree
Had three weeks been long enough to have much of an effect?
1 Thessalonians 1:7-9 = Yes, within a half year their faith became famous
Berea (Acts 17:10-15)
Where did Paul and Silas go after being forced out of Thessalonica, and how were they received?
Acts 17:10-12 = Berea, 50 mi SW of Th, large population, historically insignificant
Did Paul stay longer with these people of more noble character who received the gospel eagerly?
Acts 17:13-15 = No, Jews from Thess agitated the crowds, Paul sailed to Athens
What did Paul do soon after Timothy and Silas met up with him in Athens?
1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 = Sent Timothy to check up on Thessalonica, Silas to Philippi
What prompted Paul to write his first letter to the Thessalonians?
1 Thessalonians 3:6 = Timothy returned to Paul in Corinth (A18:5) with report & issues
Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
What did Paul think about the great sights he saw during his first trip to Athens?
Acts 17:16-17 = He was distressed by lots of idols - Greeks had gods for everything
Were people in Athens as upset by Paul's teachings as in the other cities? = philosophers
Acts 17:18-21 = No, they were very open to hearing all sorts of wacky ideas
How did Paul attempt to explain the gospel in terms the Athenians would understand?
Epicureans - All is by chance, gods remote & don't care, death is end, life is for pleasure
Stoics - Everything happens by God's will; Man to be logical, disciplined, self-sufficient
Areopagus - Exclusive court that dealt with homicides & public morals
Acts 17:22-23 = Let me tell you about the unknown god that you worship
Did he then explain how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament or did he explain God as a Greek god?
Acts 17:24-31 = Neither, he taught truth about God from Greek perspective
Did the Council have any problem with anything he said? = a few Athenians became believers
Acts 17:32-34 = The resurrection was an issue to some, others wanted him to return
Corinth (Acts 18:1-5)
Without the fierce opposition of other cities, did Paul spend a long time in Athens?
Acts 18:1 = No, those who accept anything will keep nothing, left to make a difference
Corinth - Capital of Achaia, 4th largest city in Roman empire (after Rome, Alexandria & Antioch)
On main trade route from Rome to east, Cargo & small ships carried across 5 mi. isthmus
Did Paul take a working missionary approach as he had in Thessalonica?
Very immoral - A renowned and voluptuous city, where the vices of East and West met.
Pagan altars - Poseidon, Artemis, Apollo, Hermes, Zeus, Heracles
Temple of Aphrodite - Contained over 1000 prostitutes
Acts 18:2-4 = Yes; Found, converted & stayed with tentmakers Aquila & Priscilla
Was he ever able to devote himself full-time to preaching the gospel?
Acts 18:5 = Full-time when Timothy & Silas returned from Thessalonica & Philippi
Corinthian Jews Revolt (Acts 18:6-17)
Did the Jews in Corinth become abusive as they had in other cities?
Acts 18:6-8 = Yes, so he shook their dust out of his clothes and went to Gentiles
Did the Corinthian Jews rise up strong enough that Paul had to leave?
Acts 18:9-11 = No, God protected him and told him so; he stayed 1-1/2 years
Does this mean that the Jews left him alone and didn't try to silence him?
Acts 18:12-13 = No, they even took legal action against him
How did God protect Paul as He had promised to do?
Acts 18:14-16 = Gallio, the proconsul (governor), threw the case out on no basis
What did the Greeks who witnessed this think about these trouble-making Jews?
Acts 18:17 = They beat the new synagogue ruler as he left the court
Homeward Bound (Acts 18:18-22)
How did Paul specially dedicate himself to the Lord while he worked in Corinth?
Acts 18:18 = Took a Nazirite vow - no haircut, no wine...for specific time (Number 6)
How did God use Aquila & Priscilla to help spread His gospel? = Paul in Ephesus very short time
Acts 18:19-21 = They left Corinth with Paul & became missionaries to Ephesus
Did Paul go straight to Antioch from Ephesus to complete his second journey?
Acts 18:22 = No, he went to Jerusalem first, then to Antioch
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