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Paulís Third Missionary Journey - Part 1

Acts 19

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    Next Week - Paulís Third Missionary Journey - Part 2 (Acts 20-21:26)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Opening Prayer

The First Journey (Acts 13-14)
    Where did Paul go on his first missionary journey? = Mainly Galatia
      Acts 13:4-6a, 13-14; 14:1, 6 = Cyprus, Perga, P. Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe
    How were they received in these places?
      Acts 13:50; 14:4-5, 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

Beginning The Second Journey (Acts 15:36-16:10)
    Why did Paul go on a second missionary journey?
      Acts 15:36 = To check up on the churches in Galatia he had planted
    What path did Paul take on this journey to strengthen the churches?
      Acts 15:41-16:1 = Syria to Cilicia to Derbe to Lystra; Picked up young Timothy
    After revisiting the towns in Galatia, did Paul have an itinerary of places to go?
      Acts 16:6-9 = 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 16:11-40)
    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 one of few fade-resistant
      Acts 16:14 = 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, 23 = Owners rebelled, P&S flogged & imprisoned & guarded
    How did God use this mistreatment of His servants to further His cause?
      Acts 16:26, 29-30, 33 = God opened doors, jailer & family became Christians
    How did Paul turn his punishment from disgrace to respect for the new church in Philippi?
      Acts 16:37, 39 = Illegal to punish Roman citizens without trial, officials on egg-shells

Down the Via Egnatia (Acts 17:1-15)
    Where did they go after 2 months in Philippi? = 33mi to Amphipolis, 27mi to Apollonia, 40mi to Th
      Acts 17:1 = Down the Egnatian Way - Great road from Adriatic Sea to Aegean Sea
    How long was Paul in Thessalonica and why? = Macedonia capital, Business center, 200K pop
      Acts 17:2, 5, 9 = 3 weeks, Jews rebelled, made Jason post bond that Paul would stop
    Where did Paul and Silas go after being forced out of Thessalonica, and how were they received?
      Acts 17:10-11 = Berea, 50 mi SW of Th, large population, welcomed the gospel
    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 taken to Athens

Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
    How were Paul and the gospel received in the world's center of philosophy?
      Acts 17:17, 19 = They were intrigued by it, took him before chief court to hear more
    How did Paul attempt to explain the gospel in terms the Athenians would understand?
      Acts 17:22-23 = Let me tell you about the unknown god that you worship
    Did the Council have any problem with anything he said? = a few Athenians became believers
      Acts 17:32-34a = The resurrection was an issue to some, others wanted him to return
    Why did Paul leave Athens even though he had open ears to his message?
      Acts 17:21 = Athenians would listen to anything and commit to nothing, unreachable

Corinth (Acts 18:1-17)
    Where did Paul go to find people who needed the gospel? = 4th largest city, main trade route
      Acts 18:1 = Corinth, very immoral, Corinthian meant an immoral or perverse person
    Did Paul take the rabbi approach of earning his own keep rather than being paid by his students?
      Acts 18:2-5 = Yes; Found, converted & stayed with tentmakers Aquila & Priscilla
    Why was he able to devote himself full-time to preaching when Silas & Timothy arrived?
      2 Corinthians 11:9 = They brought gifts - likely from Philippi, maybe also Thessalonica

    Why was Paul able to stay in Corinth so long even when he was strongly opposed by the Jews?
      Acts 18:6-11 = God promised to protect him and did so; he stayed 18 months
    What example does Luke give us of how God protected Paul as He had promised?
      Acts 18:12-16 = Had new proconsul refuse to hear case against Paul by Jews
    How did this also protect the new church in Corinth from further attacks?
      Acts 18:17 = Greeks beat the new synagogue ruler as he left the court

Ending the Second Journey (Acts 18:18-22)
    How did Paul specially dedicate himself to the Lord his last weeks or months 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

Apollos (Acts 18:23-28)
    How did Paul begin his third journey? = Luke focuses on gospel spreading, not just biography
      Acts 18:23 = Revisited Galatian churches, probably 1 year in Antioch
    What new missionary started working during this time that Paul was in Antioch and Galatia?
      Acts 18:24-25 = Apollos, a Jew from Alexandria taught John's baptism in Ephesus
    Alexandria - Second largest city in Roman empire, More Jews than elsewhere outside Palestine
      Alexandrian Jews found inner meanings to every recorded event in Scripture
    Ephesus - Capital of Asia, Large and wealthy - Called the Treasure House of Asia
      Seat of Pan-Ionian Games, Asylum for criminals, Center of magic & superstition

    How did Apollos learn the message of salvation to complete the stories he knew about Jesus?
      Acts 18:26 = Aquila & Priscilla took him aside & explained it, didn't confront in public
    With Aquila & Priscilla in Ephesus, where could Apollos be more effective?
      Acts 18:27-28 = He was sent to work in Corinth
    How effective was Apollos in this wicked city?
      1 Corinthians 1:11-15 = Very effective, some even argued that they were his disciples
    How did Paul make it clear that he and Apollos were on the same team and not competitors?
      1 Corinthians 3:4-9 = Paul planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow

Incomplete Christians (Acts 19:1-7)
    Where did Paul go on his third journey after Galatia and who did he meet as he arrived?
      Acts 19:1-3 = Disciples of John's baptism, possibly early converts of Apollos
    Why was John's baptism incomplete? = John taught first stage of recognizing sin & repenting
      Acts 19:4 = Jesus brought critical second stage of forgiveness for sins & salvation
    What did these incomplete Christians do after hearing Paul's message of Jesus' gospel?
      Acts 19:5-7 = They were baptized into Jesus' name and received the Spirit
    Luke records the Spirit to 4 groups: Jews-2, Samaritans-8, Gentiles-10, Incomplete Christians-19

Paul in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-20)
    With a church developed by Aquila & Priscilla, did Paul spend his time teaching that church?
      Acts 19:8 = No, he went first to the Jews in the synagogue as usual
    How was he received by the Jews? = Tyrannus likely lectured till 11am, Paul during 11-4 siesta
      Acts 19:9-10 = Rejected after 3 months, held discussions in a lecture hall for 2 years
    How effective was Paul during this time? = handkerchiefs - really sweatbands; work aprons
      Acts 19:11-12 = Became very popular and God did extraordinary miracles through Paul

    How were Paul's extraordinary powers received in this center of magic?
      Acts 19:13 = People tried to use his powers by referring to him
    How did God make it clear that the name of Jesus wasn't just a new magic spell?
      Acts 19:14-16 = He let an evil spirit acknowledge Jesus & Paul, but refuse exorcists
    How did people respond when they heard that Jesus' name was too powerful for casual use?
      Acts 19:17-20 = Realized Jesus was God, confessed, burned scrolls - drachma was day's wages
    Ephesian Letters - Tiny scrolls with magical spells worn on necklace to bring success in life

Time to Leave (Acts 19:21-22)
    After 3 months in the Ephesus synagogue and 2 years in the lecture hall, what did Paul decide?
      Acts 19:21-22 = Time to move on, sights on Jerusalem, but visit Greece first
    Besides checking up on things, what did Paul intend to do by passing through Greece?
      1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (also Romans 15:26) = Take a collection for the poor in Jerusalem
    After staying in the Ephesus area a little longer, how long did Paul spend in Ephesus total?
      Acts 20:31 = 3 years, the longest of any stay anywhere

Artists of Artemis (Acts 19:23-41)
    What incident led to Paul leaving Ephesus?
      Acts 19:23-27 = Craftsmen who made souvenirs for visitors to temple of Diana upset
    Artemis (Diana in Latin) - Multibreasted fertility goddess, statue fell from sky (likely a meteorite)
    Temple of Artemis - One of the Seven Wonders of the World, 425' L x 220í W x 60' T
      127 marble pillars, each given by a king; Altar by greatest Greek sculptor, Praxiteles

    What did the rest of the crafts union think about this threat? = Took G&A into 25K seat theater
      Acts 19:28-29 = They were furious, focused on threat to Diana to get others upset
    Did Paul find a place to hide so he wouldn't be lynched by this wild mob?
      Acts 19:30-31 = No, he wanted to speak to the crowd, but was stopped
    How organized was the crowd? = Jews tried to make sure they weren't blamed, didn't work
      Acts 19:32-34 = Most didn't even know what was going on

    Who finally stood up and stopped the mayhem? = Christians have not threatened Diana
      Acts 19:35-37 = The city clerk, official representative of the city to Rome
    What did the city clerk think should be done about the threat to the souvenir business?
      Acts 19:38-39 = Let the union bring a case before the courts, handle it properly
    Did the city clerk's efforts have any effect on the mob?
      Acts 19:40-41 = Yes, it broke up so Rome wouldn't punish them for rioting
    Did Paul immediately leave town because of the opposition?
      Acts 20:1 = No, he waited for things to settle down - didn't leave the church in a mess

Closing Prayer

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