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Paulís Third Missionary Journey - Part 2

Acts 19-20

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Paul's Imprisonment and Appeal to Rome (Acts 21-26)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

Opening Prayer

Apollos (Acts 18:23-28)
    How did Paul begin his third journey?
      Acts 18:23
    What new missionary started working during this time that Paul was in Antioch and Galatia?
      Acts 18:24-25
    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
    With Aquila & Priscilla in Ephesus, where could Apollos be more effective?
      Acts 18:27-28

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
    Why was John's baptism incomplete?
      Acts 19:4
    What did these incomplete Christians do after hearing Paul's message of Jesus' gospel?
      Acts 19:5-7
    Luke records the Spirit to 4 groups: Jews-2, Samaritans-8, Gentiles-10, incomplete Christians-19

Paul in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-12)
    With a church developed by Aquila & Priscilla, did Paul spend his time teaching that church?
      Acts 19:8
    How was he received by the Jews?
      Acts 19:9-10
    How effective was Paul during this time?
      Acts 19:11-12

Ephesian Magic (Acts 19:13-20)
    How were Paul's extraordinary powers received in this center of magic?
      Acts 19:13
    How did God make it clear that the name of Jesus wasn't just a new magic spell?
      Acts 19:14-16
    How did people respond when they heard that Jesus' name was too powerful for casual use?
      Acts 19:17-20
    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
    Besides checking up on things, what did Paul intend to do by passing through Greece?
      1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (also Romans 15:26)
    Why did Paul send Timothy and Erastus ahead?
      1 Corinthians 16:5-9, 17
    After staying in the Ephesus area a little longer, how long did Paul spend in Ephesus total?
      Acts 20:31

Artists of Artemis (Acts 19:23-41)
    What incident led to Paul leaving Ephesus?
      Acts 19:23-27
    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 220' 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?
      Acts 19:28-29
    Did Paul find a place to hide so he wouldn't be lynched by this wild mob?
      Acts 19:30-31
    How organized was the crowd?
      Acts 19:32-34

The Courts Are Open (Acts 19:35-20:1)
    Who finally stood up and stopped the mayhem?
      Acts 19:35-37
    What did the city clerk think should be done about the threat to the souvenir business?
      Acts 19:38-39
    Did the city clerk's efforts have any effect on the mob?
      Acts 19:40-41
    Did Paul immediately leave town because of the opposition?
      Acts 20:1

Corinthian Concerns (2 Corinthians)
    Where did Paul go after leaving Ephesus on his way to Macedonia?
      2 Corinthians 2:12-13
    Did Paul find open doors and/or Titus in Macedonia?
      2 Corinthians 7:5-7
    Why had Paul sent Titus to Corinth?
      2 Corinthians 7:8-10
    If Paul is on his way to Corinth, why does he send this second letter?
      2 Corinthians 8:16-17; 9:2-5

Grecian Travels (Acts 20:2-6)
    What does Luke tell us about Paul's time in Macedonia and Achaia (Corinth)?
      Acts 20:2-3a
    What were Paul's plans after taking offerings to Jerusalem church?
      Romans 15:23-28
    How were Paul's plans to go to Jerusalem in time for the Passover changed?
      Acts 20:3b
    Did the churches send anyone with Paul to deliver their offerings?
      Acts 20:4
    Who joined Paul to represent the church in Philippi?
      Acts 20:5-6
      If God had not led Paul back through Macedonia, we wouldnít have books of Luke & Acts

Troas - The City of Open Doors and Windows (Acts 20:7-12)
    Did early Christians meet on the Sabbath (Saturday) like the Jews?
      Acts 20:7
    What happened when Paul's long sermon hit the midnight mark?
      Acts 20:8-9
    What did Paul do after Dr. Luke had pronounced Eutychus dead?
      Acts 20:10
    Did Paul take the hint that his sermon was too long?
      Acts 20:11-12

On the Road Again (Acts 20:13-17)
    After preaching all night, did Paul spend the next day sleeping on the ship to Jerusalem?
      Acts 20:13
    Now that Luke is with Paul, do we get more details about his travels?
      Acts 20:14-15
    After 3 years in Ephesus, how could Paul just pass by without visiting his friends & coworkers?
      Acts 20:16
    Did Paul even think about his friends and coworkers in Ephesus as he sailed by?
      Acts 20:17

Past, Present and Future (Acts 20:18-35)
    What motive did Paul claim for his earlier work in Ephesus and what manner proved it?
      Acts 20:18-19
    What message had Paul taught as he served the Lord in Ephesus?
      Acts 20:20-21

    What plans did Paul tell the Ephesians he presently had?
      Acts 20:22-23
    Why would Paul go to Jerusalem if prison and hardship was facing him?
      Acts 20:24

    Why was Paul telling the Ephesians all of this?
      Acts 20:25-27
    What guidance did Paul want to leave with them?
      Acts 20:28-31
    How would they be able to protect the flock from savage wolves?
      Acts 20:32
    What example should they follow as they work to lead the flock at Ephesus?
      Acts 20:33-35

Sad Farewells (Acts 20:36-21:16)
    How did the Ephesians respond to what Paul had said?
      Acts 20:36-38
    Where did Paul and his companions go then?
      Acts 21:1-3
    What did Paul and his group do during the week that the ship was unloading cargo in Tyre?
      Acts 21:4
    Since they had only known these Christians one week, was the good-bye any easier?
      Acts 21:5-6

    Where did they go next?
      Acts 21:7-9
    Did the Christians in Caesarea try to stop Paul from going on to Jerusalem?
      Acts 21:10-12
    Did this change Paul's mind?
      Acts 21:13-16

Closing Prayer

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