Bible Stories for Adults
Paulís Third Missionary Journey - Part 2
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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
Apollos (Acts 18:23-28)
How did Paul begin his third journey?
What new missionary started working during this time that Paul was in Antioch and Galatia?
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?
With Aquila & Priscilla in Ephesus, where could Apollos be more effective?
Incomplete Christians (Acts 19:1-7)
Where did Paul go on his third journey after Galatia and who did he meet as he arrived?
Why was John's baptism incomplete?
What did these incomplete Christians do after hearing Paul's message of Jesus' gospel?
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?
How was he received by the Jews?
How effective was Paul during this time?
Ephesian Magic (Acts 19:13-20)
How were Paul's extraordinary powers received in this center of magic?
How did God make it clear that the name of Jesus wasn't just a new magic spell?
How did people respond when they heard that Jesus' name was too powerful for casual use?
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?
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?
Artists of Artemis (Acts 19:23-41)
What incident led to Paul leaving Ephesus?
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?
Did Paul find a place to hide so he wouldn't be lynched by this wild mob?
How organized was the crowd?
The Courts Are Open (Acts 19:35-20:1)
Who finally stood up and stopped the mayhem?
What did the city clerk think should be done about the threat to the souvenir business?
Did the city clerk's efforts have any effect on the mob?
Did Paul immediately leave town because of the opposition?
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)?
What were Paul's plans after taking offerings to Jerusalem church?
How were Paul's plans to go to Jerusalem in time for the Passover changed?
Did the churches send anyone with Paul to deliver their offerings?
Who joined Paul to represent the church in Philippi?
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?
What happened when Paul's long sermon hit the midnight mark?
What did Paul do after Dr. Luke had pronounced Eutychus dead?
Did Paul take the hint that his sermon was too long?
On the Road Again (Acts 20:13-17)
After preaching all night, did Paul spend the next day sleeping on the ship to Jerusalem?
Now that Luke is with Paul, do we get more details about his travels?
After 3 years in Ephesus, how could Paul just pass by without visiting his friends & coworkers?
Did Paul even think about his friends and coworkers in Ephesus as he sailed by?
Past, Present and Future (Acts 20:18-35)
What motive did Paul claim for his earlier work in Ephesus and what manner proved it?
What message had Paul taught as he served the Lord in Ephesus?
What plans did Paul tell the Ephesians he presently had?
Why would Paul go to Jerusalem if prison and hardship was facing him?
Why was Paul telling the Ephesians all of this?
What guidance did Paul want to leave with them?
How would they be able to protect the flock from savage wolves?
What example should they follow as they work to lead the flock at Ephesus?
Sad Farewells (Acts 20:36-21:16)
How did the Ephesians respond to what Paul had said?
Where did Paul and his companions go then?
What did Paul and his group do during the week that the ship was unloading cargo in Tyre?
Since they had only known these Christians one week, was the good-bye any easier?
Where did they go next?
Did the Christians in Caesarea try to stop Paul from going on to Jerusalem?
Did this change Paul's mind?
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