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Between Journeys   2nd missionary journey   3rd mission. journey   Paul at Jerusalem

Paul at Caesarea   Voyage to Rome   Paul at Rome

1.  Beginnings

    Acts 15:35-36   Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching
    the word of the Lord, with many others also.
    36.  And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our
    brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they

 2.  The Problem

    Acts 15:37-38   And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname
    was Mark
    38.  But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from
    Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

      a. The solution

        Acts 15:39-41   And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed
        asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
        40.  And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto
        the grace of God.
        41.  And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

 3.  Paul revisits Derbe and Lystra

    a.  Take Timothy as a helper

      Acts 16:1-5   Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was
      there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and
      believed; but his father was a Greek:
      2.  Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
      3.  Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because
      of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a
      4.  And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep,
      that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
      5.  And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

4.  Directed by the Holy Ghost

    Acts 16:6-9   Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia,
    and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
    7.  After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit
    suffered them not.
    8.  And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
    9.  And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and
    prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
    10.  And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into  
    Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel
    unto them.
    11.  Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and
    the next day to Neapolis;

5.  Events at Philippi

    a.  Lydia is converted

      Acts 16:14-15   And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of
      Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she
      attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
      15.  And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye
      have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And
      she constrained us.

    b.  An unclean spirit is cast out of a girl

      Acts 16:16-18   And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel  
      possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by
      17.  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of
      the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
      18.  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the
      spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came
      out the same hour.

     c.  Paul and Silas are beaten

      Acts 16:23-24   And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into
      prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
      24.  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made
      their feet fast in the stocks.

     d.  Paul and Silas sing praise

      Acts 16:25-26   And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:
      and the prisoners heard them.
      26.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison
      were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were

    e.  Jailer is converted

      Acts 16:27-33   And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the
      prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing  
      that the prisoners had been fled.
      28.  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
      29.  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down
      before Paul and Silas,
      30.  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
      31.  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy
      32.  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
      33.  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was
      baptized, he and all his, straightway.

 6.  On to Thessalonica

    Acts 17:1-4   Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they
    came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
    2.  And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned
    with them out of the scriptures,
    3.  Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from
    the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
    4.  And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout
    Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

7.  On to Berea

    Acts 17:10-14   And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto
    Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
    11.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word
    with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
    were so.
    12.  Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks,
    and of men, not a few.
    13.  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was
    preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.

8.  Paul at Athens

    Acts 17:14-16   And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to
    the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
    15.  And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a
    commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they
    16.  Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he
    saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

    a.  Paul preaches and has some converts

      Acts 17:22-34   Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of
      Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
      23.  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this
      inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him
      declare I unto you.
      24.  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven
      and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
      25.  Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing
      he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
      26.  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the
      earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their
      27.  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him,
      though he be not far from every one of us:
      28.  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own
      poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
      29.  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the
      Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
      30.  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
      every where to repent:
      31.  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in
      righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance
      unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
      32.  And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others
      said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
      33.  So Paul departed from among them.
      34.  Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was
      Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

9.  Paul goes to Corinth

    Acts 18:1   After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;

    a.  Stays with Aquila

      Acts 18:2   And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from
      Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to
      depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
      3.  And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by
      their occupation they were tentmakers.

    b.  Reunited with Silas and Timothy

      Acts 18:5   And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was
      pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

    c.  The Jews oppose Paul

      Acts 18:6   And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his
      raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from
      henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

    d.  The Lord encourages Paul

      Acts 18:9-11   Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid,
      but speak, and hold not thy peace:
      10.  For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much
      people in this city.
      11.  And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among

10.  Paul goes to Ephesus

      Acts 18:19-21   And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered
      into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
      20.  When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
11. Paul returns to Antioch

      Acts 18:21-22   But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast
      that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed
      from Ephesus.
      22.  And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he
      went down to Antioch.