Paul’s Second Missionary Trip
Paul and Barnabas parted company because of a disagreement they had about John Mark. The young man had left their company and returned to Jerusalem. Barnabas wanted to give John Mark, his nephew, another chance, but Paul preferred not to take him on this next trip. So Barnabas and John Mark went one way, and Paul chose Silas to accompany him on this trip.
Besides Paul and Silas, there were two more preachers on the journey. A young Christian named Timothy joined them and so did Luke, the physician (who is the author of the book of Luke and the book of Acts).
In Philippi, Paul meets Lydia, a wealthy businesswoman, and stays at her house. He also heals a fortune-telling slave girl whose owners have Paul and Silas arrested and thrown in jail. While in prison, there is an earthquake and their chains fall off. The jailer is converted when he hears Paul’s preaching about Jesus.
They arrived in Thessalonica which was a seaport town. Paul preached for many weeks. Many Jews and Greeks believed his teaching, but Jewish leaders were once again alarmed at his teachings. Paul and Silas had to leave the city under the cover of darkness.
Paul, Silas, and Timothy go to Berea and people listened to their stories of the teachings of Jesus. But once again, Paul is very close to be being arrested for his preaching. Paul flees to Athens, Greece, but Silas and Timothy stay in Berea and intend to join Paul as soon as possible.
When Paul arrives in Athens, he sees an altar to an unknown god and preaches about God to the Greeks. Many of them become believers. He continues on to Corinth, where Paul meets Aquilla and Priscilla, who join him in preaching the good news of Jesus. Paul writes 1 and 2 Thessalonians while staying in Corinth.
After visiting a few more cities and churches, Paul returns to his home base of Antioch.
MAP OF PAUL'S SECOND MISSIONARY TRIP
Main route: Syria, Turkey, Greece, Jerusalem
Cities/places: 2800 miles
Second Missionary Trip (49-51AD) with Silas – Acts 15:36-18:22
-Antioch – starting point
-Syria and Cilicia – take a letter from Jerusalem church for churches in the area
-Lystra – Timothy joins them
-Phrygia and Galatia – Holy Spirit prevents them going to Bithynia
-Troas – Paul’s vision of man from Macedonia; Luke was with Paul here
-Philippi – conversion of Lydia; thrown in jail, earthquake, conversion of jailer; Gospel goes to Europe
-Berea (Veria) – many believed
-Athens – Paul preaches the Unknown God
-Corinth – Paul stays for 18 months, with Aquilla and Priscilla – writes 1 and 2 Thessalonians
-Ephesus – Paul leaves Aquilla and Priscilla here
-Returns to Antioch
PAUL’S SECOND MISSIONARY TRIP WITH SILAS
The Story of Lydia – Bible Kids (Philipi) – First church in Europe
Paul and Silas in Prison – Bible Kids
Paul Teaches in Athens – Bible Kids
Aquilla and Priscilla – Saddleback Kids (Acts 18:1-17)
WHAT ARE THE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM PAUL'S SECOND MISSIONARY TRIP?
Worship for July and August will focus on five of Paul’s letters as part of this journey.