Acts of the Apostles
Lesson 15Acts 18:1 - 20:38
In the last lesson, we discussed Paul’s patience in witnessing for Christ spending time reasoning with both the Jews and the Gentiles, and explaining to them why he knew for a certainty that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. He knew how to meet people where they lived, and on an intellectual plane equal to their own, with a logical and well-thought-out defense of his faith.
This week we will take a quick look at Paul’s Second and Third Missionary Trips and the beginning of his new mission to Rome. Throughout all of Paul’s visits we have observed how he invested himself in each place, first trying to show the Jews that Jesus was the promised Messiah, then when rejected by them, taking the gospel message to the Gentiles. This week will be no exception; his approach will be the same, but on his Second Missionary Journey he will meet people that we will come to know well through Paul’s other letters.
Read Acts Chapters 18:1 - 20:38 and answer the following:
- List the places that are mentioned in Paul’s second missionary trip (Acts 18:1-22) and the places mentioned in Paul’s third missionary trip (Acts 18:23-20:38).
- Second Missionary Trip:
- Third Missionary Trip:
- In what province are these cities? (Acts 19:10)
- Who does Paul meet in Corinth that becomes a part of his ministry? (Acts 18:1-3)
- What trade skills do Aquila and Priscilla have?
- How does Paul support his ministry?
- Why did Paul consider this important? (Acts 20:33-35)
- Where did Paul go in Corinth when the Jews rejected him? (Acts 18:7-8)
- How long does Paul remain in Corinth? (Acts 18:11)
- In Acts chapter 18 we are introduced to Apollos. How is he described in Acts 18:24-28?
- With all the positive things stated about Apollos, what was wrong with his teaching? (Acts 19:1-4)
- How long did Paul preach in the Asia Province during his third trip? (Acts 20:30-31)
- How long did Paul minister in Ephesus? (Acts 19:9-10)
- When Paul completed his third trip, did he expect to be coming back to the churches in that region? If not, why not? (see Acts 20:22-25)
We see Paul concluding his third missionary vision with instructions to those that he had trained along the way. He warned them of the threats to the Gospel and their ministry that would arise once Paul left, and he encouraged them to continue working to spread the gospel.
Have a great week everyone!
Yours in Christ,