ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

 

 

PAUL'S SECOND MISSIONARY TRIP

 

CHAPTER 16 - Pages 1073 - 1075

 

AD 50

 

DAY ONE:

 

VERSE 1-2      In Lystra, Turkey, Paul met who?  ___________________________________  What was his nationality?  ____________________________________  Were there "believers" in his family besides himself?  _____________________________

 

                        LYSTRA was not a very culturally advanced community.  But two statues have been discovered there of Zeus and Hermes.  A local legend said that two men entertained these two gods while the rest of Lystra ignored them.

 

            b.         Look up 2 Timothy 1:4 (pg. 1155).  What were Timothy's mother's and grandmother's names? ________________ ______________________________  Were they Christians?  ____________

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Who in Timothy's family do you think raised him to be a Christian?

 

            c.         Look up 2 Timothy 1:2 & 4; also 4:9.  How close did Paul and Timothy become?  _________________________

 

                        NOTE:  2 Timothy is the last known letter that Paul wrote.  In 1:8 he told Timothy not to be ashamed of Jesus or ashamed that Paul was a prisoner.  In 4:6 he said he would die soon (be executed by Nero).  He wanted Timothy to be with him at the time. 

 

VS. 9-10          They had apparently decided to preach only in Turkey, but one night Paul had a vision of a man in Macedonia, a province of Greece.  What did the man say in the vision?  _____________________________________________

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                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Have you had any "Macedonians" interfere with your life and cause you to move?

 

VERSE 12       They went to which leading city of Macedonia?  _____________________________________

           

                        NOTE:  This city had a famous school of medicine in it.  About 15 years after this visit, Paul wrote the church here while he was in prison.  It was probably his most gentle letter.  In 4:7 (pg. 1140) he wished them "the peace that passes all understanding," and in 4:13 he said, "I can do all though through Christ who strengthens me." 

 

VS. 13-15        There, Paul met a business woman named ___________________________.  After hearing Paul, what did she and her household do?

 

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DAY TWO:

 

VS. 16-18        Paul and Silas were hounded by a psychic who kept following him around and shouting what?  ________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Why do you think Paul caused the psychic spirit to leave her?

 

VERSE 23       The woman's owners got mad because they'd made money off her.  So they caused what to happen to Paul and Silas?

 

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VERSE 25       What did Paul and Silas do while in prison?

 

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VS. 26-27        When the earthquake broke open the prison doors, what did the jailer threatened to do?  _____________________ _________________________ because he thought the prisoners had ___________________________.

 

VS. 31-33        When the jailor asked what to do to be saved, (a) what did Paul tell him to do, and (b) what did they do?

 

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VS. 37-39        When the local magistrate decided to free Paul and Silas, Paul objected because:

 

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CHAPTER 17 - Pages 1075 - 1076

 

DAY THREE:

 

VERSE 1         What was the next city they went to?  ______________________________________

 

                        NOTE:  Paul wrote two letters to the Christians at this Grecian seaport city.  The first was written about A.D. 54.  In 4:16-17 (pg. 1148) "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air [not in Jerusalem].  And so we will be with the Lord forever."

 

                        Paul wrote his second letter (pg. 1149) to them shortly after the first to follow up on the first letter.

 

VERSE 6         It is 15-20 years since Jesus returned to heaven.  At yet, the mob shouted that these men had caused trouble where? ____________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 7         The mob claimed Paul was defying Caesar by saying ___________________________ was king. 

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  In what way to opponents of Jesus today twist around the Truth to make it sound like Christians are bad?

 

VERSE 11       They escaped Thess-ala-nica and fled to what city?  ____________________________________

                        Paul said these Christians were more _________________________ than some other Christians because they did what and how often?

 

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VERSE 16       Paul then escaped to Athens, still in Greece, but was disturbed to see so many what there?  __________________

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VERSE 18       EPICUREANS founded about 300 B.C.  Nature is the true reality.  As atheists, they believed mind is just matter in motion.  Sought happiness through pleasure.  There was no such thing as absolute truth.  However, they still believed in a universal morality because it ultimately leads to happiness.  Man's soul is part of the soul of the world.

 

                        STOICS founded 280 B.C.  Reason/Mind is the true reality.  As pan-theists, they believed the laws of nature are from the Great Reason of the Universe, a Mind with no personality.  Happiness was attained by eliminating emotions and just going along with nature.  They believed they could best do this by being kind to other; thus alleviating conflict in their lives.  Sin was just an error in judgment.

 

                        The philosophers accused Paul of introducing ________________________ _______________________________.

 

VERSE 19       ARE-OP-AGUS was on Mars Hill in Greece.  Court was held there, reportedly from legendary times, and still was in Paul's time.  It's purpose was to question the morals and rights of teachers who lectured in public.

 

VERSE 32       After Paul testified of Jehovah God, many of them sneered because he believed in what?  ____________________

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VERSE 34       Only a few in Athens believed, among them a member of the _______________________________, and a woman named ___________________________________.

 

 

CHAPTER 18 - Pages 1076 - 1077

 

AD 55

 

DAY SIX:

 

VERSE 1         Paul next went to what city?  ______________________________________________

 

                        NOTE:  This city had a major temple to Venus (Aphrodite) that housed 1000 prostitutes.  They also worshipped Poseidon, the god of the sea, since this was a seaport.  The city had over twice as many slaves as citizens. 

 

                        Paul wrote the church in Corinth twice, both times frustrated because, although they were wealthy, they were still spiritual babies (3:1, pg. 1106).  First Corinthians was written about AD 58, partly because of the sexual immorality in the church (5:1, pg. 1108), and also in answer to many questions they had:  7:1 - Marriage.  8:1 - "Now about food sacrificed to idols."  12:1 - "Now about spiritual gifts.

 

                        He wrote his second letter to them after a "painful visit" (2:1, pg. 1120).  At the end he said he was going to come a third time, and he was afraid he'd find the same quarreling, jealousy, anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance, disorder, impurity, sexual sin and debauchery (12:20 - 13:3).  He closes by saying, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves" (13:5).  Should we do the same?

 

VERSE 2         There he met _____________________________________ and her husband Aquilla who'd recently been kicked out of _____________________ by Claudius Caesar with all the ____________________.

 

VERSE 6         Paul got so exasperated with the Jews following him around everywhere causing trouble, he finally said, "Your ________________________ be on your own ______________________.  From now on I will go to the

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VERSE 8         However, the ruler of the Synagogue did believe; and he and many of the Corinthians did what?

 

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VERSE 11       How long did Paul stay here teaching?  _____________________________________

 

VERSE 17       Eventually, what did the Jews do to the former ruler of the Synagogue?  __________________________________

 

 

AD 57

 

VERSE 18       When Paul finally left, who did he take with him?___________________________ and _______________________.

 

VS. 19-21        Where did they go that Paul couldn't stay long but promised to return?  ___________________________________