ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

 

 

PAUL'S THIRD MISSIONARY TRIP

 

CHAPTER 18 - Pages 1076 - 1077

 

A.D. 57

 

DAY ONE:

 

VS. 24-26        While Paul was reporting to the elders in Antioch who had sent him to be a missionary, a man named ______________________________ arrived Ephesus.  He had a thorough knowledge of the ____________________, but only knew the baptism of John the Baptist.  Who taught him in their home "the rest of the story"?

                        ________________________________ and ___________________________________.

 

VERSE 28       How do we know he then became a Christian?  _________________________________________________

 

 

CHAPTER 19 - Pages 1077 - 1078

 

VS. 1-3            When Paul arrived back in Ephesus, he found people who did not know there was a _______________________________________ ___________________________________. 

 

VERSE 4         What was the difference in John's baptism and Jesus' baptism?  (For help, refer back to Acts 2:38, the first gospel sermon.) _______________  ____________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 6         Once again, because the New Testament was not written yet, people sometimes needed external proofs.  In this case, they needed to see evidence there was a _____________________________________________.  So Paul "laid his hands on them" (something the Apostles seem to have always done when imparting special spiritual gifts), and they did what?

 

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                        NOTE:  The word here for "tongues" in Greek is the same word "glossaia" as used to describe what the Apostles did on the Day of Pentecost at which time everyone heard in their own language (see Acts 2:4). 

 

 

DAY TWO:

 

VS 8-10           At first, Paul set up a class in the local synagogue which lasted __________________ months.  But when kicked out of there, he set up another on in a lecture hall that lasted ___________________________________________

 

VERSE 11       Were the miracles performed by the twelve men who received the Holy Spirit or through Paul?  _______________

 

VERSE 19       Eventually there was a big book burning, the value of the books coming to _____________________ drachmas.

 

                        NOTE:  A drachmas was worth about a day's wages.  That would be 137 years worth of wages burned in books that day.

 

VS. 26-27        A silversmith named ______________________________________ complained Paul was ruining their business because he preached that the statues they made were ___________________________________.

 

                        ARTEMIS/DIANA was the goddess of love.  Her great temple at Ephesus thousands of prostitutes to help men "worship" this goddess.  Many people made pilgrimages to Ephesus to see her temple and obtain an authentic idol to take back home with them.

 

VS. 28-31        A riot started and ___________________________ of Paul's companions were pushed into the ampitheatre, much like the colosseum in Rome.

 

            b.         Paul was talked out of going to the ampitheatre by

 

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DAY THREE:

 

VERSE 32       Why did the people think they were at the ampitheatre?  _______________________________________________

 

VERSE 34       For how long did they shout "Great is Artemis/Diana of the Ephesians!"?  ________________________________

 

VS. 35-41        How was the city clerk able to break up the riot?  ____________________________________________________

 

 

                                                              CHAPTER 20 - Pages 1078 - 1079

 

                                                                                     AD 60

 

VERSE 6         After Paul escaped from Ephesus, he returned to Macedonia, the province in Greece.  Then he sailed from the city of _______________________________ and arrived at ____________________________________.

 

                        NOTE:  This city was formerly called Troy, and is the center of the ancient story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse.  In later years it became known as Constantinople.  It was supposedly also the home town of the founder of the city of Rome.

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VERSE 7         What was the primary purpose of their assembly on the first day of the week?  ____________________________

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            b.         What else did the early Christians do exclusively on the first day of the week?  (See 1 Corinthians 16:2, pg. 1117)  ___________________ _____________________________________________________________

 

            c.         What of significance to the church had originally happened on the first day of the week?  (See Luke 24:1-7, pg. 1025) ________________ ________________________________________________________________________

 

            d.         Since no other day of the week was significant to the Christians, what other name did it finally go by?  (See Revelation 1:9-10, pg. 1191). ______________________________________________________

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  If the early Christians broke bread on THE first day of the week, which first day of the week was it?  (Compare this to the Old Testament commandment to keep the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week holy.  See Deuteronomy 5:12-14, pg. 177.  "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy meant which Sabbath day?)

 

VS. 7-12          During Paul's sermon, what happened to Eutychus?  ___________________________________________________

 

            b.         Who raised him from the dead?  An ordinary Christian or an apostle?  ___________________________________

 

 

DAY FIVE:

 

VERSE 17       Then Paul set sail for Jerusalem, and at a port, sent for the elders of the church in what city?  ________________

 

VS. 22-23        Paul admitted to the elders he knew what awaited him in Jerusalem?

 

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VERSE 25       In fact, Paul was convinced it would ultimately end in his _________________________________.

 

VERSE 28       The elders were to do what and be what to the church?

 

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VERSE 30       Paul predicts the first heresy in the church.  It will come "from your own numbers."  Who was he talking to?

                        _______________________________

 

                        NOTE:  The first heresy in the church occurred when elders of a congregation decided to pick one head elder of their congregation.  Then, elders of several congregations in a city decided to appoint one elder to be head over all the other elders in that city.  At this point, they decided to call this elder "Bishop," though "elder" and "bishop" refer to the same thing just as Member of Parliament and Senator means the same thing.  (For reading on this, refer to Eusebius' Ecclesiastic History written about 325 AD.  Paul in his letter to Titus explained that elders were to be appointed in every ____________________ (Titus 1:5, pg. 1158), not over several.  Also, look at the qualifications.  Do elders today meet those qualifications?  Is God pleased?

 

VS. 37-38        When they prayed, everyone hugged and kissed Paul and ________________________ because he said he'd never __________________________________________________.

 

                        NOTE:  Paul wrote the church in Ephesus a letter around AD 63 during his first imprisonment in Rome.  It is a fantastic letter explaining why the world was created and how we Christians fit in to the scheme of the spirit world.  In 6:12, pg. 1137, Paul says our earthly struggle is not against flesh and blood, but powers of evil in spiritual places.

 

 

CHAPTER 21 - Pages 1080 - 1081

 

DAY SIX:

 

VERSE 4         As Paul made his way to Jerusalem, his ship stopped in Tyre which is in today's Lebanon.  What did the disciples there tell Paul?  _______________________________________________________

 

VERSE 8         His ship finally stopped in Caesarea where he stayed with a friend, ___________________________, who was one of the original Seven.  What were the "Seven"?  (See Acts 6:5)  _________________________________________

 

VERSE 9         Philip's daughters did what?  ________________________________________  

 

                        NOTE:  The word "prophecy" in the original Greek means to speak forth the mind of God.  It does not necessarily mean a future, although often a warning of future problems often accompanied a commandment.  There is no mention in the Bible of women prophets ever prophesying in a public assembly. 

 

                        The "gift of prophecy" is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (pg. 1113) as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  How were these gifts obtained?  Paul wrote the Romans (1:11, pg. 1090) that he wanted to see them so he could impart some spiritual gift to them.  There is no one listed in the New Testament church who received a spiritual gift apart from the Apostles. 

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Since the New Testament was not written at this time, why would prophecy be important to the first-century church?

 

VS. 12-13        What did the people of Caesarea beg Paul to do?  ____________________________________________________

 

            b.         What did Paul reply?  ____________________________________________________________________________