ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Chapter 14 - continued
(Paul's First Missionary Trip)
VS. 16-18 They tried to explain that the only God was the one who brought them _______________ and happiness.
VERSE 19 But the Jews from the previous city had followed Paul and Barnabus here. They stirred the people up so that they _______________ Paul and left him for _______.
VERSE 20 Instead, Paul got up and did what remarkable thing? ____________________
VERSE 23 Then P & B returned through the cities they had started churches in. At that time they appointed _____________ in each _________________. (Notice, no elder in one church was put in charge of other churches.)
NOTE: The cities of Derbe, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch were all in the Turkish province of Galatia. About AD 51, Paul wrote them, and it is part of our New Testament today. In Galatians 1:8-9 (pg. 175) he made this warning:
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
Chapter 15 - Pages 126 - 127
VERSE 1 After returning to Antioch to report the results of their missionary trip, some Christians showed up teaching that Gentile Christians should be circumcised, this having been commanded in the Law of ______________ to the Jews.
VERSE 2 So Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to confer with the ________________ and elders there. (Remember, they still did not have the New Testament written yet, so had to rely on what the Apostles decided.)
NOTE: This occurred _____ years after Paul's conversion. (See Galatians 2:1, pg. 176).
VS. 10-11 At the Council in Jerusalem, Peter got up and said they shouldn't put a ___________ on the Gentiles that the Jews
couldn't even keep. Therefore, Gentiles need not be circumcised, because they are saved through ______________.
THOUGHT QUESTION: Some people today have begun incorporating Jewish worship from the Old Testament into Christian worship. Do you think it is important enough to look up our forms of worship in the Bible to see if they are from the Old Testament or New Testament?
VS. 13, 20 James, the brother of Jesus, suggested they send a letter around with Paul warning Gentile Christians to do what?
VERSE 23 How careful were the Apostles that their instruction not be misunderstood? _______________________________________
VS. 25-27 Even though the letter was sent with Paul and Barnabas from the Apostles to the church in Antioch, what further care did the Apostles take that this letter was authentic? _______________________________________
THOUGHT QUESTION: The only example in the New Testament church of any group of church leaders being in charge of another congregation is this one congregation in Jerusalem. How were the leaders in Jerusalem unique from all the others?
NOTE: This is the last we hear of the Apostles being together in Jerusalem. They seem to have scattered after this. The next time the church leadership in Jerusalem is mentioned, this congregation is headed by James and elders (see Acts 21:18, pg. 133).
VERSE 40 Then Paul and Barnabas decided to make a second missionary trip, revisiting the areas where they'd preached before. But this time, Paul chose _____________ as his preaching partner.
Chapter 16 - Pages 127 - 128
Paul's Second Missionary Trip
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. 197). 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 (pg. 197); also 4:9 (pg. 199). 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? _______________________________________
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. About 15 years after this visit, Paul he wrote the church here while he was in prison. It was probably his most gentle letter. In Philippians 4:7 (pg. 186) 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?
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?
VERSE 25 What did Paul and Silas do while in prison?
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. 33-33 When the jailor asked what to do to be saved, (a) what did Paul tell him to do, and (b) what did they do?
VS. 37-39 When the local magistrate decided to free Paul and Silas, Paul objected because:
Chapter 17 - Pages 128 - 130
VERSE 1 What was the next city they went to? _______________________________
NOTE: Paul wrote two letters to the Christians at this Greecian seaport city. The first was written about A.D. 54. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (pg. 191) "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. 192) 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 do 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?
VERSE 16 Paul then escaped to Athens, still in Greece, but was disturbed to see so many what there? _____________________________________
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?
VERSE 34 Only a few in Athens believed, among them a member of the __________________, and a woman named ________________________.
Chapter 18 - Page 130
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. 156). I Corinthians was written about AD 58, partly because of the sexual immorality in the church (5:1, pg. 157), and also in answer to many questions they had: 7:1 (pg. 158) - Marriage. 8:1 (pg. 160) -"Now about food sacrificed to idols." 12:1 (pg. 163) -"Now about spiritual gifts.
He wrote his second letter to them after a "painful visit" (2:1, pg. 168). At the end he he's going to come a third time, and he's afraid he'll find the same quarreling, jealousy, anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance, disorder, impurity, sexual sin and debauchery (12:20-13:3, pg. 174). He closes by saying, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves" (13:5, pg. 175). 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 _________________________."
VERSE 8 However, the ruler of the Synagogue did believe; and he and many of the Corinthians did what?
VERSE 11 How long did Paul stay here teaching? ___________________
VERSE 17 Eventually, what did the Jews do to the former ruler of the Synagogue? ______________
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? ________________
Paul's Third Missionary Trip
VS. 24-26 While Paul was reporting to the elders in Antioch who had sent him to be a missionary, a man named ___________________ arrived in 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 130 - 132
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, pg. 112, the first gospel sermon.)