Sunday, 14 April 2013

Theme Number 57 Paul’s Missionary Journeys

Paul the Missionary said, I’m ‘in journeys oft’.  Travel is surely one of the Characteristics of Missionary life. Paul’s First Missionary Journey with Barnabas was to Cyprus and Phamphilia. It was  an Missionary journey where They were sent out by the Holy Spirit after prayer and fasting by the Antiochan Assembly in Syria.  

It involved the shortest of the missionary journeys; where a Roman Proconsul was converted, Paul was stoned and left for dead but God raised him up; where John Mark deserted them; and churches were established with elders chosen in each place.
Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

The second journey began on a rather unfortunate circumstance: "Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the word. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left." (Acts 15:37-40) We never hear of Barnabas after this.
Paul's second missionary journey began about 49 AD, and like the first journey, it was no "10-day excursion." He would not return for about 3 years, until 52.
Here are some of the Highlights. of the Second Missionary Journey.
1. Paul’s Vision of the man of Macedonia calling them to come and help them Acts 16:6-10
2. Lydia the seller of Purple converted at Philippi Acts 16:11-15
3. Paul and Silas rescued from Prison by an earthquake and the jailer converted Acts 16:16-40
4. In three weeks Preaching Paul established the church at Thessalonica Acts 17:1-9
5. Paul preaching in the Aeropagus in Athens; and in Corinth for 18 months. Acts 18

It was the Advance of the Gospel into Europe and the amazing opening up of the greek work to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul’s Missionary Journey Number Three Acts 19;20
Pauls Third Journey included a three year stay at Ephesus which a very significant church was established with Acquila, Priscilla and Apollos and Timothy. Here the whole of Roman Asia heard the Word and eventually Timothy was left in Charge.
The Fourth Missionary Journey Acts 27-28

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