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Acts…Lesson 10: The Second Missionary Journey of Paul

Memory Verse:These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” Acts 17:11.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 15:36-16:40; Acts 17; Acts 18:1-22; 1 Corinthians 9; Galatians 2; Ephesians 2

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:1-10


In our study, we go with Paul on the second missionary journey. The Apostle has several exciting events that take place on this trip. It starts out with a split between Paul and Barnabas. Timothy joins the group and is first introduced to us. The Gospel is carried farther than ever before, into Macedonia. Paul and Silas are put in prison in Philippi and unchained by an earthquake, which doesn’t give them their freedom but does result in the conversion of the jailer and his household. We meet those noble Bereans who diligently study the scriptures. Paul preaches in Athens and the Corinthian church is started.

Our author Luke is along on at least part of this journey. See the numerous references to “we” and “us” in Acts 16. Then contrast that with the references to “they” in Acts 17 and Acts 18. If you recall from lesson one, this is where Luke may have stopped along the way to help start the Philippi church.

We see in this section of Acts the conversion of several people, from a wealthy merchant woman to a slave girl. What was Paul’s response to the Philippian jailer’s question, “What must I do to be saved?” It was “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” And it also says, “they spake unto him the word of the Lord…” A secondary focus to this lesson will be to look at what it takes for a person to be saved.

Lesson Questions:

Acts 15:36-41. Paul and Barnabas Disagree Over John Mark

  1. Who was John Mark and where else is he mentioned in the Bible? Acts 12:12; 13:13; Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 1:24; 1 Peter 5:13.
  2. Did any of these verses suggest that Paul’s opinion of Mark later changed?

Acts 16:1-17:14. Paul at Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea

  1. Why was Timothy circumcised if circumcision was not necessary for Gentile believers? Acts 16:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:20; Galatians 2:3; 5:2.
  2. How was Paul “forbidden of the Holy Ghost” to preach the word in Asia? Acts 16:6-7, 9-10.
  3. Describe the conversion of Lydia in Philippi. Acts 16:11-15.
  4. Describe the conversion of the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:25-34.
  5. Describe the conversion of Jason in Thessalonica. Acts 17:1-9. Did they suffer for their faith? What stories did the Jews use to rile up the City of Thessalonica?
  6. Why were the Jews at Berea more noble than those of Thessalonica? Acts 17:10-12.

Acts 17:15-18:22. Paul at Athens and Corinth

  1. How did Paul use the altar “To The Unknown God” to reach the men of Athens with the Gospel? Acts 17:22-27. Was his message successful? Acts 17:34.
  2. Where did Paul first go to preach in Corinth and what was the result? Acts 17:4-6, 8.
  3. Describe the vision that Paul received while at Corinth in Acts 17:9-10. Did Paul listen to the Lord? Acts 17:11-18.

Question for thought:

Several modern translations insert “Spirit of Jesus” in the place of “Spirit” in Acts 16:7. Why is this phrase used here and in other places, interchangeable to refer to the Holy Spirit? Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11.