Scripture Reference: Acts 15:35-41 - 18:1-22.
Paul's Second Missionary Journey: After returning to Antioch, Paul decided to take another mission trip and revisit Lystra and all of the other places he had visited before. He and Barnabas disagreed over who they should take with them so they each took different people and went to different places. A young man named Timothy joined Paul along the way. While they were travelling, the Holy Spirit led them and told them where to go. One night Paul had a vision of a man from the region of Macedonia standing and begging him to come to Macedonia and help him. Paul immediately went in that direction to teach the gospel there.
Suggested Emphasis: Missionaries go wherever God needs them to work.
Way to Introduce the Story: Have a globe or atlas or world map to use in class today. Let’s pretend we are going to travel to a far away country today to teach people about Jesus. (Let one of the children choose a country and find it on the globe or in the atlas.) What language would we have to know if we went there? What kind of clothes would we need to bring? What would we need to do before we left? In today’s story we are going to learn about another trip that Paul took to teach people about Jesus.
- Read VPC 138 and complete related questions on your class WS.
- Read Acts 15:35-16:5.
- On your map, draw a line from Syrian Antioch north through SYRIA then west through Cilicia all the way to Derbe and then on to Lystra. Use the map, Paul’s Second Missionary Journey, as a guide.
- Cut out the description boxes for Syrian Antioch, and Lystra. Use a crayon and color them green. Don’t color too hard or you won’t be able to read the words! Paste each box on your map near the written name of the corresponding city. (As you paste the boxes on your map, you may need to erase and rewrite some of your city or region labels so that the box fits nicely.)
- Use a blue crayon and throughout this week, color in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. When you are done, write over the labels, Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, with black marker.
- Read Acts 16:6-17:15.
- On your map, draw a line from Lystra north through Galatia then west to Troas. From Troas, draw a line going across the Aegean Sea through the island of Samothrace then across to Philippi. From Philippi, draw a line further west and south to Thessalonica and then on to Berea. Use the map, Paul’s Second Missionary Journey, as a guide. Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea are all in the region of Macedonia.
- On your map, write in all capitals the regions of ASIA and MYSIA using the map, Paul’s Second Missionary Journey as your guide.
- Cut out the description boxes for Troas, Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea. Use a crayon and color them green. Don’t color too hard or you won’t be able to read the words! Paste each box on your map near the written name of the corresponding city. Erase and rewrite any labels as needed.
- Read and discuss Acts 17:16-32.
- On your map, draw a line from Berea south and east into the Aegean Sea along the eastern coast of Greece. Follow it south and around until you get to Athens. Use the map, Paul’s Second Missionary Journey, as a guide.
- Cut out the description box for Athens. Color it with a green crayon. Paste the box next to the corresponding city on your map. Erase and rewrite any labels as needed.
- Read Acts 18:1-22.
- On your map, draw a line from Athens to Corinth. Stay on the mainland. From Corinth, draw a line south into the Mediterranean Sea and then northeast to Ephesus. From Ephesus, continue the line south to Miletus. From Miletus, cross the Mediterranean Sea between Rhodes and Crete and head south of Cyprus until you get to Caesarea. From Caesarea, draw the line south to end in Jerusalem. Use the map, Paul’s Second Missionary Journey, as a guide.
- Cut out the description box for Corinth. Color it with a green crayon and paste it on your map.
- Using a green crayon, trace your line showing Paul’s travels during his second missionary journey.
- If you want, use a black marker to write over the labels of the cities and regions we visited this week. (You may do this after the complettion of Paul’s Third Missionary Journey if you like to make sure you don’t need to erase and move labels again.)
- If you haven’t already, write and decorate a title for your map in the blank space at the top (My title is Paul’s Missionary Journeys). You may draw a box around the title if you like.
IMPORTANT: Use PENCIL to write in all labels until the end of the week when you have everything where you want it. Then you can write over your words with MARKER to make them permanent.
- Why did Barnabas and Paul not go together on the second missionary journey? They disagreed over who to take with them
- Who joined Paul during his journey? Timothy
- What did Paul see in his vision? A man from Macedonia begging Paul to come there and help him
- Where did Paul go after his vision? Macedonia
- Continue to add to the Missionary Map.
Description Boxes: I did not keep the name of the city in my description box when I cut it out. You may if you like.
Paul and Barnabus part ways over a disagreement about whether or not to bring John Mark.
Timothy joins Paul and Silas.
Paul has a vision of a man begging him to come to Macedonia.
Philippi (Roman colony and leading Macedonian city)
Lydia, a worshiper of God from Thyatira who works with purple cloth, becomes a believer.
Paul casts demons out of a fortune-telling slave girl, so her owners have him thrown in jail. An earthquake frees the prisoners but Paul has them all stay inside. The jailer and his family become believers.
Jason is arrested for hosting Paul in his home.
The Bereans examine Scripture to see if the message is true.
Paul delivers the Mars Hill message presenting Jesus as their unknown god.
Paul stays and makes tents with Priscilla and Aquila. Crispus, the synagogue leader, believes as do many other Corinthians.
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