Scripture Reference: Acts 19:8-12, 17-41
Story Overview: During his third missionary journey Paul returned to Ephesus and spent three years there. He taught about Jesus in the synagogue and in a city school. Some of the most unusual miracles in the Book of Acts occurred during Paul’s stay in Ephesus. The miracles were so convincing that magicians and sorcerers burned all of their expensive sorcery books and turned to God. So many people stopped worshipping idols (and buying idol statues) that a silversmith named Demetrius led a riot against Paul.
Suggested Emphasis: Sorcery, magic, witchcraft, horoscopes, etc. are wrong because they acknowledge a power other than God.
Way to Introduce the Story:
Find examples of horoscopes in magazines or newspapers and bring them to class. (You might think of other examples that are familiar to the children (psychics, crystal balls, etc.) Discuss the fact that people who use these try to predict the future. Some people say that there are hidden powers or that the stars can tell them what will happen in the future. Let’s read what the bible says about the future–read Ecclesiastes 8:7. No one knows what will happen in the future except for God. In today’s story we will learn about a time when Paul visited a city where lots of people thought they could do sorcery and magic and predicting the future.
- Read VPC 141 and answer the related questions on your class WS.
- Read Acts 18:23-19:1-41.
- On your map, draw a line from Syrian Antioch north through Syria then west through Galatia all the way to Ephesus (Paul spent over 2 years in Ephesus). Use the map, Paul’s Third Missionary Journey, as a guide.
- Cut out the description boxes for Ephesus. Use a crayon and color them purple. 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.)
- Read Acts 20:1-12.
- On your map, draw a line from Ephesus northwest across the Aegean Sea to Thessalonica. From Thessalonica, draw a line southward to Berea and then all the way down through Greece to Corinth. (Paul spent 3 months in Greece/Corinth.) From Corinth, begin drawing Paul’s return trip line north and to the west of Berea ending up in Thessalonica. From Thessalonica continue the line northeast to Philippi. From Philippi, draw a line east back across the Aegean Sea and land in Troas. Use the map, Paul’s Third Missionary Journey, as a guide.
- Cut out the description box for Troas. Use a crayon and color it purple. Don’t color too hard or you won’t be able to read the words! Paste the box on your map near the written name of the corresponding city. Erase and rewrite any labels as needed.
- Read Acts 20:13-21:15.
- On your map, draw a line from Troas south through the Aegean Sea to Miletus. Continue the line from Miletus into the Mediterranean Sea across the island of Rhodes and then south of Cyprus all the way to Tyre. From Tyre, draw a line to Ceasarea and then down to Jerusalem. Use the map, Paul’s Third Missionary Journey, as a guide.
- Cut out the description box for Miletus. Color it with a purple crayon. Paste the box next to the corresponding city on your map. Erase and rewrite any labels as needed.
- Using a purple crayon, trace your line showing Paul’s travels during his third missionary journey.
- If you haven’t done so already, trace over all labels with a black marker.
- Cut out and then glue the map’s KEY (located on the last page of this handout) onto the bottom left corner of your map and trace/color each line on the key with its corresponding color (first journey = red, second journey = green, third journey = purple).
- Cut out and glue a map’s COMPASS somewhere on your map.
- Make sure you finish your map’s title.
- Finish any incomplete map work.
- What was the name of the city where Paul spent two years teaching in a school? Ephesus
- What did the sorcerers and magicians in Ephesus do with their expensive scrolls and books? Burned them
- Why did the sorcerers and magicians in Ephesus burn their scrolls and books? They learned thatGod is the only real power.
- Why is it wrong to trust sorcery, horoscopes, witchcraft, and things like that? Because only God has the real power and he wants us to trust in Him.
- Enlarge a map of Paul’s third missionary journey and circle the city of Antioch where the journey began. Then circle Ephesus. This map can be developed more in the next lessons.
- Use a bible concordance to look up facts about the ancient city of Ephesus
_______________Paul’s First Missionary Journey
_______________Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
_______________Paul’s Third Missionary Journey
_______________Paul’s’ Trip to Rome
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.
Ephesu(guardian city of the temple of Artemis
Apollos learns from Priscilla and Aquila and becomes a strong apologist.
Many Ephesians burn their sorcery scrolls after 7 sons of Sceva are beaten up by an evil spirit.
Demetrius tries to start a riot to preserve the income of the silversmiths (who make idols).
Through Paul, God raises Eutchyus to life.
Paul meets with the Ephesian elders and tells them he will never see them again.
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