Missionary Map Project | Paul’s Journey to Rome
Scripture Reference: Acts 25-28
Most of the work this week is reading. I hope you enjoy learning about the end of Paul’s amazing life.
Story Overview: Paul began his 2,000-mile trip to Rome at Caesarea. To avoid the open seas, the ship followed the coastline. At Myra, Paul was put on a vessel bound for Italy. His travel to Rome is considered his fourth evangelistic journey. Because of the wind, however, the ship is unable to sail directly to Italy. Instead, the ship hugs the coast until it arrives near Cnidus, where it turns south toward the island of Crete. Although Paul warns Julius not to sail the Mediterranean during this dangerous time of the year, the Centurion disregards his advice and has the ship set sail for the western part of the island and the harbor of Phoenix . The ship soon encounters a fierce storm which drives it out to sea. Storms, strong winds and overcast skies which hide the sun and moon cause the ship to lose control and be aimlessly tossed at sea for about two weeks. Eventually the ship drifts near the island of Malta where it is run aground. All two hundred and seventy-six people on the boat abandon ship. They grab whatever parts of floating wreckage they can and make their way to the island. All those on the ship arrive safely on Malta, fulfilling God's promise that no life would be lost. Paul stays three months on Malta where he is treated kindly by the natives. In his short stay on the island he miraculously survives a bite from a poisonous viper, heals the father of the island's governor, then heals the diseases of those on the island. He then boards a ship wintering at the island and set sail to Syracuse and Rhegium. They eventually arrives at the Italian port city of Puteoli, where he stays for one week with Christians in the area. He is then taken to Rome on the well-known Appian Way road. Although Paul is a prisoner, he is allowed in Rome to live by himself guarded only by a Roman soldier. He is able to receive visitors and continues to preach the Gospel.
- Read VPCs 142 and 143. Answer related question on your class WS.
- Read Acts 21:26-23:35.
- On your map, add a dot for the city of Antipatris, north and east of Jerusalem. Draw a line from Jerusalem to Antipatris to Caesarea. Use the map, Paul’s Journey to Rome, as a guide.
- Cut out the description box for Jerusalem. Use a crayon and color it orange. Don’t color too hard or you won’t be able to read the words! Paste the box on your map somewhere near the written name of the corresponding city.
- Read Acts 24:1-26:32.
- Cut out the description box for Caesarea. Use a crayon and color it orange. 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.
- Read Acts 27:1-28:10.
- On your map, draw dots for the cities of Sidon (on the coast north of Tyre), Myra (on the coast southwest of Perga), and Fair Havens (on the southern border of the island of Crete). Use the map, Paul’s Journey to Rome, as a guide.
- Draw a line from Caesarea north to Sidon and then northwest through the Mediterranean Sea and above the island of Cyprus to Myra. From Myra, go west into the Mediterranean Sea, north of the island of Rhodes and then south of Crete all the way to Fair Havens. From Fair Havens, draw a line west to the island of Malta. Use the handout, Paul’s Journey to Rome, as a guide.
- Cut out the description boxes for Mediterranean Sea and Malta. Color them with an orange crayon (again, not too dark). Paste the boxes next to the corresponding locations on your map.
- Read Acts 28:11-30.
- On your map, draw dots for the cities of Syracuse (in Sicily), Rhegium (on the southernmost tip of mainland Italy), Appii Forum and Three Taverns (both on the west coast of Italy south of Rome). Use the handout, Paul’s Journey to Rome, as a guide.
- Draw a line from Malta north to Syracuse and on to Rhegium. Continue the line north and west to Appii Forum, on to Three Taverns, and then end in Rome. Use the handout, Paul’s Journey to Rome, as a guide.
- Cut out the description box for Rome. Color it with an orange crayon (again, not too dark). Paste the box next to the corresponding location on your map.
- Using an orange crayon, trace your line showing Paul’s travels during his journey to Rome.
- On your map’s key, use your orange crayon to color the line for Paul’s trip to Rome. Also, next to each missionary journey, use a black marker to write in the following dates: first journey 45-47 A.D., second journey 50-51 A.D., third journey 53-57 A.D., and journey to Rome 58-60 A.D. Remember that the dates are approximations, so they may be off by one or two years when you compare sources.
- If you haven’t done so already, trace over all your new labels with a black marker.
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 is arrested by a Roman Commander, Claudius Lysias, because the Jews riot and attempt to kill him. Paul appears before the Jewish Council. After hearing about a plot to kill Paul, the commander sends Paul to see Governor Felix in Caesarea because Paul is a Roman citizen from Tarsus.
Paul appears before Governor Felix. Ananias, the high priest, has Tertullus, an expert in the Law, make his accusations against Paul. Paul is kept in prison here for 2 years and Felix meets with him frequently hoping to receive a bribe. Festus replaces Felix as Governor.
Paul appears before Festus and King Agrippa. They send him to Rome because Paul appeals his case to Caesar.
As Paul is being taken to Rome by the captain of the Imperial Regiment, Julius, his ship encounters typhoon-like winds. The crew fights for their lives for over 14 days. An angel visits Paul and ensures him that all will live.
The ship Paul is on becomes shipwrecked in Malta but all on board survive. Paul heals many who are ill while on this island. The crew stays in Malta for 3 months.
Paul lives in Rome under house arrest. He preaches the Gospel to Jews and Gentiles. According to church tradition, Paul is released, rearrested and eventually executed.
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