8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Paul’s third missionary journey was unlike his first two because he didn’t set out to plant churches. Instead, his mission was to encourage and strengthen existing churches. Paul wrote letters to the churches, but he knew some guidance was best given in person.
Paul’s journey began when he traveled to the city of Corinth. To make a living, Paul was a tentmaker. Paul became friends with two other tentmakers in Corinth: a man named Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. In his business dealings, Paul was able to share the gospel with many people. The church in Corinth grew.
Paul took Aquila and Priscilla with him to Ephesus. Ephesus was a thriving city in the Roman Empire. Aquila and Priscilla stayed in Ephesus while Paul traveled to other churches and encouraged the believers. While Paul traveled, Aquila and Priscilla interacted with a Jewish believer named Apollos. Apollos was a leader in the early church, and Aquila and Priscilla helped him better understand about Jesus and the Scriptures. Apollos went on to greatly help other believers by showing through Scripture that Jesus is the Messiah.
The Holy Spirit led Paul to go to Jerusalem. This wasn’t an easy call to obey. The Spirit revealed to Paul that imprisonment and suffering awaited in Jerusalem. (See Acts 20:23.) Hadn’t Paul done enough? He had spent years preaching the gospel, and many people believed. Wasn’t now a good time for Paul to retire comfortably on a beach somewhere?
But Paul did not cling to his own life. God helped Paul preach with courage even when he was in danger. Paul boarded the ship to Jerusalem, uncertain of the future but certain of the goodness and grace of the Lord Jesus.
As Paul traveled on his third missionary journey, he used every opportunity to tell people the good news about Jesus and to help the church. Paul was dedicated to Jesus, who called him to do the work of sharing the gospel.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
Babies and Toddlers
Christians tell about Jesus.
Paul told people about Jesus everywhere he went.
The Holy Spirit sent Paul to Jerusalem.
Telling people about Jesus is most important.
How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus.
God helped Paul preach with courage.
How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus so they may repent and be saved.
God helped Paul preach with courage even when he was in danger.
●“Paul Confronted Peter” (Galatians 2:11-21)
APPLICATION (How should it change me)
What is an idol?
Why is it wrong to worship an idol?
Can people have idols today?
What things can people love more than God?
Have you ever been amazed by something without being amazed by the one who made it?
What are some things besides God that people worship today?
Why do you think they worship those things?
Where do you think you could go to tell people about Jesus?
What could you do to help them understand who Jesus is?
What are the different responses that people have when they hear the Good News?
When you face difficulty because you are a Christian how do you respond? If you don’t respond the way you should will you ask God to help you?
How often do you study the Bible to see what it says for yourself? What will you change in your daily schedule to allow more time to study God’s Word?
Have you ever accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, what is keeping you from believing in Him? If you have been saved, how are you sharing the Good News with others?