Paul's Second Missionary Journey with Map
Events in Acts 15-16 Involving Paul's Second Missionary Journey
- And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless
you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
- Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute
with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them
should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
- So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia
and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused
great joy to all the brethren.
- And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church
and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had
done with them.
- But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It
is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of
- Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
- And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them:
"Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that
by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
- "So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy
Spirit, just as He did to us,
- "and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by
- "Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the
disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
- "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall
be saved in the same manner as they."
- Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul
declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among
- And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and
brethren, listen to me:
- "Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take
out of them a people for His name.
- "And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:
- 'After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David,
which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;
- So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who
are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.'
- "Known to God from eternity are all His works.
- "Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the
Gentiles who are turning to God,
- "but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols,
from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.
- "For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in
every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath."
- Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send
chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely,
Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the
- They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the
brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and
- Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you
with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep
the law'-- to whom we gave no such commandment--
- it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen
men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
- men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same
things by word of mouth.
- For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no
greater burden than these necessary things:
- that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things
strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these,
you will do well. Farewell.
- So when they were sent off, they came to Antioch; and when they had
gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter.
- When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.
- Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and
strengthened the brethren with many words.
- And after they had stayed there for a time, they were sent back with
greetings from the brethren to the apostles.
- However, it seemed good to Silas to remain there.
- Paul and Barnabas also remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the
word of the Lord, with many others also.
- Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us now go back and
visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the
Lord, and see how they are doing."
- Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.
- But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had
departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
- Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another.
And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;
- but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to
the grace of God.
- And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
- Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was
there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but
his father was Greek.
- He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.
- Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised
him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his
father was Greek.
- And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees
to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.
- So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number
- Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they
were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
- After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the
Spirit did not permit them.
- So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
- And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and
pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
- Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to
Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to
- Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace,
and the next day came to Neapolis,
- and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of
Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days.
- And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where
prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met
- Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple
from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to
heed the things spoken by Paul.
- And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If
you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay."
So she persuaded us.
- Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much
profit by fortune-telling.
- This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are
the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation."
- And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and
said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out
of her." And he came out that very hour.
- But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized
Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
- And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, "These men, being
Jews, exceedingly trouble our city;
- "and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to
receive or observe."
- Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates
tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
- And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into
prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
- Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and
fastened their feet in the stocks.
- But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God,
and the prisoners were listening to them.
- Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the
prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's
chains were loosed.
- And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison
doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about
to kill himself.
- But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we
are all here."
- Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul
- And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
- So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,
you and your household."
- Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his
- And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes.
And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
- Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them;
and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
- And when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, "Let
those men go."
- So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, "The
magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace."
- But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans,
and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No
indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out."
- And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were
afraid when they heard that they were Romans.
- Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and asked
them to depart from the city.
- So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when
they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.
Paul's Second Missionary
Journey with Map
Matthew 16:18 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this
rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Jesus promised that He would build His church and that the "gates of Hades"
would not prevail against it. Paul had set out this second time, around 51 A.D.
to re-visit those churches that he had help to establish. He was very aware that
it was not his responsibility to plant the churches, or to maintain and
protect them, but that he was just an instrument in Godís eternal purposes.
Paul could rest in the fact that the Lord would cause the increase, and Paul
had no doubt rested on this truth because the task that was before him would
have been impossible if it had not been for the strength and guidance that was
provided by the Lord.
Paul and his companions were continually persecuted by the Jewish leaders from
Asia and Greece, yet the Lord protected them in every circumstance and Paul
was determined to "run the race" that was set before him.
In Paulís second missionary journey he re-visits a couple cities in Asia, one of which
was Lystra where he was stoned and left for dead a few years earlier. He later
has a vision that leads him over to Greece and Paul and his companions travel
and minister in various cities in Greece (Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens
and Corinth). Later Paul returns to Ephesus and finally to Caesarea and
You can look at the Map to trace the route of Paulís second missionary campaign.
Syria and Cilicia
Derbe and Lystra
10 Caesarea and Antioch
Second Missionary Journey
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