Paul's Second Missionary Journey with Map
Events in Acts 17 Involving Paul's Second Missionary Journey
- Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to
Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
- Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths
reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
- explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise
again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the
- And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout
Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
- But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the
evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an
uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the
- But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to
the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside
down have come here too.
- "Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the
decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king-- Jesus."
- And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard
- So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them
- Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to
Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
- These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to
find out whether these things were so.
- Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks,
prominent women as well as men.
- But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was
preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.
- Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both
Silas and Timothy remained there.
- So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a
command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.
- Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within
him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
- Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the
Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to
- Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some
said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a
proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the
- And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know
what this new doctrine is of which you speak?
- "For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want
to know what these things mean."
- For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time
in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.
- Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens,
I perceive that in all things you are very religious;
- "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your
worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
- "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of
heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
- "Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything,
since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
- "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the
face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the
boundaries of their dwellings,
- "so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope
for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
- "for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your
own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'
- "Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think
that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by
art and man's devising.
- "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all
men everywhere to repent,
- "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in
righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of
this to all by raising Him from the dead."
- And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while
others said, "We will hear you again on this matter."
- So Paul departed from among them.
- However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the
Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
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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