Map of Paul's Third Missionary
This map reveals the areas in
Asia and Greece where Paul visited in his third missionary journey.
On Paul's third missionary journey he returned to the cities he had
first visited on his first missionary journey. During this time he
decided to remain in Ephesus for about 3 years, and this city was
the main focus of his activities and an important Christian
community (Acts 19). As Christianity was spreading in Asia Minor
Paul regained communication with Greece and journeyed to Corinth two
times because of the many conflicts within the Corinthian Church. In
fact during his second visit to Corinth he wrote the Epistle to the
Map of the Apostle
Paul's Third Missionary Journey 54-57 A.D.
Later he returned to Jerusalem to
provide the suffering Church in Jerusalem with generous offerings
given by gentiles Churches in Europe. Paul made it a plan to travel
to Rome and even Spain (Rom 15:28), but while he was in Jerusalem he was wildly
accused by the Jews from Asia in the Temple and a riot began (57 AD). This
led to Paul being arrested and taken as a prisoner and sent by the
Roman commander to the proconsul Felix at Caesarea. During the trial
Paul appealed to Caesar (Acts 21-26), after two years his wish was granted and he
was put on a ship with a Roman escort and was set to sail to Rome. During the journey there was
a violent storm and they were shipwrecked on the island of Malta.
Paul was brought into Italy where he was under house-arrest and yet allowed to preach the
Gospel of Jesus. (See Map of the Journey of Paul to Rome). According
to tradition Paul was martyred in Rome during the time of the Great
Fire in 64 AD.
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
The Bible Mentions A Lot Concerning "Paul"
Thessalonians 1:1 - Paul, and Silvanus, and
Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God
the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and
peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:1 - Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the
will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ
1:1 - Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the
will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful
in Christ Jesus:
1:1 - Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the
commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, [which is]
Philippians 1:1 - Paul and Timotheus, the
servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which
are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
- And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus,
being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long
preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third
loft, and was taken up dead.
- But when Paul perceived that the one part were
Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men
[and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope
and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
- And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of
good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in
Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
4:22 - The Lord Jesus Christ [be] with thy spirit. Grace
[be] with you. Amen. <[The second [epistle] unto Timotheus, ordained
the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from
Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second
- And when Paul was now about to open [his] mouth,
Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked
lewdness, O [ye] Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
- Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to
call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus,
saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
- Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee,
[thou] whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and
commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
- So he took him, and brought [him] to the chief captain, and said,
Paul the prisoner called me unto [him], and prayed me
to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto
- But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and
Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul
- But Paul said, I am a man [which am] a Jew of
Tarsus, [a city] in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I
beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
- And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said
unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou
- And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There
stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into
Macedonia, and help us.
- Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto
them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they
left beating of Paul.
- Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before
Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
Corinthians 3:22 - Whether Paul, or Apollos,
or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or
things to come; all are yours;
- Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to
send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul
and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief
men among the brethren:
- And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city
of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord
opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of
- And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great
pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief
captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment
Paul was brought forth.
- And it came to pass, that after three days Paul
called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come
together, he said unto them, Men [and] brethren, though I have
committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet
was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the
Colossians 1:23 - If ye continue in the faith grounded and
settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which
ye have heard, [and] which was preached to every creature which is
under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
- And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain,
fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of
them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force
from among them, and to bring [him] into the castle.
- But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the
chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul
and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
- And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the
stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there
was made a great silence, he spake unto [them] in the Hebrew tongue,
- On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore
he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from [his] bands, and
commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and
brought Paul down, and set him before them.
- Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto
him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of
many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer
The Bible Also Mentions A Lot Concerning "Asia"
Acts 6:9 - Then there
arose certain of the synagogue, which is called [the synagogue] of
the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of
Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
Corinthians 16:19 - The churches of Asia
salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with
the church that is in their house.
Revelation 1:11 - Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first
and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it]
unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto
Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and
unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
- So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought;
but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be
despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all
Asia and the world worshippeth.
- And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they
which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus,
both Jews and Greeks.
- Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost
throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and
turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made
- And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to
sail by the coasts of Asia; [one] Aristarchus, a
Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
1 Peter 1:1
- Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and
- For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not
spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were
possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Corinthians 1:8 - For we would not, brethren, have you
ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that
we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we
despaired even of life:
- Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in
Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and
- Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of
Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in
- And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of
Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all
the people, and laid hands on him,
- So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him,
Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia
for a season.
- Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified
in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
Revelation 1:4 - John to the seven churches which are in
Asia: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from him which is,
and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits
which are before his throne;
- And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his
friends, sent unto him, desiring [him] that he would not adventure
himself into the theatre.
1:15 - This thou knowest, that all they which are in
Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and
- And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from
the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner
I have been with you at all seasons,
- And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of
Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius
of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and