The First Part of the Journey (Acts 18:1-21:16)
The first part of the journey begins with Paul in Syria and Cilicia. He then goes to Derbe and Lystra, where he meets Timothy. Paul begins to preach in the synagogue in Pisidia and is eventually kicked out. He then goes to Iconium, Antioch, and finally to the region of Galatia.
The Second Missionary Journey Begins (Acts 18:1-4)
It was now about twelve years since Paul’s first visit to Corinth, and he was eager to see the believers there again. But he did not want to go alone; so he took Timothy and Silas with him. He also chose to go by way of Macedonia, instead of returning directly to Syria.
As they traveled through the region, they stopped first at Philippi, where they remained for several days. On the Sabbath they went outside the city gate to a place where the river flowed, and they sat down to preach. Some women who had been converted by Paul’s preaching followed him there. Among them was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from Thyatira, who worshipped God. As she listened to Paul’s message, the Lord opened her heart, and she believed what he said.
The Journey to Corinth (Acts 18:5-17)
After leaving Ephesus, Paul traveled through the provinces of Asia and Galatia, continuing his journey toward Corinth. Along the way he stopped at the cities of Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. In each of these cities he preached in the Jewish synagogue, but after a while was forced to leave because of the opposition of the Jews.
In Corinth, however, Paul found a more receptive audience. He began preaching in the synagogue again, but soon left to conduct his ministry in the house of a man named Titius Justus. As Paul’s reputation as a teacher and preacher grew, so did opposition from unbelieving Jews. Eventually, he was brought before the local court on charges of stirring up riots and offending against religious beliefs.
Paul defended himself courageously before the court, but was finally ordered to leave Corinth and not return. He then went to Ephesus where he stayed for three years, teaching and preaching about Jesus Christ.
Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:18-21:16)
Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:18-21:16): After leaving Ephesus, Paul spent a brief time in Corinth before moving on to Caesarea. In Corinth, he met Aquila and Priscilla, a Jewish couple who had recently arrived from Rome. They invited him to stay with them, and he did so for a year and a half, working with them in their tentmaking business.
During his time in Corinth, Paul wrote letters to the churches in Galatia and Rome. He also wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians, which were probably his first letters.
Eventually, Paul left Corinth for Caesarea, where he stayed for two years before returning to Jerusalem. Along the way, he stopped at Miletus to meet with the elders of the church in Ephesus and say goodbye. From Jerusalem, he traveled to Antioch
The Second Part of the Journey (Acts 21:17-23:11)
After meeting with the Ephesian elders in Miletus, Paul warned them about false teachers who would arise from within their ranks (Acts 20:28-31). He then sailed from Ephesus to Caesarea, continuing his journey to Jerusalem. Along the way, he stopped in Tyre and Sidon, where he was graciously received by the Christians there.
From Corinth to Jerusalem (Acts 21:17-26)
As Paul and his companions neared Jerusalem, they came to Caesarea and stayed with Philip, one of the Seven. This man had four unmarried daughters who were prophesying.
During Paul’s stay in Caesarea, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He took Paul’s belt and tied his own hands and feet with it, saying, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to their Gentile enemies.’”
When Paul’s companions heard about this, they begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. But Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am willing not only to be bound but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he could not dissuade them, we said goodbye and went on up to Jerusalem.
Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, a man from Cyprus who had become a follower of Christ some years before. And we stayed there several days.
Arrival in Jerusalem (Acts 21:27-23:11)
After arriving in Jerusalem, Paul was recognized by some Jewish Christians who had recently come from Ephesus. They started shouting to the crowds that Paul was the man who was teaching everyone everywhere against the Jewish people, against their law, and even against their temple. They were so angry they were dragging him out of the city to kill him.
Paul’s nephew heard about the commotion and went into the city to get him. When he got close enough, he shouted to Paul in Hebrew, “Uncle! Uncle!” The mob stopped beating Paul and looked at him.
Then Paul asked his nephew to go get the commander of the Roman regiment so he could tell his side of the story. When the commander came, Paul said he was a citizen of Rome and asked if he could speak to him in private.
The commander agreed, so Paul was taken into the fort and asks to speak to the Jews again. When they gathered around, he told them how he had been arrested in Jerusalem but didn’t do anything wrong. He also said that the commander was going to let him go because he is a Roman citizen. But we begged him not to because we wanted him dead.
He then warned them that a plot was being made against his life by more than forty Jews who had sworn an oath not to eat or drink until they killed him.
So Paul asked them to meet with the high priest so he could tell him what he had witnessed about Jesus on the road
The Third Part of the Journey (Acts 23:12-26:32)
The Plot to Kill Paul (Acts 23:12-22)
In the middle of the night, more than forty men made a solemn vow not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. The next day, they went to the chief priest and the leaders of the Sanhedrin Council and said, “We have taken a solemn vow not to eat or drink until we have killed Paul. So now, you and the other leaders should go to the governor and ask him to have Paul brought back from Caesarea so we can kill him.”
But Gamaliel, a respected teacher of Jewish law, intervened. He ordered that Paul be put outside the council chamber for a moment. Then he addressed the council: “Men of Israel, be careful what you intend to do to these men! Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas who pretended to be somebody great. About four hundred men rallied to him, but he was killed, and all his followers were scattered and came to nothing.
“After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the registration of taxes. He also attracted a following, but he was killed, too, and all his partisans were dispersed. “So now I tell you—stay away from these men and leave them alone! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them; you might even find yourselves fighting against God!”
The others in the council agreed with Gamaliel; so they called in Paul and had him flogged. Then they instructed the jailer to guard him securely and not to let anyone visit him except for his meals—“not even his own friends!” So Paul remained in prison for several more days.
From Jerusalem to Caesarea (Acts 23:23-33)
After giving orders to the captain of the guard to have Paul brought back to Jerusalem under guard, Felix went with his wife Drusilla to hear Paul speak about faith in Jesus Christ. Felix was intrigued by what he heard and continued to discuss religious topics with Paul off and on for two years. During this time, Felix hoped that Paul would bribe him so he could show some goodwill toward the Jews.
Finally, when Porcine Governess Roscius Festus arrived in Caesarea to take over for Felix, Felix decided to leave Paul in prison until a new governor could be appointed.
Paul Before Felix (Acts 24:1-27)
Paul spent two years under house arrest in Caesarea. During this time he had many visitors, including Felix, the governor, and his wife Drusilla. Felix hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he kept him in prison.
But one day, while Felix was talking with Paul about faith in Jesus Christ, Felix became frightened and said, “That’s enough for now! You may go. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
Then for two years King Herod Agrippa II lived in Caesarea. He frequently talked with Paul and was persuaded by him on many religious issues. But Herod was afraid of what the Jews might do to him if he set Paul free, so he kept him in prison.
Paul Before Festus (Acts 25:1-12)
Pau was brought before Festus, the new governor, who had just arrived in Judea. Festus asked Pau about the charges against him and Pau defended himself eloquently. He argued that he was being persecuted for his religion and that he had committed no crime.Festus was not sure how to proceed, so he asked the opinion of king Agrippa, who was visiting at the time.
Agrippa agreed with Pau and saw no reason to sentence him to death. However, Festus did not want to set Pau free because he was afraid that the Jews would riot if he did. Festus suggested sending Pau to Rome to be tried by Caesar, and Agrippa concurred.
Paul Appeals to Caesar (Acts 25:13-26:32)
Paul appeals to Caesar (25:13-26:32). Although the Jews had tried to have Paul killed, he now appeals to Caesar, Rome’s emperor. Festus reports to Caesar about Paul (25:1-12), and Herod Agrippa hears Paul’s defense (25:23-26:32).