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Paul’s Ministry as found in the book of Acts

2 Comments 23 August 2010

Ministry as found in the Book of Acts

……………………     By Steve Kramm

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I. Paul’s First Missionary Journey (13:1-14:28)      AD 47 – 48

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A. Paul and Barnabas commissioned in Antioch to the Lord’s work (13:1-3)

B. Ministry in Cyprus (13:4-12)

.      1. John Mark was along as an assistant (13:5)

.      2. they lead a Roman official to faith (13:6-12)

.                a. because a Roman official sought their teaching about God (13:7
.                b. they were resisted by Bar-Jesus (Elymas) a false teacher (13:6-8)
.                c. Paul rebuked the false teacher (13:9-11)
.                d. the false teacher is temporarily blinded (13:12)
.                e. the Roman official believes (13:12)

C. Ministry in Perga (13:13-50)

.     1. John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem (13:13)

.                a. Paul did not like his reason (15:38)
.                b. this became divisive between Paul and Barnabas (15:36-40)
.                c. the division was later resolved (Col 4:10; II Tim 4:11)

.     2. Paul preached in the synagogue (13:16-41)

.                a. many that heard the sermon followed Paul and Barnabas (13:43)
.                b. almost entire city gathered the next Sabbath to hear Paul preach (13:44)
.                c. since the Jewish leaders rejected the preaching, Paul turned his efforts toward the Gentiles (13:46-47)

.     3. resistance to Paul and Barnabas’ ministry rose up (13:50)

.     4. Paul and Barnabas were run out of town (13:50)

D. they preached in Iconium (13:51-14:6)

.     1. many followed their teaching (14:1)

.     2. great resistance mounted (14:2-4)

.     3. they fled

E. Ministry in Lycaonia cities (14:6-20)

.     1. Lystra (14:8-20)

.               a. lame man is healed (14:8-10)
.               b. people assume Paul and Barnabas were gods (14:11-13)
.               c. Paul condemned their misappropriation of worship (14:14-18)
.               d. Paul is stoned and left for dead but is not dead (14:19)
.               e. Paul and Barnabas leave Lystra for Derbe (14:20)

.     2. Derbe where many come to faith (14:21)

F. Ministry on return to Antioch (14:21-26)

.     1. their converts are encouraged (14:22)

.     2. appointed elders (14:23)

G. Report of mission trip to sending church at Antioch (14:27-28)  AD 48/49

Paul writes Galatians immediately after first missionary journey

(Southern Galatian Interpretation)

II. The Jerusalem Council (15:1-35)  AD 48/49

A. Debate begins regard circumcision as salvific for the Gentiles (15:1-5)

B. Peter preaches salvation by grace through faith (15:6-11)

C. Paul and Barnabas address council (15:12)

D. James addresses council (15:13-21)

E. Jerusalem Council sends letter denying circumcision as salvific (15:13-29)

.     1. Judas and Silas accompany letter for proof of authenticity

.     2. Silas later joins Paul for second missionary journey

F. Report to Antioch on the council (15:30-35)

III. Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (15:36-18:22)     AD 49/50 – 52

A. Division over John Mark (15:36-41)

.     1. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark but Paul did not (15:37-38)

.     2. Barnabas took John Mark and went to Cyprus (15:39)

.     3. Paul took Silas on his second missionary journey (15:40)

B. Timothy joins Paul’s journey (16:1-5)

.     1. his mother was Jewish and his father was a Greek (16:1)

.     2. Timothy is circumcised for more effective ministry (16:3)

C. The Macedonian Call while in Troas (16:6-10)

.     1. the Holy Spirit forbids ministry in certain cities at this time (16:6-7)

.     2. Troas- Paul has a vision to go to Macedonia (16:8-9)

.     3. they immediately set out to Macedonia (16:10)

D. Ministry in Macedonia (16:11-17:15)

.     1. Philippi (16:11-40)

.                a. Lydia and her family come to faith (16:13-15)
.                b. Paul casts demon out of girl (16:16-18)
.                c. Paul and Silas are put in prison (16:19-24)
.                d. Philippian jailor and his family come to faith (16:25-34)
.                e. Paul and Silas are released from prison (16:35-40)

.     2. Thessalonica (17:1-9)

.               a. preached in synagogue (17:2-3)
.               b. many came to faith (17:4)
.               c. public resistance drove Paul and his companions out of town (17:5-9)

.     3. Berea (17:10-15)

.               a. preached in synagogue (17:11)
.               b. many came to faith (17:12)
.               c. Paul was driven out of town but Silas and Timothy stayed (17:13-14)
.               d. Silas and Timothy joined Paul in Athens (17:15)

E. Ministry in Athens, Greece (17:16-34)

.     1. preached in synagogue (17:17)

.     2. preached before Areopagus court (17:22-34)

F. Ministry in Corinth (18:1-17)         -this ministry lasted a year and a half (18:11)

.     1. Paul meets and works with Aquila and Priscilla as tentmakers (18:2-3)

.     2. the Jews rejected Paul’s message (18:4-6)

.     3. Paul determined to focus his ministry on Gentiles (18:6)

.     4. Crispus, synagogue leader, comes to faith (18:8)

.     5. God strengthens Paul in a dream (18:9-10) G. Return to Antioch (18:18-22)

IV. Paul’s Third Missionary Journey (18:23-21:16)      AD 52/53 – 57

Paul writes Galatians during third missionary journey

(Northern Galatian Interpretation)

A. Ministry in Galatia and Phrygia (18:23)

B. Ministry in Ephesus (18:24-19:41)

.     1. Apollos begins teaching (18:24-28)

.     2. Aquila and Priscilla tutor Apollos (18:26)

.     3. Paul leads disciples of John to faith in Christ (19:1-7)

.     4. Paul performs miracles (19:11-20)

.     5. Paul sends Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia (19:22)

.     6. chaos stirred up in the city (19:23-41)

C. Ministry in Macedonia (20:1-6)      -this ministry lasted three months (20:3)

D. Ministry in Troas (20:7-12)

.  1. Paul preached until midnight (20:7)

.  2. Eutychus fell from third story window and died (20:9)

.  3. Paul restored Eutychus’ life (20:10-12)

E. Paul’s “goodbye” in Miletus (20:13-38)

.     1. Ephesus church leaders come to Paul (20:17-18)

.     2. Paul says “goodbye” assuming he will not see them again (20:25)

.     3. they prayed and went separate ways (20:36-38)

V. Paul’s impending Arrest in Jerusalem (21:1-14)

A. Warning of Paul’s impending arrest in Jerusalem (21:1-6)

B. Prophecy of Paul’s impending arrest in Jerusalem (21:10-12)

C. Paul refuses to avoid arrest in Jerusalem (21:13-14)

VI. Paul’s Final Journey to Rome (21:15-28:31)

A. Paul testifies in Rome

.     1. Paul worships with Jewish Believers (21:15-25)

.     2. Paul is beaten and arrested (21:26-36)

.     3. Paul addresses the mob (21:37-22:23)

.     4. Paul defends himself before the centurion (22:24-29)

.     5. Paul defends himself before the Sanhedrin (22:30-23:10)

.     6. plot to kill Paul (23:11-22)

.     7. Paul is secretly moved to Caesarea (23:23-35)        AD 57 – 59

B. Paul testifies in Caesarea

.    1. Paul defends himself before Felix (24:1-27)

.     2. Paul defends himself before Festus (25:1-21)

.     3. Paul defends himself before Agrippa (25:22-26:32)

.               a. Paul’s pre-conversion life (26:4-11)
.               b. Paul’s conversion experience (26:12-18)
.               c. Paul’s Christian life (26:19-23)
.               d. Agrippa strongly considers faith (26:28)
.               e. Agrippa privately agrees Paul is an innocent man (26:30-32)       AD 59 – 60

C. Paul testifies in Rome (27:1-28:31)

.     1. Paul is sent toward Rome on ship (27:1-21)

.              a. Paul warns of storms but was ignored (27:9-12)
.              b. the storm began to rage (27:13-21)

.    2. Paul is shipwrecked (27:22-44)

.               a. God assured Paul all the passengers would be saved (27:22-26)
.               b. the ship ran aground and was destroyed (27:27-41)
.               c. all passengers made it safely to a nearby island called Malta (27:42-44)

.     3. Paul ministers on the island of Malta (28:1-10)             -this ministry lasted three months (28:11)

.               a. Paul was bitten by a venomous snake but suffers no damage (28:3-6)
.               b. Paul healed many sick islanders (28:7-10)

.     4. Paul sets sail again toward Rome and is encouraged along the way (28:11-15)

.     5. Paul ministers in Rome (28:16-30)         AD 60 – 62

.              a. Paul lives in house arrest (28:16)
.              b. Paul teaches many key Jewish leaders (28:17-28)
.                      1) some came to faith (28:24)
.                      2) some rejected the truth (28:24)
.             c. Paul spent two years under house arrest in Rome (28:30-31)

Paul writes Ephesians ca. AD 61

Paul writes Colossians ca. AD 61

Paul writes Philemon ca. AD 61

Paul writes Philippians ca. AD 62

.          1) Paul paid for his own house rental (28:30)
.          2) Paul freely taught and preached to all he could (28:31)

Conversion                                                ca. AD 34/35

Ministry in Damascus and Arabia   AD 35 – 37

1st Jerusalem visit                                      AD 37

Silent years                                                      AD 37 – 43

Ministry in Antioch                                  AD 43 – 44

Famine-relief visit                                      AD 45/46

1st Missionary Journey                          AD 47 – 48

Jerusalem Council                                    AD 48/49

2nd Missionary Journey                       AD 49/50 – 52

3rd Missionary Journey                        AD 52/53 – 57

Caesarean Imprisonment                    AD 57 – 59

Journey to Rome                                         AD 59 – 60

House Arrest in Rome                              AD 60 – 62

Silent years (Spain?)                         ca.  AD 62 – 65

Ministry around the Aegean Sea     ca. AD 65 – 67

Capture (at Troas?)                            ca. AD 66/67

Execution (at Rome)                         ca. AD 67

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  1. Gunturu Issac says:

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