Paul's Second Missionary Journey - Acts 16:1-15 * Sun. 7-9-17

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Acts 16: 1-15

I.                Return to Derbe and Lystra (vs. 1-5)

a. What previous event at Lystra could have (but didn’t) put a damper on Paul’s enthusiasm to return there? (see Acts 14:8, 19-20) _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________                     b. Who is introduced in verse 1 who will play prominently in Paul’s life?

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c.  What do we know of Timothy? _________________________________________________________

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d.  In what way can we reconcile Paul circumcising Timothy before taking him along on the mission and the doctrines espoused by the Judaizers (that circumcision was needed for salvation)? _______________________________

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e. What message does verse 4 indicate was a main topic of Paul’s preaching / teaching? __________________________________________________________________________________

f.  What effect does the sharing of the letter have on the churches? __________________________________

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II.              The Holy Spirit Says NO! (vs. 6-10)

a. Having passed through Phrygia and the region of Galatia (modern day Turkey) Paul wanted to turn East into Asia…what happens? ______________________________________________________________________

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b. Having then travelled west to Mysia, Paul again attempted to turn East toward Asia…what happens again? _________________________________________________________________________________

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c. Do you think being prevented from going east by the Holy Spirit twice Paul and company would have seriously been seeking God’s direction?

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d. How does Paul get his answer from the Lord? _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

e. How long does Paul ponder this vision before acting on it? ______________________________________

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III.            Welcome to Philippi (vs. 11-15)

a. Arriving in Philippi of Macedonia what is recorded of that city? __________________________________

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b. What was missing in Philippi that the people gathered by the river to pray on the Sabbath? _______________________________________________________________________________

c. Who is prominently listed as being gathered for prayer? ______________________________________

d.  What happens with Lydia and how does she I turn help Paul and Silas? _____ ______________________ _______________________________________________________________________________

IV. Application:  How do we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit? ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

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