9: The Second Missionary Journey – Discussion Starters

Part 1 Back in Lystra
“Keep on speaking. Do not be silent” How many times have you been admonished like that? Or are you more likely to receive–or hear others receive–messages to “stop talking so much” or “be quiet”?  
Are Paul and Barnabas angry with each other? Why couldn’t Paul agree with Barnabas to take his cousin Mark with him on the second missionary journey?
How do you think Mark felt about this disagreement?
What were the consequences? Did this difference of opinion strengthen or weaken the church in its efforts to evangelize this part of the world? Explain your answer.
Tell us about Timothy. Do you agree that having him circumcised at this time was a good idea? Why or why not?
What did the Holy Spirit have to do with Paul’s plans to go southwest on this journey?
 
Part 2 Philipi
The seller of purple (whose name was________) was (a) baptized; (b) converted; (c) disappointed; (d) hospitable; (e) other: _____________.
How did a person delivering a word-of-mouth endorsement of Paul and Silas’s preaching end up seeing with the two missionaries in jail?
Share the story of the jailer’s experience with Paul and Silas.  
Are short-time conversion stories valid or not?
What was required by the jailer to obtain salvation? Is the same requirement effective today?
 
Part 3 Thessalonica and Berea
Just being released from prison, how did things go with Paul and Silas in Thessalonica?
How was their evangelistic success rewarded? Or was it?
Explain how the presence of brand-new believers raised a riot.
Was it fair for brand-new believers to take the brunt of problems seen by the arrival of Paul and Silas?
How do we think of the Bereans today? What was their main contribution to the early Christian church?
 
Part 4 Paul in Athens 
Why was Paul so disturbed by what he saw in Athens? If as a tourist you visited a city like this, would you be upset?
Why did Paul’s message seem ridiculous to the pagans in Athens?
Can you explain major beliefs of the people of Athens that had nothing to do with Christianity?  
Do people these days harbor similar concepts about God? What are they?
Should Paul have included quotes from a pagan author in his gospel message in Athens? Why or why not?
 
Part 5 Settling in Corinth
What major conditions did Paul have in common with Aquilla and Priscilla in Corinth? Is it a good idea to witness to people who share the type of work you do? Why?
Why was Paul able to focus entirely on evangelistic work in Corinth? Do you agree that his method was a good one?
Where did money come from to support the work in Corinth?
In general, did Paul have a rewarding–or a disappointing–experience in Corinth?
Do the circumstances of Paul’s gospel-inspired travels have lessons for us today as we strive to reach the world with news of the soon coming of Jesus?   
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