Apr 01, 2015 pauls missionary strategy in acts part 1 this is the third set of guest posts from my advanced studies in acts class. Paul s mission strategies in the book of acts will enable the christian ministers to carry out the mission of god in better way. His first missionary trip took him through cyprus and into asia minorhe was thrown out of cities by angry mobs, even stoned and left for dead. Youll notice the scripture reading for today is longer than the others and comes from the book of acts. Ministry partnerships are essential for creating durable ministry and sustaining those in ministry.
Philip, peter and johns ministry to the samaritans as well as peters vision at joppa made it clear that they needed to take the gospel to the gentiles and confirms that the holy spirit is leading them to. The story of the evangelization of ephesus does not begin in chapter 19, or even in chapter 18 of the book of acts. Pauls three missionary journeys and his final journey to rome. Paul began these travels in galatia and phrygia, likely visiting lystra, derbe, iconium, and antioch, among. The books of reference used for this study of the book of acts were the bible, king james version, called the companion bible, publisher kregel. Peter and the 11 never wrote about themselves anything like what paul wrote about himself being a wise masterbuilder. It will help the reader to employ few of paul s method in their respective ministry places. Luke s account of paul s ministry in ephesus records great success ac 19. Acts ends abruptly with paul imprisoned in rome, waiting to bring his appeal before caesar. For example the book of acts relates that when the apostle paul came to a new town or city he typically spoke first at the local synagogue. So paul, the dominant figure of the latter part of acts, is presented as one who continues and fulfils. Although exact dating can be ventured for only some of the events in paul s life, a fairly reliable sequence of events and even the approximate dating of those events is found in chart 152. It s based on many chapters in acts but focuses primarily on his conversion in acts 9.
Pauls emphasis on justification by faith is completely absent from his speeches and sermons in acts, where he seems more aligned with peters mission to the jews compare acts 2 and acts. Written by the physician luke, it presents a dynamic account of christian activity over a period of some 28 years from 33 c. Stephen and the hellenists in lukan apologetic historiography bloomsbury, 2004. The author distinguishes himself from pauls other companions in acts by naming them. But that prohibition by god was not to last forever, and in gods will paul was able to visit ephesus on his third. Luke recorded that, paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of god and teaching the things which concern the lord jesus christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him acts 28. Therefore the actual figure that we are dealing with could very easily be closer to years. During the book of acts, why did the apostle paul heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, water baptize, offer sacrifices in jerusalems temple, physically circumcise timothy, and place his hands on people to impart the holy ghost to them. Gerd theissen, the social setting of pauline christianity. It is worth noting that in this history of the early christian church, luke. The present post will take a brief glance at training with pauls mission and his partners in ministry. The book of acts recounts more information but leaves several parts of pauls life out of its narrative, such as his probable but undocumented execution in rome. Acts 19 tpt the apostle paul in ephesus while bible.
Pauls apostolic ministry as presented in the book of acts forget. He will remain in the city 18 months, pauls longest place of ministry since his commission from antioch in acts. He dominates most of the narrative, confident and godfearing even in the most trying of. Its based on many chapters in acts but focuses primarily on his conversion in acts 9. Jan 05, 2009 in chapter nine of acts, luke tells us the famous story of paul s conversion. The bible book of acts provides a comprehensive history of the establishment of the christian congregation and its subsequent expansion. And thanks be unto god, how spiritually enriched we are to be able to have a book of scripture ephesians that gives us a glimpse at pauls preaching material over those thirtysix months. Commissioned by jesus to be an apostle to the nations, paul zealously carried out his assignment. The main similarity between the two messages exists in the person of the lord jesus christ eph 1. Charts 152 to 153 the book of acts provides an excellent outline of many parts of paul s ministry. Murphyoconnor, the corinth that saint paul saw ba 47 1984 14759. Pauls corporate evangelism in the book of acts 191. This study focuses on pauls ministry at corinth during his 2nd missionary journey.
The first part of acts is primarily about the activity of the. It will help the reader to employ few of pauls method in their respective ministry places. My book of bible stories acts of apostles pauls second missionary tour ac 15. The author quite certainly was luke for the following reason. Some scholars believe acts also contradicts pauls epistles on multiple accounts, in particular concerning the frequency of pauls visits to the church in jerusalem. Johannes nissen identifies three categories of fellowworkers with paul. He then traveled back to ephesus where he stayed 2 14 years. Acts can be neatly divided into two sections, the first dealing primarily with the ministry of peter in jerusalem and samaria acts 112 and the second following paul on his missionary journeys throughout the roman empire acts 28. Now thats actually an excerpt from one of the sermons that paul preached. Ministryto helps you tell kids about jesus by providing ageappropriate bible study material and sunday school curriculum all 100% free online we believe that god is the loving father of all kids. Ellis points out that in the book of acts and paul s epistles approximately one hundred individuals were associated with. John caprari is a senior undergraduate biblical studies major with an emphasis on pastoral ministry. A timeline of pauls ministry in galatians and acts.
The period from the third trip to jerusalem the jerusalem council. In chapter nine of acts, luke tells us the famous story of pauls conversion. Pauls third missionary journey began in antioch of syria. Now if youve got your bibles, you just turn to acts. When we reach the end of the book of acts we see, as it were, the final act of rejection by the jews, and the times of the gentiles officially begins. You can be part of the movement that brings the greatest story of all time to everyone, everywhere, in every language. Thirteen of the twentyseven books in the new testament have traditionally been attributed to paul. Paul, still called saul at this point, has taken an active part in. The implication is that jesus continued to act and to teach after his ascension so kostenberger and obrien 2001, 128. Can you please explain pauls ministry during the book of acts by shawn brasseaux.
This bible story shows the catalyst for pauls ministry. In verse 24 we learn that felix and his wife drusilla sent for paul and invited him to speak of the christian faith. Doc pauls mission strategies in the light of book of acts. It then becomes, for all religious history, a preeminent model for missionary outreach. Pauls desire to serve christ in rome had come through chains rom. Emphasis is placed on the believers sharing their faith in a world. The roman empire in the middle of the first century ad, during the time of pauls missionary travels.
In spite of pauls warning, they set sail again acts 27. Paul desired to go to ephesus, the greatest city of asia minor, long before he actually went there. The apostle spends at least eighteen months there acts 18. A chronological study of pauls ministry xenos christian. Now, if anyone asks you to name the place the apostle paul stayed the longest in voluntary ministry, serving our lord just say ephesus. Pauls missionary strategy in acts part 1 this is the third set of guest posts from my advanced studies in acts class.
It was pauls mission activities acts 28 that contributed remarkably towards the christian churchs move from the limited sphere of judaism to the broader frame of the gentile world. The account of pauls corinthian ministry in the book of acts acts 18. In acts 22, paul formerly saul gives his personal testimony to his fellowisraelites and in chapter 26, he testifies of his conversion before the agrippa. Pauls first missionary journey the book of acts amazing. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Book of acts overview insight for living ministries.
The gospel of luke and the book of acts form a single, twovolume work. Highlights from the book of acts watchtower online library. An examination of acts reveals that paul was certainly not a. Barnabas, and simeon who was called niger, and lucius of cyrene, and manaen who had been brought up with herod the tetrarch, and saul. Acts is significant for chronicling the spread of the gospel, not only geographically but also culturally. An economic center of greece, also known for its immorality b. Todd penner is the author of numerous essays on the acts of the apostles, including the book in praise of christian origins.
A pivotal point in the book of acts is when saul of tarsus the apostle paul meets jesus on the road to damascus and is converted. Charts 152 to 153 the book of acts provides an excellent outline of many parts of pauls ministry. It became an important focus of pauls ministry as an apostle c. Pauls mission strategies in the light of book of acts. My next post will offer concluding observations to leadership training in acts. Paul discussed with them righteousness, selfcontrol, and the judgment to come, and then felix terminated the conversation. These chapters in acts provide context for our study of 1 and 2 thessalonians, and give us a foundation for understanding the apostle pauls relationship with this church. But we can glean even more about his time in ephesus from other new testament sources.
Could you compare and contrast peters ministry and pauls. Now playing pauls ministry in pisidian antioch next. Whatever the textual basis of this reading may be, it probably represents what actually happened. Most notable is the incongruity between pauls gospel message in acts and the message we see in his letters, especially romans and galatians. He went to the jew first and then, when the jews rejected the gospel, paul went to the gentiles. He entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading about the things concerning the kingdom of god. Oct, 2014 the hope of israel that paul preached during the book of acts was bodily resurrection, particularly jesus christs resurrection acts 24. New world translation of the holy scriptures study.
Jul 22, 2016 this bible story shows the catalyst for paul s ministry. The hope of israel that paul preached during the book of acts was bodily resurrection, particularly jesus christs resurrection acts 24. It is his divine will that young people come to faith in jesus christ and find salvation through the gospel and the work of the holy spirit to bring them. Corinth is a key center for pauls missionary activity in the book of acts. Through the book of acts we do encounter the particular hardships experienced by the apostle paul, which he helpfully puts into a list for our consideration and guilt.
Jan 02, 2011 the book of acts sunday school lesson series january 2, 2011 by kelly henderson take your students on a journey through the book of acts where they will learn lessons from the early church after jesus ascended to heaven and believers received the gift of the holy spirit. Paul, still called saul at this point, has taken an active part in the persecution of the christian movement after the. Actus apostolorum, often referred to simply as acts, or formally the book of acts, is the fifth book of the new testament. In spite of paul s warning, they set sail again acts 27. Although exact dating can be ventured for only some of the events in pauls life, a fairly reliable sequence of events and even the approximate dating of. Today we find ourselves on lesson number seven, that s entitled, paul s missionary journey, his first missionary journey. Following his limited time at athens, paul went to nearby corinth. Consequently, paul prepared to preach the gospel to the gentile crowds on the following sabbath day. In acts 24 we learn of an encounter between paul and felix, governor of judea, who was trying pauls case. Paul s 3rd missionary journey acts 1821 paul traveled from antioch to phrygia and galatia for the third time. The book begins with the ascension of jesus and goes on through pauls jail time in rome, which opens his ministry to the church at rome. Now as many of you know, weve been studying through the book of acts, that s our lesson that well be looking at. Pauls mission and his partners in ministry founders. In the first century, tents may have been made from cloth woven from goat hair, known as cilicium, a name some connect with pauls home region, cilicia acts 21.
This bible story was made as part of the miracle of. The cities of galatia from nelsons complete book of bible maps and charts, revised, 1996, logos edition galatians is probably pauls earliest letter, written around ad 48 to the churches in southern galatia and not to gentiles in northern galatia the first conclusion among several debated issues, as you will see. During the book of acts, why did the apostle paul heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, water baptize, offer sacrifices in jerusalems. In this book we see the first mention of the dispensation of the holy spirit and jesus command to take his gospel to all the world. Strongs exhaustive concordance of the bible, numbered to the hebrew, chaldee, and greek, and english, coded to the strongs concordance numbers. Pauls missionary strategy in acts part 1 reading acts.
Strong s exhaustive concordance of the bible, numbered to the hebrew, chaldee, and greek, and english, coded to the strong s concordance numbers. Jan 29, 2018 todays reading from the book of acts gives us the narrative of pauls relationship with the thessalonianshow he planted that church, how the new believers there took his message about the messiah to heart, and how they stayed hungry for the gospel, learning from timothy in pauls absence. Paul preaches in the synagogue of pisidian antioch. Below are the six major issues of distinction between what peter taught and what paul taught. Three times in the book of acts sauls conversion is reported. The miracles in the book of acts blue letter bible ministry and the blb institute hold to the historical, conservative. Pauls mission strategies in the book of acts will enable the christian ministers to carry out the mission of god in better way. And actually the study today goes all the way through acts and we stopped two verses short of completing acts 14.
In the first 30 years of the missionary endeavor, recorded for us in the book of acts, we see a missionary labor force funded by other christians, great generosity as well as financial negligence from ministry supporters, and the humbling task of fund development as part of the missionary job description. This uproar was led by a certain silversmith named demetrius, who was less concerned about theological matters than he was about the sales of his silver idols. Pauls apostolic ministry in acts forget the channel. This study focuses on paul s ministry at corinth during his 2nd missionary journey. In my former book, theophilus, i wrote about all that jesus began to do and to teach, writes luke, at the beginning of his second volume acts 1. Counting back approximately years we would arrive at late 33 a. It started with the ministry of john the baptist, whose teaching had produced a number of converts, men and women who looked for the messiah, promised by the old testament prophets, who was his forerunner. We saw this pattern in pauls preaching throughout the book of acts.
Here is a summary and overview of the book of acts. A chronological study of pauls ministry xenos christian fellowship. After the ephesian ministry, he sailed to macedonia, and went by foot to greece including a second stop at corinthii cor. Paul s association with others in acts although the bible never states that paul had disciples, clearly he. And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of god. By the way, this admonition came while the apostle was praying in the temple. With caroline vander stichele, he cowrote contextualizing gender in early christian discourse.485 1628 414 424 150 2 207 255 1006 605 1625 902 177 10 538 556 281 111 808 89 238 1453 405 736 613 546 1417 902 1130 1150 214 1480 417 338 501 898 593