Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Acts 15:36-18:22

Sometime after Paul’s first missionary journey, he and Barnabas decided to revisit the churches where they had preached and deliver a letter to them from the apostles in Jerusalem, but a sharp disagreement between them over Barnabas’s cousin John Mark (see Colossians 4:10) led them to separate and take separate journeys. Barnabas took John Mark with him to Cyprus, Barnabas’s home region (see Acts 4:36), and Paul took Silas, who was also called Silvanus (see 2 Corinthians 1:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Peter 5:12), to Galatia and beyond. While Paul and Silas were in Lystra, they met a young believer named Timothy, who joined their ministry and began traveling with them (Acts 16:1-3). After they reached Troas in northwest Turkey, Paul saw a vision of a man from Macedonia begging them to come and help them, so he and his team left immediately for Neapolis (Acts 16:9-11). From there they traveled to Philippi and Thessalonica, where they established new churches despite continued persecution. They traveled on to Athens, where Paul spoke about Jesus in the synagogues and also to a group of philosophers at the Areopagus. From there Paul and Silas traveled to Corinth, where he met two believers named Aquila and Priscilla, and he ministered in Corinth for a year and a half (Acts 18:11). After this Paul set out for Antioch from Cenchrea, stopping at Ephesus along the way. As he left Ephesus he promised to return to them soon. Finally Paul arrived at Antioch.

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