Begin by reading the account of Paul’s Second and Third Missionary Journeys in Acts 15:36-21:16. As you read see if you can complete the following table. (It will be easier to do if you complete it as you go):

  The Second Missionary Journey (15:36-18:22) The Third Missionary Journey (21:16)
Purpose of the Journey  





Team Members  






God’s Role / The Holy Spirit’s Role  






Mission Strategies  







Reactions to the Gospel  






  1. What were some of the ways in which the second and third journeys demonstrated cultural sensitivity and political astuteness? What might some modern-day parallels be?
  1. In Philippi (Acts 16:16-40) and Ephesus (Acts 23:19-41) the gospel had quite a drastic impact. What caused this impact, and what was the result of it? Are you aware of any situations where the gospel has a similar impact today?
  1. In Acts 17:16-33, Paul preaches the gospel to Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens, but it is interesting to note that Paul never mentions the name of Jesus? Why might that be? Is it actually possible to preach the gospel today without mentioning Jesus?
  2. In the sermon, it was suggested that the Bereans in Acts 17:10-12 were a good example of how we ought to approach the Scriptures – with receptivity (open minds), research (open Scriptures), and revelation (open hearts). What are the inhibitors to doing this? Is it good enough to get two out of three right? Why or why not?


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