Paul’s Third Journey

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Paul's Third Journey

Paul’s third missionary journey was unlike his first two because he didn’t set out to plant churches. Instead, his mission was to encourage and strengthen existing churches. Paul wrote letters to the churches, but he knew some guidance was best given in person.

Paul’s journey began when he traveled to the city of Corinth. To make a living, Paul was a tentmaker. Paul became friends with two other tentmakers in Corinth: a man named Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. In his business dealings, Paul was able to share the gospel with many people. The church in Corinth grew.

Paul took Aquila and Priscilla with him to Ephesus. Ephesus was a thriving city in the Roman Empire. Aquila and Priscilla stayed in Ephesus while Paul traveled to other churches and encouraged the believers. While Paul traveled, Aquila and Priscilla interacted with a Jewish believer named Apollos. Apollos was a leader in the early church, and Aquila and Priscilla helped him better understand about Jesus and the Scriptures. Apollos went on to greatly help other believers by showing through Scripture that Jesus is the Messiah.

The Holy Spirit led Paul to go to Jerusalem. This wasn’t an easy call to obey. The Spirit revealed to Paul that imprisonment and suffering awaited in Jerusalem. (See Acts 20:23.) Hadn’t Paul done enough? He had spent years preaching the gospel, and many people believed. Wasn’t now a good time for Paul to retire comfortably on a beach somewhere?

Emphasize to your kids that Paul did not cling to his own life. As Paul traveled on his third missionary journey, he used every opportunity to tell people the good news about Jesus and to help the church. Paul was dedicated to Jesus, who called him to do the work of sharing the gospel. God helped Paul preach with courage even when he was in danger. Paul boarded the ship to Jerusalem, uncertain of the future but certain of the goodness and grace of the Lord Jesus.

 


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 Paul's Third Journey

(Acts 18-21)

As Paul traveled on his third missionary journey, he used every opportunity to tell people the good news about Jesus and to help the church. Paul was dedicated to Jesus, who called him to do the work of sharing the gospel.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • Why was Paul willing to face death to obey God?
  • What are some hard things we may have to do to obey God?
  • Why was Paul willing to face death to obey God?
  • What are some hard things we may have to do to obey God?
  • Have you ever shared the gospel with someone? Why or why not?

Worship

Game Idea

Transportation Race

 

 -Invite all of the kids to line up along one wall.

-The leader will stand on the opposite wall.

-The leader will give transportation commands such as: • Journey five steps like a train.• Journey three steps like a plane.• Journey four steps like a ship.

-The first kid to reach the leader on the other side of the room wins the game.

-The winner becomes the leader and gives transportation commands for the next round.

-Continue playing until all kids have had the opportunity to be the leader.

 

 

CONNECTION:

"That was so fun! You all traveled all over this room in many different ways. Paul never traveled in a plane or on a train, but he certainly walked a lot. We know he took ships to cross the waters. Paul didn’t just travel because he liked sightseeing. Paul traveled to many cities sharing the goods news about Jesus. He was dedicated to Jesus and continued in the work God had called him to do. Paul used every opportunity to share the gospel.I bet some of you will be called to travel all over the world to share the gospel with new people. But even those of you who may not travel the world as a missionary can still live on mission by loving others and telling them about Jesus."