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Paul's missionary Journeys
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Paul's Missionary Journeys
7. John Mark
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1st Missionary Journey
Paul's first missionary journey started from around year of 46-48 A.D. His journey took him from Cyprus to Anatolia. Paul and Barnabas left the church as Antioch in Syria from God's call to announce Christ. Their first stop was the island of Cyprus. He traveled by a ship. Their method od evangelism was to peace in the town synagogues. But when many of the Jews rejected Christ, the missionaries recognized god's call of witnessing to gentiles instead of Jews. And finally, Gentiles could receive Jesus without submitting to Jewish traditions. The most important comment on the first missionary journey is related to missionary sermon at Pisidian Antioch. "We had to speak the Work of God to you first, Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worth of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles", this is Paul's sermon.
Before Saul's conversion, Saul hated Christians. He destroyed churches, and he went to find people who believed that Jesus is the Messiah. Then he traveled to Damascus and a light from heaven flashed around him. He met Jesus and Jesus asked Saul why'd he persecute him. After he met Jesus, He had faith in Jesus. Then after his conversion, his named changed to Paul from Saul. This is the start how he attempted to persuade Jews and Christians about life conversion.
2nd Missionary Journey
Paul's second missionary journey began around the year 49-52 A.D. His second journal starts off from Antioch again. In the beginning of second journey had a terrible argument over the presence of John Mark. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark to their journey but Paul disagreed with him because John Mark had deserted them in Pampphylia and not shared in their work. (Acts 15:37-39) This issue made them separate, Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. Paul chose Silas and they traveled through Syria and Clicia to strengthen the churches there (acts 15:40-41). Paul spent his time revisiting churches that he went during the first journey and he planed to establish a strong local Christian Community in each place he went. Traveling on to Athens, he preached to an inquisitive audience on Mars Hill. Paul also made disciples from all backgrounds, Timothy who is a young man and Lydia who is business woman and married couple Aquila and Priscilla.
3rd Missionary Journey
Paul's last missionary journey began around the year 53-58 A.D. After he spent his time in Antioch in second journey, Paul traveled throughout region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. (Acts 18:23). He reached Ephesus and stayed for about three years. Paul preached and taught The Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the end of Paul's third missionary journey, he knew he would probably be killed. His last words to the church at Ephesus is "you yourself know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how i was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and will trials which came upon me through the plot of the jews." (Acts 20:18-24)
In Acts 19:11-12, "God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits them." This bible verse is saying that god gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. So that even when handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
What did he share about god?
When Paul writes a letter, he usually starts by giving thanks to God. But he expresses his thanks when he thinks of Timothy because Timothy is like a son to Paul and he is thanking god from Timothy because he is with Timothy and that Timothy has meant to him. This is saying that god is grateful to us and we knew that through Paul. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," (Philippians 4:13, NKJV), This bible verse is saying that Paul didn't everything through god who give him strength. Paul shared that god has power to change us and power to live the Christian life comes from God. He also shared that we need to trust god in 2nd Corinthians 1:8-11.
Challenges he faced on Journey
During Paul's missionary journey, Paul had lot of companions traveling with him and Paul was facing serous problems. He needed the care of his fellow disciples. Paul even Silas had often faced fierce opposition and death threats and even thrown in jail for throwing spirt out of a fortune teller. (Acts 16:16-40). In verse 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, he said that have worked harder, he got hit severely and been exposed to death over and over again. Paul was beaten with rods three times, he received forthy lashes from the Jews, and pelted with stones.
Victories he faced on the Journey
After Paul spending sometime at Antioch, he moved on to Galatia and Phrygia to strengthen the faith of all the disciple and returned to Ephesus. He entered the synagogue and spoke for three months arguing and trying to convince people about God. Unfortunately, some people were not listening to him. Then he left the synagogue and continued to teach everyday in the lecture room of Tyrannous. This had continued for two years and people who lived in province around Asia such as Jews and Greeks were able to hear the message of God. This leaded him to victory because god did amazing miracles through Paul. and Lord Jesus was held in high honor because of Paul.
"But you will receive power when the Holy spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth".
Starting from the first sentence, it says you will receive power This part is telling us that the power comes from the spirit of God. Its power to understand what god is trying to tell us. Purpose of this power is to be witnesses for Jesus. When holy spirit comes on you, you shall speak of Jesus. Mainly, this verse is saying when holy spirit gives you power, you can do it on your own. to be a witness for Jesus, we need to pray and obey Lord and to not be afraid of being a witness for him.
How did Paul fulfill god?
Paul defended his right to speak for god. So every time he introduced him self saying I am an Apostle, he said "I am a sent one from god." At the end of Colossians 1:23 he says, "I..Paul, am made a minister. This means that he didn't choose to be a minister, god made him a minister. In 1st Timothy 2:5-6 Paul says, "for there is one god, and one mediator between go and men, the man, Christ Jesus who have himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. For this I am ordained a preacher and an apostle, teacher of the Gentiles". This bible verse is showing that Paul's ministry was decided of god.
In conclusion, Paul's ministry impacted the people he came in contact with on his missionary journeys. He was a great preacher of first century Christianity. He was God's instrument used to bring the light of the gospel to the Gentiles. (Acts 9:15). Paul's purpose of missionary journey is to remain true to the Gospel. Paul's message continues to impact the world today by knowing why and where he went in his missionary journeys. The main purpose of why he went to missionary journey and preaching people all over the world. His letters and verses are encouraging the world importance of god.