Second Mission Journey of Paul Quiz

After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.  But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”  Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.  They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.  He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

  • Acts 15:33-41

This quiz is the natural follow up to a quiz that came out on 21 November 2020, about Paul’s first missionary journey.  This second mission runs into a snag when Paul cannot trust John Mark.  Barnabas goes one way and Paul and Silas go another.

What were the towns in which Paul and Silas travelled in Paul’s second missionary journey?  The journey begins where the last one did, in Syrian Antioch.  The Scripture above says that he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches, but no town is mentioned until he reaches one of the towns he had visited before.  There, another member is added to the team, probably a convert from the first mission trip, Timothy.

List the towns in which Paul travelled in order.  In each case, the first letter of the location is mentioned.

The Questions:

 Where did they go next?
AAntioch – The starting point – Syrian Antioch
D 
T 
S 
N 
P 
T 
A 
A 
T 
B 
A 
C 
C 
E 
C 
J 
AAntioch, where they had started

I already mentioned who joins them in “D”, but have you ever noticed how the pronoun “we” is used on the journey from the first “T” to the “S”?  I think Luke joined the mission team at that point.  Other good questions could be:

  1. Who invited them to stay at the second “T”?
  2. Why were Paul and Silas imprisoned there?
  3. Where along the journey were Paul and Silas split up, and for what reason?
  4. Where did Silas and Timothy catch up to Paul and how long did Paul preach there?
  5. Who was the married couple with rhyming names who joined Paul in the first “C”?
  6. Why is the second “C” even mentioned and why did Paul do what he did there?
  7. Where did the married couple stay?
  8. Who did they meet there who was a great teacher and follower of John and after learning of Jesus from the married couple, where did he next go?

Bible References:

 Where did they go next?
AAntioch – The starting point – The Antioch that is in modern Syria, not modern Turkey
DActs 16:1
TActs 16:8 – Lystra and Iconium are listed in Acts 16:2, but it does not say that he went there, but that they spoke well of Timothy.  Yet, the goal was to revisit the churches that had been established.  So, most maps show them going from Derbe to Lystra to Iconium to Antioch then …  As with Syria and Cilicia, Phrygia and Galatia are regions that they passed through.
SActs 16:11
NActs 16:11
PActs 16:12
TActs 16:14-15
AActs 17:1
AActs 17:2
TActs 17:3
BActs 17:10
AActs 17:15
CActs 18:1
CActs 18:18
EActs 18:19
CActs 18:22
JActs 18:22
AAntioch, where they had started

   …

   …

   …

The Answers:

 Where did they go next?
AAntioch – The starting point – Syrian Antioch
DDerbe
TTroas
SSamothrace
NNeapolis
PPhilippi
TThyatira to answer question “A”, they were invited by Lydia.  While there, a slave with an evil spirit bothered Paul.  After a few days, he cast out the spirit, but it was this spirit that allowed the slave to prophesy.  The owners of the slave had lost their source of income, and had Paul and Silas thrown into prison (Question “B”).
AAmphipolis
AApollonia
TThessalonica
BBerea.  After leaving Thessalonica due to people claiming that Paul was against Caesar, claiming Jesus as King, they escaped to Berea.  The Bereans openly welcomed the Gospel, but trouble makers from Thessalonica showed up and Paul had to flee, leaving Silas and Timothy behind (Question “C”) to build up the church. Does this look like history repeating itself? First Mission: people from Antioch and Iconium getting the crowd in Lystra to stone Paul. Second Mission: people from Philippi angering people in Thessalonica who got people in Berea angry against Paul.
AAthens
CCorinth.  Silas and Timothy catch up to Paul here where he preached for a year and a half (Question “D”).  Aquila and Priscilla joined the mission team here (Question “E”).
CCenchreae.  Paul had previously sworn an oath, so in this town he had his hair cut off (Question “F”).
EEphesus. Aquila and Priscilla stayed here (Question “G”).  After Paul left, Apollos, a native of Alexandria and follower of John the Baptist, began to preach.  Aquila and Priscilla taught him about Jesus, and he realized Jesus was the One of whom John had preached.  He received a call to go to Achaia, and the church in Ephesus encouraged him (Question “H”).
CCaesarea
JJerusalem
AAntioch, where they had started

Since you did so well, enjoy this 11.5 minute journey as a review, with the narrator adding a few key details, and differing from the book of Acts only in a couple of minor details.  Hopefully, you can catch the differences.

If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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