Third Missionary Journey of Paul Quiz

When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.  Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done.  A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.  When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.  In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia.  “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.”  He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.

  • Acts 19:17-22

When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.  They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.  What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.  Then they accompanied him to the ship.

  • Acts 20:36-38

After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria.  We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo.  We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days.  Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.

  • Acts 21:3-4

After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.  Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”

  • Acts 21:10-11

This quiz is the natural follow up to two quizzes, the first two mission journeys of Paul.  The first quiz simply had a chronological list of the towns/cities that were mentioned in Acts.  The second of these quizzes had a quiz within a quiz.  This third quiz is a single quiz in four sections, or four quizzes, three of which are fairly short.  These sections are: the route in two parts, the people, and the events.

In the first section, list the regions in which Paul visited, first letter provided.  Paul returned to two of these regions on his return trip, but the regions are listed only once each.  Note that these regions were made up of many churches that were established in his first and second mission trips.  If you go to the maps of these mission trips, the cities will be shown, but few cities are mentioned until Paul goes to Ephesus.  At that point, Paul gets the call to go to Jerusalem, but he had not yet checked on the other churches.  His trip to Jerusalem then takes him to other regions.

In the second section, list the cities or islands where Paul travelled, by boat or by land, from the first port after Macedonia to the arrival in Jerusalem, first letter provided.

In the third section, list the mission team members, first letter or two provided.  There is one team member that is inferred only by pronoun.

In the fourth section, answer the questions regarding key events along the trip.

The Questions:

 To What Regions did they go next?
G or A 
 To What ports did Paul travel on his return from Philippi, in the last region mentioned in section 1 to Jerusalem?
 Who was in Paul’s Mission Team, besides Paul, as listed in the book of Acts, and inferred?
TiSent ahead while Paul stayed in Ephesus, then listed later
ESent ahead while Paul stayed in Ephesus – not mentioned again in Acts, but ended up in Corinth
Sofrom Berea
Afrom Thessalonica
Sefrom Thessalonica
Gfrom Derbe
Tyfrom Asia
Trfrom Asia
LInferred by pronoun
1When Paul arrives in Ephesus, he meets followers who had received John’s baptism of water, but not Jesus’ baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Who had been in Ephesus beforehand, preaching John’s baptism, and what two people taught this preacher the Way?  Later, this preacher goes on to one of the regions listed above, ahead of Paul and his team.
2In Ephesus, Paul performs many miracles to the point of what two common cloth items of Paul’s having the capability of healing the sick once touched?  First letters, H and A.
3Seven sons of Sceva began casting out demons (by sorcery) but using the incantation of “In the name of Jesus, as preached by Paul.”  What did one demon-possessed man then say and do?
4Who led the Ephesus riot?  What did this riot leader do for a living?  What did the crowd chant (related to the local false god)?  Who were the two mission team members seized by the crowd?  Not first letters as they are the only ones with those initials (which narrow it down considerably, actually giving the answer away if you think it through logically).
5Who did Paul raise from the dead, and how did he die and why?
6On which early leg of the return journey toward Jerusalem did Paul walk instead of taking the ship with his team?
7At what city did Paul meet the elders from Ephesus, giving them his farewell?
8At what port city did Agabus tie his hands and feet with Paul’s belt?
9What religious celebration did Paul rush to Jerusalem to attend?
10Which of his team was falsely accused of being in the temple with Paul, setting off the firestorm that got Paul arrested?

The seven sons of Sceva used sorcery, but the name of Jesus.  The result from this incident caused the locals who practiced sorcery to burn their scrolls publicly.  The scrolls were worth a great deal of money, but they feared the power of Jesus.

The Ephesus riot, as was Paul and Silas’ imprisonment in the second mission trip, was motivated by money.  The leader of the riot rightly determined that a mass conversion of the Ephesians to Christianity would put him out of business (a bit of a hint).

Since Luke is writing this and Luke is a doctor, he knew that the dead person was actually dead, although Paul only states that he is alive, not that he had come back to life.  This is in line with Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter, and for similar reasons.  Jesus did not want everyone going into a frenzy over his raising someone from the dead too early in his ministry and Paul did not want to give these people the idea that he (Paul) could raise people from the dead – leaving the focus on Jesus.

Bible References:

 To What Regions did they go next?
GActs 18:23
PActs 18:23
ANot mentioned, but necessary to reach the next location and cities mentioned on the return trip.
MActs 20:1
G or AActs 20:2 – “G” in NIV.  By the “A” name, the preacher that is mentioned in question 1 travelled to this area to spread the Gospel.
 To What ports did Paul travel on his return from Philippi, in the last region mentioned in section 1 to Jerusalem?
TActs 20:5
AActs 20:13
MActs 20:14
KActs 20:15
SActs 20:15
MActs 20:15
CActs 21:1
RActs 21:1
PActs 21:1
TActs 21:3
PActs 21:7
CActs 21:8
 Who was in Paul’s Mission Team, besides Paul, as listed in the book of Acts, and inferred?
TiActs 19:22
EActs 19:22 (2 Timothy 4:20)
SoActs 20:4
AActs 20:4
SeActs 20:4
GActs 20:4
TyActs 20:4
TrActs 20:4
LActs 20:5
1Acts 18:24-26
2Acts 19:11-12
3Acts 19:13-16
4Acts 19:23-41
5Acts 20:7-12
6Acts 20:5-13
7Acts 20:17-35
8Acts 21:8-11
9Acts 20:16 – his reason for omitting Ephesus on his return trip
10Acts 21:29

For question 7, this town is very important in the history of philosophy.  Thales was from there and a school of philosophy was established there.  Pythagoras was born there and probably attended that school.

I chose the four Scriptures for a specific reason, that could be a standalone post of its own.  In Acts 19, before Paul had hardly started his journey, he feels a call to Jerusalem.  In Acts 20, the elders of Ephesus wept knowing that Paul would probably never return.  In Acts 21, we have a group of believers in Tyre (hint to an answer) that “in the Spirit” told Paul not to go to Jerusalem.  And then the prophet Agabus says that Paul will be arrested and given over to the Gentiles.

Paul had many warnings that he should not go to Jerusalem.  Could it be that if he had gone to Ephesus that the outpouring of love would have changed his mind?  Besides, he might get to Jerusalem too late for the religious festival.  God’s will for our lives is not always, and quite often never is, the easy road.  Were the warnings admonition that God’s perfect plan was a different route?  Or were the warnings a test of Paul’s resolve, to ensure that Paul was prepared for the hardship that would soon await him?




The Answers:

 To What Regions did they go next?
G or AGreece, also known as Achaia
 To What ports did Paul travel on his return from Philippi, in the last region mentioned in section 1 to Jerusalem?
 Who was in Paul’s Mission Team, besides Paul, as listed in the book of Acts, and inferred?
TiTimothy – mentioned 28 times in the Bible, 6 times in Acts, once in Hebrews, and 21 times over 10 of the letters of Paul, of course, two addressed to him.
EErastus – mentioned once in three books, Acts, Romans, and 2 Timothy
SoSopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea – only mentioned in this list
AAristarchus from Thessalonica – mentioned 5 times, three times in Acts, once in Colossians and Philemon
SeSecundus from Thessalonica – only mentioned in this list
GGaius from Derbe – mentioned 5 times, twice in Acts, once each in Romans, 1 Corinthians, and as the person to whom John wrote 3 John
TyTychicus from Asia – mentioned 5 times, once each in Acts, Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Timothy, and Titus
TrTrophimus from Asia – mentioned 3 times, twice in Acts and once in 2 Timothy
LLuke – as the author of this book, he is not mentioned, but he is mentioned 3 times, once each in Colossians, 2 Timothy, and Philemon.
1Apollos was the preacher.  Aquila and Priscilla taught him the Way.
2Handkerchiefs and Aprons
3The man said, roughly “Jesus, I know.  Paul, I have heard of.  Who are you?”  Then he beat them, and they ran away naked.
4Demetrius, a silversmith who made idols of Artemis.  The crowd chanted “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  And Aristarchus and Gaius were the two seized.  And for the logic, there are three team members whose name starts with “T”, two with “S”.  That leaves the two who were seized and Erastus and Luke, but from the question, Erastus is never mentioned again in Acts and he has already left for Macedonia, and Luke is never mentioned by name.  I could see him writing the other person and “and me.”
5Eutychus who fell from a window to his death.  He fell because he fell asleep during an all-night sermon by Paul.
6From Troas to Assos

From the number of times that you see these mission team members mentioned, you get the idea that many of them became important in Paul’s work.  Sometimes they were used as messengers.  Trophimus is falsely accused as going with Paul into the temple and the other reference is in 2 Timothy where it is announced that Trophimus is sick.  So, this could be an early prayer request.

Since you did so well, enjoy this 12 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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  1. April 10, 2021 — 12:00 pm

    Too bad they didn’t have AAA in those days, to make the trip a little less dicey.

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