The Story of His Church List

Paul's Second Missionary Journey

Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back to every city where we have preached the word of the Lord and see how our brethren are getting along."

Barnabas agreed, but he wanted to take his nephew John Mark with them. Because John Mark had gone only part way with them the time before, Paul did not 

want to take him again. The two missionaries could not agree on this matter, and so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to the island of Cyprus where they witnessed for the Lord.Paul chose Silas, the preacher from Jerusalem, to go with him. They went to Asia Minor and visited the churches there. At Lystra, the town where Paul had been stoned, they met Timothy, a fine young man. 

Timothy's father was a Gentile and his mother was a Jewess. Paul was much impressed with this young Christian. All the people of the region had good things to say about Timothy. Before leaving Lystra, Paul invited Timothy to go with him and Silas, and Timothy accepted gladly.

The missionaries did not preach at each place, for in many places the people were not ready to accept the gospel. Finally they came to Troas, a city on the seacoast. Ships came to Troas from places much farther away than Jerusalem. The people in those faraway countries had never heard the gospel preached.

One night while they were at Troas, Paul had a vision. In his dream he saw a man of Macedonia who begged him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." When Paul awoke, he told Silas and Timothy about the vision. All three believed that God wanted them to preach the gospel in Macedonia.

Now another disciple, a doctor named Luke, joined the missionaries. Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke sailed to Macedonia. Later Luke wrote two books of the New Testament - the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

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