Second Missionary Journey Begins

Study Guide

The beginning of the second missionary journey is marked by tension between Paul and Barnabus. However, they are not hindered by their disagreement, and God’s gospel goes forth—bringing hope to those in darkness and moving people to believe in Jesus, repent of their sins, and join the mission to advance God’s kingdom.
  1. Twice, the Holy Spirit prevents Paul and Silas from following their original plans. Have you ever experienced a time when God unexpectedly changed the course of what you believed you were called to do? How did that affect you? What should our response be in these situations?

  2. The Philippian jailer believed there was no hope for him; however, that was a false insight. If you have ever experienced this kind of despair, what helped you walk through it? What truths about God’s character should you remind yourself of during those times?

  3. A Christian’s life is marked by repentance—moving away from sin and towards God. When was the last time you truly repented of sin in your life? Take some time to consider where God is calling you to repent now.

Key Points
  • When Paul and Barnabas embark on their journey, they disagree over the inclusion of John Mark and ultimately part ways. However, both of their views are valid, and God is at work regardless of their tension.

  • All of Christianity revolves around Jesus—a man who gave up his divine rights for the sake of God’s mission. He will surely ask us to give up some of our freedoms to expand his kingdom.

  • While it is easy to allow our gifts and talents to drive our direction in ministry, God’s plan must take precedence. Our job is not to get God on board with our plan—our job is to find out where God is working and join him.

  • When the Philippian jailer faces despair, Paul offers him hope in the gospel. The truths of God’s love, trustworthiness, and sovereignty also give us hope during seasons of darkness.

  • A believer’s life should be marked by baptism and repentance. Living in the light of Jesus’ sacrifice for us means that we identify with him physically and publicly through baptism and that we consistently move away from sin and towards holiness.

  • Paul and those ministering with him are aware that they have been graciously rescued by Jesus, and they are fully committed to furthering his mission.

Other Scripture References

Scripture: Acts 15:36 - 16:40