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Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys and Life

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Saul is born in Tarsus, a city in the province of Cilicia. Although raised in a Jewish family, he is a Roman citizen due to his birth in a free city. He goes early in life to a Pharisaic Rabbinical school in Jerusalem led by the well-known Rabbi Gamaliel. Many today consider Gamaliel one of the greatest teachers of Judaism. Paul's first appearance in the Bible is as a zealous young Pharisee who witnesses the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7). Apostle Paul (before his conversion) soon leads a major persecution against Christians in Jerusalem then travels to Damascus to find still more believers.

While traveling to Damascus Paul hears the voice of Jesus asking why he is fighting his conscience and persecuting believers. This miracle leads him to repent of his sins and, through baptism, become a Christian. He soon preaches the gospel so powerfully that, to avoid murder, he must flee to Arabia! He spends nearly three years, by himself, in Arabia. During this period, Jesus Christ personally teaches him the truth of God.

From Arabia, Paul returns to Damascus, the city that wanted him dead just a few years ago! After returning his dynamic thirty-five year evangelistic career begins! Traveling to Jerusalem, he tries to fellowship with others but they are fearful of him due to his past persecutions. Barnabas, a man known for being encouraging, takes him personally to the apostles and vouches for his character. The church then welcomes him with warmly.

Apostle Paul, during his ministry, writes 14 epistles (letters) that become part of the Bible - almost TRIPLE the number of books written by Moses. He also conducts at least FIVE missionary journeys (44 to 46, 49 to 52, 53 to 58, 60 to 63, and 63 to 67 A.D.) that take him to Asia Minor, Syria, Greece, Italy, Spain, Britain, and elsewhere. He evangelizes countless cities and helps train others to do so such as Timothy and John Mark. His intense dedication to the calling God gave him, however, comes at a price. He ends up spending at least five total years of his ministry in prison, is whipped five times and beaten three times with rods. He also survives a stoning and endures a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. He remained faithful to God to the very end of his life, where he experienced martyrdom at the hands of the Romans. Paul's impact on Christianity and Christian beliefs is truly enormous. He truly was a remarkable man used by God!

Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys Maps
Paul's travels just after his conversion   View
Cities Paul visited Map   View
First Missionary Journey of Paul   View
Second Missionary Journey   View
Third Missionary Journey   View
Fourth Missionary Journey   View
Paul's Final Missionary Journey   View
Area of Greatest Evangelistic Work Map   View
Answers to Questions about Paul
Did the apostle teach obedience not needed to the commandments?
Did God directly rename him?
Did he think he sinned most than others?
How long was Paul in PRISON?
Did Paul spend months or years in prison?
From Birth to First Evangelistic Journey   View
From First Journey to His martyrdom   View
Answers to Questions
Did the Romans behead him as tradition states?
Were Paul and Timothy good friends?
How deep was Paul's relationship with Timothy?
Who educated him? How zealous was he in persecuting Christians?
Was Paul a REAL apostle?
In what year did he write his first book?
What techniques did Paul use to evangelize Jews?
Why did Paul curse out the High Priest?
Pictures from
Paul's evangelistic journeys

Why did the evangelist go to prison after performing a miracle? How harshly did the city treat him?


Paul's restlessness leads him to preach in the city. How did he preach the gospel to those who never heard of Jesus?


What made Tarsus a SPECIAL city in the Roman empire? What kept the apostle from receiving a beating by Roman guards?

Paul evangelizes the city for more than 18 months. What helped sex sins become so widespread in the city? Whom did he meet that became his closes friends?

Why was Paul's life in danger in Damascus? What initially brought him to the city? How did he escape death in Damascus?

What made Ephesus famous throughout the empire? What connection does Ephesus have with Revelation?

The apostle is in the city more than two years as a Roman prisoner. Who kept him in prison while waiting for a BRIBE?


Why did God TWICE stop his evangelistic plans before leading him to the city?


Paul, in Troas, agrees to meet with friends in Assos in order to board a ship. Why did he WALK the entire journey from Troas to Assos?

A Roman guard takes Paul, as prisoner, to Rome. What makes the Appian Way so important to the prosperity and power of the Roman empire?


During a brief stay in Miletus, the apostle requests Ephesian church elders to meet him. What important message did he convey to these church leaders?


Who, envious of Paul's success in preaching the gospel, starts a riot in Thessalonica?

Paul evangelizes the city during his first and second missionary journeys. What RISKS did he take in order to bring the gospel to the area?


What made Philippi especially noteworthy in Paul's ministry? Who also went with Paul to prison for preaching the gospel?


What important role did the city play in bringing the gospel, for the first time, to Europe?

Reference Book on Paul

Written by Conybeare and Howson, this work covers
his entire life and his efforts to evangelize the world.
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