Missionary Journeys Of St. Paul

Missionary Journeys of St. Paul

During one of his missionary journeys St. Paul visited Ephesus in Turkey.
He stays in the city about three years (Acts 19:1-20). In Ephesus Paul discovers twelve believers who were baptized but who did'nt as yet have God's spirit. Paul baptizes them in His name and they receive God's Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7).

Seven Churches of Revelation

Seven Churches of Revelation

In looking at the letters to the 7 Churches, we see the Lord speaking directly to the 7 Churches
that existed in the Holy land at the time John lived. We also see the Lord's opinion of those Churches, and what they were doing
at the time: Ephesus, Pergamon, Laodicea, Sardis, Thyatira, Smyrna, Philadelphia churches.

Biblical Sites in Turkey

Biblical sites in Turkey

Turkey is called the Other Holy Land as it has more biblical sites than any other country in the Middle East.
Antioch - the place where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians; Tarsus - where Apostle Paul was born and many others..

Biblical References to Places in Greece

Thessalonica - Acts 17: 1-9 covers the arrival of Paul and Silas in Thessalonica in AD 49. A year later Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians (the earliest NT document) and, shortly after, his second letter. These letters shed light on some of the joys and sorrows of Pauls ministry, and the situation at Thessalonica.

Samothracia --Paul originally arrived here from Troas (Acts 16: 11), and, after leaving Philippi, came to Thessalonica via Amphipolis and Apollonia (Acts 17: 1). There were no Jewish synagogues in these cities which is perhaps why Paul did not stop to preach the gospel.

Philippi - This was the first city where Paul preached on his second journey (Acts 16: 11-40). Lydia, the first convert to Christ, originally came from Thyatira (where, later, there was a church - see Revelation 2:18-20. Pauls and Silas imprisonment in Philippi are also referred to in 1 Thessalonians 2:2 and probably 2 Corinthians 11:25. Paul returned to Philippi (Acts 20:6) at the end of his journey before sailing to Troas (AD 51).

Paul wrote his (Letter to the Philippians) some years later and from prison (either in Ephesus or Rome). This letter has always been seen as the most personal and tender of all Pauls letters, and there is no doubt that from the outset the Philippian church care deeply for Paul (see also 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 11:9). Paul revisited Philippi twice more - in 57 and 58 AD (see 2 Corinthians 7:6-16 and Acts (20:3-4).

Berea --Acts 17:10-15 tells of Pauls visit to Berea and of the founding of a church.

Athens - Acts 16:34 tells of Pauls visit to Athens, his discussions with Athenian intellectuals and his preaching (AD 49).

Corinth - Acts 18:1-17 speaks of Pauls first visit (AD 50-51) of 3 visits to Corinth. He wrote a total of 4 letters to the believers in Corinth. The first letter which is referenced in his second letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 5:17) was lost. His second letter, that we call the (First Letter to the Corinthians) (AD 55) was written from Ephesus and sent by the hand of Timothy. Paul then revisited.

PLACE                     REFERENCE
Amphipolis              Acts 17:1
Apollonia                Acts 17:1
Athens                   Acts 17:15-16, 22; 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:1
Berea                     Acts 17:10, 13: 20:4
Cenchrea               Acts 18:18, Romans 16:1
Coos (Kos)             Acts 21:1
Corinth                   Acts 18:1; 19:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1, 23; 2 Timothy 4:20
Cyprus                   Acts 4:38; 11:19,20; 13:4; 15:39; 21:3,16; 27:4
Neapolis (Kavala)  Acts 16:11
Patmos                  Rev 1:9
Philippi Matthew    16:13; Mark 8:27; Acts 16:12, 22; 20:6; Philippians 1-4; 1 Thessalonians 2:2
Rhodes                  Act 21:1
Thessalonica         Acts 17:1. 11. 13; 27:2; Philippians 4:16: 1 and 2 Thessalonians; 2 Timothy 4:10