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..

About St. Paul  Third Journey

St. Paul's Third Journey
Antioch on the Orontes - Derbe - Lystra - Iconium - Antioch in Pisidia - Ephesus - Alexandria Troas - Corinth - Philippi - Thessalonica - Beroea - Alexandria Troas - Assos - Lesbos - Chios - Samos - Trogyllium - Miletus - Cos - Rhodes - Patara - Tyre - Ptolemais - Caesarea - Jerusalem
(Acts 18:2321:16)

Gods will was that St. Paul visit Ephesus, so after a time he and Timothy started their journey to this metropolis of Asia. After visiting the churches in Galatia and Phrygia, they arrived at Ephesus via the upper road through the Cayster River valley. Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the Empire, boasting a population of perhaps 300,000 people.

He rented the lecture hall of Tyrannus to preach and teach the gospel. In Romans 16:5 St. Paul sent greetings to Epenetus, his first convert in the province of Asia. The fruit of his 2 year residency in Ephesus was that the entire province of Asia heard the word of the Lord (19:10).One of the seven wonders of the ancient worldthe temple of Artemiswas located in Ephesus, and thousands of pilgrims and sightseers journeyed to Ephesus annually to worship the goddess at her temple.

St. Pauls success, however, brought a reduction in traffic; hence the lucrative sale of Artemis images by the silversmiths was declined. The threat to their commercial interests provoked these merchants to take action, thus causing the riot described in Acts 19:2341. St. Paul barely escaped from the city and headed up the coast, passing through Troas on the way to Macedonia.

He also had problems in the Corinthian church (cf. 2 Cor. 2:12ff.) and was attempting to locate his emissary Titus, whom he had sent ahead. After a period of successful ministry in Macedonia and Achaia, St. Paul returned to Troas accompanied by at least eight of his associates (Acts 20:4 plus Luke).

At Troas St. Paul raised the young Eutychus from the dead when he fell from the upper story of a Roman apartment house called a domus. The next day St. Paul walked over twenty miles to Assos where he met the others on board ship. Luke carefully plots the sea journey south through the Aegean Sea until the ship stopped at Miletos, a port city that boasted two harbors.

There St. Paul summoned the Ephesian elders and delivered on the beach one of his most impassioned messages (20: 1835). On his journey to Jerusalem St. Paul stopped at one more site in Turkey, the harbor at Patara (21:2). Patara became famous later as the birthplace of Nicholas, the patron saint of Christmas. St. Paul's third journey lasted from 5356.

 Journeys of St. Paul

About St. Paul Journeys of St. Paul, St. Paul Map
Traveling in St. Pauls Time
City of St. Paul
Antioch on the Orontes
Seleucia Pieria
First Journey
Ministry in Antioch - Orontes
Second Journey
Third Journey
Arrest and Imprisonment
Journey to Rome
Story of Paul and Thecla
St. Paul's Letters