Greece In the Footsteps of St. Paul


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A trip to Greece and Ephesus with Biblical Storyteller Dennis Dewey and friends May, 2008, Part 2 (Mars Hill, Corinth, and Ephesus)

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Greece In the Footsteps of St. Paul

  1. 1. In the Footsteps of St. Paul A Pilgrimage to Greece and Ephesus—Part 2
  2. 2. A program for Colts Neck Reformed Church By Connie Paul, One of the pilgrims, with pictures and media from four other travelers May 3 and 17, 2009 Based on a trip led by Dennis Dewey, Sacred Story Journeys, Through Alpha Christian Tours May 2008
  3. 3. Saul is Converted and Commissioned to the Gentiles <ul><li>In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, &quot;Ananias!&quot; &quot;Yes, Lord,&quot; he answered. The Lord told him, &quot;Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.&quot; &quot;Lord,&quot; Ananias answered, &quot;I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.&quot; But the Lord said to Ananias, &quot;Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” Acts 9:10-15 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Paul Comes to Europe on His Second Missionary Journey
  5. 5. Saul, now Paul, comes to Europe at Philippi and Meets Lydia <ul><li>During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, &quot;Come over to Macedonia and help us.&quot; After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:9-10     </li></ul>
  6. 6. Paul Comes to Athens Acts 17: 16-34 <ul><li>[ 17 ] So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there. [ 18 ] Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, &quot;What would this babbler say?&quot; Others said, &quot;He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities&quot; -- because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. [ 19 ] And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-op'agus, saying, &quot;May we know what this new teaching is which you present? [ 20 ] For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean.&quot; [ 21 ] Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. [ 22 ] So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op'agus, said: &quot;Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. [ 23 ] For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, `To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. [ 24 ] The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, [ 25 ] nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. [ 26 ] And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, [ 27 ] that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, [ 28 ] for `In him we live and move and have our being‘;as even some of your poets have said, `For we are indeed his offspring.' [ 29 ] Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. [ 30 ] The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 ] because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.&quot; [ 32 ] Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, &quot;We will hear you again about this.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Dennis Tells the Story of Paul at Mars Hill </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Steps Up to the Areopagus (Mars Hill)
  9. 9. The View of Mars Hill from the Acropolis
  10. 10. The Acropolis of Athens
  11. 11. The Acropolis from the Base of Mars Hill
  12. 12. The Parthenon under Reconstruction
  13. 13. The Parthenon at Night from our Hotel
  14. 14. Paul Leaves Athens for Corinth Acts 18: 1-15 <ul><li>[ 1 ] After this he left Athens and went to Corinth. [ 2 ] And he found a Jew named Aq'uila, a native of Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them; [ 3 ] and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them, and they worked, for by trade they were tentmakers. [ 4 ] And he argued in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. [ 5 ] When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedo'nia, Paul was occupied with preaching, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>[ 6 ] And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, &quot;Your blood be upon your heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.&quot; [ 7 ] And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God; his house was next door to the synagogue. [ 8 ] Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with all his household; and many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. [ 9 ] And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, &quot;Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; [ 10 ] for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city.&quot; [ 11 ] And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. [ 12 ] But when Gallio was proconsul of Acha'ia, the Jews made a united attack upon Paul and brought him before the tribunal, [ 13 ] saying, &quot;This man is persuading men to worship God contrary to the law.&quot; [ 14 ] But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, &quot;If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, I should have reason to bear with you, O Jews; [ 15 ] but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I refuse to be a judge of these things.&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Corinth Canal Connecting the Aegean and Adriatic
  16. 16. The Excavations at Corinth
  17. 17. Looking into the Shops
  18. 18. <ul><li>Corinth was a place for pleasure and trading </li></ul>
  19. 19. Communion near the Synagogue
  20. 20. The Table is Set
  21. 21. Paul Stops at Cenchreae Acts 18: 18 <ul><li>[ 18 ] After this Paul stayed many days longer, and then took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aq'uila. At Cen'chre-ae he cut his hair, for he had a vow. </li></ul>
  22. 22. On a hot day, we walked to the sea
  23. 23. We Stopped at Cenchrea to Make a Vow, Too
  24. 25. Paul Returns to Ephesus Acts 19: 8-10 <ul><li>[ 2 ] And he (Paul) said to them, &quot;Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?&quot; And they said, &quot;No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.&quot; [ 3 ] And he said, &quot;Into what then were you baptized?&quot; They said, &quot;Into John's baptism.&quot; [ 4 ] And Paul said, &quot;John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.&quot; [ 5 ] On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. [ 6 ] And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. [ 7 ] There were about twelve of them in all. [ 8 ] And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God; </li></ul><ul><li>[ 9 ] but when some were stubborn and disbelieved, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the hall of Tyran'nus. [ 10 ] This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. </li></ul>
  25. 26. Ephesus: The Street of Chariots
  26. 27. Only 1/9 of Ephesus has been Excavated
  27. 28. It was the 4 th largest city in the Roman Empire
  28. 29. Three -quarters of Ephesus is still to be uncovered
  29. 30. The Library at Ephesus
  30. 31. The theatre seats 24,000
  31. 32. Hearing the story of the goldsmiths in Ephesus
  32. 33. Paul spends over two years in Ephesus before going on to Rome
  33. 34. Lindos on Rhodes
  34. 35. A trip with friends through faith into history in the footsteps of St. Paul