Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Subject : Christian Religious Studies

Term :First Term

Week: Week 5


Class : Basic 6 / Primary 6



Previous lesson :

The pupils have previous knowledge of the THE first missionary of Paul


Topic : Paul’s second missionary journey


Behavioural objectives :

At the end of the lesson,  pupils should be able to

  • Say the people that went with Paul during his first missionary journey
  • Mention various cities that were visited by Paul during his first missionary journey.
  • State the reasons for embarking on such journey in the first instance
  • Write out what the people did to Saul or Paul when he embarked on his first missionary journey


Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Related Online Video
  • Flash Cards.
  • The Holy Bible

Methods of Teaching :

  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Asking Questions
  • Explanation
  • Role Modelling
  • Role Delegation


Reference Materials :

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum
  • Workbooks
  • The Holy Bible


Content :

The second missionary journey


After the first missionary journey, Paul started his second missionary journey. Paul was no longer with Barnabas. He was with Silas.


When they left Antioch in Syria for the second missionary work, the first place they preached was Philippi. Philippi was the capital of Macedonia in Europe. The last place they visited during the second journey was Ephesus. The first missionary journey of Paul


As we have said, their second missionary work started at Philippi. From Philippi, Paul and the apostles went to Thessalonica. From Thessalonica, they went to Beroea, then to Athens. From Athens they went to Corinth. At Corinth, Paul met a man called Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. They were Jews that came from Italy in Rome. Aquila and his wife had left Italy because Emperor Claudius had commanded all Jews in Rome to leave.

Paul stayed with Aquila and his wife because he even found out that they were tent-makers like him. Paul had learnt tent-making, even though he was a lawyer. Paul refused to practise law after he became a Christian. The second missionary journey of Paul


He was supporting himself with the money he was getting from tent-making, so that he would not depend on the people we was converting for his survival. Paul was making tents anytime he was not busy with missionary work.


The first time during Paul’s stay at Corinth, he preached to both the Jews and the Gentiles in the synagogue every Sabbath day. He preached to them about Jesus as the Saviour and the Messiah of mankind.


At a stage, they rejected Paul’s teaching in the synagogue. Paul therefore started using the house of Titus Justus to preach. Titus Justus was a believer in God and his house was next door to the synagogue.


Even though Paul’s preaching was rejected in the synagogue, the ruler of the synagogue called Crispus had become a believer and also many of the Corinthians.


One night, Paul heard the Lord say to him in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid to speak and do not be silent for I am with you, and no man shall attack you or harm you, for I have many people in this city.’ Paul stayed at Corinth for a year and six months preaching. Later, there was a new leadership at Corinth. Gallio became the proconsul of Achaia, the capital of Corinth. At that time, the Jews went to him and lied against Paul. They said that Paul was teaching them to worship God in a way that was against their law.


When Paul was about to speak, to defend himself, Gallio said to the Jews that he was not interested in their case since it was not a criminal offence.


He therefore dismissed them. Out of anger and frustration, the Jews held Sosthenes who was the new ruler of the synagogue. They started beating him in front of the court or the tribunal but Gallio ignored them.


When Paul eventually finished preaching at Corinth, he went with Silas to Ephesus and preached there briefly. There, they ended the second missionary journey and went back to Antioch of Syria, their headquarters.


Paul also went on a third missionary journey.


The importance of missionary work


There are different people in some places who have not known Christ. Some of them might not have had the opportunity of hearing the gospel message. It is through missionary work that they would know about Christ and become believers.


There are also some people the gospel has been preached to, but the


Devil is making them harden their minds. They would need to be followed up through missionary work to get them converted.


Some people had received Christ and later happened to backslide. It is through evangelical work that they would have to be turned back to




Missionary work therefore involves going everywhere and preaching to different people to convert them to Christianity.


Moral lessons


1 It is our duty as believers to preach the gospel to people who have not received Christ.


2 While spreading the gospel, we should preach to everybody we come across and go everywhere we can.


3 Missionary work sometimes can make a person suffer or be persecuted, but we should not let such a thing discourage us.


4 In missionary work, we should pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.




The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise




The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.



1 In one sentence state the importance of missionary work

2. Who said that set apart for me Paul and Barnabas

3. What two things did the Lord tell Paul at Corinth to encourage him?

4. Mention four cities that were visited by Paul and Barnabas during the first missionary journey.

5. What is the name of the last city that was visited by Paul and Barnabas during their last missionary journey

6.Missionary work therefore involves going everywhere and preaching to different people to convert them to Christianity. ( discuss)


Prepare for the next lesson by reading about


Paul in Europe