A brief summary of the missionary trips of the Apostle Paul.
By Mark D. Harris
As Christians read the New Testament, it is easy to forget how much time elapsed between Matthew and Revelation, almost 100 years. Jesus died and rose again around 30 AD, and for two years the church grew, rapidly and in relative peace. The persecution began about 32 AD, and Paul became a Christian in that year. He spent years preaching in Damascus, and then spent quite a bit more time in Arabia before returning to his hometown in Tarsus, Asia Minor. His first missionary journey did not begin until AD 47, covering many cities in Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus, Perga, Iconium, Lystra, and others. After a short return to Jerusalem in AD 49 to help with the Jerusalem Council, Paul left on his second missionary journey. During this mission he wrote Galatians and probably Thessalonians. He began in Asia Minor, but received the call to Macedonia and crossed over into Europe. Paul and his companions ministered in Philippi, where he was imprisoned and beaten, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, where he spoke at the Aeropagus, and Corinth. In 52 AD Paul returned to Syrian Antioch to complete his second journey.