This study looks at Paul’s latter ministries and journey(s) which would have occurred after the close of Acts and the writing of the last seven books Paul wrote before he was executed by Niro. The goal of this study is to find evidence of Paul's fourth and perhaps a fifth missionary journey and when The Mystery was revealed to him during his journeys. Why this study? We need answers to some important questions: When did the church which is his body begin? This is essentially the same as asking – when was the mystery of Eph 3:9 revealed? How many ministries can we find that are different and concurrent during Acts and after Acts? This will involve John’s gospel and letters – what was the “highways” ministry – when was it to begin? Any other ministries? How does Paul relate to these?What were Paul’s movements Acts 29? This study will endeavor to answer these questions.
The lesson on March 11, 2018 was a message given studying Paul and Timothy. Wayne has yet to settle on the next study so in the meantime, we are looking at the Apostle Paul when he was first accused of the Jewish leadership in Acts 24 and how they hired a professional speaker to accuse Paul of being "a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:" We are looking at the whereabouts of Paul from Acts 24 to Ephesians 1 in the transition of Acts 28 until the revelation of the Mystery in Ephesians 3. We learned that Paul stood alone to defend himself and successfully apealed to Ceasar. We looked at the first defense in how that suggests a second defense but eventually Paul loses when we read in 2 Timothy 4:7 that he had faught a good fight and the time of his departure was at hand. How free was Paul to travel and preach during this time? In Acts 28:31 we learn that "Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him". The scripture reading was from Acts 24:1-6 KJV