Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 15:32-41
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 15:32-41. These verses describe the beginning of Paul’s second missionary journey.

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey Begins

Acts 15:32-41

¶“32Judas and Silas, prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with many words. 33After Judas and Silas had spent some time there in Antioch, they were sent back to Jerusalem in peace from the brethren to the apostles 34—however Silas thought it would be better to stay longer” (Acts 15:32-34).

¶“35Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching the gospel, the word of the Lord, with many others also. 36After some days Paul said to Barnabas, 'Let's return now and visit our brethren in every city where we preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are going.' 37Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them also. 38But Paul insisted that they shouldn't take John, because he'd deserted them in Pamphylia, and not gone with them to the work.” (Acts 15:35-38).

¶“39The contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took John Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus. 40Paul chose Silas, and, commended by the brethren to the grace of God, 41they went out through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches” (Acts 15:39-41).

1 Ministry in Antioch Syria

Verses 32-34

¶ "Judas and Silas, prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with many words. After Judas and Silas had spent some time there in Antioch, they were sent back to Jerusalem in peace from the brethren to the apostles —however Silas thought it would be better to stay longer" (Acts 15:32-34).

Verses 35-38

¶ "Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching the gospel, the word of the Lord, with many others also. After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let's return now and visit our brethren in every city where we preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are going.” Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them also. But Paul insisted that they shouldn't take John, because he'd deserted them in Pamphylia, and not gone with them to the work." (Acts 15:35-38).

2 Paul and Silas in Syria and Cilicia

Verses 39-41

¶ "The contention grew so sharp that they separated from each other. Barnabas took John Mark with him, and sailed away to Cyprus. Paul chose Silas, and, commended by the brethren to the grace of God, they went out through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches" (Acts 15:39-41).

Map Cyprus and Persia



3 List of Paul’s Journeys

Traditionally, Paul is said to have made three missionary journeys, plus a fourth journey to Rome. In the Acts Facts series, I have retained this traditional manner of dividing up Paul’s several journeys recorded in the book of Acts. This enables you to more easily relate our studies with other studies, references, and maps, which most likely adhere to the same scheme.

The four journeys of Paul are...

The first two journeys start and end in Syrian Antioch. The third journey starts in Antioch and ends in Jerusalem. The fourth journey starts in Jerusalem and ends in Rome.

One of our lessons on Galatians tells you more about Paul’s trips to Jerusalem.

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