Pauline Mission Tour Preparation Guide
By Mark E. Moore
Purpose: This trip is designed specifically so that participants will be able to construct a
biblically founded philosophy and methodology of missions by retracing the steps of Paul.
Expectations: You are expected to understand the culture, philosophy, geography, architecture,
and sociology of Paul’s day in order to correctly interpret and apply his mission strategy in the
various cultural environments you will enter.
Suggested Readings: (Aside from the biblical texts listed below)
Week 1-3: A travel guide to Turkey (available through your local library)
Week 4: “Life in the Big City” at http://markmoore.org/resources/essays/bigcity.pdf
Week 5-7: A travel guide to Athens (available through your local library)
Week 8: Peter Walker, In the Steps of Paul: An Illustrated Guide (Zondervan, 2008).
Week 9-12: A travel guide to Rome (available through your local library)
Lists: Please begin several lists: (These will be very important for you on our trip!)
1. Questions to ask—These can be about culture, theology, missions, or Scripture.
2. Things to pack—A list of suggestions will be provided near our time of departure but
you may have peculiar interests based on some of your reading.
3. Places to see/Things to do
Charts: There are three charts to fill out as you do your reading:
1. Paul’s relationship with People
2. Paul’s missionary strategies
3. The Holy Spirit’s role in global evangelism
Keep a list Paul’s Relationships
Who Where did they met? How did Paul treat him/her? Biblical Reference
Bible Reference Paul’s Missionary Strategy
Identify and List Paul’s Missionary Strategies
Bible Reference Holy Spirit’s Role—what he does to help us in the Great Commission
Identify and List the Holy Spirit’s Role in Evangelism and Mission
February 1 Reading: Acts 13
Find a map of Paul’s first missionary journey. Here are a couple online:
http://www.apostlepaulthefilm.com/paul/journey_01.htm http://www.bible-history.com/pauls_first_mission_map/index.html How do people in Turkey dress?
February 2 Reading: Acts 14
Locate these places in Acts 14 on a modern map of Turkey
What language is spoken in Turkey?
February 3 Reading: Acts 15
What will the climate be like while we are there?
Find the name of one early church father who lived in Turkey. What was his contribution to the
February 4 Reading: Acts 16
Trace Paul’s Second Missionary Journey: http://www.apostlepaulthefilm.com/paul/journeys.htm
What are the major sites in Turkey you just don’t want to miss?
February 5 Reading: Acts 17
Spend some time looking at some of the photos of Athens: http://www.cogwriter.com/athens.htm
Are there any precautions you should take while in Turkey?
Further Research: What dominant philosophies permeated Paul’s world?
February 6 Reading: Acts 18
Take a virtual tour of Corinth:
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/corinth-pictures/index.htm Are there any health risks in Turkey?
February 7 Reading: Acts 19
Trace Paul’s Third Missionary Journey:
What sports in Turkey do people most enjoy?
Write out a prayer of what you hope to receive from this trip:
February 8 Reading: Acts 20
How are women viewed in Turkey?
What advice does Paul give here on pastoral leadership?
February 9 Reading: Galatians 1
Where is Galatia on the map?
What are the most popular souvenirs in Turkey?
February 10 Reading: Galatians 2
What was the primary religious background of Galatia in Paul’s day?
What is the primary religious background of Turkey today?
February 11 Reading: Galatians 3
What are favorite pastimes in Turkey?
What is the physical terrain like in northern Turkey (Galatia)?
February 12 Reading: Galatians 4
What are the Turks proud of historically?
How far north did their empire extend at its height?
February 13 Reading: Galatians 5
What is Paul’s overall theological emphasis in this book?:
What form of government does Turkey have?
February 14 Reading: Galatians 6
What is the local currency called? How much is it worth compared to U.S. dollars? What is the average income in Turkey?
Write out a prayer of what you hope to experience on this trip:
February 15 Reading: Ephesians 1
Where is Ephesus located (on a modern map)?
How many acres have been unearthed in the archaeology of Ephesus?
February 16 Reading: Ephesians 2
Take a virtual tour of Ephesus: http://www.sailturkey.com/panoramas/ephesus/
Further investigation: What did racism look like in the ancient world?
February 17 Reading: Ephesians 3
Find a picture of the Ephesian theater. How many people can it seat?
Make a list of all the pastors who served the ancient church of Ephesus.
February 18 Reading: Ephesians 4
What was the name of the main street in Ephesus? What did it look like? What portions of the NT were addressed to Ephesus?
February 19 Reading: Ephesians 5
What did the temple of Artemis look like? What did the goddess look like? What was her role? What types of entertainment were common in ancient Ephesus?
February 20 Reading: Ephesians 6
What kind of bathroom facilities can we expect in Turkey?
What challenges did Timothy face when he was the Pastor of this church?
February 21 Reading: 1 Timothy 1
When did the church in Ephesus begin its decline?
Further research: What was the legal system like in Paul’s day? What were jails like?
Write out a prayer expressing your heart to God for the kind of ministry you hope he entrusts to you:
February 22 Reading: 1 Timothy 2
What are the favorite foods and drinks of Turkey?
How close is Turkey to entering the EU?
February 23 Reading: 1 Timothy 3
What is the time difference between Turkey and the US central standard time? Whatever became of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation?
February 24 Reading: 1 Timothy 4
What mission organizations are currently working in Turkey?
Name the workers and what you could pray for them about.
February 25 Reading: 1 Timothy 5
What will buying be like in the market place?
What are appropriate and inappropriate bartering tactics?
February 26 Reading: 1 Timothy 6
What are some of the major archaeological features of Ephesus?
The following site will help you: http://www.sitesandphotos.com/kb/pages/1194.html
February 27 Reading: 2 Timothy 1
What are the major cities of modern Turkey?
Further Investigation: Describe health and medicine of the ancient world.
February 28 Reading: 2 Timothy 2
Will you be able to use a phone card in Turkey? What about a cell phone? Where was Paul when he wrote 2 Timothy and what were his physical conditions like?
Write a prayer for the other participants of the group and the relationships that will develop:
March 1 Reading: 2 Timothy 3
Are there ATM’s in Turkey?
What are the major holidays in Turkey?
March 2 Reading: Revelation 1
Find Patmos on a map. (Locate Lesbos while you’re at it).
How many miles is it from Patmos to Ephesus?
March 3 Reading: Revelation 2
Locate the seven churches of Revelation on a modern map of Turkey.
How many of these cities will we get to visit?
March 4 Reading: Revelation 3
Learn to say “Hello,” “Where’s the bathroom” and “thank you” in Turkey.
Find a Mediterranean restaurant in your area and plan a meal there.
March 5 Reading: Philippians 1
Find Philippi and the river where the church started. If you can, look this up on Google Earth and
see what the area around the city looks like.
Will there be internet services available in Turkey?
March 6 Reading: Philippians 2
How far is Philippi from Istanbul? Are they on the same continent? Are they in the same country?
Will anyone in Athens speak English?
March 7 Reading: Philippians 3
How do women’s roles and status differ from Turkey and Greece?
Is Macedonia the same in modern Greece as it was in ancient times?
Write out a prayer asking God to help you live these scriptures:
March 8 Reading: Philippians 4
What kind of road conditions can we expect when we drive to Philippi?
How close were the ancient roads to the modern ones? Do any still exist? How were they
March 9 Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1
Locate Thessalonica on a map. How far is it from Philippi?
What do you absolutely not want to miss in Philippi and Thessalonica?
March 10 Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2
How did women’s roles differ in the Ancient world of the Jews, Asians, Macedonians, Greeks, and Romans?
Which is the largest city: Philippi, Thessalonica, Athens? What were their ancient populations?
March 11 Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3
How many different flights will we be on during our trip and how many days on a bus?
What flowers or fruits will be in season while we are in Turkey and Greece?
March 12 Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4
How did the Greeks and Romans educate their children? What subjects did they teach?
How far would Paul have to travel from Thessalonica to get to a boat going to Athens?
March 13 Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5
What is the dominant religion in Thessalonica today?
Are there any current events happening in Thessalonica of political or social interst?
March 14 Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1
What is the closest we will be to Iraq on this trip?
What is the nearest war zone to Greece?
Write out a prayer expressing your heart to be a peacemaker on earth and ask God to
teach you on this trip the issues much of the world is facing that we do not: