The End of the Second Missionary Journey ~ Acts 18 Scrambled Timeline Lesson for Kids

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  • To create a timeline
  • To list the events of Acts 18
  • To recognize that the places Paul visited were real locations still found today

Acts 18Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; print out of the list of Acts 18 events; paper; glue; scissors

Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Athens, Corinth, Syria, Ephesus, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Antioch

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: Paul is on his Second Missionary Journey with Silas. Paul went to Lystra and invited Timothy to join them. In Philippi they met Lydia. Paul, Silas, and Timothy went to Thessalonica. Paul and Silas left during the night and went to Berea. But then the Jews from Thessalonica came to town. They began to stir up the crowd. The new church sent Paul away by ship, but Silas and Timothy stayed behind. Paul traveled to Athens. He told the people that His God had made all of the stone, gold, or silver used to “make” their gods. Paul explained that God was the Creator of all things. After Paul finished and he was mocked, he left Mars Hill.

Main Events of Acts 18:

This chapter in Acts has many different events that are interesting to read. To help keep everything in order, print out the printable event information below by clicking on the image to create a class timeline. Cut apart the events and glue them onto a timeline in order as you or the children read Acts 18. I used a white board to create a class timeline and had the kids read the chapter from their Bibles and tell me where to put the info.

Acts 18I have also included links to images from that would be good to print out so the children can see the actual places where Paul visited. The images can be added to the timeline as well.


Here are a few tips for setting up your timeline lesson: {Plus you can see what mine looked like!}

Acts 18 part1Acts 18 part2Acts 18 part3** I thought that the kindergarteners and 1st and 2nd graders would have had a hard time with this activity. While it was a challenge, they stepped up, dug into their Bibles, and plowed through it beautifully!! I was SO impressed!!

Application of Acts 18:

Friends are important in ministry. While in Corinth, Paul made new friends while waiting for his old friends to arrive. While new friends are great, it wasn’t until Silas and Timothy arrived that Paul began to preach with boldness.

God never intends for us to minister to people on our own. God has “many people in the city.” If you think you are the only Christian in your school classroom, or in some other group, ask God to show His people to you. It might be a teacher, another student, or someone you never considered. God wants us to be bold when telling others about Him, and He will always provide the people you need.

Modification for Older Children:

Have each child create his own timeline while reading the scripture.

Once the timeline is made, have the children consider what types of “ancient” Facebook posts Paul might have written while going through these events.

Other Resources for Acts 18:

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