When did Paul start the churches in the region of Galatia?
Paul’s third and final missionary journey occurred in the years of A.D. 53-57. The purpose of the trip was to strengthen the newly established churches. He left Antioch, Syria and from there the apostle Paul went to Galatia or Asia Minor and then to Greece. The entire trip was his longest missionary journey, lasting four years.
Paul’s Third Missionary Journey (Acts 18:22–21:17)
Paul’s third missionary journey traversed much of the same ground as his second. Paul revisited the newly planted churches in Galatia (Acts 18:23). We are given no details of significance. After passing through Galatia and Phrygia, he proceeded directly to the great port city of Ephesus on the west coast of Asia Minor. After three years of preaching and teaching there, Paul traveled again through Macedonia and Achaia, strengthening the believers, and then finished with a visit to Jerusalem.
Paul’s third missionary journey was of great significance. His ministry lasted about three years in the great church in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-41). One of the most meaningful instructions of Paul recorded in Acts is in Acts 20:25-35. It is about the ministry of elders and how they should care for the church. Acts 21:1-17 is mainly about his return to Jerusalem. This trip was greatly used of God in the lives of the new Christians in these churches.
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