Paul’s Journey Tour
February 28 — March 1, 2006
Athens was known as the center of Greek refinement. It was home to great philosophers and was famous for its education, literature, architecture, art, and drama. It was also the home of democracy in the ancient world.
It was here that Paul debated with the philosophers and preached to the distinguished members of the Aeropagus, the intellectually elite of Athens. The Parthenon (pictured above) is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Originally built as a pagan temple to the Greek goddess, Athena, it later housed Christian congregations for over 1,000 years.
Tony and Lisa enjoying a moment on Mars Hill, where Paul preached to the intellectual aristocracy of Athens as recorded
in Acts 17.
Pictured on Mars Hill is the group that made the journey.
Philippi and Thessalonica (Greece)
Philippi and Thessalonica were the first places where Paul ministered in Europe. He led many people to faith in Christ in both places, and faced strong persecution as well. Thriving congregations were produced in both cities, and the Philippian church became Paul’s strongest supporter throughout his ministry.
This site, right outside of the ancient city of Philippi is identified as the place where Paul shared the gospel with a number of women who were gathered for prayer. A woman named Lydia received Paul’s message and was baptized. She is the first known convert to Christianity on the continent of Europe.
Zina, our Greek guide, shares with us about the ruins of an early church building that has been found in ancient Philippi.