As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders1 in Jerusalem2 for the people to obey.35
So the churches were strengthened4 in the faith and grew daily in numbers.5
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia6 and Galatia,7 having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.87
When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus9 would not allow them to.
So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.109
During the night Paul had a vision11 of a man of Macedonia12 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
After Paul had seen the vision, we13 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel14 to them.
From Troas15 we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
From there we traveled to Philippi,16 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.17 And we stayed there several days.
On the Sabbath18 we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.
One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira,19 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart20 to respond to Paul's message.