66 Books of the Bible Release to 66 Counties of South Dakota
Our 56th county to pray for in South Dakota is Shannon County.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a Oglala Lakota Native American
reservation and encompasses the entirety of Shannon County. We release the book
of Titus to Shannon County. Titus means "nurse, one
who rears. In this book Paul gives his spiritual son Titus instructions
for pastoring the church at Crete. Jews from Crete were present on the
day of Pentecost and they had carried the gospel back to their native land.
This book is basically a condensed version of Paul's first letter to
Timothy. Both epistles are addressed to young men who had been assigned
positions of responsible leadership in churches. Titus has three great themes -
church organization, sound doctrine, and holy living. The phrase that is
used again and again in Titus is "good works" and refers to "God
our Saviour" more than any book in the New Testament.
Underlying the instructions of Paul is the theme that Christ is building His
Church, carefully choosing the stones that make up the habitation for
God. Paul also emphasizes Christ as our Redeemer (2:14, 3:4-7),
and presents His Second Coming as an incentive to holy living (2:12-13).
Beholding Jesus in Titus:
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, looking for that
blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ: who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all
iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good
works" (Titus 2:11-14).
Father we thank you in the mighty name of Jesus, that a fresh revelation of
Your grace and salvation is being poured out over Shannon County. And
even as You called young Titus and Timothy, You are also calling young men and
women in Shannon County into leadership in Your Kingdom. Thank you
Father, that even as the believers in the book of Titus brought back the gospel
to their native land after the day of Pentecost, that the Oglala Lakota of
Shannon County will also experience a transformation of Your grace and mercy in
their native land. Thank you Father, for your redemptive power that is
purifying and setting free Your people, causing them to good works in Your
Power. We release the knowledge of Your Blessed Hope in Christ Jesus over